October 17, 2016 Toledo to Improve Wastewater Treatment and Protect High-Quality Wetlands; Receives Financing from Ohio EPA
Toledo will improve water quality in the Maumee River when the city installs an underground storage pipeline and basin to help minimize the effects of combined sewer overflows via its E3 International Park Storage Pipeline project. The project will be paid for in part through a $26.2 million low-interest loan from Ohio EPA’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund.
June 10, 2016 Ohio Lake Erie Commission to Hold June Meeting at OSU’s Stone Laboratory
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting Wednesday, June 22, 2016, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at The Ohio State University Stone Laboratory, 878 Bayview Drive, Put-in-Bay.
May 25, 2016 State of Ohio Releases Draft Plan to Reduce Nutrients in Lake Erie Basin; Accepting Public Comments Until June 25, 2016
Public comments are being sought on a draft Western Basin of Lake Erie Collaborative Agreement Implementation Plan to reduce phosphorus entering Lake Erie by 40 percent by 2025.
April 4, 2016 Ohio Digging up Ideas for Beneficial Use of Dredge Material
Lake Erie is one of Ohio’s greatest assets and its harbors must be dredged regularly to keep ports open for shipping. Much of the material dredged from the lake currently is dumped into the open waters of the lake. However, most of the material could be used for projects to benefit the environment and economy. In addition, Governor Kasich signed Senate Bill 1 into law in 2015, which requires open lake disposal of dredged material to end by July 1, 2020.
March 24, 2016 Ottawa River Restoration Plan Topic of Public Meeting
Ohio EPA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have issued a draft restoration plan and environmental assessment for the Ottawa River in Toledo. A public meeting will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2016, at 6 p.m. to discuss the plan and listen to comments. The meeting will be in Toledo City Council Chambers, One Government Center, 401 S. Erie St., Toledo.
March 23, 2016 Ohio EPA Decision Clears Way For Cleveland Harbor Dredging
Ohio EPA approved a request by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the Cleveland Harbor and Cuyahoga River, which is essential to allowing shipping traffic to continue using this economically important waterway. No dredged material can be placed in the open lake.
March 18, 2016 Ohio Lake Erie Commission to Hold March Meeting at Maumee Bay State Park
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting Wednesday, March 30, 2016, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Maumee Bay State Park Conference Center, 1750 State Park Road No. 2, Oregon.
February 29, 2016 Ohio EPA Seeks Input on Cleveland Harbor Dredging; March 10 Public Hearing Set Regarding Annual Dredging Project
Maintenance dredging in the Cuyahoga River federal navigation channel will be the focus of a March 10, 2016, Ohio EPA public meeting. The information session and hearing will begin at 6 p.m. at Cleveland Metroparks’ Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek, 2277 West Ridgewood Drive, Parma.
February 23, 2016 Ohio’s Recent Efforts to Strengthen Lake Erie Water Quality Give It Jump-Start on New Targets Announced by U.S. EPA
In Washington D.C. at a Great Lakes Commission semi-annual meeting today, U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will announce new state targets for reducing phosphorus in the Great Lakes. The 40 percent phosphorus reduction target identified by U.S. EPA is the same as that adopted earlier by Ohio through its 2013 Phosphorus Task Force II report and closely follows the path Ohio has already taken by working to establish the Western Lake Erie Basin Collaborative Agreement.
February 16, 2016 Ohio EPA Holds Public Hearing on Proposed HAB Reporting Rules for Public Water Systems and Laboratories
Proposed rules for public drinking water systems and laboratories on the reporting and monitoring of harmful algal blooms (HABs) will be the focus of a Feb. 24, 2016, Ohio EPA public hearing.
January 28, 2016 Ohio Lake Erie Commission Special Meeting Set Feb. 2 at ODNR Office in Columbus
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources headquarters in Columbus. The meeting will be held in ODNR’s Conference Center, 2045 Morse Road, Building E.
December 21, 2015 Norwalk to Improve Wastewater Treatment; Receiving Financing from Ohio EPA
Norwalk is improving water quality in the Huron River watershed by eliminating the Pleasant Street Combined Sewer Overflow.
December 2, 2015 Ohio Lake Erie Commission to Hold December Meeting at ODNR Geological Survey Office in Delaware
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting Wednesday, December 16, 2015, at 1 p.m. at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Division of Geological Survey office in Delaware. The meeting will be held in the Horace R. Collins Conference Room, 3307 South Old State Road.
November 20, 2015 Ohio EPA Awards $4,918 Environmental Education Mini Grant to Organization in Erie and Ottawa Counties
Ohio EPA is awarding a nearly $5,000 Environmental Education Mini Grant to the Put-in-Bay Township Park District for the Lake Erie Island Water Trails project. Ten projects throughout the state were funded for $39,314.
October 8, 2015 Ohio EPA Seeks Public Comments on Proposed ‘HABs Reporting Rules’ for Public Water Systems and Laboratory Certifications
Requesting feedback from interested parties, Ohio EPA has opened an initial comment period related to the Agency’s new draft rules for public drinking water systems (and laboratories) as it relates to the reporting and monitoring of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). Confirmed reports of these blue green HABs growing in Ohio’s lakes, reservoirs, and rivers were common this summer.