Electronic Business Services

Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water Electronic Business Services features a collaborative group of value-added innovative solutions for reporting data, submitting applications and forms, and transferring fast and secure fee payments. In 2007, the release of the Electronic Discharge Monitoring Report Submission System (eDMR) brought immediate efficiencies to reporting monitoring data and received national recognition for its innovations. As of 2015, over 5000 permitted entities submit monthly data via eDMR. This represents 100% of the reporting requirements being submitted electronically – eliminating 1000s of hard copy submittals and subsequently elevating compliance performance levels tremendously.

The upcoming release of the Surface Water Tracking, Reporting, and Electronic Application Management System (STREAMS) will make accessible dozens of previously hardcopy-only applications and forms via the Ohio EPA eBusiness Center. The efficient and seamless electronic submittal of these forms will be a value-added service for both the public and Agency staff. Alongside STREAMS sits the Agency’s newly released ePayment service for fast and secure fee payment transactions via credit card or bank account transfer.



Innovative Tools

All Electronic

New Website

Between October and December 2015 the Division of Surface Water (DSW) will be incrementally deploy a new robust web-based electronic application system for the submittal of NPDES individual and general permit application forms and permit reports via the Ohio EPA eBusiness Center.

The Surface Water Tracking, Reporting, and Electronic Application Management System (STREAMS) will provide new or renewing facilities an efficient and innovative means to complete applications through the use of smart forms. Upon submittal, the submitted data is immediately loaded into the DSW SWIMS database and immediately available to Agency staff – all occurring with minimal Agency human resources.

The forms will have built-in formatting and error validation that will efficiently minimize the number of erroneous entries maximizing the ability to submit accurate and clean data – all while saving time and resources. By streamlining through electronic means, there will be less time between the receipt of the application to the time that technical staff can begin their review of the data.

STREAMS will have the ability to retrieve yearly data from submitted DMR and efficiently build a quarterly or annual report based on permit requirements. Additionally, the new ePayment service will allow the applicant to remit payment immediately through the Ohio EPA eBusiness Center.

Click on the STREAMS tab above to view the deployment schedule and the particular forms/reports that will be available in each.

  100% electronic submittals since 2009

Nearly 10,000 active users

Proven success

Cleaner more compliant submittals

Excellent support & guidance

The Electronic Discharge Monitoring Reporting (eDMR) system is an entirely web-based service accessible via most internet browsers through any internet connection and is utilized to submit required monitoring data. eDMR is accessible via the Ohio EPA eBusiness Center which is a secure portal for online business services since 2007. eDMR has created efficiencies for both the regulated community and Ohio EPA by being a trusted, secure, fast, and well-supported system that produces cleaner data and elevated compliance performance levels. As of 2015, over 10,000 individuals use eDMR to submit monthly data for nearly 4,500 permits – 100% of all permit reporting requirements are submitted through the system.

Electronic Signatures (PINS)

Apply for your PIN through your eBusiness Center account. All users who wish to submit data through the system must apply for this PIN. Click here for details. 

Preliminary Compliance Reports (PCR)

Overnight notice of any compliance issues with your submittal. CLICK HERE for details.

Ohio EPA eBusiness Center

To access or create a personal account, go to Ohio EPA eBusiness Center.

Application Forms

Facility Reports

Fee Payment

We're going all "e" !

STREAMS will be made available in the coming months.  This self-service secure service will be available through the Ohio EPA eBusiness Center and be utilized for submittal of permit applications, submitting instant fee payments, conducting permit approvals, and for various compliance and reporting tasks. It will replace the paper-based permit application process with electronic applications and payments, providing permit approval process status to applicants electronically, and allow permit holders to submit monitoring reports electronically.

Complete graphical guidance and walkthrough of STREAMS and all new form will be available from the Guidance & Training tab in the very near future. State-wide training (including 2.0 hour waste water only CEU’s) will be conducted at each Ohio EPA District office will be conducted beginning November 2015 – notice of dates and open registration will be emailed in the coming months to DSW’s current community and advertised on the Guidance/Training tab.

Currently Available Forms

  • General NPDES Applications
    • Bulk Petroleum Fuel Storage Facilities
    • Coal Surface Mining Activities
    • Construction Site Stormwater - Big Darby Creek Watershed
    • Construction Site Stormwater - Olentangy Watershed
    • Construction Site Stormwater
    • Geothermal System Discharges
    • Hydrostatic Test Water
    • Industrial Stormwater
    • Marina Stormwater
    • Non-contact Cooling Water
    • Pesticide Application Discharges
    • Petroleum Related Corrective Action
    • Small MS4
    • Small Sanitary Discharges (No BADCT)
    • Small Sanitary Discharges
    • Temporary Wastewater Discharges
    • Water Treatment Plants
  • Co-permittee Permit Applications
    • Construction and Small MS4 Co-permit
  • Construction Lot Permit Applications
    • Construction Lot permit
  • Other Applications
    • General, Notice of Termination
    • Transfer of Ownership
  • No Exposure Applications
    • No Exposure Certification for Stormwater Permitting

December 2015 / January 2016 rollouts will include the following:

  • Individual NPDES Applications
    • Form 1 – General Information (EPA 3510-1)
    • Form 2A – Publicly Owned Treatment Works (EPA 3510-2B)
    • Form 2B – Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (EPA 3510-2B)
    • Form 2C - Manufacturing, Commercial, Mining & Silvicultural Operations (EPA 3510-2C)
    • Form 2D – Discharge Process Water (EPA 3510-2D)
    • Form 2E – Do Not Discharge Process Water (EPA 3510-2E)
    • Form 2F – Storm Water Industrial Activity (EPA 3510-2F)
    • Form 2S – Sewage Sludge (Biosolids) Treatment (EPA 4497)
    • Application for Modification (EPA 4233)
    • Application for Transfer (EPA 4234)
    • Antidegradation Addendum
  • Household Sewage Treatment Systems (HSTS) General Permit Application
  • Pretreatment Applications
    • Indirect Discharge Application (EPA 4223)
    • Indirect Permit Transfer Application (EPA 4116)
  • Bio-Solids NPDES Applications
    • Form 2S – Sewage Sludge (Biosolids) Treatment (EPA 4497)
    • CAFO NPDES Applications
    • Form 1 – General Information (EPA 3510-1)
    • Form 2B – Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (EPA 3510-2B)
    • Antidegradation Addendum
  • 401 Forms
    • 401 Pre-Application Request Form
    • 401 Water Quality Certification Application Form
    • Proposed Lakes Impact Table
    • Proposed Streams Impacts and Mitigation Table
    • Proposed Wetland Impacts and Mitigation Table
    • Director’s 401 Authorization Request
    • Level 1 Isolated Wetland Permit Application Form
    • Level 2 Isolated Wetland Permit Application Form
    • ORAM Form – (as spreadsheet)
    • HHEI – (as spreadsheet)
    • QHEI – (as spreadsheet)
  • Various Reports
    • NPDES Non-compliance Report
    • NPDES Sanitary Sewer Overflow Annual Report
    • NPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Annual Report
    • NPDES Pretreatment Annual Report
    • NPDES Pretreatment Industrial Users Periodic Compliance Monitoring Report
    • NPDES Pretreatment Generic Baseline Monitoring Report For Categorical Standards
    • NPDES Priority Pollutant Report
  • New Features
    • GIS integration with Facility search
    • GIS integration for Facility/Outfall coordinates (latitude and longitude)
    • Integrate new data source for Small MS4 Co-Permittee NOI Application


Done !

The Ohio EPA eBusiness Center now features the much anticipated functionality to allow eBusiness Center account holders who possess an Ohio EPA invoice to easily bring up and view the invoice information and electronically pay quickly with a credit card or by debiting a bank account through the Automated Clearing House (ACH) -- all within seconds. ePay provides a more convenient payment method for Ohio EPA’s fee payers and will increases the number of ePay transactions to a level that will increase efficiency at Ohio EPA – all within a efficient & secure transactional environment.

ePayment is currently available for all invoiced fee payments (ex. Annual Discharge Fee, Annual Sludge Fee, Storm Water Annual Discharge Fee) and General Permit applications submitted through the eBusiness Center. The three phased project is currently on its final phase of adding a payment option for fees that do not have a receivable established prior to payment (e.g. 401 applications, NPDES individual permit applications, indirect discharge permit applications, exam applications, conferences, etc.) – this will roll out in the coming months.

Check here for the latest DSW Electronic Business Services user tools as well as information on upcoming training session dates and locations. Trainings can be scheduled at any time at any location. Contact the eDMR administrator if you have questions, run into system problems, are interested in hosting a local training session, or to reserve a seat at a currently scheduled training session.

Guidance & Walkthroughs





eDMR All-in-One Document


This document contains everything you need to utilize the eDMR online data submittal system...Remember to Download all Attachments!

Attachment 1


eDMR Graphical Walkthrough:  This "must have" document provides you with screenshots of every step in eDMR from A to Z.

Attachment 2


eDMR User's Guide: This document is a technical in-depth look at the different aspects of e-DMR.

Attachment 3


PIN Application & Service Activation: This document includes screenshots of every step to receive a PIN & activate your eDMR Service.



  • ePay Service Walkthrough [PDF, 3.0 MB] - 10/30/15 - This quick graphical walkthrough document includes screenshots of every step in paying your Ohio EPA fees.





Personal Dashboard Quick Guidance


This quick graphical walkthrough document includes screenshots and description of the three STREAMS personal dashboard sections -- i.e., Permit List, Application List, and Reports List.

All-In-One Graphical Walkthrough


Part 1

Part 2


Download both parts, split due to size.  Only includes general permits, will be updated by mid January 2016 to include STREAMS in its entirety.


This document provides a complete graphical walkthrough of each application and reporting form available in the STREAMS system -- for those that work w/many different permit types and want a single go-to support document to support all their needs.

Application Quick Guides

(Click Links to Open)

Permit specific reference guides including STREAMS walkthrough, Ohio EPA form guidance, and corresponding U.S. EPA form documentation -- for those that have a single permit type and want smooth walkthrough to complete their application quickly!


Coming 12/4

NPDES - Individual Permit Applications


Coming 12/4

Indirect Discharge Permit Applications (IDP) 



General - Notice of Termination



General - Transfer of Ownership



Coal Surface Mining Activities



Construction Site Storm Water (Statewide, Big Darby, Olentangy)



Construction Site Storm Water (Lots)



Construction Site Storm Water & SMall MS4 (Copermittees)



Geothermal System Discharges



Household Sewage Treatment Systems



Hydrostatic Test Water



Industrial Storm Water



No Exposure Certification for Storm Water



Non-contact Cooling Water



Pesticide Application Discharges



Petroleum Bulk Storage Facilities



Petroleum-related Corrective Actions



Small MS4 Storm Water



Small Sanitary Discharges



Small Sanitary Discharges That Cannot Meet BADCT Standards



Storm Water Discharges Associated w/Industrial Activities from Marinas



Temporary Wastewater Discharges



Water Treatment Plants


Training Sessions

Statewide STREAMS training is expected to be announced in January/February 2016.  Initial training is projected to be conducted near the end of March at each Ohio EPA district office.  Information will be posted here and all current eDMR account holders who submit data will be emailed the schedule.

Upcoming Courses

Surface Water Tracking, Reporting, & Electronic Application Mngt. System (STREAMS)
        Duration - 2.5 hrs
        Contact Hours - 2.5 (Waste water only)
        Approval # OEPA-S8820583-OM

Surface Water Tracking, Reporting, & Electronic Application Mngt System (STREAMS)
        Duration - 1.0 hr
        Contact Hours - 1.0 (Waste water only)
        Approval # OEPA-S8826457-OM

Conference/Seminar Schedule

  • SWOWEA Plant Operations Workshop & Section Meeting - 11/19/15 - Mason, OH
  • NEOWEA Supervisors Seminar - 11/5/15 - Akron, OH
  • The 2015 Exchange Network National Meeting – 9/28/15-10/1/15 – Philadelphia, PA

Operator Certification / Training Providers

Operators are now able to access their operator profile, update contact information, view completed courses, submit a variety of applications and even pay program fees electronically.

Training Providers are able to update program contact information, apply for courses, upload course schedules and upload course attendance information for operators. Online access to our more popular applications, payments, and features should streamline the paperwork process and provide the most information in the least amount of time to Ohio’s Operators and Training Providers.

These eBusiness Center services are administered by the Division of Drinking and Ground Waters. Visit their site listed below for all the details.


Reference Documents

New Updates Scheduled for:


  • STREAMS – In the coming months over 20 formerly hard-copy only Division of Surface Water application and report forms will be available electronically to submit directly through your existing eBusiness Center account.
  • ePayments - Near future enhancements to the ePay Service will include the ability to submit payment of fees that were not invoiced by Ohio EPA (ex. NPDES individual permit applications, indirect discharge applications, miscellaneous renewal applications, etc.).
  • eDMR – eDMR was rolled out in October 2007 and is scheduled for a major overhaul when it reaches 10 years old – Possibly arriving in 2017-18!
  • GOING MOBILE??? Possibly in 2017! Look for all of DSW’s Electronic Business Services to be available on mobile devices for efficient and secure in-the-field access.

Don't hesitate to contact the eDMR administrator if you have questions pertaining to any of the Division of Surface Water’s Electronic Business Services. The administrator urges each account holder to develop a positive working relationship with DSW to remain current on relevant topics, obtain value-added tips, streamline efforts, and to always have a go-to contact when you need one.

The preferred method of communication is through email as the administrator can email you personalized click-by-click instructions. If you leave a voice mail or send an email, you will receive expert advice from the administrator -- nearly 95% of technical assistance requests are handled within minutes, but can take up to 24 hours if the administrator is out of the office or away from the desk.

BUSINESS HOURS: Mon-Fri: 8:15 a.m. – 4:45p.m

Jamie Roberts
e-DMR Administrator
Division of Surface Water
50 West Town Street, Suite 700
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: (614) 644-2054

eBusiness Center (PINS & Passwords): (877) 372-2499