As a precautionary response to COVID-19, Ohio EPA is currently operating with most staff working remotely. If you are working with our staff on a current project and you know the name of the employee you are working with, email them at firstname.lastname@epa.ohio.gov or call them directly. The Agency website has contact information for every district, division, and office. In order to reach us, please contact Ohio EPA’s main phone line at (614) 644-3020 or the main line for the division or office you are trying to reach.

After March 23, our district offices and Central Office will be temporarily closed and will have increasingly limited ability to receive deliveries, plans, etc. All entities are encouraged to submit plans, permit applications, etc., electronically where there are existing avenues to do so, such as the eBusiness Center (eBiz). Please refer to the list of available services on the main eBiz webpage. We encourage you to make use of all that apply, even if you have not used eBiz in the past. Plans under 25 MB can be emailed. For large plans over 25 MB, entities should work with the reviewer/division to upload via LiquidFiles. Directions for submitting docs via LiquidFiles is available on YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding. If you wish to send hard copies of documents to any of Ohio EPA’s district offices, the best method to ensure we receive these documents is to send them via U.S. Mail. Since all offices are closed, deliveries outside of U.S. Mail (FedEx, UPS) will likely be returned because the offices are closed and deliveries cannot be made.

To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946



May 28, 2020
Study of Minor Great Black Swamp Tributaries Released
Today, Ohio EPA today released a study examining water and sediment chemistry, habitat, fish, and other aquatic life from 50 small streams that flow into the Maumee River in northwest Ohio. These small streams drain approximately 1,040 square miles in portions of Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, and Wood counties.

May 8, 2020
Ohio Lake Erie Commission Seeking Submissions for 2020 “Life on Lake Erie” Photo Contest
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission is seeking submissions for its 28th annual “Life on Lake Erie” photo contest, which invites amateur photographers to submit their favorite photos of Lake Erie and surrounding landscapes. The contest offers a great way to explore and share the great places of Lake Erie through photography.

April 23, 2020
Ohio Lake Erie Commission Releases 2020 Plan to Protect Lake
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission approved its 2020 Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan (LEPR) at its April quarterly meeting. The LEPR, last published in 2016, reflects actions that the Ohio Lake Erie Commission and its member agencies will take over the next several years to protect, preserve and restore our Great Lake and promote economic development for the region. The state’s actions complement federal and local partners’ initiatives in the Lake Erie basin and across the region.

April 9, 2020
Ohio Lake Erie Commission to Hold Quarterly Meeting
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission has rescheduled its spring quarterly meeting on Friday, April 17, 2020, at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held through a webinar format, and the public can register to participate through the webinar application.

March 19, 2020
Lake Erie Protection Fund Grants Available through Ohio Lake Erie Commission
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission announces applications are available for the Lake Erie Protection Fund Grant for projects in the Ohio Lake Erie watershed. Grants up to $50,000 will be considered during the current grant cycle. Applications are due May 1, 2020 with selections to be announced at the Ohio Lake Erie Commission meeting on June 17, 2020. Projects should address at least one of the Draft 2020 Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan Strategic Objectives.

March 10, 2020
Ohio Lake Erie Commission Meeting Postponed
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission has postponed (for a date later to be determined) the quarterly meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center.

March 2, 2020
Ohio Lake Erie Commission to Hold March Meeting in Northwest Ohio
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at 10 a.m. at the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bay Shore Road, Oregon. Parking is available at the meeting location.

February 27, 2020
Ohio EPA Hosting Meeting about Sandusky Harbor Dredging
Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, to accept comments on a proposal to dredge the Sandusky Harbor federal navigational channel. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Buffalo, N.Y., has applied for a water quality certification for the project. The meeting will be held at Erie County Downtown Office Building, 247 Columbus Ave., Sandusky.

February 18, 2020
Ohio Releases Updated Domestic Action Plan Draft
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will host a webinar on Feb. 24, 2020, to answer questions about the draft Ohio Domestic Action Plan 2020 that was released on Jan. 28.

February 11, 2020
Ford’s Lima Engine Plant Earns Ohio EPA’s Platinum Environmental Stewardship Award
Ford’s Lima Engine Plant was recognized today with Ohio EPA’s top environmental stewardship award for its commitment to reducing water and energy use, reducing waste, and community outreach. Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson presented the facility with the Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Platinum Level award.

February 5, 2020
Ohio Lake Erie Commission Releases 2020 Draft Plan to Protect Lake Erie
Sandusky -- The Ohio Lake Erie Commission released its draft Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan 2020 (LEPR) for public comment. The LEPR, last published in 2016, reflects actions that the Ohio Lake Erie Commission and its member agencies will take over the next several years to protect, preserve, and restore our Great Lake. The State’s actions complement federal and local partners’ initiatives in the Lake Erie basin and across the region.

January 28, 2020
Ohio Releases Updated Domestic Action Plan Draft
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and the State of Ohio have released an updated draft of the Ohio Domestic Action Plan to reduce phosphorus entering Lake Erie under the binational Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

January 27, 2020
Ohio EPA Approves Proposed Well Site
Artesian of Pioneer’s application to site a drinking water well near the village of Fayette has been approved by Ohio EPA. The action only approves the siting of one well at the location. Approval of a single well site is different than approving detailed plans for a new public water system, and it is the first step in a multi-step process required if a new public water system is planned.

December 6, 2019
Ohio EPA Announces Funding for Williams County Infrastructure
Today, Ohio EPA announced an infrastructure project aimed at improving water quality as part of Gov. Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative. Williams County will receive $500,000 in H2Ohio funding for its project to construct a new wastewater collection and treatment system that will serve approximately 90 homes in the unincorporated area of Kunkle.

December 4, 2019
Ohio Lake Erie Commission to Hold December Meeting in Columbus
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at 10 a.m. at ODNR Headquarters at 2045 Morse Road, Columbus Ohio, Assembly West Conference Room, Building E. Parking is available at the meeting location.

 
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