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. To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946. This number should only be used for emergencies. For all other calls, 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.



September 10, 2020
Ohio EPA Holding Hearing about Proposed Stream Quality Designation Rules
Ohio EPA is proposing changes beneficial use designation rules for the Maumee River, Sandusky River, Huron River, and Portage River watersheds. A virtual public hearing about the amended rules will be held on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.

September 9, 2020
Photos Chosen as Judges’ Favorites in 2020 ‘Life on Lake Erie’ Photo Contest
Out of 177 photographs submitted by amateur photographers, 11 were recognized as judges’ favorites in the annual Life on Lake Erie photo contest. Each photographer was recognized during the Ohio Lake Erie Commission’s (OLEC) Sept. 9 virtual meeting. This year’s photos feature the variety of places and life that reflect Ohio’s Lake Erie. The winning photos can be found at the Ohio Lake Erie Commission website, www.lakeerie.ohio.gov.

September 9, 2020
Ohio Lake Erie Commission Approves H2Ohio Technology Assessment Program Advisory Council
To guide the State in addressing harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Lake Erie, today the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) announced the creation of the H2Ohio Technology Assessment Program (TAP) Advisory Council. The TAP Advisory Council will evaluate and validate technology proposals and facilitate demonstration projects to determine their effectiveness at addressing HABs. OLEC has also selected Tetra Tech as a third-party technology vendor to assist the TAP Advisory Council in evaluating the most promising technologies.

September 1, 2020
Ohio Lake Erie Commission to Hold Quarterly Meeting
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held through a virtual format, and the public can register to participate through the webinar application.

August 10, 2020
Ohio Lake Erie Commission Requests Public Comments about Ashtabula River Area of Concern
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and Ohio EPA are accepting comments for the proposed removal of a beneficial use impairment that restricts navigational dredging activities within the Ashtabula River Area of Concern.

August 7, 2020
Northwest Ohio Communities Receive $82 Million in Financing from Ohio EPA for Wastewater, Drinking Water Infrastructure Improvements
Communities in Northwest Ohio are receiving more than $82 million in low-interest rate funding from Ohio EPA to improve wastewater and drinking water infrastructure and make other water quality improvements. The loans were approved between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2020.

July 21, 2020
Ohio EPA Announces H2Ohio Funding to Replace Failing Household Sewage Treatment Systems
Today, Ohio EPA announced that several communities will receive financial assistance as part of Gov. Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative to help low- to moderate-income homeowners repair and replace failing household sewage treatment systems (HSTS). Health departments in Erie, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Williams, and Wood counties will each receive $250,000 in H2Ohio funding to replace failing household sewage treatment systems.

July 7, 2020
Virtual Meeting Set about Water Quality Impacts from Ohio Turnpike Project
Ohio EPA will present information and accept comments at an online public hearing for a water quality certification application related to a proposed toll booth construction project on the Ohio Turnpike in Williams County.

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.

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