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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.


Ohio EPA Accepting Comments on 2014 Integrated Water Quality Report

Ohio EPA’s draft 2014 biennial report on water quality has been released for public review.

The report indicates the general condition of Ohio’s waters and identifies waters that are not meeting water quality goals. The 2014 report has 459 changes from the 2012 list, including 282 removals and 177 additions. Most changes remove water quality improvement plans (known as TMDLs) that have been approved or add new data that indicate the need to create new TMDLs.

To discuss the report, a public meeting will be held at Ohio EPA’s Central Office on Feb. 12, 2014, at 3 p.m. in conference room A, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus. Those planning to attend should bring a photo I.D. to check in at the building’s security desk.

The summary of each water body assessment unit is available online at Visit this website to review specifics concerning water bodies that are impaired or delisted.

Written comments may be submitted in person or by mail no later than Feb. 28, 2014, to, or in writing to Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, Attn: 303(d) comments. Comments submitted after this date will be considered as time and circumstances permit. Following public review and comments, a final report must be submitted to U.S. EPA by April 1, 2014.


The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.