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 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.


Ohio EPA Conducts Five Surface Water Improvement Grant Information Sessions in February

Ohio EPA is accepting proposals for the 2014 Surface Water Improvement Fund (SWIF) grants to address nonpoint source pollution and storm water runoff, resulting in water quality improvement for Ohio’s stream, rivers and lakes.

Ohio EPA is conducting five grant information sessions for potential applicants:

  • Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 - Ohio EPA Northeast District Office, 2110 East Aurora Road, Twinsburg;
  • Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 - Ohio EPA Southwest District Office, 401 East Fifth Street, Dayton;
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 - Ohio EPA Northwest District Office, 347 North Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green;
  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - Ohio EPA Southeast District Office, 2195 Front Street, Logan; and
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 - Ohio EPA Central Office, 50 West Town Street, 6th Floor, Columbus.

The information sessions will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will last approximately 90 minutes. There will also be time for questions and answers concerning the grant process.

Grants of up to $150,000 will be awarded to water quality improvement projects that meet the eligibility requirements, which may include:

  • innovative storm water management projects;
  • stream restoration and restoration of natural flow;
  • riparian restoration and invasive species removal;
  • inland lake management and restoration; and
  • wetland restoration and protection.

SWIF grants are awarded for a two-year period. Successful applicants are required to execute a formal grant agreement with Ohio EPA and must complete projects within the two years specified. Grants awarded under SWIF will follow a competitive process. Projects that can demonstrate “shovel-readiness” will receive stronger consideration.

Applications must be complete and postmarked by April 11, 2014, to be considered for funding. The request for proposals and applications are available online. If you require additional assistance or have questions, please contact Martha Spurbeck at (614) 644-2869.


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.