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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Dina Pierce or James Lee

Ohio EPA Updating State Water Quality Management Plan

Public Hearing Scheduled Aug. 13

Ohio EPA is considering updates to water quality management plans prepared by six regional planning agencies. The plans describe and promote efficient and comprehensive programs for controlling water pollution in a defined geographic area. The plans address a variety of water quality issues ranging from sewage treatment to urban and agricultural runoff.

Ohio EPA is accepting public comments on the plan. A public hearing will be held in Columbus on Aug. 13, 2019, at 3 p.m. at Ohio EPA’s Central Office, 50 W. Town St., Suite 700, Conference Room A. All visitors should bring photo identification in order to register at the security desk. Anyone who wants to speak at the meeting is encouraged to pre-register by calling Ohio EPA’s Public Interest Center at (614) 644-2160.

Plans from the following area planning agencies would be updated:

  • Eastgate Regional Council of Governments (Mahoning and Trumbull counties);
  • Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties);
  • Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties);
  • Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning and Development Organization (Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties);
  • Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties); and
  • Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood counties).

These six areawide agencies oversee planning in 24 Ohio counties with large urban populations. Each agency prepares and approves the water quality management plan for its member counties. The state then certifies that the documents include the required plan elements and are consistent with each other and with drainage basin plans.

The state of Ohio prepares and maintains the water quality management plans for the remaining 64 counties. The governor then certifies the entire statewide plan and submits it to U.S. EPA for its approval.

Written comments may be submitted though Aug. 18. Comments should be sent to the attention of Walter Ariss, Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049 or emailed to The proposed update is available for review online.


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.

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