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Ohio Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program

Traditional images of water pollution often consist of a pipe spewing industrial contaminants into a river. The Clean Water Act helped solve many of Ohio's traditional pollution problems. Remaining problems are more challenging and may be traced to two kinds of pollutants: polluted run off and physical alterations to a stream or river channel. These are referred to as nonpoint sources of pollution since they are the result of a land use and/or man-made changes to a river rather than flowing from a single point of discharge.

Polluted run off is rain or snow melt flowing across the land picking up contaminants such as sediment, nutrients or bacteria, carrying these pollutants to small streams that eventually flow into a larger river. Physical alterations are changes made to a stream channel or stream banks and include activities such as the conversion of headwater streams into drainage ditches, constructing levees and dams, and straightening a stream to encourage improved drainage. Physical alterations also include activities such as removing trees along a river bank or installing rock rip-rap on a river bank to prevent erosion.

Running WaterThe primary causes of nonpoint source impairment in Ohio streams are habitat alteration, hydro-modification to stream channels, sediment and excessive nutrients. Streams in agricultural areas of Ohio appear most frequently to be impaired by physical alterations, such as ditching, and impairments caused from excessive sediment and nutrients. Streams in urban and rapidly developing residential areas of the state are further impaired by nonpoint causes such as lowhead dams and nonpoint source contaminants carried off land surfaces by increased storm water runoff. In the coalfield regions of southeastern Ohio, another cause of impairment is abandoned mine drainage, which has impaired more than 1,300 miles of streams in the region.

Fortunately, management practices to address nonpoint source pollution are becoming more effective. Previous efforts to address these types of problems often consisted of implementing demonstration practices and trying new techniques for managing the ubiquitous nature of nonpoint source pollutants. Years of trial and error are resulting in a much broader understanding of management practices needed to restore impaired waters and improve water quality.

Physical alterations may be addressed using restoration practices such as removing lowhead dams, eliminating or modifying levees and restoring floodplains and riparian forest cover. Headwater streams previously converted into drainage ditches are effectively being restored using natural stream channel design techniques. Polluted run-off is being more effectively reduced using pollution prevention practices such as replacing failing home sewage treatment systems, installing riparian filter strips and controlled drainage systems or restoring ditches to 2-stage channels to allow for more natural stream function. Many other practices designed to slow the flow of nutrients from croplands, and sediment from mining sites and construction sites are also available to improve the health of Ohio's rivers and streams.

Ohio EPA's update to the Ohio Nonpoint Source (NPS) Management Plan was approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in June 2014. This important update provides direction and strategic focus to Ohio EPA's programs and activities geared toward reducing the impacts of nonpoint source pollution such as hydromodification, habitat alteration, polluted runoff and adds other activities like Invasive Species management and innovative storm water management demonstrations. Management Practices listed in the update are now eligible for federal Section 319 grant funding and grants awarded from other sources. Since Ohio EPA is not altering the scope of the previously updated nonpoint source management plan, a full revision to the Management Plan was not required. As a result, Ohio EPA focused updated strategies and practices only on programming actions for which Ohio EPA is the primary implementer and/or facilitator.

Ohio's approved NPS Management Plan update incorporates large sections from Ohio's recently submitted Nutrient Reduction Strategy. This information was derived following collaboration and input from a large number of agricultural and urban stakeholders. Moving forward Ohio's NPS Management Plan will implement several provisions of the Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Ohio's updated plan also incorporates objectives for Ohio EPA's Lake Erie Program, as well as strategies for dealing with NPS issues in urban waters as well as protection activities critical to protecting high quality waters. For information about Ohio's updated NPS Management Plan, contact Rick Wilson at (614) 644-2032.

 

Developing a Plan to Address Nonpoint Source Pollution

Developing a Plan to Address Nonpoint Source Pollution

Sediment StreamProvisions of the Clean Water Act call upon states to develop comprehensive plans to manage nonpoint source pollution in their rivers and streams. Ohio’s Nonpoint Source Management Plan was first completed in 1988 and consisted of more than 600 pages of detailed strategies for addressing water quality impairments. Subsequent revisions to the plan were completed in 1992, 1999 and, most recently, in 2005. The purpose of Ohio's Nonpoint Source Management Plan is to identify strategies implemented by Ohio's NPS partners to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of surface water bodies within the state. The short-term goal of the plan is to have 80% of the streams in Ohio in attainment with their designated aquatic life-uses by 2010.

Ohio’s most recent update to the Nonpoint Source Management Plan, entitled "Getting the Point about Nonpoint" was initiated in 2003 by a workgroup sponsored by the Ohio Water Resources Council and chaired by Ohio EPA and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. In addition to being a requirement of USEPA under provisions of the Clean Water Act, updating the NPS plan was a strategic priority action item of the Ohio Water Resources Council. Following two years of intensive effort, Ohio's NPS Management Plan was submitted to USEPA Region 5 during the summer of 2005 and subsequently approved during 2006. Several important changes are reflected in the revised plan, including:

  1. The revised plan is outcome based. Rather than simply measuring the quantity of nonpoint source management practices installed, the revised plan identifies specific environmental outcomes and representing a fundamental shift to actively restore waters impaired by nonpoint source causes.

  2. Program goals are integrated with regional, national and international water quality goals. The revised plan integrates existing strategies previously developed such as the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Control Strategy and the Lake Erie Protection and Restoration Plan. Additionally, the plan emphasizes the state's commitment to local watershed planning through such processes as TMDL studies and locally prepared watershed action plans.

  3. Targets are not program specific. Previous plans focused on administration of Section 319(h) grants and other state specific programs. The revised plan recognizes the broad array of programs supporting Ohio's nonpoint source management efforts. Rather than prescribing activities for each of the various programs, the planning process emphasized consensus building on desired environmental outcomes and a commitment to align program resources to meet these desired outcomes.

  4. The importance of local NPS implementation is emphasized. The revised plan outlines priority areas for implementation for each NPS cause of water quality impairment. However, a fundamental component of the revised plan is the increased emphasis on and commitment to local watershed action planning, endorsement and implementation.

  5. Environmental outcomes place an emphasis on stream integrity. Habitat alteration and hydro-modification are the leading causes of aquatic life use impairment in Ohio. Many land use activities change the shape and function of stream channels, reducing the ability of the streams to handle pollutant loads and destroying habitat necessary to support healthy aquatic ecosystems. The revised Ohio NPS Management Plan emphasizes the importance of maintaining and restoring self-sustaining stream channels in conjunction with reducing polluted runoff.

  6. Comprehensive approaches to addressing Ohio's nonpoint source pollution management are encouraged. Previous versions of the NPS plan identified listings of best management practices that could be funded by CWA section 319(h) grants. The revised plan identifies a comprehensive suite of management practices without regard to program-specific funding eligibility. The revised Ohio NPS Management Plan encourages a broad integration of various funding resources to achieve desired environmental outcomes.

  7. Accessibility to the plan is enhanced. Previous versions of Ohio's NPS Management Plan were extensive and cumbersome documents; exceeding 600 pages. The revised plan is internet based, thereby assuring broad access by all of Ohio's water quality partners.

Local Watershed Planning & Implementation

Ohio's revised Nonpoint Source Management Plan is a dynamic document, reflective of the wide-spread nature of efforts and tools available to address this important water quality problem. A cornerstone of these efforts is Ohio's commitment to local watershed assessment, planning and implementation. Recent trends in protecting and restoring the health of Ohio's rivers is the formation of locally-based watershed groups comprised of volunteers, landowners, local officials, scientists and a host of concerned individuals. Watershed groups serve as important community advocates, forming a basis for local watershed planning and providing valuable support for local project implementation. When organized in advance of TMDL studies, these groups provide a wealth of information, assistance and the support needed for successful completion of TMDL studies.

Watershed action planning is a critical piece in Ohio's overall efforts to address nonpoint source pollution. Planning provides numerous benefits including:

  • Identifying locally-based water quality solutions

  • Linking financial resources to environmentally effective actions

  • Matching appropriate actions to known causes of NPS impairments

Copies of all state endorsed watershed action plans may be found on Ohio DNR's website.

Protecting the Best and Restoring the Rest

    Improving water quality in a watershed requires a balanced approach. Ohio's Nonpoint Source Management Plan recognizes this need in part, by shifting from an activity-based strategy to an outcome-based approach. When examining the desired environmental outcomes articulated in Ohio's revised plan, it is clear that restoring impaired waters is the primary focus; it is equally clear that protecting existing high quality waters is also vital for success. An important benefit of watershed based planning —whether conducted as part of a locally produced watershed action plan or as a TMDL study — is that it requires looking at the watershed as a whole. This includes looking at the good stuff in a watershed, the bad stuff and the ugly.

    Little Darby CreekAreas where water quality and habitat conditions are good need to be protected while impaired areas need to be restored. And, in general, measures must also be taken to reduce nonpoint source pollution from ever reaching the waters. An effective watershed plan includes strategies for identifying these areas and implementing projects that will meet the river's needs and bring about the greatest environmental benefit in efficient ways. Ohio's NPS Management Plan includes provisions for protecting high quality waters as well as strategies needed to restore impaired waters.

    Knowing where to start can be a daunting task, especially in light of limited project funding and needs that far outweigh available resources. It is a necessary challenge to balance limited funding by carefully understanding where restoration practices should be completed and where protective measures should be implemented, and then matching these needs with the proper source of funding, participation and/or support. Ohio's revised NPS Management Plan attempts to do this on the statewide scale; local watershed action plans attempt to achieve this on the local level.

    Ohio's nonpoint source management partners are committed to a holistic approach to addressing water quality concerns. Programs such as the CWA Section 319(h) grants program administered by Ohio EPA are actively engaged in assisting local governments and watershed groups by providing much needed funding for local restoration projects. Farm bill programs such as Environmental Quality Improvement Program (EQIP) and Conservation Reserve Program are increasingly linking funding to local watershed plans and TMDL studies so that NPS pollution prevention practices are more effective at generating desired water quality improvements. Equally important are the funds provided by Ohio EPA's Water Resources Restoration Sponsor Program (WRRSP) and other programs within Ohio's Department of Natural Resources to protect our highest quality waters from further degradation. And there are specific projects being implemented designed to reshape the way Ohioan's actions within a watershed affect water quality in other portions of the watershed. Collectively, all of these efforts reflect the benefit of local watershed planning by linking multiple parties and programs together in a united effort to protect and restore Ohio's rivers and streams.

    The Surface Water Improvement Fund was created in 2008 and authorizes the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to provide grant funding to applicants such as local governments, park districts, conservation organizations and others. 


    2013 SWIF Grants

    Buckeye Lake SWIF Grants -

    Application Deadline was April 30, 2013


     

    2012 SWIF Grants

    Supplemental Lucas County SWIF Grants -

    Application Deadline was June 21, 2013

    Cuyahoga County SWIF Grants

    Statewide SWIF Grants

    2010 SWIF Grants

    Applications were due on February 15, 2010 and Ohio EPA received 172 applications. A total of 32 of these projects were successful and are being awarded 2010 SWIF grants. Grants are awarded for two-year periods with effective start dates of June 1st, 2010.

    Background

    In 1987 the federal Clean Water Act amendments created a national program to control nonpoint source pollution, established under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C 1329). Ohio EPA is the designated water quality agency responsible for administering the Ohio 319 program. Since 1990, Ohio EPA has annually applied for, received and distributed Section 319 grant funds to correct NPS caused water quality impairment to Ohio’s surface water resources. Section 319(h) implementation grant funding is targeted to Ohio waters where NPS pollution is a significant cause of aquatic life use impairments. The cornerstone of Ohio’s 319 program is working with watershed groups and others who are implementing locally developed watershed management plans and restoring surface waters impaired by NPS pollution.

    Annual Report

    Section 319 Subgrant Success Stories

    Section 319 Project Summary Reports

    Section 319 Subgrant Guidance Sheets

    Previous Year's Section 319 Grant Application Materials

    FFY2020 — Project Application Deadline has been extended until Friday March 20, 2020

    FFY2019 — Project Application Deadline March 15, 2019

    FFY2017 

    FFY2016

    FFY2015

    FFY2014

    FFY2013

    General Section 319 Grant Documents

    • FAQs - Local Match Contributions for 319 Grants
    • USEPA Volunteer Monitor's Guide to Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPP)
      If new, quantitative environmental data or direct environmental measurements are taken as part of a 319 implementation grant, and the data will be used to draw environmental conclusions (such as, but not limited to: pollutant loading reductions, design criteria for management practice implementation, environmental management decisions, restoration options, mapping, field verification of data, etc.), the subgrantee must submit a QAPP to consistent with the above-referenced guidance.
    • 2003 Health and Safety Checklist
      This checklist is provided to outline key information to recognize and plan for potential field hazards when conducting water resource sampling and evaluation work per an Ohio EPA approved QAPP.

    Nine-Element Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategies (9-Element NPS-IS) in Ohio

    • The 9-Element NPS-IS is a strategic plan that provides assurance to nonpoint source grant programs and institutions (i.e., U.S. EPA) that, as described, a proposed water quality project meets the 9 Essential Elements per U.S. EPA §319 Program Guidance (April 2013).
    • For a project to be eligible for Ohio EPA Section 319 Funding, a proposed project must be described in a U.S. EPA-approved 9-Element NPS-IS for the HUC-12 watershed in which the project is located.
    • The NPS-IS ensures that potentially funded projects are: rooted in the best science available; located in areas that will address the worst problems; and that have the administrative, evaluation, and educational components needed to ensure that the water resource will achieve as much long term benefit as possible.
    • The NPS-IS is a living strategic planning document that summarizes causes and sources of impairment, established critical areas, identifies quantifiable objectives to address causes and sources of impairment, and describes projects designed to meet those objectives.
    • Each NPS-IS is unique at the HUC-12 scale. The NPS-IS is designed to evolve as projects come and go. Likewise, every updated version (containing new projects and/or new data) must be reviewed and approved by Ohio EPA and U.S. EPA.

    Assistance Documents for Developing 9-Element Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategic Plans & Approved 9-Element Plans

    Rick Wilson, (614) 644-2032

    Current List of Watersheds with Approved 9-Element Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategies

    HUC 12 HUC 12 Name NPS-IS Version and Approval Date
    041000010301 Shantee Creek Version 1.0, November 20, 2018
    041000010303 Prairie Ditch Version 1.0, June 15, 2018
    041000010304 Headwaters Tenmile Creek Version 1.0, July 5, 2018
    041000010306 Tenmile Creek Version 1.0, Aug. 24, 2017
    041000010307 Heldman Ditch-Ottawa River
    Version 1.1
    Version 1.2
    Version 1.0, Aug. 2, 2017
    Version 1.1, October 3, 2018
    Version 1.2, April 12, 2019
    041000010308 Sibley Creek-Ottawa River Version 1.0, October 22, 2018
    041000010309 Detwiler Ditch Version 1.0, October 10, 2018
    041000040203 Blierdofer Ditch Version 1.0, January 24, 2020
    041000040301 Little Black Creek Version 1.0, January 16, 2020
    041000040302 Black Creek Version 1.0, January 14, 2020
    041000040303 Yankee Run Version 1.0, December 6, 2019
    041000040305 Town of Wilshire - Saint Marys River Version 1.0, January 30, 2020
    041000040401 Twentyseven Mile Creek Version 1.0, January 30, 2020
    041000050206 Platter Creek Version 1.0, January 16, 2020
    041000060303 Flat Run Version 1.0, February 28, 2020
    041000070203 Sims Run - Auglaize River Version 1.0, April 29, 2020
    041000070204 Sixmile Creek - Auglaize River Version 1.0, April 15, 2020
    041000070301 Upper Hog Creek Version 1.0, January 15, 2020
    041000070302 Middle Hog Creek Version 1.0, April 15, 2020
    041000070303 Little Hog Creek Version 1.0, April 15, 2020
    041000070304 Lower Hog Creek Version 1.0, April 15, 2020
    041000070403 Honey Run Version 1.0, February 7, 2020
    041000070604 Dry Fork-Little Auglaize River Version 1.0, February 26, 2020
    041000070901 Upper Jennings Creek Version 1.0, April 15, 2020
    041000070903 Lower Jennings Creek Version 1.0, April 15, 2020
    041000070904 Big Run-Auglaize River Version 1.0, February 3, 2020
    041000070905 Lapp Ditch-Auglaize River Version 1.0, May 19, 2020
    041000070906 Prairie Creek (Putnam County) Version 1.0, February 26, 2020
    041000070907 Town of Oakwood-Auglaize River Version 1.0, February 26, 2020
    041000071205 Wildcat Creek-Flatrock Creek Version 1.0, February 3, 2020
    041000071206 Big Run - Flatrock Creek Version 1.0, March 6, 2020
    041000071207 Little Flatrock Creek Version 1.0, March 3, 2020
    041000071208 Sixmile Creek - Paulding Version 1.0, March 6, 2020
    041000071209 Eagle Creek - Auglaize River Version 1.0, March 6, 2020
    041000080103 The Outlet-Blanchard River Version 1.0, October 10, 2018
    041000080205 Blanchard River-City of Findlay Version 1.0, February 20, 2019
    041000080301 Upper Eagle Creek Version 1.0, May 29, 2020
    041000080304 Howard Run-Blanchard River Version 1.0, June 4 2020
    041000080403 Marsh Run-Little Riley Version 1.0, September 26, 2018
    041000080405 Lower Riley Creek-Blanchard River Version 1.0, January 30, 2019
    041000080501 Tiderishi Creek Version 1.0, April 5, 2018
    041000090201 Preston Run-Maumee River Version 1.0, Aug. 7, 2017
    041000090701 Ai Creek Version 1.0, July 20, 2018
    041000090702 Fewless Creek - Swan Creek Version 1.0, June 25, 2018
    041000090703 Gale Run-Swan Creek Version 1.0, November 16, 2018
    041000100705 Berger Ditch Version 1.0, November 20, 2018
    041000090801 Upper Blue Creek Version 1.0, November 16, 2018
    041000090802 Lower Blue Creek Version 1.0, July 6, 2018
    041000090803 Wolf Creek Version 1.0, Aug. 17, 2017
    041000090804 Heilman Ditch-Swan Creek
    Version 1.1
    Version 1.0, May 22, 2017
    Version 1.1, August 21, 2019
    041000090901 Grassy Creek Diversion Version 1.0, August 7, 2018
    041000090902 Grassy Creek Version 1.0, October 25, 2018
    041000090904 Delaware Creek-Maumee River
    Version 1.1
    Version 1.0, May 10, 2017
    Version 1.1, May 12, 2020
    041000100601 Upper Toussaint Version 1.0, August 21, 2018
    041000100602 Packer Creek Version 1.0, July 20, 2018
    041000100603 Lower Toussaint River Version 1.0, May 16, 2018
    041000100701 Turtle Creek Version 1.0, June 12, 2018
    041000100702 Crane Creek Version 1.0, June 15, 2018
    041000100703 Cedar Creek-Frontal Lake Erie Version 1.0, July 16, 2018
    041000100704 Wolf Creek-Frontal Lake Erie Version 1.0, August 21, 2018
    041000100706 Otter Creek - Frontal Lake Erie Version 1.0, May 12, 2017
    041000111301 Muskellunge Creek Version 1.0, June 16, 2020
    041000111403 Little Muddy Creek Version 1.0, May 28, 2020
    041100010108 Baker Creek—West Branch Rocky River Version 1.0, December 27, 2019
    041100010201 Headwaters East Branch Rocky River Version 1.0, June 22, 2017
    041100010202 Baldwin Creek-East Branch Rocky River
    Version 1.1
    Version 1.0, June 27, 2019
    Version 1.1, May 12, 2020
    041100010204 Cahoon Creek-Frontal Lake Erie
    Version 1.1
    Version 1.0, May 14, 2019
    Version 1.1, January 13, 2020
    041100020102 West Branch Cuyahoga River Version 1.0, January 9, 2020
    041100020104 LaDue Reservoir—Bridge Creek Version 1.0, December 30, 2019
    041100020105 Black Brook Version 1.0, January 3, 2020
    041100020203 Lake Rockwell-Cuyahoga River Version 1.0, April 6, 2017
    041100020304 City of Akron - Cuyahoga River Version 1.0, March 13, 2020
    041100020404 Brandywine Creek Version 1.0, January 17, 2020
    041100020405 Boston Run Version 1.0, February 21, 2020
    041100020501 Pond Brook Version 1.0, July 5, 2017
    041100020502 Headwaters Tinkers Creek Version 1.0, July 6, 2017
    041100020503 Headwaters Chippewa Creek Version 1.0, May 21, 2020
    041100020504 Town of Twinsburg-Tinkers Creek Version 1.0, Aug. 8, 2017
    041100020505 Willow Lake - Cuyahoga River Version 1.0, May 7, 2020
    041100020601 Mill Creek—Cuyahoga River
    Version 1.1
    Version 1.2
    Version 1.0, July 17, 2017
    Version 1.1, May 3, 2018
    Version 1.2, April 1, 2020
    041100020602 Village of Independence-Cuyahoga River Version 1.0, May 21, 2020
    041100020603 Big Creek
    Version 1.1
    Version 1.0, June 9, 2017
    Version 1.1, April 14, 2020
    041100020604 Cuyahoga Heights-Cuyahoga River (West Creek) Version 1.0, June 9, 2017
      Version 1.1 Version 1.1, May 26, 2020
    041100020605 City of Celeveland-Cuyahoga River Version 1.0, March 24, 2020
    041100030203 Arcola Creek Version 1.0, June 27, 2019
    041100030204 McKinley Creek-Frontal Lake Erie Version 1.0, May 22, 2017
    041100030301 Silver Creek Version 1.0, June 19, 2017
    041100030303 McFarland Creek-Aurora Branch
    Version 1.1
    Version 1.2
    Version 1.0, April 13, 2017
    Version 1.1, July 6, 2018
    Version 1.2, August 14, 2019
    041100030304 Beaver Creek-Chagrin River
    Version 1.1
    Version 1.2
    Version 1.0, March 1, 2017
    Version 1.1, August 14, 2019
    Version 1.2, February 25, 2020
    041100030302 Headwaters Aurora Branch Version 1.0, May 12, 2017
    041100030401 East Branch Chagrin River
    Version 1.2
    Version 1.0, May 10, 2017
    Version 1.2, August 14, 2019
    041100030402 Griswold Creek-Chagrin River
    Version 1.1
    Version 1.2
    Version 1.3
    Version 1.0, March 9, 2017
    Version 1.1, Nov. 27, 2017
    Version 1.2, May 3, 2018
    Version 1.3, August 14, 2019
    041100030403 Town of Willoughby—Chagrin River Version 1.0, January 15, 2020
    041100030501 Marsh Creek-Frontal Lake Erie
    Version 1.1
    Version 1.0, May 10, 2017
    Version 1.1, July 16, 2018
    041100030502 City of Euclid—Frontal Lake Erie Version 1.0, April 24, 2020
    041100030503 Euclid Creek
    Version 1.1
    Version 1.2
    Version 1.0, June 7, 2017
    Version 1.1, July 13, 2018
    Version 1.2, January 29, 2020
    041100030504 Doan Brook Version 1.0, February 26, 2019
    041100040303 Mill Creek—Grand River Version 1.0, December 17, 2019
    041100040603 Community of Mechanicsville—Grand River Version 1.0, December 17, 2019
    041100040604 Paine Creek—Grand River Version 1.0, December 17, 2019
    041100040605 Talcott Creek—Grand River Version 1.0, December 17, 2019
    041100040606 Big Creek—Lower Grand Version 1.0, July 27, 2017
    041100040607 Red Creek-Grand River Version 1.0, May 8, 2017
    050301060904 Piney Creek - Captina Creek Version 1.0, April 27, 2018
    050301030406 Chocolate Run - Mahoning River Version 1.0, August 14, 2019
    050301030603 City of Warren - Mahoning River Version 1.0, August 14, 2019
    050302020106 Sandy Creek-Belpre Version 1.0, June 7, 2019
    050302040402 Baldwin Run Version 1.0, May 12, 2017
    050302040801 Hamley Run—Hocking River Version 1.0, Feb. 6, 2018
    050400010102 Pigeon Creek Version 1.0, April 1, 2019
    050400010104 Wolf Creek-Tuscarawas Version 1.0, May 26, 2020
    050400010105 Portage Lakes - Tuscarawas River Version 1.0, May 6, 2020
    050400011204 Tuscarawas River: Wolf Run – Tuscarawas River Version 1.0, May 14, 2018
    050400030302 Kokosing River—Armstrong Run Version 1.0, May 25, 2018
    050400030607 Tea Run - Killbuck Creek Version 1.0, May 1, 2020
    050600010302 Headwaters Little Scioto River
    Version 1.1
    Version 1.0, April 12, 2018
    Version 1.1, May 1, 2020
    050600011503 Headwaters Blacklick Creek
    Version 1.1
    Version 1.0, Feb. 22, 2017
    Version 1.1, April 12, 2019
    050600011601 Westerville Reservoir-Alum Creek Version 1.0, March 12, 2019
    050901010205 Town of Zaleski—Raccoon Creek Version 1.0, March 5, 2018
    050902030101 East Fork Mill Creek-Mill Creek Version 1.0, May 26, 2020
    050902030103 Sharon Creek-Mill Creek
    Version 1.1
    Version 1.0, Feb. 24, 2017
    Version 1.1, March 31, 2020
    050902030104 Congress Run—Mill Creek Version 1.0, Oct. 27, 2017
    050902021102 Fivemile Creek-East Fork Little Miami River Version 1.0, July 31, 2017
    050902021305 Salt Run-East Fork Little Miami River Version 1.0, June 27, 2019
    051201010201 Chickasaw Creek Version 1.0, June 29, 2017
    051201010202 Headwaters Beaver Creek Version 1.0, June 7, 2017
    051201010203 Coldwater Creek-GLSM Version 1.0, May 19, 2020
    051201010204 Grand Lake St. Marys (Tributaries and Lake)
    Version 1.1
    Version 1.0, June 12, 2019
    Version 1.1, April 14, 2020
         

    Current List of Watersheds with Equivalent Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategies

    HUC_12 HUC_12_Name
    041000030104 Bird Creek-East Branch St Joseph River
    041000030106 Clear Fork-East Branch St Joseph River
    041000030204 West Branch St Joseph River
    041000030301 Nettle Creek
    041000030302 Cogswell Cemetery-St Joseph River
    041000030303 Eagle Creek
    041000030304 Village of Montpelier-St Joseph River
    041000030305 Bear Creek
    041000030306 West Buffalo Cemetery-St Joseph River
    041000030402 Headwaters Fish Creek
    041000030405 Town of Alvarado-Fish Creek
    041000030406 Cornell Ditch-Fish Creek
    041000030501 Bluff Run-St. Joseph River
    041000030502 Big Run
    041000030503 Russell Run-St. Joseph River
    041000030505 Willow Run-St. Joseph River
    041000030506 Sol Shank Ditch-St. Joseph River
    041000050201 Zuber Cutoff
    041000050202 North Chaney Ditch-Maumee River
    041000050203 Marie DeLarme Creek
    041000050204 Gordon Creek
    041000050205 Sixmile Cutoff-Maumee River
    041000050206 Platter Creek
    041000050207 Sulphur Creek-Maumee River
    041000050208 Snooks Run-Maumee River
    * All proposed §319 projects or GLRI projects in these HUCs must be consistent with the practices described in these U.S. EPA-approved plans.

    Current List of Watersheds with Equivalent Acid Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment (AMDAT) Plans

    HUC_12 HUC_12_Name
    050301010701 Headwaters Yellow Creek
    050301010702 Elkhorn Creek
    050301010703 Upper North Fork
    050301010704 Long Run-Yellow Creek
    050301010801 Town Fork
    050301010802 Headwaters North Fork Yellow Creek
    050301010803 Salt Run-North Fork Yellow Creek
    050301010804 Hollow Rock Run-Yellow Creek
    050301060303 Cox Run-Wheeling Creek
    050302020701 Headwaters Leading Creek
    050302020702 Mud Fork
    050302020703 Ogden Run-Leading Creek
    050302020704 Little Leading Creek
    050302020705 Thomas Fork
    050302020706 Parker Run-Leading Creek
    050302040101 Center Branch
    050302040102 Headwaters Rush Creek
    050302040103 Clark Run-Rush Creek
    050302040201 Headwaters Little Rush Creek
    050302040501 Little Monday Creek
    050302040502 Lost Run-Monday Creek
    050302040503 Snow Fork
    050302040504 Kitchen Run-Monday Creek
    050302040701 East Branch Sunday Creek
    050302040702 Dotson Creek-Sunday Creek
    050302040703 West Branch Sunday Creek
    050302040704 Greens Run-Sunday Creek
    050302040901 Miners and Hyde Forks
    050302040902 McDougall Branch
    050302040903 Kasler Creek-Federal Creek
    050302040904 Sharps Fork
    050302040905 Big Run-Federal Creek
    050400010804 Huff Run
    050400011304 Buttermilk Creek-Stillwater Creek
    050400011802 Mud Run-Tuscarawas River
    050400040501 Black Fork
    050400040502 Upper Moxahala Creek
    050400040503 Middle Moxahala Creek
    050400040504 Lower Moxahala Creek
    050400040801 Brush Creek
    050901010201 East Branch Raccoon Creek
    050901010202 West Branch Raccoon Creek
    050901010203 Brushy Fork
    050901010204 Twomile Run-Raccoon Creek
    050901010205 Town of Zaleski-Raccoon Creek
    050901010301 Hewett Fork
    050901010302 Headwaters Elk Fork
    050901010303 Flat Run-Elk Fork
    050901010304 Flat Run-Raccoon Creek
    050901010401 Headwaters Little Raccoon Creek
    050901010402 Dickason Run
    050901010403 Meadow Run-Little Raccoon Creek
    050901010404 Deer Creek-Little Raccoon Creek
    050901010501 Pierce Run
    050901010502 Strongs Run
    050901010503 Flatlick Run-Raccoon Creek
    050901010504 Robinson Run-Raccoon Creek
    050901010601 Indian Creek
    050901010602 Barren Creek-Raccoon Creek
    050901010603 Mud Creek-Raccoon Creek
    050901010604 Bullskin Creek
    050901010605 Claylick Run-Raccoon Creek
    * All proposed §319 projects in these HUCs must be consistent with the practices described in the plan

    GRLI (Great Lakes Restoration Initiative) 

    Additional project summaries are available in the Section 319 Program Annual Reports

    2010 Cuyahoga County Surface Water Improvement Grant Program

    2011 Buckeye Lake Nutrient Reduction Grant Program

    2012 Cuyahoga County Surface Water Improvement Grant Program

    2012 Lucas County Stormwater Demonstration Grant Program

    2012 Powell Creek, Defiance County, Nutrient Reduction Grant Program

    2013 Hancock County Sediment and Phosphorus Reduction in the Lye Creek Watershed

    2014 Brokensword, Crawford County, Nutrient Reduction Grant Program

    2014 Cuyahoga County Surface Water Improvement Grant Program

    2014 Maumee River Sediment & Nutrient Reduction Grant Program

    2016 Maumee Agricultural Habitat Restoration Grant Program

    2017 Lake Erie Tributary Water Quality Restoration Grant Program

    John Mathews
    Nonpoint Source Section Manager

    Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water
    50 W. Town St., Ste. 700
    PO Box 1049
    Columbus, OH 43216-1049

    (614) 265-6685 [voice]
    (614) 644-2745 [fax]
    email: john.mathews@epa.ohio.gov

    Study Plans

    Technical Support Documents

    Year Report
    2008 Biological and Habitat Studies: 11 River and Stream Projects. Year 2008 Section 319(h) Clean Water Act Grants. State of Ohio. February 27, 2009.
    2009 Biological and Habitat Studies: 7 River and Stream Projects. Year 2009 Section 319(h) Clean Water Act Grants. State of Ohio. April 9, 2010.
    2010 Biological and Habitat Studies: 10 River and Stream Projects. Year 2010 Section 319(h) Clean Water Act Grants. State of Ohio. May 31, 2010.
    2011 Biological and Habitat Studies: 17 River and Stream Projects in Ohio. Year 2011 Section 319(h) Clean Water Act Grants and Year 2010 GLRI/SWIF Grants. State of Ohio. February 24, 2012.
    2011/2012 Biological and Water Quality Study of the Loss Creek-Sandusky River Watershed (HUC 0410011 04 02), 2011-2012.  Crawford County, Ohio.
    2012/2013 Biological and Water Quality Study of the Lye Creek (Blanchard River) Watershed, 2012 and 2013. Hancock County, Ohio. 
    2012 Biological and Habitat Studies: 16 River and Stream Projects in Ohio.  Year 2012 Section 319(h) Grants (Baseline Monitoring), Prior Year Section 319(h) Grants (Post-Project Monitoring).  State of Ohio. August 29, 2014.
    2013 Biological and Water Quality Study of the Powell Creek (Auglaize River) Watershed, 2013.  Defiance and Putnam Counties, Ohio. 
    2013 Biological and Water Quality Study of the Brandywine Creek - Broken Sword Creek (Sandusky River) Study Area, 2013.  Crawford County, Ohio.
    2013 2013 Biological and Habitat Studies of Eight Rivers and Streams in Ohio Evaluating Section 319(h) and SWIF/GLRI Projects