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. In order to reach us, 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.

To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946

Surface Water Improvement Fund (SWIF) Grants Program

There are no current Surface Water Improvement Fund grant opportunities available at this time. Watch this page for further updates.

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. 

2014 SWIF Grants

Statewide SWIF Grants

Applications were due on April 11, 2014 and Ohio EPA received 68 applications.  The following projects were successful and are being awarded 2014 SWIF grants:

Background Information

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

Project Examples

2012 SWIF Grant Information Sessions Presentation

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.

2010 Surface Water Improvement Fund Recipients