Stream systems, including their corridors, and wetland resources are vital environmental features and are extremely sensitive to urbanization. The intent of this book is to allow development to occur while minimizing the impact to water resources, especially streams.
This manual defines Ohio’s standards and specifications for storm water practices implemented during land development. The target audience is that group of professionals involved in the design and implementation of development projects, but it is also used by others interested in implementing sound practices that minimize erosion, sediment and storm water impacts.
The manual integrates water resource protection into development site planning in order to maintain or improve stream integrity. Early chapters discuss practices and strategies for protecting streams and wetlands, treating storm water pollutants, and establishing permanent runoff controls. The latter chapters include chapters regarding construction-phase practices, including standards and specifications for sediment control, temporary runoff control, soil stabilization and control of pollutants other than sediment. Appendices offer additional important information for design such as storm water design examples, soils, planning around streams, and use of and impacts to soils.