OUR SCIOTO RIVER BASIN
Central Ohio contains an abundance of rivers, lakes, streams, and ground water. How we live on and use the land is directly related to the cleanliness of our water and the cost to treat it for safe consumption. Water is a critical resource, so we need to manage it in a way that reflects how the population in Central Ohio continues to grow. Seven Central Ohio counties grew by 12.7% in the last decade, exceeding the state’s 1.6% growth rate.
In 2010 MORPC received funding from the Ohio EPA to collect, analyze and report data that may be used to update the state’s 208 Water Quality Management Plan. The project funding originated from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). See the final report.
A 208 Plan is created under section 208 of the federal Clean Water Act. These plans describe and promote efficient and comprehensive programs for controlling water pollution from point and nonpoint sources in a defined geographic area. 208 plans are developed by either an Areawide Council or Ohio EPA. The Ohio EPA is the agency responsible for updating the 208 Plan for 64 of Ohio's 88 counties, including those in central Ohio. The 208 Plan influences the Ohio EPA permitting process, so Ohio citizens are directly impacted by these decisions.
Information Gathered by MORPC to be used by Ohio EPA:
- Maps of Facility Planning Areas, which describe the areas in which a designated Management Agency is responsible for waste water treatment planning and service;
- Maps of Sewer Service Areas, which describe the areas where sewer service is available;
- Information about known water pollution sources, including home sewage treatment sytems, confined animal feeding operations, and point-sources that are permitted to discharge by the Ohio EPA.
This project was made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This product or publication was financed in part or totally through a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, with funds from Section 604b of the Clean Water Act. The contents and views, including any opinions, findings, or conclusions or recommendations, contained in this product or publication are those of the authors and have not been subject to any U.S. EPA or Ohio EPA peer or administrative review and may not necessarily reflect the view of either Agency, should be and no official endorsement inferred.