Ohio Lake Erie Commission

02/27/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/28/2020 02:52

Ohio EPA Hosting Meeting about Sandusky Harbor Dredging

2/27/20
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Dina Pierce
CITIZEN CONTACT: Heather Lauer

Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, to accept comments on a proposal to dredge the Sandusky Harbor federal navigational channel. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Buffalo, N.Y., has applied for a water quality certification for the project. The meeting will be held at Erie County Downtown Office Building, 247 Columbus Ave., Sandusky.

During the information session, Ohio EPA representatives will present details about the proposed project. During the hearing, which follows the information session, the public can submit comments and questions for the record regarding the application.

The proposed project cannot violate Ohio's water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Ohio EPA will evaluate the application and public comments received before deciding to issue or deny the certification. The application and technical support documents can be downloaded from Ohio EPA's Division of Surface Water website.

Ohio EPA values comments from the public and will accept written comments about the certification until March 16, 2020. Comments should be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to EPA-DSW, Attention Permits Processing unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049.

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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.