Ohio EPA Issues Draft Water Quality and Assessment Report

EPA recently released the draft 2020 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report for public review and comment. This report, updated every two years, is required by the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) to fulfill two purposes: 1) to provide a summary of the status of the State’s surface waters; and 2) to develop a list of waters that do not meet established goals (i.e. impaired waters). Under the CWA, once impaired waters are identified, the state must act to improve them. Typically, the actions include developing restoration plans [total maximum daily loads (TMDLs)]; water quality-based permits; and nonpoint source pollution control measures. As such, this report provides information and direction to much of the State’s work in water quality planning, monitoring, financial/technical assistance, permitting and nonpoint source programs.This and past assessment reports are a good starting point for any Ohio surface water work.The draft report also includes an overview of Ohio’s groundwater quality. Ohio EPA will be hosting a webinar on the draft report on March 2 and will be accepting comments through March 13, 2020.