PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Dina Pierce
CITIZEN CONTACT: Darla Peelle
Ottawa River Restoration Plan Topic of Public Meeting
Comment Period Open through April 15
Ohio EPA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have issued a draft restoration plan and environmental assessment for the Ottawa River in Toledo. A public meeting will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2016, at 6 p.m. to discuss the plan and listen to comments. The meeting will be in Toledo City Council Chambers, One Government Center, 401 S. Erie St., Toledo.
The draft plan addresses natural resources injured and ecological services lost due to legacy releases of hazardous substances to the river and outlines the agencies’ restoration alternative. The agencies are negotiating a settlement with the responsible parties to compensate the public for the harm caused to the natural resources.
The preferred restoration alternative involves natural resource-based projects within the Western Lake Erie Basin and Ottawa River that will enhance and preserve aquatic habitat and natural areas through the acquisition, protection and re-establishment of wetland, riparian and upland habitats.
The public meeting will begin with an information session with Ohio EPA and U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff presenting a summary of the draft restoration plan and environmental assessment. After the information session, the public can submit oral or written comments regarding the plan.
In addition, written comments will be accepted until April 15. Written comments can be submitted to Archie Lunsey, environmental manager, Ohio EPA Northwest District Office, 347 N. Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402, faxed to Lunsey at (419) 352-8468 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A copy of the draft plan has been provided to the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, 325 N. Michigan St., Toledo. The plan also is available for review at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office by calling (419) 352-8461 or on Ohio EPA’s website.
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.