PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Lindey Amer
CITIZEN CONTACT: Kristopher Weiss
Public Meeting to Discuss Buckeye Lake Water Quality Certification Request
Information Session and Hearing Scheduled Monday, June 26
Ohio EPA will hold a public information session at 6 p.m. June 26, 2017, to discuss an application for a water quality certification related to the replacement of an earthen dam at Buckeye Lake. The information session will immediately be followed by a public hearing at Millersport Elementary School, 11850 Lancaster St., Millersport.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources proposes to discharge fill material to construct a permanent replacement dam and berm along the north and west shores of Buckeye Lake. The project will bring the dam into compliance with Ohio regulations and dam safety standards as part of the phase II of the Buckeye Lake dam rehabilitation project.
Discharges of fill material from this project have a potential to affect the quality of Buckeye Lake and the South Fork Licking River. The proposed project cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Ohio EPA will consider technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the project before deciding to issue the water quality certification.
Comments may be presented at the June 26 hearing, or submitted in writing to: Ohio EPA-DSW, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049; or by email: email@example.com. The public comment period will end July 3, 2017. Following consideration of public comments, Ohio EPA will decide on the application.
Materials related to this application are available for review online and at the Ohio EPA Central District Office, 50 W. Town St., Columbus, by calling (614) 728-3778 to make an appointment.
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.