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Ohio EPA Seeks Public Comments on Aurora Golf Course Funding Application

Comments due by close of business Dec. 14, 2012

Ohio EPA recently completed an environmental assessment for a proposed project to restore a portion of the Aurora Branch of the Chagrin River on the Aurora Golf Course and restore it to a natural condition. With the issuance of this assessment, Ohio EPA opened a 30-day public comment period to any and all interested parties regarding the environmental benefits and adverse impacts of this proposal.

The assessment is on the Agency’s website at: http://epa.ohio.gov/Portals/29/public%20comment%20docs/Aurora%20Branch%20EA.pdf.

The Chagrin River is impacted by pollutants from sources such as urban runoff, failing septic systems, wetlands loss and alterations to its network of streams.

If approved, the project would implement a recommendation of the Chagrin River Watershed Action Plan by restoring and protecting 13 acres of high-quality wetlands and 7,000 linear feet of stream banks along the Aurora Branch of the Chagrin River, including 33 acres to be converted from a golf course to forested riparian corridor and floodplain. The Aurora Branch, which flows through the golf course, has been degraded by physical alterations to the stream, including the loss of natural open space in the creation of fairways, constructed ponds and bridges, and underground systems to drain pollutants. The restored property would further protect the adjacent Aurora Audubon Sanctuary, which is a state nature preserve.

Comments may be submitted to Steve Malone, Ohio EPA-DEFA, PO Box 1049, Columbus OH, 43216-1049 or steve.malone@epa.ohio.gov. Comments should be project specific and focused on environmental impacts, and must be received by the close of business on Dec. 14, 2012. If substantive comments are not received by this date, Ohio EPA will proceed with its review of the project based upon the current record.

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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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.


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