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Ohio EPA Meeting about Annual Toledo Harbor Dredging Project
Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, to accept comments on a proposal for the annual dredging of the Toledo Harbor federal navigational channel. The meeting will take place at Toledo City Council Chambers, One Government Center, 640 Jackson St., Toledo.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has submitted an application for a water quality certification for the project, which involves dredging the lake approach channel, the upper end of the Maumee River channel and lower end of the river channel near the river’s mouth. Dredging would not start before July 1 and would not occur during storm events.
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.
Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the application through Feb. 5, 2014. Anyone may submit written comments or request to be placed on a mailing list for information by writing to: Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216 1049, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The application and related materials are available for review online or at Ohio EPA Central Office, Lazarus Government Center, 50 W. Town St., Columbus, OH, by first calling (614) 644-2001.
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.