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Ohio EPA Schedules Meeting About Lake County Bridge Replacement Project
Potential wetlands and stream impacts from a proposed bridge replacement project in Leroy and Perry Townships will be the focus of a Jan. 8, 2015, Ohio EPA public meeting. The information session and public hearing will begin at 6 p.m. at Lake County Department of Utilities Learning and Business Center, 1981 Blase Nemeth Road, Painesville.
The meeting will be an opportunity for citizens to ask questions and submit comments concerning an application submitted by the Lake County Engineer to replace the existing bridge on Vrooman Road over the Grand River, changing it to a new alignment between Seely Road and State Route 84.
To complete the project, the Lake County Engineer is requesting to impact 0.84 acres of category three wetlands, 90 linear feet of the Grand River, 82 linear feet of Borden’s Ditch, and 99 linear feet of an unnamed tributary to the Grand River. The Lake County Engineer would be required to preserve, restore or replace wetland resources and mitigate any approved impacts. Ohio EPA also will consider other alternatives that result in less or no impacts to the water’s quality.
Anyone wanting to discharge dredged or fill material to waters of the State must first obtain a water quality certification from Ohio EPA and a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ohio EPA reviews the project to ensure it will comply with Ohio’s water quality standards.
The proposed project may result in a change from current water quality conditions, but 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 whether to issue or deny a water quality certification. The application and related materials are available for review by calling (614) 644-2001.
Comments on the application may be offered at the hearing or submitted in writing to: Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, Attn: Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049. The public comment period ends Jan. 15, 2015.
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.