Division of Surface Water Rules and Laws

The Division of Surface Water (DSW) develops and enforces rules in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC).

Ohio EPA surface water quality protection and wastewater pollution control regulations are located in OAC Chapters 3745-1 to 3745-5, 3745-11, 3745-32 to 3745-33, 3745-36, 3745-38 to 3745-40, and 3745-42. Additional chapters are added as needed to address new laws and requirements related to surface waters.

Proposing new rules and amending existing rules is a regular activity conducted by Ohio EPA in response to laws passed by the Ohio General Assembly and federal rule requirements. DSW is required by federal law to review water quality standards regulations every three years and by state law to review rules at least once every five years to ensure their continued need and relevance.

During the Ohio rule-making process, rules pass through four phases: early stakeholder outreach, draft review, proposal to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review, and final adoption. To view the rules currently in each of these phases, please see the tabs below.

Join a rules electronic mailing list to stay informed about current rule-makings and opportunities to provide comment during the process.

Additional information on the Ohio EPA rule-making process and information on Agency-wide rules can be found on the Agency Rules and Laws page.


 

Water Quality Standards OAC Chapter 3745-1
Beneficial Use Designation Rules
What’s the Status?

Ohio EPA is required by state law to review its rules every five years. In 2016, the Agency is catching up on water quality standards beneficial use designation rules that are due for review. Watersheds have been grouped in waves to move through the rulemaking process. This table summarizes the various waves in different stages of review.

Step in Rulemaking Process

Wave # / Watersheds Included

Comment Deadline

Final - effective January 2, 2017

Wave 1
Scioto River (OAC 3745-1-09)
Grand River (OAC 3745-1-10)
Southwest Ohio tributaries (OAC 3745-1-17)
Huron River (OAC 3745-1-19)
Rocky River (OAC 3745-1-20)
Mahoning River (OAC 3745-1-25)
Mill Creek (OAC 3745-1-30)

N/A

Final - effective May 22, 2017

Wave 2
Maumee River (OAC 3745-1-11)
Sandusky River (OAC 3745-1-12)
Great Miami River (OAC 3745-1-21)
Portage River (OAC 3745-1-23)
Muskingum River (OAC 3745-1-24)

N/A

Final - effective September 18, 2017

Wave 3
Central Ohio tributaries (OAC 3745-1-13)

N/A

Interested Party Review

Wave 4
Wabash River (OAC 3745-1-29)

N/A

 

 

 


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Rulemaking News and Updates

  • September 22, 2017 - The Agency is accepting Interested Party Review comments on the Water Quality Trading Program Rules OAC Chapter 3745-5. The deadline for comments is October 23, 2017. Go to the Interested Party Review tab for more information.
  • September 18, 2017 - Wave 3 of the WQS Beneficial Use Designation rulemakings, rule OAC 3745-1-13: Central Ohio tributaries drainage basin, is effective today. Go to the Effective Rules tab for more information.

The first step in the rule-making process is for Ohio EPA to identify that a rule needs to be amended, rescinded or created.  Ohio EPA may also review a rule pursuant to the five-year rule review requirements (ORC 119.032) and determine that the rule should be filed with Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) as "no change."

In response to Executive Order 2011-01K, Ohio EPA has added an additional step to ensure stakeholders are brought into the rule process as early as possible. This additional interested party notification and request for information will allow for early feedback before the rule language has been developed by the Agency. 

Please see below for a listing of rules the DSW is reviewing, a fact sheet requesting stakeholder input and the comment deadline. 

 

 

Rule Package Title

Fact Sheet /Webinar

Comment Period Deadline

Effective Rules

New Rules to Reduce Impacts of Nutrients in Surface Waters
ESO Web Page
May 22, 2013

 
New Permit to Install Program Rule for Sewage Disposal at Campgrounds
ESO Fact Sheet
September 6, 2013

Triennial Review of Water Quality Standards Program Rules OAC Chapter 3745-1   ESO Fact Sheet
Overview Sheet

Webinar Recording

Webinar Presentation Slides

November 14, 2016  Chapter 3745-1   
Permit to Install Program: OAC Rule 3745-42-05, Design Flow and Waste Strength Requirements for Treatment Works Sized for One Hundred Thousand Gallons Per Day or Less. ESO Fact Sheet May 3, 2017 Chapter 3745-42
NPDES Progam: Pretreatment and Indirect Discharge Permit Rules OAC Chapters 3745-3, -36. ESO Fact Sheet May 8, 2017 Chapters 3745-3,
3745-36
New Rules - 401 Program: Water Quality Certified Professional (WQCP) Rules OAC Chapter 3745-6 ESO Fact Sheet June 1, 2017
NPDES Program: Water Quality Trading Rules OAC Chapter 3745-5
ESO Fact Sheet  June 19, 2017 Chapter 3745-5
Storm Water Program Rules OAC Chapter 3745-39 ESO Fact Sheet July 19, 2017 Chapter 3745-39
Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Program Rule OAC 3745-2-12  ESO Fact Sheet  September 12, 2017  Chapter 3745-2 
       
 

The interested party review (IPR) process is designed to allow interested parties, stakeholders or citizens to make comments regarding the rule prior to adoption.  The IPR process is the second step in the rulemaking process.  Whereas the Early Stakeholder Outreach process asked for general comments on anticipated rule changes, the IPR process asks interested parties, stakeholders or citizens to make comments on the draft rule language developed by Ohio EPA.

During the IPR process, Ohio EPA is required to submit a Business Regulation Impact Analysis (BIA) to the Common Sense Initiative Office (CSIO).  CSIO has two options for the BIA:
1.  Prepare and send recommendations to Ohio EPA for eliminating or reducing adverse impacts.
2.  Allow 16 days to pass without preparing and sending recommendations.

Based on comments received from interested parties or the CSIO, Ohio EPA may choose to revise the rules further before proposing them to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR).

Please see below for a listing of draft rules the Agency has made available for interested party review.

Draft Water Quality Trading Rules OAC Chapter 3745-5

Background

Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-5 provides the administrative requirements for the development and implementation of water quality trading programs in Ohio. The water quality trading program is a voluntary program that allows a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit holder (point source) to meet its regulatory obligations by using pollutant reductions generated by another wastewater point source or non-point source. Water quality trading is a tool for achieving water quality improvements, and under the right circumstances, has the potential to yield both environmental and economic benefits, while promoting increased interaction among watershed stakeholders.

At this time, the Agency is soliciting initial input on draft rule revisions for all fourteen rules in the chapter. This is the five year review of these rules.  The Agency is considering minor revisions and updates to style and references to all of the rules in this chapter. Please see the fact sheet linked below for specific details.

For more information about the Water Quality Trading Program, visit the Water Quality Trading Program Program web page. 

Available documents

Draft Rules

Rule Draft Action
3745-5-01: Definitions. Amend
3745-5-02: Purpose and applicability. Amend
3745-5-03: Prohibitions and restrictions. Amend
3745-5-04: General program requirements. Amend
3745-5-05: General requirements for a water quality trading management plan application.
Amend
3745-5-06: Requirements for a water quality trading management plan application.
Amend
3745-5-07: Requirements for water quality credits. Amend
3745-5-08: Water quality credits and pollutant loading calculations. Amend
3745-5-09: Determining water quality baselines. Amend
3745-5-10: Trading ratios. Amend
3745-5-11: Incorporating trades into individual NPDES permits and general permits. Amend
3745-5-12: Record keeping, reporting requirements, compliance, enforcement, and oversight. Amend
3745-5-13: Public participation requirements. Amend
3745-5-14: Ambient water quality monitoring requirements. Amend
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The comment deadline is October 23, 2017.

For additional information or to submit comments

  • By e-mail: dsw_rulecomments@epa.ohio.gov
  • By mail: Rule Coordinator, Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
  • By fax: (614) 644-2745
  • If you would like further information about this rulemaking, please contact Walter Ariss at (614) 644-3075.

 

Draft NPDES Permit Rules OAC Chapter 3745-33

Background

Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-33 houses the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Program rules, which contains the administrative and technical requirements for writing and obtaining individual wastewater discharge permits under the NPDES permit program.

The NPDES program was created in 1972 by the Clean Water Act (CWA) to help address water pollution.  NPDES permits authorize the discharge of pollutants at levels that ensure water quality standards are being met.  The NPDES program regulates any facility that discharges pollutants to waters of the state, including publicly owned treatment works (POTWs), businesses and industries.

Ohio was authorized by U.S. EPA to implement the NPDES Program under the CWA Section 402(b) and 40 C.F.R. Part 123 on March 11, 1974.  Authorized states assume permitting authority and are required to administer the program in a manner no less stringent than the CWA and regulations adopted or subsequently amended by EPA.

At this time, the Agency is soliciting initial input on draft rule revisions for nine of the ten rules in the chapter. This is the five year review of these rules.  The Agency is considering minor revisions and updates to style and references to all of the rules in this chapter. Please see the fact sheet linked below for specific details. The Agency is also requesting feedback on two draft additive forms, linked below.

For more information about the NPDES Program, visit the NPDES Program web page. 

Available documents

Draft Rules

Rule Draft Action
3745-33-01: Definitions. Amend
3745-33-02: Ohio NPDES permit required. Amend
3745-33-03: Applications. Amend
3745-33-04: Permit actions. Amend
3745-33-05: Authorized discharge levels.
Amend
3745-33-06: Treatment and disposal standards and permit limits.
Amend
3745-33-07: Establishing permit conditions. Rescind
3745-33-07: Establishing water quality-based permit conditions. New
3745-33-09: Pollutant minimization programs. Rescind
3745-33-09: Best management practices. New
3745-33-10: Applicability of rules of procedure. Rescind
3745-33-10: Applicability of rules of procedure. New
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The comment deadline is September 18, 2017.

For additional information or to submit comments

  • By e-mail: dsw_rulecomments@epa.ohio.gov
  • By mail: Rule Coordinator, Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
  • By fax: (614) 644-2745
  • If you would like further information about this rulemaking, please contact Ashley Ward at (614) 644-4852.

 

Draft Biosolids Rules OAC Chapter 3745-40

 

Background

Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-40 houses the Biosolids Program rules, which contain the rules for the disposal, use, storage, transfer and treatment of sewage sludge and biosolids, and the beneficial use of biosolids, where:

  • “Biosolids” is defined as sewage sludge or mixtures containing sewage sludge that have been treated for beneficial use; and
  • “Beneficial use” is defined as the placement of class B or bulk exceptional quality biosolids onto a beneficial use site through the spraying or spreading of biosolids onto the surface of the beneficial use site, the injection of biosolids below the surface of the beneficial use site, the incorporation of biosolids into the soil, for the purpose of providing an agronomic benefit, or the distribution of exceptional quality biosolids that do not satisfy the definition of bulk exceptional quality biosolids.

At this time, the Agency is soliciting initial input on draft rule revisions for the twelve rules in the chapter.  This is the five year review of these rules.  The Agency is considering minor revisions and updates to style and references to all of the rules in this chapter. Please see the fact sheet linked below for specific details.

For more information about the Biosolids Program, visit the Biosolids Program web page. 

Available documents

Draft Rules

Rule Draft Action
3745-40-01: Definitions. Amend
3745-40-02: Purpose, applicability, general requirements, exclusions and prohibitions. Rescind
3745-40-02: Purpose, applicability, general requirements, exclusions and prohibitions. New
3745-40-03: NPDES permit requirements and biosolids management plan requirements. Rescind 
3745-40-03: NPDES permit requirements and biosolids management plan requirements.
New
3745-40-04: Biosolids classifications.
Amend
3745-40-05: Notice and necessary information requirements for biosolids. Amend
3745-40-06: Beneficial use site authorizations for class B biosolids. Rescind
3745-40-06: Beneficial use site authorizations for class B biosolids. New
3745-40-07: Requirements for the field storage of biosolids and regional facility storage. Rescind
3745-40-07: Requirements for the field storage of biosolids and regional facility storage. New
3745-40-08: Requirements for the beneficial use of biosolids: general requirements, prohibitions, isolation distance requirements, site specific requirements, and additional site restrictions for the beneficial use of class B biosolids. Rescind
3745-40-08: Requirements for the beneficial use of biosolids: general requirements, prohibitions, isolation distance requirements, site specific requirements, and additional site restrictions for the beneficial use of class B biosolids. New
3745-40-09: Approved sampling methods, monitoring frequency requirements, record retention and annual reporting requirements. Amend
3745-40-10: Facility storage requirements. Rescind
3745-40-10: Facility storage requirements. New
3745-40-11: Signage requirements for beneficial use sites receiving class B biosolids. Amend
3745-40-12: Compliance and enforcement; and spill notification requirements. Amend
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The comment deadline was August 7, 2017.

For additional information or to submit comments

  • By e-mail: dsw_rulecomments@epa.ohio.gov
  • By mail: Rule Coordinator, Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
  • By fax: (614) 644-2745
  • If you would like further information about this rulemaking, please contact Betsy VanWormer at (614) 644-2150.

Draft Beneficial Use Designation Rule OAC 3745-1-29 Wave 4

 

Background


Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-1 contains the Water Quality Standards program rules.  These rules contain: beneficial use designations such as warmwater aquatic life habitat, public water supply and primary contact recreation; numeric levels and narrative statements (water quality criteria) protective of the use designations; and procedures for applying the water quality criteria to wastewater dischargers.  

Beneficial use designations are the water quality goals for lakes, rivers, streams and other water bodies.  Designations include such uses as aquatic life habitats (warmwater, coldwater, etc.), recreation (bathing waters, primary contact, secondary contact) and water supplies (public, agricultural, industrial).

Beneficial use designations are assigned to specific water bodies in Chapter 3745-1 of the OAC.  Each of the 23 major drainage basins or watersheds in the state is assigned a rule in Chapter 3745-1.  Specific water quality criteria are associated with each beneficial use and are the minimum specific target conditions to be maintained in the water bodies.  Together the uses and criteria may be the basis for permit limits in wastewater discharge permits and conditions in Section 401 water quality certifications.

This rulemaking includes review of beneficial use designations in one basin.  Please see the fact sheet and proposed rule below for specific information.

For more information about the Water Quality Standards program, visit the Water Quality Standards Program web page. 

Available documents

The comment deadline ended July 21, 2017. 

Support Documents

Draft rules

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Rule #

Rule Title

Draft Action

3745-1-29

Wabash river drainage basin.

New

3745-1-29

Wabash river drainage basin.

Rescind

 

For additional information or to submit comments

  • By e-mail: dsw_rulecomments@epa.ohio.gov
  • By mail: Rule Coordinator, Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
  • By fax: (614) 644-2745
  • If you would like further information about this rulemaking, please contact Chris Skalski at (614) 644-2144

Draft Implementation of Water Quality Standards Program Rules OAC Chapter 3745-2

Background

The Implementation of Water Quality Standards rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-2 cover the technical process for converting Ohio water quality standards (WQS) to wasteload allocations that can be used as limits in National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits.  At this time, six rules in OAC Chapter 3745-2 are available for review and comment.  A number if minor revisions are under consideration.  For more information about the existing rules, visit the OAC Chapter 3745-2 web page. 

Available documents

The comment deadline was July 31, 2017.

Draft rules

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Rule #

Rule Title

Action

3745-2-01

Purpose and applicability.

Amend

3745-2-02

Definitions.

Amend

3745-2-05

Calculating wasteload allocations.

Amend

3745-2-06

Application of preliminary effluent limitations.

Amend

3745-2-07

Additive effects of pollutants.

Amend

3745-2-11

Dissolved oxygen modeling.

Amend

     

For additional information or to submit comments

  • By e-mail: dsw_rulecomments@epa.ohio.gov
  • By mail: Rule Coordinator, Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
  • By fax: (614) 644-2745
  • If you would like further information about this rulemaking, please contact Curt Chipps or Eric Nygaard at (614) 644-2001.

Draft Permit to Install Program Rules OAC Chapter 3745-42

Background

Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-42 contains the Permit to Install (PTI) program rules. The PTI program permits the design and technical requirements of wastewater collection and treatment systems prior to their construction.  At this time, the Agency is soliciting initial input on draft rule revisions for four existing rules in the chapter.  This is the five year review of these rules.  Please see the fact sheet below for additional information on rule revisions being considered.

For more information about this program, visit the Permit to Install web page. 

Available documents

Draft Rules

Rule  Draft Action 
3745-42-02 Applicability, exemptions and procedures. Amend
3745-42-06 General permit to install requirements. Amend 
3745-42-08 Isolation distance requirements. Amend
3745-42-11 Holding tanks.  Amend 
   
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The comment deadline ended March 13, 2017.

For additional information or to submit comments

  • By e-mail: dsw_rulecomments@epa.ohio.gov
  • By mail: Rule Coordinator, Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
  • By fax: (614) 644-2745
  • If you would like further information about this rulemaking, please contact Mark Stump at (614) 644-2028.

Draft Credible Data Program Rules OAC Chapter 3745-4

Background

The Credible Data Program, established by law in 2003, was designed to encourage and oversee the collection, analysis and use of surface water quality data collected by volunteer individuals and organizations.  The Credible Data Program rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-4 establish three levels of credible data related to surface water quality monitoring and assessment and define the purpose for which each level of credible data could be used.  For more information about the Credible Data Program, visit the Credible Data Program web page. 

Available documents

The comment deadline ended March 3, 2017.

Draft rules

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Rule #

Rule Title

Action

3745-4-01

Purpose and applicability.

Amend

3745-4-02

Definitions.

Amend

3745-4-03

Qualified data collectors.

Rescind

3745-4-03

Qualified data collectors.

New

3745-4-04

Level 1 data requirements and reporting.

Amend

  Appendix A to rule 3745-4-04 Rescind 

3745-4-05

Level 2 data requirements and reporting.

Amend

  Appendix A to rule 3745-4-05 Amend
  Appendix B to rule 3745-4-05 Amend 
  Appendix C to rule 3745-4-05 Rescind 

3745-4-06

Level 3 data requirements and reporting.

Amend

  Appendix A to rule 3745-4-06  Amend 
  Appendix B to rule 3745-4-06  Amend 
     

For additional information or to submit comments

  • By e-mail: dsw_rulecomments@epa.ohio.gov
  • By mail: Rule Coordinator, Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
  • By fax: (614) 644-2745
  • If you would like further information about this rulemaking, please contact Jeff Reynolds at (614) 705-1011.

Draft Wetland Water Quality Standards Rules OAC Chapter 3745-1

Background

Water quality standards are state regulations or rules that protect lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands and other water bodies from pollution.  The rules are located in Chapter 3745-1 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC).  Five rules within OAC Chapter 3745-1 contain water quality standards for wetlands, which are being reviewed in this rulemaking.  This is the five year review of these rules.  Revisions are being considered for three rules (OAC 3745-1-51, 3745-1-51, and 3745-1-54.  No changes have been identified for rules OAC 3745-1-52 and 3745-1-53.  Please see the fact sheet below for additional information.

For more background information, see the Water Quality Standards Program and Section 401 Water Quality Certification and Isolated Wetland Permitting Section web pages. 

Available documents

Draft Rules

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Rule  Draft Action 
3745-1-50 Wetland definitions. Amend 
3745-1-51 Wetland narrative criteria Amend 
3745-1-52 Numeric chemical criteria for wastewater discharges to wetlands.  No Change 
3745-1-53 Wetland use designation.  No Change 
3745-1-54 Wetland antidegradation.  Amend 
   


The comment deadline is October 24, 2016.

For additional information or to submit comments

  • By e-mail: dsw_rulecomments@epa.ohio.gov
  • By mail: Rule Coordinator, Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
  • By fax: (614) 644-2745
  • If you would like further information about this rulemaking, please contact Harry Kallipolitis at (614) 644-2146.

When the draft rule has completed the Interested Party Review process, and Ohio EPA has made any additional changes based on comments received, the rule is filed with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review, Secretary of State and Legislative Service Commission (LSC).  JCARR is a legislative committee who reviews agency rules to determine if they are within the regulatory authority of the Agency, they do not conflict with any other rules of the Agency or other agencies, and that the Agency has completed the various paperwork required for proposing rule language (RSFA, BIA, IBR and others).

JCARR jurisdiction lasts 65 days.  During the first 40 days of this time period, Ohio EPA will schedule and hold a public hearing on the rule and accept comments on the rule language.

Please see below for a listing of rules the Agency has proposed with JCARR.

Proposed Water Quality Standards Program Rules OAC 3745-1-01 and -04

Background

Water quality standards are state regulations or rules that protect lakes, rivers, and streams and other surface water bodies from pollution. The rules are in Chapter 3745-1 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). These rules contain: beneficial use designations such as warmwater aquatic life habitat, public water supply and primary contact recreation; numeric levels and narrative statements (water quality criteria) protective of the use designations; and an antidegradation rule. The antidegradation rule establishes a procedure to determine that a discharge is necessary before authorizing it. It contains provisions that must be followed before authorizing any increased activity on a water body that may result in a lowering of water quality, including an increase in the discharge of a regulated pollutant, or activities that may significantly alter the physical habitat.

Water quality standards serve as: the water quality goals for water uses and cleanliness; the benchmarks to measure and report on meeting Clean Water Act goals; the water quality targets to meet when setting wastewater permit limits and total maximum daily loads.

At this time, the Agency is considering revisions to two rules within OAC Chapter 3745-1 as part of the five year rule review: rule 3745-1-01 Purpose and applicability and rule 3745-1-04 Criteria applicable to all waters. Please see the fact sheet below for more information. For more information about the Water Quality Standards program, visit the Water Quality Standards Program web page. 

Available documents

Proposed Rule

These rules were filed with JCARR on July 21, 2017.

Rule Action
3745-1-01 Purpose and applicability. Rescind
3745-1-01 Purpose and applicability. New
3745-1-04 Criteria applicable to all waters. Amend


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The comment deadline ended August 23, 2017.

For additional information or to submit comments

  • By email: dsw_rulecomments@epa.ohio.gov
  • By mail: Rule Coordinator, Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
  • By fax: (614) 644-2745
  • If you would like more information about this rulemaking, please contact Dan Dudley at (614) 644-2876.

The following is a list of Ohio Administrative Code chapters related to programs in the Division of Surface Water. Links are provided to Ohio EPA Internet pages where copies of the chapters may be downloaded.

OAC Chapter 3745-1 Water Quality Standards - Water quality standards for surface waters of the State.

OAC Chapter 3745-2 Implementation of Water Quality Standards - Regulations for the development of water quality based effluent limits and total maximum daily loads.

OAC Chapter 3745-3 Pretreatment Rules - Regulations for industrial discharges to public treatment works.

OAC Chapter 3745-4 Credible Data Rules - Regulations for administering a volunteer water quality monitoring program to collect credible data for surface water monitoring and assessment.

OAC Chapter 3745-5 Water Quality Trading Rules - Regulations that establish a voluntary statewide water quality trading program.

OAC Chapter 3745-7 Water Supply Works and Wastewater Works Personnel - Regulations for public water works and wastewater treatment plant personnel. This Chapter is available from the Ohio EPA Division of Drinking and Ground Waters site.

OAC Chapter 3745-11 Connection Ban Standards - Regulations describing criteria where connection to local sewerage systems may be prohibited and procedures for obtaining variances from connection bans.

OAC Chapter 3745-32 Section 401 Water Quality Certifications -Section 401 water quality certification requirements for activities that may result in any discharge to waters of the state (construction, placing fill, grading, dredging, ditching, stream diversion, etc.).

OAC Chapter 3745-33 Ohio NPDES Permits - The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System program. Permitting requirements for municipal and industrial discharges to waters of the state.

OAC Chapter 3745-36 Permit Program Regulating Discharge of Nondomestic Wastewater into a POTW - Permitting requirements for indirect dischargers.

OAC Chapter 3745-38 Ohio NPDES General Permits - Permit requirements covering categories of discharges by persons conducting similar activities.

OAC Chapter 3745-39 Storm Water Program - Requirements for the permitting of storm water discharges.

OAC Chapter 3745-40 Sewage Sludge - Requirements for the disposal, use, storage and treatment of sewage sludge in Ohio.

OAC Chapter 3745-42 Permits to Install and Plan Approvals for Water Pollution Control - Permitting requirements for activities that include installing/modifying a system for disposing of sewage, industrial or other wastes, land application of sludge.

Clean Water Act (Federal law)

A complete copy of Chapter 26 of Title 33 of the United States Code, also known as the Clean Water Act, is available through Cornell University. A summary and brief history of the legislation is provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio Revised Code (State laws)

The following is a list of Ohio Revised Code chapters related to programs in the Division of Surface Water. These chapters can be downloaded from LAWriter.

ORC Chapter 3745: Environmental Protection Agency
Creates and establishes powers of the Ohio EPA.

ORC Chapter 6111: Water Pollution Control
Specifies powers of the Ohio EPA with regard to water pollution control.

ORC Chapter 6117: Sewer Districts; County Sewers
Authorizes the establishment of sewer districts.

ORC Chapter 6119: Regional Water and Sewer Districts
Authorizes the establishment of regional water and sewer districts.

Surface Water Policies and Guidance