For Immediate Release
March 4, 2021


Ohio Lake Erie Commission and Ohio EPA Request Public Comments about Cuyahoga River Area of Concern

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) are accepting public comments on the proposed removal of a beneficial use impairment within the Cuyahoga River Area of Concern (AOC). 

Beneficial Use Impairments (BUI) identify specific problems that can prevent a water body from meeting its full water quality potential. The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and Ohio EPA are recommending the removal of the “eutrophication and undesirable algae” BUI because conditions meet restoration criteria that include no persistent nuisance growth of algae within the AOC and acceptable seasonal average of dissolved oxygen for lake-affected waters.

A summary of the proposed recommendation is available online.

This beneficial use impairment is the third BUI proposed for removal from the initial nine BUIs for the Cuyahoga River Area of Concern. 
Written comments will be accepted through March 25, 2021, and can be emailed to Melanie Barbis,, at Ohio EPA’s Division of Surface Water.

OLEC was established to preserve Lake Erie's natural resources, protect the quality of its waters and ecosystem, and promote economic development in the region. The director of Ohio EPA serves as the commission's chairman. Additional members include the directors of the state departments of Transportation, Health, Development Services, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and five members appointed by the governor.

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For more information, contact:
Lynn Garrity, Ohio Lake Erie Commission
(614) 506-0619

Anthony Chenault, Ohio EPA
(614) 644-2160

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