Ohio Domestic Action Plan 2020

Ohio’s Domestic Action Plan (DAP) will advance efforts toward the proposed 40% nutrient reduction target put forth in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement of 2012 (GLWQA).

NEW - Ohio EPA has released the draft Integrated Report for 2020. This document discusses the impairment status and TMDL planning for Lake Erie and is found on the Ohio EPA web site.

NEW - Ohio has updated the Ohio Domestic Action Plan for 2020. The new plan supports Governor DeWine’s H2Ohio Plan, which was released in Nov. 2019. The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will coordinate finalizing the Ohio Domestic Action Plan with Ohio EPA, Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), who each share responsibility for implementing the plan. Each agency will be accountable for implementing their respective areas of authority included in the state plan to meet the overall 40 percent reduction.

New action items included in the draft focus on:

  • Establishing science-based priorities for agricultural best management practices and state programs to support H2Ohio efforts to encourage farmers to implement them;
  • Calling out the importance of wetland restoration and outlining ODNR efforts to create, restore, and enhance wetlands for nutrient reduction as part of H2Ohio;
  • Updated actions for communities including H2Ohio support for home sewage treatment system remediation;
  • Integrating the role of watershed planning at the local level for siting projects to reduce nutrients efficiently, including a distribution of the load reduction throughout the Maumee River watershed based on the Ohio EPA Nutrient Mass Balance method.

Ohio's Domestic Action Plan 2020 - DRAFT

The public webinar is archived here.

Correspondence or public comment regarding the Ohio DAP is welcome at any time and may be emailed to: dap@lakeerie.ohio.gov. We will direct it to the appropriate agency staff.

The USEPA DAP serves as an umbrella document, and the states of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania each have their own state level plans (list of links to federal, state, and province DAPs).

The final due date for the combined US Federal/State DAPs was February 28, 2018.

Final Ohio Domestic Action Plan 1.1 as sent to USEPA 8/31/18
Appendix C - Point Source Facilities (Excel spreadsheet)

Supporting files and references

Expanded Water Monitoring Report October 2019 also see spreadsheet version (includes all stations, and data available from 2008 to 2018)

USEPA Methodology for Connecting Annex 4 Water Quality Targets with TMDLs in the Maumee River Basin.

Ohio EPA Press Release about transmittal of Ohio's DAP to USEPA
Ohio Domestic Action Plan 1.0 as sent to USEPA 2-07-2018
Final Draft Ohio Domestic Action Plan as sent to USEPA 11-17-2017 (includes appendices)

Response to comments not incorporated
Monitoring Station Maps/Presentation to Stakeholders 8-18-2017
Ohio EPA Press Release about Ohio's draft DAP
Public Meetings Presentation (as PDF)

State of Ohio's Western Basin of Lake Erie Collaborative Implementation Framework posted here.
Western Basin of Lake Erie Collaborative Agreement 2015-06-13

Ohio EPA Resources:
Go to Ohio EPA's Integrated Report 2020 (discusses Lake Erie TMDL)
Western Lake Erie Basin Far-Field Allocations and Nine Element Watershed Planning OEPA Presentation at December 12, 2018 OLEC meeting.
Tracking Nutrients to Guide Management Actions Across Northwest Ohio Watersheds - OEPA presentation at OSG SOS conference 2018
Nutrient Pollution - Includes links to Ohio's Nutrient Reduction Strategy and Nutrient Mass Balance Studies
Lake Erie Program - Includes links to Ohio Phosphorus Task Force resources