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OLEC Requests Public Comments about Black River AOC

OLEC Requests Public Comments about Black River AOC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2022

Ohio Lake Erie Commission Requests 
Public Comments about Black River Area of Concern 


The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and Ohio EPA are accepting comments through April 4 for the proposed removal of a beneficial use impairment regarding restrictions on navigational dredging activities within the Black River Area of Concern.  

Beneficial use impairments (BUI) identify specific problems that can prevent a waterbody from meeting its full water quality potential. The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and Ohio EPA recommend removing the “restrictions on navigational dredging activities” BUI because conditions meet restoration criteria that include (1) all dredged sediment from the Lorain Harbor Federal Navigation Channel has the potential to be beneficially used upland, and (2) the majority of dredged sediment may be able to be used for aquatic beneficial uses in accordance with the federal water quality certification process. 

A summary of the proposed recommendation is available on Ohio EPA’s website

This beneficial use impairment is the fourth BUI to be recommended for removal from the initial list of nine BUIs for the Black River Area of Concern.  

Written comments will be accepted through April 4, 2022, and can be emailed to Lynn Garrity, 
lynn.garrity@lakeerie.ohio.gov. 

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission 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 the Ohio EPA serves as the Commission's chairman. Additional members include the directors of the state departments of Transportation, Health, Development, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and five additional members appointed by the Governor. 
Ohio EPA 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. 

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