Kasich Certifies 208 Plans
Ohio Governor John Kasich recently officially certified all six of the state’s Areawide Water Quality Management Plans (208 Plans) including TMACOG’s regional plan. The TMACOG plan had been adopted through the Environmental Council and the TMACOG Board of Trustees in June, 2011 and now has been state certified. This is important because by law the Director of the Ohio EPA must deny permits that conflict with the plan.
Since the update in 2011, TMACOG and the regional partners who cooperate to maintain the 208 Plan have continued to modify and update it as needed. The July 2012 revisions include sewage facility updates and a new chapter on agriculture, drainage, and habitat. A 2013 update will incorporate those 2012 changes and also integrate 2010 Census data. TMACOG will ask the Environmental Council and the Board of Trustees to consider and adopt the update in the summer of 2013. Following that approval, TMACOG will submit it to the state for certification.
The 208 Plan is an agreement among communities in Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Wood counties in Ohio and Bedford, Erie, and Whiteford townships of Monroe County, Michigan about how best to maintain and improve water supply and water treatment in the region. It is modified regularly as communities build new housing developments, extend services to attract industry, or make investments to separate stormwater from waste water.