Portage River Plan Endorsed
The Ohio EPA and Ohio Department of Natural Resources have announced their full endorsement of the Portage River Watershed Action Plan Update. The updated plan, completed by the TMACOG Environmental Planning department in early 2013, expanded the original 2012 study area from nine hydrologic unit codes (HUCs) to the entire river basin: 18 HUCs.
An endorsed watershed plan is a critical tool for groups working to protect public health and improve water quality. Watershed plans are recognized by state and federal regulators as primary planning documents and projects based on such plans receive preferential funding. The plan is posted on the Portage River Basin Council pages of tmacog.org here. TMACOG’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees will review and evaluate the Portage River plan at their regularly scheduled meetings.
Hydrologic unit codes define subwatershed boundaries. (Click here to read about how HUCs are designated and what the numbers mean.) In the newly endorsed plan, each HUC is described with details of soil composition, hydrology, topography, and river characteristics including depth, width, and water flow. Maps and tables show boundaries, land use, erosion potential and other features. Next, the plan outlines goals to address problems within the region and offers specific projects and strategies to reduce phosphorus loading and fecal bacterial contamination within the watershed.
For more information on the Portage River Watershed Action Plan Update and on the Portage River Basin Council, contact Kurt Erichsen at 419.241.9155, ext. 126.