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Resources for Water Quality Planners

TMACOG wrapped up a series of grants in August that will provide valuable assets for people responsible for local water quality. The documents were prepared by TMACOG with funding from member local governments and financed in part by grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency under section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act.

Regulations regarding home sewage treatment systems have changed. Area health departments are trying to reach households that are not connected to sanitary sewer systems to let them know about the changes. Health departments can request the recently completed brochure: Important News about Home Sewage Treatment Systems Operations and Maintenance for use as a direct mail piece or as a leave-behind. The goal is to encourage homeowners to properly maintain their systems or, if the system has exceeded its useful life (usually 25-30 years), to replace it. Houses that are close to a sanitary system may be required to tap in to it. Elected officials or health departments may request copies of the brochure. Contact TMACOG Water Quality Administrative Assistant Joy Minarcin at 419.241.9155 ext. 128.

Builders, construction crews, and anyone who moves dirt as part of their business are required to take steps to prevent erosion and to keep soil out of waterways and storm sewers. TMACOG has a new pocket guide available: 2016 Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Field Guide for the TMACOG Region. It describes and illustrates Best Management Practices that apply to conditions in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Builders are invited to call to request copies of the guide. The TMACOG website has additional resources for design engineers and site plan reviewers. See materials that aim to standardize the site plan submittal process in our region here.

To request the pocket guide for other questions on stormwater regulations contact TMACOG Water Quality Planner Kari Gerwin, 419-241-9155 ext. 103.

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