Areawide Water Quality Management Plan
The 2018 Areawide Water Quality Management Plan, known as the 208 Plan, is in the final review and approval process. The 208 Plan has been reviewed by partners, approved by TMACOG’s Wastewater Committee at the May 2 meeting and by the Water Quality Council (WQC) at their May 14 meeting. The TMACOG Board of Trustees will vote on it June 20. Following TMACOG approval, the region’s 208 Plan is submitted to the states of Ohio and Michigan to be included in their state-wide plans.
Revisions in 2018 include changes to the public wastewater chapter, the on-site sewage treatment chapter, and the chapter on agriculture, drainage, and habitat.
The agriculture chapter was completely revised. It now includes updated maps, newer studies on Lake Erie, plans designed by area stakeholders, and other data.
The public wastewater chapter defines Facility Planning Areas. Changes include updating sewer service areas in two FPAs, description of future needs and/or capital improvements in 24 FPAs, facility infrastructure updates in 14 FPAs, and one boundary change.
The chapter on on-site sewage treatment was updated to remove package plants that are either inactive or that have been removed as part of new sanitary sewers, and to remove or change boundaries of critical sewage areas in Ottawa and Wood counties. New sewer connections can eliminate or reduce the size of critical sewage areas. Additionally, tapping into available sewers will achieve compliance with state regulations.
The 2017 plan is here. The 2018 draft plan is here.