Public Review and Comment – Area Sewerage Plans
People interested in our region’s water treatment plans are invited to review changes and updates to the 208 Plan at a public meeting May 4, 7 p.m. at TMACOG. Comments are due to TMACOG by June 7, 5 p.m.
The Areawide Water Quality Management Plan (called the 208 Plan from that section of the Clean Water Act) is our region’s agreement on how we will work together to meet the goals of the Clean Water Act. The plan describes responsibilities and covers agreements about how we will build and maintain sewers and water treatment facilities, and how to manage septic systems and sewage problems. Our region’s 208 Plan covers Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Wood counties in Ohio; and Bedford, Erie, and Whiteford townships of Monroe County, Michigan.
The plan is updated frequently when communities plan for development, or when municipalities join together to build a sewer system. Beginning in 2009, partners did a review and update of the complete plan to keep it current and relevant to community needs. A plan that everyone agrees with is particularly important in Ohio because the Director of the Ohio EPA must deny permits that conflict with the plan.
The plan and its revisions are posted on the TMACOG website. If you can’t attend the May 4 meeting, you may review this presentation [pdf] which describes the update process and the changes proposed by partner organizations. Comments are due to TMACOG by June 7. To comment, please contact Kurt Erichsen, vice president of Environmental Planning, by e-mail or at 419.241.9155 ext. 126. The updated plan will be presented to the TMACOG Board of Trustees for approval at their June 9 meeting. All TMACOG meetings are open to the public.