February / March 2011

New Data Facilitates Sewer Planning

The Areawide Water Quality Management Plan (the 208 Plan) is updated frequently by regional partners. This next update will be made with the benefit of improved GIS mapping.

TMACOG has started the next update of the 208 Plan. To date, all sewerage service providers have been e-mailed with copies of their current information and have been asked to update them. Next, TMACOG will hold county-level meetings. At the meetings, staff will be able to show side-by-side comparisons of Ohio EPA water quality data alongside the sewerage Facility Planning Areas, Critical Sewage Areas, and package sewage treatment plants (see map). The GIS maps will help partners see a correlation between water quality and water treatment facilities. The point of discussion will be whether the data support a need for sewer extensions or changes to plans to address failed septic systems. For any questions on the 208 Plan, contact Kurt Erichsen at 419.241.9155 ext. 126.

Watersheds have designated uses for recreation, aquatic life, drinking, and fish consumption. Impaired watersheds cannot function in one or more of these categories. One of the reasons for mapping water quality data with the location of package plants (septic systems) is to help identify areas that may need to be listed as critical areas.

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