March / April 2011
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Portage River Basin Council

At their January meeting, members of the Portage River Basin Council (PRBC)toured the new wastewater treatment plant in Pemberville. Gordon Bowman, president of council for the Village of Pemberville, is chair of the PRBC. He invited the council to tour the sequencing batch reactor plant to demonstrate the kind of project that has a direct, positive impact on the Portage River. Clean water from the plant is pumped into the Portage after treatment. The plant is completely new, from two 250,000-gallon holding tanks, to a new lift station built near the library, to an operations building that houses monitors and records and where the water is analyzed. Construction began in late 2009, was complete in August 2010, and the system went into full operation December 2010. The new plant replaces a system that was built in 1970 and was 10 years beyond its expected life. Funding for the project came through the Ohio EPA which allocated federal stimulus funds to the village. The $2.5 million project was half grant and half low-interest loan.

Elaine Moebius, Portage River watershed coordinator; Jim Sass, Ottawa County commissioner and vice chair of the PRBC; and Gordon Bowman, president of council for the Village of Pemberville and chair of the PRBC, at the January council meeting.

Inside the operations building at the new Pemberville Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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