TMACOG hosting meetings on water quality

By: 
Larry Limpf

News Editor
news@presspublications.com

The Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments will host three public meetings to discuss updates to the Water Quality Management Plan for Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.
Also known as the 208 Plan, from that section of the Clean Water Act, the plan describes how municipalities in area counties coordinate their plans for sewer improvements.
The meetings will be held:
-For Sandusky County, 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Sept. 20 at the Fremont City Water Reclamation Center, 1019 Sand Rd., Fremont.
-For Ottawa County, 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the EOC conference room, Ottawa County Courthouses, 315 Madison St., Port Clinton.
-For Wood and Lucas counties and Monroe County, Mich., 1-2:30 p.m., on Sept. 21 at the Northwestern Water and Sewer District, 12560 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green.
The plan represents the region’s consensus for managing wastewater and related infrastructure as well as best management practices for urban stormwater, agriculture runoff, and managing septic systems.
The plan also sets priorities for capital improvements and identifies wastewater treatment works needed to meet anticipated municipal and industrial needs over 20 years.
Several ongoing and future projects are included in the plan.
In the Curtice-Williston areas of Lucas and Ottawa counties, a sanitary sewer project has been in the planning stages. Health department personnel from the counties have undertaken a survey of septic systems in the area and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is completing a water quality analysis of Cedar and Crane creeks.
Estimated planned capital improvements are about $19.8 million, according to TMACOG.
In the Village of Oak Harbor, the sewer separation and water line replacement project along Church Street were included in the plan as were combined sewer overflow monitor replacements in the Village of Gibsonburg.
Improvements, including ultraviolet disinfection, to the wastewater treatment plant in the City of Oregon are also part of the plan.
To register for a meeting contact Matthew Kennedy at kennedy@tmacog,org.

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