Ohio EPA seeks stakeholder input for the Ohio Tributaries to the Shenango River Watershed Draft Loading Analysis Plan

Jan 08, 2020

The Ohio EPA is seeking stakeholder input to a Draft Loading Analysis Plan (LAP) for specific Ohio tributaries to the Shenango River. The tributaries analyzed in plan include Pymatuning Creek, Yankee Creek, and Little Yankee Creek. A copy of the LAP can be found at the following Ohio EPA link, https://www.epa.state.oh.us/dsw/wq. Comments will be accepted until 5:00pm on January 29th, 2020 and can be submitted by email to EPATMDL@epa.ohio.gov or sent by mail to:

TMDL Program
Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049

The Ohio Tributaries’ LAP provides strategies Ohio EPA will consider using to address water quality impairments based on data provided from the 2008 biological and water quality survey. The 2008 survey ( https://www.epa.state.oh.us/dsw/tmdl/OhioTributariesShenangoRiver) identified stream sites in partial and/or non-attainment of Ohio’s water quality standards for their aquatic life use and recreational use designations. The LAP will identify the causes of impairment and present proposed actions to address each impairment. All proposed actions develop the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plan for each specific pollutant. Unless survey data notes natural causes of impairment (i.e flow, habitat) or actions by another entity/program addressing identified impairments the Ohio EPA’s Division of Surface Water will not require further action.

The LAP is the third step in the Ohio EPA’s TMDL development process which is a plan focused on restoring polluted streams, rivers, lakes and other surface waters to their designated aquatic life use standard.  The plan specifies how much of a specific pollutant (i.e. nutrients, sediment) needs to be reduced to achieve Ohio’s water quality standards. It lays out action items watershed communities need to take to reduce pollutant loads and restore impaired waters. TMDL action items may include but are not limited to follow up stream/site surveys and habitat evaluations.

In the summer and fall of 2017 and Spring and June of 2018, Eastgate’s environmental staff conducted a recreational use study in the planning region’s portion of the Pymatuning Creek watershed.  Sampling sites were chosen based on those set by the Ohio EPA and the study was used to determine the levels of bacteria within the surveyed waters post sanitary sewer improvements. The results of the survey can be found at the following link on Eastgate’s website, https://www.eastgatecog.org/environmental-planning/watershed-planning, under Stream Monitoring.

2008 Ohio EPA sampling sites and attainment status of Ohio’s tributaries to the Shenango River. Map courtesy of Ohio EPA.

Shenango Samples