Wastewater and Watershed Planning

Regional Wastewater Planning

The 208 Water Quality Management Plan is the regional wastewater plan for Mahoning and Trumbull Counties. The 208 Plan is a requirement under Section 208 of the federal Clean Water Act to identify and address pollution problems within Eastgate’s metropolitan planning area. The plan concentrated on the design and construction of wastewater treatment facilities and related infrastructure. The original 1977 plan laid the groundwork to ensure public investments in the facilities were planned according to growth trends and effective at enhancing water quality. Today, the 208 Plan assesses existing water quality conditions and population trends, identifies regional critical resources, addresses non-point source pollution trends, and reassesses wastewater facility planning via the region's wastewater treatment planning prescriptions. Eastgate’s current 208 Plan was updated and adopted in 2018. The next 208 Plan update will come in 2022. By federal law, the state cannot issue a permit to install for wastewater infrastructure if it conflicts with the plan.


Eastgate Areawide Water Quality Management Plan (AWQMP)

Whats New? The Eastgate Areawide Water Quality Management Plan is an update to the 208 Water Quality Management Plan. This update brings the format of the plan closer to that of our other Northeast Ohio Areawide counterparts NOACA and NEFCO. The plan still contains details of our water quality conditions and wastewater treatment prescriptions and is still an essential tool for wastewater planning purposes.

  • Preface - Introduction and History of the Plan
  • Chapter 1 - Goals and Focus of the Plan
  • Chapter 2 - Water Quality Conditions in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties
  • Chapter 3 - Population and Economic Profiles for Mahoning and Trumbull Counties
  • Chapter 4 - Wastewater Management Facility Planning
  • Chapter 5 - Management of Home Sewage and Regulated Sewage Treatment Systems
  • Chapter 6 - Management of Nonpoint Source Pollution and Stormwater Runoff
  • Chapter 7 - Regionally Important Critical Resources
  • Chapter 8 - AWQMP Amendment Process

201 Facility Planning Areas (FPAs)

Each Permit to Install application to the Ohio EPA requires a determination whether or not the project conforms to the 208/201 Plan for the area. A 201 Facility Planning Area (FPA) is a demarcated area in which current and/or future wastewater is accounted for either within a designated wastewater treatment facility's service area or via a home sewage treatment system. The 201 Facility Planning Area (201 FPA) maps must be consulted to determine: 1) appropriate identification of FPA and receiving wastewater treatment plant and 2) whether the project conforms with the wastewater treatment options available for said project area. The Ohio EPA uses the existing 201 Facility Plans as a guide to issue documents such as Permits-to-Install (PTI's) for sanitary sewer extension projects and National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits issued for all discharges to waters of the State.

201 Facility Planning Areas Interactive Map

Amending the 208 Plan

Eastgate’s 208 Plan is a working document and may be amended to meet the infrastructure and planning needs of our region. Qualified entities wishing to amend the 208 Plan must follow Eastgate's AWQMP Amendment Process. The amendment procedure is in place to allow communities time to discuss and agree to service changes and to allow Eastgate’s governing boards the necessary time to review and vote on such changes. This process was created by Eastgate, wastewater representatives from Mahoning and Trumbull Counties, and the Ohio EPA and adopted by Eastgate’s General Policy Board in October of 2018.

Eastgate's AWQMP Amendment Process

Watershed Planning

Because water defies political boundaries and follows the topography of the land, Eastgate understands the need to approach water quality issues and solutions from a watershed standpoint. Our water quality program offers a collaborative approach to educate our region’s members and residents about the importance of improving local water quality, managing stormwater, and protecting our surface drinking water resources.

Eastgate coordinates and manages efforts for many water quality initiatives, studies and committees. Eastgate has been successful collaborating with local governments, agencies, and watershed groups to complete and implementing watershed action plans, conducting stream assessments, and developing green infrastructure workshops for our members.

Watershed Map

Below is a map of the watershed areas in the Eastgate region. Click on the desired region to learn more about each area! 

Watershed MapIndian RunAndersons Run-Mill CreekHeadwater-Mill Creek

Additional Documents