Big Darby Creek Watershed News
(from Ohio EPA http://www.epa.state.oh.us/dsw/index.html)
|February 6, 2006
A number of important milestone events have occurred
regarding Ohio EPA’s work to protect the Big Darby Creek watershed. See the
documents listed below.
Storm Water Permit for Construction Activities
(public comment period announced)
Using information obtained through water quality and watershed studies,
as well as information supplied through a 208 Plan External Advisory Group,
Ohio EPA has drafted a new general permit for discharges of storm water
associated with construction activity located within the Big Darby Creek
Go here for more information.
Final TMDL Report
The Agency has completed work on the Big Darby Creek Watershed Total
Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report. The report was submitted to U.S. EPA on
January 31, 2006, for approval under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act.
for more information.
In 2002, the State’s Water Quality Management Plan (the 208 Plan)
included a moratorium on new central sewers within a portion of the Big
Darby Creek Watershed in Franklin County. That moratorium remains in effect
until the 208 Plan is updated and approved by U.S. EPA. The Agency has
draft 208 Plan update that will replace the moratorium with requirements
to protect water quality through the storm water permit and other
mechanisms. Following a public comment period, the plan will be forwarded to
U.S. EPA. Ohio EPA anticipates approval of the plan in June 2006.