Big Darby Creek Watershed News   (from Ohio EPA

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.

Little Darby Creek at its confluence with Big Darby Creek
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 watershed. 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. Go here for more information.

208 Plan

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 released a 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.


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