Black River AOC

Upcoming 2016 Meetings

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
Carlisle Room, Carlisle Visitor Center, 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, OH 44050


Recent Announcements

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Public Meeting About Removal of Beneficial Use Impairments in the Black River

Posted on: May 2, 2016

The Black River Area of Concern (AOC) Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to inform the public about the removal of two beneficial use impairments (BUIs) in the Black River AOC. The meeting will be held at the Sunset Terrace at Lakeview Park, 1800 West Erie Avenue, Lorain, Ohio 44052. The two BUIs that will be addressed are Restrictions on Fish and Wildlife Consumption and Eutrophication or Undesirable Algae. Members of the public are welcome to attend and provide comments. Below are three documents with additional information about the BUIs and their removal. For more information, please contact Ted Conlin, Environmental Specialist with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency at

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Dredging of the Black River - Public Comment Period

Posted on: April 11, 2016

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is planning to dredge the Black River, beginning in Lorain Harbor up to river mile (RM) 2.25. Dredged material will be placed in an authorized 1.5 square mile open-lake area located 3.5 miles north of the Lorain West Harbor Light, a site used since the 1930s for Lorain Harbor dredge material. The USACE has begun their public comment period and is accepting written comments now through May 6, 2016. The public notice is available at and contains the contact information for written comments. It is also available below. 

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4th Annual Black River Clean-Up

Posted on: January 26, 2016

Help take back the Black River by participating in the 4th Annual Black River Clean-Up on Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, 2016! Saturday's clean-up will be held at the Black River Wharf and Lakeside Landing in Lorain. The location for Sunday is dependent on the work completed Saturday. 

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Approval Received to Re-designate the Black River AOC

Posted on: July 9, 2015

Ohio EPA and the Black River AOC Advisory Committee reviewed environmental data of the upper Black River watersheds and decided that the East and West Branch sub-watersheds do not significantly differ in either land use or primary causes of non-attainment than similar agricultural non-AOC watersheds around the Great Lakes. Ohio EPA and the Advisory Committee have received notice from the Great Lakes National Program Office of U.S. EPA that the upper watersheds should no longer be included in the Black River Area of Concern (AOC) and that the AOC will now encompass only the near Lake Erie shoreline, the outer harbor, Black River mainstem and the French Creek sub-basin. Some environmental problems may still exist in the upper basins, but the problems are similar to those around the Great Lakes and not the “worst of the worst,” which are what the Great Lakes AOC program was designed to address.

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