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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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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Annual Great Lakes Areas of Concern Conference

Posted on: January 14, 2016

The United States Environmental Protection Agency will be hosting the 2016 Great Lakes Areas of Concern Conference on Wednesday and Thursday, March 2-3, 2016 at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in Dearborn, Michigan. The annual conference provides an opportunity to discuss work completed in the program and connect with a variety of partners to continue progress. 

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Sustain Our Great Lakes 2016 Requests for Proposals

Posted on: January 13, 2016

Sustain Our Great Lakes is soliciting applications for competitive funding to restore and enhance habitat in the Great Lakes basin. Details about this funding opportunity are provided in the Request for Proposals. The submission deadline is February 17, 2016. Additional application information is available at

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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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