Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Sunset Terrace, Lakeview Park, 1800 West Erie Avenue, Lorain, OH 44052
Meeting to discuss removal of two Beneficial Use Impairments (BUIs) in the Black River Area of Concern (AOC)
The US Environmental Protection Agency is pleased to share presentations and videos from the 2016 Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOC) Conference that was held in March 2016 in Dearborn, Michigan. This yearly conference offers a chance for AOCs to share expertise and gather knowledge about restoration work in the Great Lakes region. The link will be live for the next six months.
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.