Lucas Co. seeks input on stormwater management plan

The Lucas County Engineer’s Office (LCEO) last week released a draft revised Stormwater Management Program Plan (SWMP) for public input prior to finalization by the Board of Lucas County Commissioners. The SWMP creates and implements programs that reduce water pollution caused by storm water runoff.

As part of the revision process, Lucas County is seeking feedback from residents, business owners, and other interested parties on how to improve the program.

Since 2003, the U.S. and Ohio Environmental Protection Agencies has required Lucas County and 11 urbanized townships (Jerusalem, Monclova, Spencer, Springfield, Swanton, Sylvania, Washington, and Waterville) and municipalities (City of Waterville and Villages of Whitehouse and Holland) within the county to obtain a storm water discharge permit under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), and to develop a management plan that addresses permit requirements to minimize pollution caused by runoff.

Lucas County adopted the first plan in 2003, with updates in 2010, and 2017. A new set of revisions are now necessary to reflect improvements made to the program since the last revision, and to address new permit requirements by the Ohio EPA that went into effect in April 2021.

“The focus of our Storm Water Management Program is to improve the water quality in our streams, rivers, and Lake Erie by reducing the amount of pollutants that are washed into them as a result of a storm or from various activities in the watershed. The plan does not specifically address drainage or flooding issues, or the repair or installation of storm drains,” stated Lucas County Engineer Mike Pniewski.

As required by the permit, the storm water management program must address six minimum control measures: Public education, public involvement, illicit discharge detection and elimination, construction site runoff control, post-construction storm water management, and pollution prevention for local government activities.

A copy of the Draft SWMP is available online at Public Comments on the existing plan will be accepted through March 15, 2022.

Comments on the Storm Water Management Program Plan can be provided by the following methods:

• Mail: SWMP Comments, Lucas County Engineer’s Office, 1049 S. McCord Road, Holland, OH, 43528

• Email: [email protected]

• Phone: (419) 213-2860.