Water Quality Planning

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NOACA’s water quality program focuses on managing and protecting water resources in northeast Ohio to sustain the region economically and environmentally. Our program addresses water quality on a regional scale, at the watershed level, and within individual communities.

NOACA's Water quality program focuses on several areas:
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Water Quality Strategic Plan
In response to the water quality threats that persist within the region, NOACA staff collaborated with stakeholders and the public to develop the Water Quality Strategic Plan.
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Areawide Water Quality Management (208) Planning
NOACA conducts water quality planning activities under contract with Ohio EPA to update Ohio’s Clean Water 2000 plan. This includes Facility Planning Areas (boundaries for wastewater treatment).


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Watershed Planning
NOACA works with regional organizations to improve water quality in northeast Ohio’s watersheds.
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Storm Water Planning
NOACA works with regional organizations to improve water quality in northeast Ohio by planning for storm water needs within the region.

NOACA offers water quality planning and technical assistance

NOACA staff provides planning and technical assistance to Ohio EPA and local watershed partners for various water quality projects. Some example activities are below.

  • Helped advance the Cuyahoga River Total Maximum Daily Load Study and implement a new public and stakeholder engagement process
  • Worked with the West Creek Conservancy to develop various GIS maps for use in developing Nine-Element Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategic Plans for the Headwaters Chippewa Creek, Village of Independence-Cuyahoga River and Willow Lake-Cuyahoga River subwatersheds.
  • Estimated nutrient (phosphorus and nitrogen) loads from home sewage treatment systems in the Tinker’s Creek sub-watershed using Ohio EPA’s Nutrient Mass Balance Study methodology

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