208 Areawide Water Quality Management Plan

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In 1975, the Northeast Ohio Lake Erie Basin (NEOLEB) organization was designated by the Governor of Ohio under provisions of the federal Clean Water Act to perform the areawide planning required under Section 208 of that Act. NEOLEB was designated because it was governed by a Board of local elected officials. In 1990, the NOACA Board assumed the NEOLEB Board’s 208 Areawide Water Quality Management Planning responsibilities in the Cleveland metropolitan planning area. NOACA is organized under the Ohio Revised Code pursuant to the joint powers of County Government at ORC 307.14 et seq.

Section 208 of the Clean Water Act sets forth requirements for water quality management planning (WQMP). In the urbanized areas of the state, the responsibilities for water quality management planning are shared by areawide and state agencies. Both municipal waste treatment issues and nonpoint source management and control are to be addressed in areawide water quality management plans. Water quality management plans guide implementation by defining implementation responsibilities of management agencies with municipal waste treatment or nonpoint source management responsibilities who are thereby designated to perform specific control recommendations. Authority to perform the WQMP function is provided in state law at ORC 6111.02(A), 41-42.

Areawide water quality management plans are one tool among several provided in the Clean Water Act to be utilized by the State to address water pollution and restore water quality in lakes, rivers and streams. Other tools include water quality standards setting, water quality assessments, the issuance of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NDPES) permits to control discharges, assistance in financing wastewater management facilities, enforcement, and water quality monitoring activities. In water quality assessment, the state is charged with the responsibility for evaluating and establishing the capacity of a water body to receive pollutant loads without harm to the water body’s intended use. This is done through a program of establishing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and water quality-based effluent limits for a stream which provide the foundation for permit issuance.

Clean Water 2000

Clean Water 2000 Plan for Northeast Ohio
(Board adopted November 2000, June 2005, March 2011, January 2014)

Table of Contents:

 Appendix 4-1: Current Facility Planning Area (FPA) Maps

Appendix 4-2:

Current Prescriptions for Wastewater Treatment Maps

Appendix 4-3:

NOACA's Certified Community-Level Population and Employment Allocations contains the latest NOACA endorsed population projections that are to be used as guidelines for planning future wastewater treatment decisions.  

Email Eric Akin or call him at 216-241-2414 ext. 231 for more information.