Benefits of the District
By forming a District, the agencies in
Portage County will be able to efficiently accomplish mandated
- Surface water quality in Portage County will be
improved by each of the programs operated by the
- Public health and safety will be improved by a
reduction in pollutants that are found in waters used by
County residents for drinking, industry, agriculture,
recreation and waste treatment.
- Storm water system will be proactively maintained,
reducing costly emergency repairs and possibly long-term
capital costs. This maintenance is not currently being
performed to the extent required by the Ohio EPA.
- Illicit discharges will be tracked and eliminated.
The Portage County Board of Health will utilize District
funds to perform required tests to determine if a
discharge is polluted and locate its source. The Portage
County Prosecutor will be given funds to pursue legal
actions against those who are found to be in violation
Illicit Discharge and Storm Water Rules.
- Construction sites will be inspected regularly to
ensure compliance with the
Sediment, Erosion, and Storm Water Rules. Currently
the Portage County Soil and Water Conservation District
is unable to perform the inspections required by the
Ohio EPA Storm Water Permit. Under the District, they
will be able to conduct at least a monthly inspection of
each construction site in the County.
- Public education efforts will be expanded. With
additional funding from the District, the Portage County
Soil and Water Conservation District will be able to
reach out to more schools, businesses and citizens than
- Existing resources will be utilized whenever
possible. No new agencies will be created for this
District; the Portage County Soil and Water Conservation
District, Portage County Board of Health, and the
Portage County Engineer will run the programs.
- Fines or other punitive action from the Ohio EPA
will be avoided. By meeting the
Six Minimum Measures,
Portage County will come into compliance.
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