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Comments: Proposed Water Quality Standards & Certification Rules

Ohio Environmental Council, July 18, 2012

The Ohio Environmental Council represents hundreds of member environmental and conservation organizations, as well as thousands of individual members throughout the state of Ohio.

On behalf of these members, we would like to thank the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for inviting us to participate in the stakeholder meetings regarding the Water Quality Standards and Water Quality Certification rules, held pursuant to the Common Sense Initiative.

Please take the following comments into consideration as this rule package moves forward.

The Water Quality Standards and Water Quality Certification rules, along with related rule packages that are also pending, are necessary to ensure the protection of Ohio’s lakes, rivers, and streams.

The streams described in the rules as Coldwater Habitat and Primary Headwater Habitat are particularly important from an ecological perspective; they are also sensitive to impacts from human activities.  We support these rules as a whole, despite some noteworthy concerns and reservations.

Click below to read OEC’s full comments.