The Ottawa County Stormwater Committee is being reformed by a technician in the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District office.
Crystal Dymond said the panel met last month to discuss control measures required by the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System.
Portions of Allen and Clay townships are subject to the Environmental Protection Agency’s NPDES permit program.
Ms. Dymond, a stormwater technician with the conservation district, said committee members are addressing six control measures required by the program:
• Public education and outreach
• Public involvement
• Construction site stormwater runoff control
• Post-construction stormwater management
• Illicit discharge and elimination
• Good housekeeping pollution prevention plans
Ms. Dymond said the control methods focus on water quality by preventing pollutants from entering waterways when it rains.
“After a rain event the water has two options; soak into the ground or run off,” she said. “As we increase development and impervious surfaces we also increase our runoff potential. When stormwater runs off and flows over the ground into our storm sewer systems, it collects harmful pollutants and can deposit them (untreated) into our waterways.”
Committee members have proposed several ideas for meeting program criteria, including establishing rain gardens, an education program for students in kindergarten through the 12th grade, adult education classes, and river clean-up events.
The committee’s next meeting is scheduled for March 10 at 1:30 p.m. at the SWCD office, 240 W. Lake Street, Oak Harbor.
Persons interested in working with the committee or having a committee member speak to a class or public event should call the SWCD at (419) 898-1595.
The Stormwater Coalition, administered by the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, issued the third edition of the Stormwater Management Standards Manual in September, 2008.
The manual includes measures for meeting water quality standards set in the Clean Water Act.