Water quality report open for public comment
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is accepting comment until June 11 on a draft report of the water quality in tributary streams to the Maumee River and Lake Erie.
Stream data was collected in 2006 and 2008 and a contractor began data analysis in 2010. The draft report includes conclusions from the data analysis and suggestions for improving water quality.
A study of the Maumee River mainstem by EPA staff begins this year.
In both watersheds, the leading causes of water quality impairment were sedimentation and similar problems. Sources of nutrient and sediment loadings vary with the mixed land use in the region. Approximately 56 percent of the land is in cultivated row crops and 29 percent is developed urban land.
In the lower Maumee River tributaries, most of the impairments are tied to urban runoff and storm sewers as well as channelization of streams. In the direct Lake Erie tributaries, the impairments are tied to crop production, channelization, urban runoff and storm sewers, failing home septic systems, industrial runoff and landfills and contaminated sediments.
Combined, streams in the two watersheds drain approximately 282 square miles in Lucas, Wood and Ottawa counties.
Government, community and conservation groups are working on improvement projects, including Partners for Clean Streams, Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, University of Toledo, The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited and Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper.
Ohio is required by the federal Clean Water Act to identify waters that do not meet water quality standards and develop methods to bring the affected waters into compliance. Comments on the draft report may be mailed to Cherie Blair, Ohio EPA Northwest District Office, 347 N. Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402, or emailed to
by June 11.
The, Ohio EPA will then submit the document to U.S. EPA for approval.
The trial of a Jerusalem Township woman for felonious assault has been rescheduled for June 14 in Lucas County Common Pleas Court.
Carol Kucinski is accused of shooting her boyfriend in their Bunting Road home on March 15 shortly before they were to be evicted.
She and Rick Bodi were transported to the Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center with gunshot wounds to the head, according to the Lucas County Sheriff’s Department.
The Lake Local School District is accepting open enrollment applications for students from the Rossford, Genoa, Eastwood and Northwood school districts who wish to attend Lake schools for the 2012-2013 school year.
Applications will be accepted through May 31. Parents will be notified by June 15 of acceptance. One application must be submitted for each student who requests to attend Lake.
Students currently attending the Lake through open enrollment must submit a new application. Applications are on the website: lakeschools.org.
For information call 419-661-6677.
Special B-C-S board meeting
There will be a special meeting of the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education May 15 beginning at 4 p.m., in the board office. There will be no public participation