Water Quality Standards (Ohio)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

EZFeed Policy

Place Ohio

Applies to States or Provinces Ohio
Name Water Quality Standards (Ohio)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Wave Energy
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Primary Website http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/3745-1

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source http://codes.ohio.gov/pdf/oh/admin/2012/3745-1-07_ph_ff_a_ru_20091215_0802.pdf



This chapter of the law that establishes the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency outlines the minimum water quality requirements for all surface waters of the state.

Water quality standards contain two distinct elements: designated uses; and numerical or narrative criteria designed to protect and measure attainment of the uses.

Each water body in the state is assigned one or more aquatic life habitat use designations. Each water body may be assigned one or more water supply use designations and/or one recreational use designation.

Statewide chemical-specific criteria for the support of use designations are presented in this rule.

Each water resource area has its own specific section, detailing minimum standards and requirements for those areas. Wetlands are also covered under this rule.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Ric Queen
Department Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Division Water Quality Certification, Isolated Wetlands, Mitigation, Wetland Ecology

Phone (614) 644-2872

Email Ric.Queen@epa.ohio.gov

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: http://codes.ohio.gov/pdf/oh/admin/2012/3745-1-07_ph_ff_a_ru_20091215_0802.pdf Chapter 3745-1
Date Effective 1985
Date Enacted 1978