OKI is considering an amendment to the Regional Water Quality Management (WQM) Plan for an area in Warren County southeast of Lebanon located between U.S. 42 and Columbia Road in Union Township where development is being planned. A public hearing on the proposed amendment will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Warren County Commissioners Meeting Room 128A, 406 Justice Drive, Lebanon, Ohio 45036.
OKI published the original Regional Water Quality Management (WQM) Plan in 1977, and has periodically made updates to the plan since it was adopted. Such planning is required under Section 208 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972 to assess sources of water pollution and recommend strategies to control them.
Some of the plan recommendations identify planning areas for wastewater treatment facilities, referred to as facility planning areas, along with the management agencies designated to be responsible for the facilities, referred to as designated management agencies. In recognition of ever changing circumstances, OKI has amended the plan many times over the ensuing years.
The amendment would enable an addition to the wastewater facility planning area (FPA) for the City of Lebanon, from adjoining area located between U.S. 42 and Columbia Road in Union Township where development is being planned. This area is currently identified as part of the Southwest Warren County FPA managed by Warren County. Because no County-owned wastewater facilities are in proximity to the proposed area, however, and none are contemplated in the foreseeable future, sewer service can be provided most expeditiously and efficiently by the City of Lebanon. Lebanon sewer extension to this additional area would provide service for new development.
To provide comments on the proposed amendment to OKI’s WQM plan, the public is encouraged to attend the public hearing on Monday, April 18, 2016 and/or submit comments in writing no later than the close of business Tuesday, April 19, 2016 to Travis Miller at the OKI office. More detailed information about the proposed amendment is available for review at the OKI office, 720 East Pete Rose Way, Suite 420, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202, (513) 621-6300, or at the Warren County Water and Sewer Department office at 406 Justice Drive, Lebanon, Ohio 45036.
Click here to see Warren County’s request for a WQM Plan amendment and resolution from the Warren County Board of Commissioners, letters of support from the Union Township Trustees and the City of Mason.