Grant: $2,228,800 - Environmental Protection Agency - Jun. 15, 2009
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Award Description: Sub-grant agreements for planning services described below will be entered into with the six RPCPOs that have been designated as Section 208 Areawide Planning Agencies. Each Areawide will develop a detailed work plan that will cover the following tasks. Task 1 - Publish the complete and up-to-date 208 Plan in an electronic format. Task 2 ??? Manage 208 Plan content. Includes conducting PTI and NPDES consistency reviews in concert with Ohio EPA staff, holding technical meetings on wastewater infrastructure needs and other factors affecting water quality Task 3 ??? Revise the content of the 208 Plan based on new and changing community needs and updated water quality information. Includes updating GIS maps and files of facility planning areas Task 4 ??? Revise the content of the 208 Plan in specific topic areas based on strategic needs that reflect new economic growth and development initiatives such Ohio???s Balanced Growth Initiative, updated transportation planning and overall regional planning and policy initiatives. Task 5 ??? Education, outreach and technical assistance related to 208 planning needs and objectives See the Sub Recipient section of the report for the list areawide agencies receiving funds and the amount To meet water quality planning needs in an eleven county area of Central Ohio Ohio EPA will prepare a Request for Proposal (RFP) and solicit bids for planning products that will significantly assist Ohio EPA in updating the State Water Quality Management Plan and the Section 208 Plan for Central Ohio. The budget includes up to $129,000 for this sub-grant. The broad scope of the planning work is a strategic analysis of how future water supply and transportation projects will impact the current and future regional wastewater infrastructure capacity of the area. Another important component of the project should be the identification of local measures to protect sensitive receiving waters. The project must feature a strong multi-governmental approach and the participation of all affected local communities. Ohio EPA will use these grant funds to conduct 3 tasks that will result in regional, watershed and site specific reports on water quality conditions. Conduct Water Quality and Biological Monitoring in Selected Watersheds 2009 lower Sandusky River and Great Miami River (middle) Field assessment for these projects to be completed by 10/15/2009. Sample analysis and data compilation and interpretation to follow; expected to be completed by 6/1/2010. Additional data may be collected in 2010 in some watersheds to support the development of water quality models for TMDLs. 2010 Great Miami River (lower) Field assessment for these projects to be completed by 10/15/2010. Sample analysis and data compilation and interpretation to follow; expected to be completed by 6/1/2011. Additional data may be collected in 2011 in some watersheds to support the development of water quality models for TMDLs. Prepare Water Quality and Biological Monitoring Reports The following comprehensive watershed reports (TSDs) based on monitoring conducted during 2008 and 2009 are expected to be completed between July 1, 2009 and August 11, 2011 and will be supported by 604(b) ARRA funds. Completion date on or before 6/15/2010: upper Great Miami River basin (2008) Portage River basin (2008) Completion date on or before 6/15/2011: middle Great Miami River basin (2009) lower Sandusky River basin (2009) TMDL Reports to be Submitted to U.S. EPA for Final Action The following TMDL reports will be supported by 604(b) ARRA funds. These ARRA funds will also support work on initial stages of drafting a TMDL report for the lower Sandusky River watershed. Apr-Jun 2010 upper Mahoning River Scioto Brush Creek Paint Creek Jun-Sep 2010 lower Little Miami River Apr-Jun 2011 Portage River Jun-Sep 2011 upper Great Miami River
Project Description: ARRA - Water Quality Management Planning Grant - Ohio EPA This project supports water quality management planning activities that are authorized under the Clean Water Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This project will supplement the core surface water program at Ohio EPA. The primary focus will be the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program; integration of TMDLs with other programs, TMDL program coordination and quality improvement of the 12 step process to produce improved TMDLs. Funding will also be used to support the preparation of water quality and biological assessment reports, including Use Attainability Analyses for water quality stands rule changes, in TMDL study areas. The recipient will provide 40% of the funds awarded under this agreement to regional planning organizations to continue working to support areawide water quality planning in the Section 208 designated areas around the state. The project and budget period will be from time of award to August 15, 2011. First Quarter Activities To date, the only funds expended have been associated with the prime award. The sub-recipients were not awarded their sub-grants until late September 2009 and did not perform any work during the first quarter. The description provided only reflects the prime award. DSW staff conducted water quality assessment work in support of TMDLs and watershed plans in 5 study areas described in the grant work plan. Additional time was spent on developing sub-grant agreements with 6 designated areawide regional planning organizations for updating Section 208 plans. These agreements were signed in mid to late September and work by the grantees will commence in the second quarter. A RFP was released to solicit additional water quality planning products for the central Ohio area.
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Jobs Summary: In the quarter ending 9/30/09 these Recovery Act monies supported eligible water quality management activities including water quality assessment work in support of TMDLs and watershed planning. Work effort was also directed towards the oversight and pass through of grant monies awarded to regional water quality planning organizations. During the quarter ending 9/30/09 a total of 18 full time employees charged time to this grant amassing 2051 hours over the quarter. This equates to 4 quarterly FTEs. (Total jobs reported: 4)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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|Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning and Development Organization (inc)||$127,000||AKRON||OH|
|Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency||$127,000||CLEVELAND||OH|
|Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments||$127,000||CINCINNATI||OH|
|Eastgate Regional Council of Governments||$127,000||YOUNGSTOWN||OH|
|Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency||$127,000||CLEVELAND||OH|
|Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments||$127,000||TOLEDO||OH|