Ohio EPA Holds Public Hearing on Barnes Nursery Permit

Ohio EPA Holds Public Hearing on Barnes Nursery Permit

In the continuing story of Sheldon Marsh in Erie County on Lake Erie, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency conducted an information session and public hearing in early December. The hearing was to accept comments on an application for a Clean Water Act Section 401 certification from Barnes Nursery in Huron, Ohio, adjacent to Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve. The company applied for the after-the-fact certification after it dredged and filled approximately 4.3 acres of wetlands under a rescinded U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit (NWP 27). The dredging created a channel that would provide approximately 300,000 gallons/day of irrigation water for the nursery. Ohio EPA is considering the technical, economic, social, and environmental aspects of the proposed project on the water quality conditions in Lake Erie and the wetlands of Sheldon Marsh.

John Ritzenthaler
Audubon Ohio
Serving as Hub for Ohio
692 N. High Street-#208
Columbus, OH 43215
(614)-224-3305 (fax)
E-mail: jritzenthaler@audubon.org



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