The City of Oregon has partnered with TMACOG, the Lucas County Health Department, and the Lucas County Soil and Water Conservation District to implement a Septic System Education Program for residents in the Wolf Creek watershed. You can see the project map here. This program is being funded by an Ohio Department of Natural Resources Coastal Management Assistance Grant that TMACOG received in January of 2015.
The goal of this grant is to provide a comprehensive educational campaign for residents who have a septic system, also known as a Home Sewage Treatment System (HSTS). Failed or not properly maintained HSTS discharge nutrients, fecal coliform, and other contaminants that degrade the water quality of Lake Erie and contribute to algal blooms. This educational campaign will provide information to residents about septic system components, function, and maintenance requirements. Enforcement is not a part of this grant; this work is solely meant to educate homeowners about their systems.
As part of this grant, Lucas County Health Department cover letters and educational brochures have been sent out to approximately 500 households who have HSTS in the Wolf Creek Watershed. Health Department staff have been conducting informative inspections of household septic systems. Other grant deliverables include a public information video (see below YouTube link), updated GIS data, and a Science Night educational event at Coy School, held in the Fall of 2015.
Should you have any questions concerning this project, please feel free to contact the Department of Public Service to discuss further.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) is providing funding to the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department (TLCHD) for assisting Lucas County households with the repair and replacement of failing household sewage systems (HSTS). This project is an assistance program designed to reimburse registered sewage installers with costs associated with the replacement or repair of a failed HSTS. Click here for program information.