Volume 11|November 2020
Ohio Water Resources Center Newsletter
From Our Directors
Collaborating with state stakeholders is an important part of making the work done at the Ohio Water Resources Center (Ohio WRC) successful.

Recent collaborations include:

The Ohio WRC's partnership with Ohio EPA and the Ohio AWWA Technology Committee enabled development of design criteria for emerging technologies that would remove a barrier to installation of these technologies, especially for small water treatment systems. In the Ohio Coronavirus Wastewater Monitoring Network, the Ohio WRC is collaborating with ODH, Ohio EPA, US EPA, commercial partners, and multiple universities in an agile manner that has a direct public benefit. In addition to its application to assisting with the pandemic response, this project also brings attention to the other important public health benefits resulting from proper wastewater management. Finally, we co-coordinate the quarterly WMAO Luncheons and assist with the annual WMAO Conference and encourage our funded researchers to present at both venues.

These examples demonstrate how the Ohio WRC fosters collaboration among diverse stakeholders throughout the state enabling the Ohio WRC to connect experts in Ohio, increase application of science in decision making, coordinate statewide efforts and educate stakeholders on current issues. We are grateful for engaged stakeholders that help us improve our efforts to collaborate across expertise!
The 49th Annual WMAO Conference and Symposium
The WMAO Fall Conference will be held remotely this year due to Covid-19.
Sessions will extend throughout four consecutive days during the week of November 2nd.
As details become available related to the online venue, they will be posted on the WMAO website.

The people involved in water resources management are charged with making sure our water resources are clean and safe. We do this by managing floodplains, controlling storm water runoff, preserving natural areas, and operating municipal utilities. We apply our knowledge to informing, teaching, reporting, and warning about the issues that confront our ability to keep water resources clean and safe.
Join WMAO to learn how Ohio is keeping water resources clean and safe. The 49th Annual WMAO Conference and Symposium will be held from November 2nd to November 5th. For information including the agenda and registration, please visit the WMAO website .

Conference registrants will receive an email with a link to the virtual meeting room in Zoom (zoom.us) a day or two prior to the scheduled session. An evaluation survey will be sent following the conference to provide the Planning Committee feedback and to confirm attendance for certification hours.
If you have any questions, feel free to email OhioWRC@osu.edu.
From Our USGS Partner
When water levels are rising, it can be hard to quickly get all the information you need about your area, especially when you’re not in front of a computer. In the coming weeks, the USGS will be releasing a new cutting-edge map that will provide critical current water information and NWS forecast information at your fingertips on a desktop, smartphone or other mobile device.
Now you don’t have to search multiple sources when you want the latest information on floods and droughts, or when you’re just deciding your next recreation destination. The USGS National Water Dashboard presents real-time stream, lake and reservoir, precipitation and groundwater data for more than 13,500 USGS real-time observation stations across the country. This information is shown along with weather data such as radar, watches and warnings, past precipitation totals, precipitation forecasts and drought conditions from other sources. The NWD will also link to the USGS WaterAlert system, which sends out instant, customized updates about water conditions.
News Updates
Have a news article you'd like us to feature in our Newsletter? Email us at OhioWRC@osu.edu!
USDA to Invest Up to $360 Million in Partner-Driven Conservation
USDA is now accepting proposals for RCPP through the RCPP portal. Proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 4, 2020. For more information, view the Application for Program Funding on grants.gov.
EPA and Partners Launch Innovative Ways to Destroy PFAS Challenge
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and partners are launching the Innovative Ways to Destroy PFAS Challenge. The challenge asks solvers to submit detailed plans for a non-thermal way of destroying PFAS in concentrated film forming foam (AFFF), while creating the least amount of potentially harmful byproducts. The challenge closes on November 23, 2020. Learn more about the challenge.
EPA Viral Pathogen and Surrogate Approaches for Assessing Treatment Performance In Water Reuse Request for Applications
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing to conduct research on existing and novel surrogates for the detection and monitoring of the presence of human enteric viral pathogens and surrogates in water reuse applications, where wastewater is the source water. The RFA Close Date is January 6, 2021.

For more information, and how to apply, and to register for an Informational Webinar, please click on the links provided below.
To find more resources offered by Ohio WRC, please visit: https://wrc.osu.edu/resources
Policy Update
Ohio EPA Notification of Public Hearing on Proposed Rules - The Voluntary Action Program (OAC Chapter 3745-300-15)
A public hearing regarding proposed amendments to the voluntary action program rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-300 has been scheduled for November 09, 2020. Ohio EPA will be holding a virtual public hearing on the rules at 10:30 a.m. on November 09, 2020. The virtual hearing may be accessed here. The meeting will be held exclusively online.
Ohio EPA Early Stakeholder Outreach - Revised Total Coliform Rule (OAC 3745-81-50, -51, -52, -53, -54, -55)
The rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-81 establish regulations for monitoring requirements for total coliform bacteria and how public water systems (PWSs) must respond when samples show that total coliform bacteria are present within a water supply. The early stakeholder outreach phase is an opportunity to shape the direction of rules before staff begin drafting rule language. By sharing your comments early in the process, Ohio EPA can consider different concepts and ensure our rule development takes into account the effects the rules will have. Comments are due by 5:00 PM, November 10, 2020 to ddagw_rulecomments@epa.ohio.gov. Click here for more information.
Ohio EPA Draft Loading Analysis Plan - Southwest Ohio River Tributaries Watershed Survey (2014)
The Southwest Ohio River Tributaries watershed was surveyed in 2014 and assessed for aquatic life and recreation beneficial uses. The results from this survey were used to develop a loading analysis plan. A loading analysis plan is the third step in the Total Maximum Daily Load development process and lists actions to be taken by the Agency for sampling sites found to be impaired for a beneficial use designation. Comments are due by 5:00 PM, November 20, 2020 to EPATMDL@epa.ohio.gov. Click here for more information.
Ohio EPA Draft Biological and Water Quality Report (2017)
In 2017, Ohio EPA evaluated 15 streams in the Whitewater River watershed for aquatic life and recreation beneficial uses. The Agency is releasing the results from this survey for review and comment. Comments are due by 5:00 p.m. on November 25, 2020 to EPATMDL@epa.ohio.gov. Click here for more information.
Ohio EPA Draft Water Pollution Control Loan Fund Program Management Plan (2021
Ohio EPA is pleased to announce the availability of the Draft 2021 Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) Program Management Plan (PMP).

The WPCLF provides financial and technical assistance for a variety of projects that help to address the quality of Ohio's rivers, streams, lakes and other water bodies.  The Draft PMP is available here. Comments are due by 5:00 p.m. on December 3, 2020 to defamail@epa.ohio.gov. Click here for registration.
Upcoming Events
University of Illinois Conference - Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference 2021
April 27-28, 2021 • Virtual Conference
Mark your calendars for ECEC21. As in past years, the conference will feature presentations and lightning talks on the latest research, policy, and outreach on emerging contaminants in soils, water, and air. There will be opportunities for attendees to interact with presenters and each other through planned virtual spaces. Visit here for updates and Call for Abstracts.
WEF Conference - Residuals and Biosolids Conference 2021
May 11-14, 2021 • Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio
Save the date for the 2021 Residuals and Biosolids Conference and plan to experience a robust program highlighting continued advances in the wastewater residuals and biosolids sector. Potential speakers are invited to submit an abstract for podium presentation, workshop, virtual presentation, or exhibitor mobile session. Click here for details.
2021 Ohio Stormwater Conference
May 19-21, 2021 • Kalahari Resort and Conference Center, Sandusky, Ohio & Virtual
The 2021 Ohio Stormwater Conference is an annual conference dedicated to advance the knowledge and understanding of comprehensive stormwater management for those dealing in all aspects of planning, design, implementation and regulatory compliance. The conference will provide updates on environmental issues, new technologies, regulatory information and pollution prevention. The 2021 Ohio Stormwater Conference is a great opportunity to strengthen your skills and knowledge in an intensive workshop setting with other colleagues. This is anticipated to be a hybrid event. Visit here for updates and Call for Abstracts (deadline November 25th).
Have an event you'd like us to feature in our Newsletter? Email us at OhioWRC@osu.edu!
Email: OhioWRC@osu.edu
Phone: 614-292-2807
Website: https://wrc.osu.edu/
Address: 311 Hitchcock Hall
2070 Neil Avenue 
Columbus, OH 43210