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Ohio Watershed Network

Ohio State University Extension

Black River Remedial Action Plan

Black River
Lorain, Medina, Ashland, Cuyahoga, Huron
Contact Name: 
Ted Conlin
Job Title: 
RAP Coordinator
Ohio EPA

2110 East Aurora Rd.
Twinsburg, OH 44087

(330) 963-1131
(330) 487-0769
04110001 (with Rocky River)
The Black River RAP Coordinating Committee was formed in 1991 to restore any of up to 14 beneficial uses in the Black River Area of Concern (AOC). The Black River AOC is the only AOC in Ohio that enconpasses an entire watershed. Improvements have been noted in the mainstem of the Black River such that a 21 year Contact Advisory, issued by the Ohio Department of Health was lifted in April 2004. The Contact Advisory advised people against contacting the waters and sediments in the lower 6-7 miles of the river and was caused by PAH contaminated sediments. Also in 2004, the USEPA and GLNPO listed the Black River as being in recovery stage for the Fish Tumors and Other Deformities beneficial use impairment. In 2005, the Black River RAP Coordinating Committee was able to remove the Degradation of Benthos Impairment in the whole of the east Branch sub-watershed, roughly half of the AOC.The Black River RAP Committee continues to monitor improvements in the watershed and is initiating a sub-watershed by sub-watershed survey and local stakeholder involvement program. The Committee also continues to work on habitat restoration in the lower mainstem and riparian corridor restoration and other NPS projects in the upper watersheds and has started pilot programs for home sewage disposal systems and mercury reduction.
More information is available at the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) Web site and the Black River RAP website (http://www.blackriverrap.com/).