Summit County has a new stormwater management plan, but it's basically a continuation of what the county has been doing with new development for years.
Cindy Fink, program administrator for the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District, says the ordinance passed this week by Summit County Council formalizes quality and quantity control.
"Basically, we're looking at stormwater runoff after a construction site begins," Fink explains to AkronNewsNow.com. "Where more than an acre of earth is disturbed, less than an acre on a parcel that's part of a larger plan of common development."
Fink says the new law is being mandated statewide by the Ohio EPA, and other counties and cities also have to comply.
She says Summit County has had stormwater pollution prevention plans for new construction and redevelopment since the 1980s, "but our reviews have become a little more detailed because of EPA requirements, so we've been doing it to the degree that this new ordinance speaks to since 2003."
Fink says there shouldn't be much change with new construction or redevelopment, and says it should be pretty seamless under the new law.