Date of Notice: July 27, 2001                                         Ottawa County



Public notice is hereby given that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) Division of Surface Water (DSW) is reviewing an application, and has begun to consider whether to issue or deny, a Clean Water Act Section 401 certification for a project to construct a marina, ferry dock and condominiums on Middle Bass Island. The application was submitted by Real America, Inc., 2455 Lakeside Road, Euclid, Ohio 44123. The project is located in Put-In-Bay Township, Ottawa County. The Buffalo Corps of Engineers's Public Notice Number for this application is 97-479-0004(5).

The discharges from the activity, if approved, would result in degradation to, or lowering of, the water quality of Lake Erie. The review of the application will be conducted, and a decision whether to grant or deny the application will be made, in accordance with rule 3745-1-05, Chapters 3745-1 and 3745-32 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). In accordance with OAC 3745-1-05, an antidegradation review of the application will be conducted before deciding whether to allow a lowering of the water quality. Other alternatives resulting in lesser or no degradation, or lowering of water quality, will be considered by Ohio EPA during the review process.

No exclusions or waivers, as outlined by Paragraph 3745-1-05 (D) of the Antidegradation Rule, apply or may be granted by the Director of Ohio EPA.

Starting July 27, 2001, copies of the application for the certification and technical support information may be inspected at Ohio EPA-DSW, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049 by first calling (614) 644-2001. Applications can be made available at Ohio EPA District Offices by calling the same number.

Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and public hearing relative to issues of lower water quality on September 10, 2001 at 4:00 PM at the Middle Bass Island Town Hall, 985 Fox Road, Middle Bass Island, Ohio 43446. The public hearing will end when all interested parties have had an opportunity to provide testimony related to the projects.

All persons are entitled to attend or be represented and give written or oral comments on the proposed projects. The purpose of the hearing is to obtain information that will be considered by the director of Ohio EPA prior to any further action on the application. Written comments must be received by the Ohio EPA-DSW, Attention: Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio, 43216-1049 by the close of business on September 17, 2001. Comments received after this date may not be considered as part of the official record of the hearing.

Persons wishing to be on Ohio EPA's interested parties mailing list for this project, or wish to submit comments for Ohio EPA's consideration in reviewing the application should do so in writing to Ohio EPA-DSW, Attention: Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049 by the close of business on September 17, 2001.



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