The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency focuses funding to priority combined sewer separation projects, wastewater treatment plant upgrades, stormwater management, and home sewage treatment systems.

Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA) has provided Lake Erie communities with over $3.0 billion in non-drinking water, water resource infrastructure project loan funds since 2009. Nearly $153 million of these funds have been provided as principal forgiveness. These loans include 171 non-point source projects the Lake Erie watershed, most of which involve the repair or replacement of Household Sewage Treatment Systems (HSTS). The Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program funds projects that preserve and restore state water resources. 71 of these projects have occurred in the Lake Erie watershed since 2009; the average project’s award amount exceeds $1 million.