Stormwater Management

Stormwater drainage issues are one of the most common complaints received by many local and county agencies from private landowners. Residential areas within Lucas County are unique in many aspects, especially as homes are created in previous agricultural fields.

County and local government agencies are responsible for reviewing development and building plans to ensure that proper drainage does exist. Once the property owner receives the final Certificate of Occupancy, County authority ends. If your neighbor installs landscaping or a pool which may reroute the stormwater runoff leading to drainage issues, it becomes a civil matter between neighbors. 

You can view the complete document for Drainage Rights and Responsibilities for Ohio Home Owners through the link below:

Drainage Rights and Responsibilities (PDF) 

​Lucas County MS4

As a requirement for Lucas County's small MS4 permit from Ohio EPA, our office reviews all Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWP3) for sites disturbing one acre or more. Satisfying Minimum Control Measures (MCM) 4 and 5, the review ensures that construction site stormwater runoff is controlled with effective mechanisms during the active construction phase, as well as approval for the design of the post-construction best management practice (BMP) that will control the site's water quality and quantity. The Lucas County Engineer's Office recommends that site designers evaluate, and if feasible, implement green infrastructure to the project's design.

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWP3)

As of 2022, the Lucas County Engineer's Office has updated the County's Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) to reflect the requirements of the revised small MS4 permit. Within the plan, residents of the County may find useful information in the strategies that our office utilizes to help spread public awareness and participation, detect and eliminate illicit discharges, instill effective measures to reduce erosion in construction activities, design stormwater detention practices, and oversee municipal facilities in adhering to pollution prevention and mitigation.

Stormwater Management Plan

Lucas County Small MS4 Organizational Chart

​2022 Lucas County Engineer's Stormwater Art Contest

Using their creative imaginiation to display what clean stormwater means to them, the following children were the 2022 Stormwater Art Contest winners!

1st Place Winner: Liam King
Liam King-1st Place Winnrer

2nd Place Winner: D.J. Conway
DJ Conway - 2nd Place Winner
Congratulations to Liam and D.J.and a well deserved great job and thank you to all of the participants of the 2022 Lucas County Engineer's Stormwater Art Contest from the Lucas County Engineer's Office!

 Lucas County Engineer partners with many Environmental Organizations to
utilize green infrastructure and reduce the impact of Storm water runoff. The image
links below will take you to their respective websites and are not a part of the Lucas County Official Website, and Lucas County is not responsible for their content.

 LC Sustainability Commission         TMACOG       partners-for-clean-streams-northwest-ohio
 Lucas County
Sustainability Commission
Stormwater Coalition 
Partners for
Clean Streams 

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