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Rep. Monique Smith opposes bill that would pollute ephemeral streams

October 4, 2021
Monique Smith News

COLUMBUS — State Rep. Monique Smith (D-Fairview Park) voted in opposition Wednesday to House Bill (HB) 175, legislation that would remove protections for ephemeral streams. 

“As State Representative for a district that sits directly on the shore of Lake Erie, I voted against House Bill 175 last week. House Bill 175 threatens Ohio water quality, which we should be working harder to protect,” said Rep. Smith. “Lake Erie is a vital resource for Ohio. Any bill that claims to help developers by potentially allowing more pollutants to enter our lake is dangerous for our residents, and that is something I will not support.”

Ephemeral streams are pools or streams of water which appear after rain or snow. Currently, ephemeral streams are protected by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). HB 175 would no longer require the EPA to issue permits for impacts on ephemeral streams, meaning discharging sewage and pollutants into them would not be prohibited. 

HB 175 now goes to the Senate for further consideration.