Department of Natural Resources - Animal Waste and Agricultural Pollution - Administrative procedures.

Published: 2010-12-23

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The chief will:

(A) Inform districts, their assisting agencies and other appropriate agencies of the state standards, criteria, and division policies for agricultural pollution abatement and cost-share programs for assisting owners and operators to install best management practices.

(B) Enter into cooperative agreements with the boards of supervisors of districts to implement the agricultural pollution abatement program. Such agreements shall spell out the responsibilities of both parties with respect to program implementation, administration and accounting, evaluation, recording accomplishments, quality control, and maintenance in obtaining compliance with rules and orders of the chief pertaining to agricultural pollution abatement. The terms of such agreements shall be subject to approval by the Ohio soil and water conservation commission.

(C) Utilize the staff assistance of the districts and their assisting agencies to implement the state and other cost-share programs for installing eligible best management practices.

(D) Provide administrative guidance to districts in planning, budgeting, staffing, implementing, and administering the agricultural pollution abatement program and the training of district supervisors and personnel in their duties, responsibilities and authorities.

(E) Coordinate the development and implementation of cooperative programs and working agreements between districts and other agencies of local, state, and federal government regarding the agricultural pollution abatement program.

(F) Implement the agricultural pollution abatement program in a district in which the board of supervisors fails to negotiate an agreement with the Ohio department of natural resources to carry out the program.

(G) Reserve the right to implement the agricultural pollution abatement program to resolve complaints.