Officials of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency presented the Village of Archbold with a plaque recognizing the completion of plans to protect the source of Archbold’s drinking water.
Barb Lubberger and Richard Kroeger, OEPA officials, presented the plaque to council at its Monday, Feb. 4 meeting.
Council met at the village water treatment plant.
Dennis Howell, village administrator, said the plan was the result of two years of work, much of it done by Scott Schultz, water treatment plant supervisor.
Since Archbold gets its raw water from the Tiffin River, Schultz followed the river north to where it becomes Bean Creek. He identified potential hazards to drinking water along the way.
In addition, Howell said Schultz worked with several Michigan-based groups who had an interest in preserving and protecting Bean Creek, which feeds the Tiffin River.
Council also approved contributing money to the Fulton County Soil & Water Conservation District.
The district uses the money to purchase easements for grassy waterways known as filter strips.
As storm water runoff flows through the grasses, they catch pollutants before they get into the creeks that feed the Tiffin River prior to Archbold’s water intake located on Co. Rd. G.
Howell said Archbold is one of a few communities to donate funds for the soil and water conservation project.
“Scott put a lot of work into this,” Howell said.