Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (Multiple States)

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Place Illinois;Indiana;Kentucky;New York;Ohio;Pennsylvania;Virginia;West Virginia

Applies to States or Provinces Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
Name Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (Multiple States)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Start Date 1948

Program Administrator Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission
Primary Website http://www.orsanco.org/
Applicable Jurisdiction Ohio River Valley: http://www.orsanco.org/ohio-river-basin

Last Review 2014-09-15


The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), was established on June 30, 1948 to control and abate pollution in the Ohio River Basin. ORSANCO is an interstate commission representing eight states and the federal government. ORSANCO operates programs to improve water quality in the Ohio River and its tributaries, including: setting waste water discharge standards; performing biological assessments; monitoring for the chemical and physical properties of the waterways; and conducting special surveys and studies. ORSANCO also coordinates emergency response activities for spills or accidental discharges to the river, and promotes public participation in programs, such as the Ohio River Sweep and the RiverWatchers Volunteer Monitoring Program.

ORSANCO sets Pollution Control Standards for industrial and municipal waste water discharges to the Ohio River, and tracks certain dischargers whose effluent can seriously impact water quality. The standards designate specific uses for the Ohio, and establish guidelines to ensure that the river is capable of supporting these uses. To keep pace with current issues, ORSANCO reviews the standards every three years. As part of the review process, workshops and public hearings are held for public input.

Policy Contact

Department Ohio River Valley Sanitation Commission

Address 5735 Kellogg Avenue

Place Cincinnati, Ohio
Zip/Postal Code 45230
Phone (513) 231-7719

Fax (513) 231-7761


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Va. Code 62.1-70 through 62.1-79

Authority 2: Ind. Code 13-29-2
Date Effective 1996