Click here to submit public comments to Ohio EPA by November 19.
1.) Insist algae toxin standards be created for Ohio drinking water supplies
2.) Request mandatory testing to occur at community water systems
In June 2014, Governor Kasich signed into law a bill that guts Ohio’s clean energy and efficiency standards. Passing this new law was not enough for Ohio’s utilities, though.
Now, Ohio’s largest electric utilities, AEP, Duke, and FirstEnergy are seeking to keep a number of Ohio’s oldest and dirtiest power plants open for years to come.
And they want you and me to pay for it.
On eve of Toledo drinking water crisis anniversary, groups offer support and recommendations to Ohio, Michigan governors, Ontario premier, to meet historic commitment to protect Lake Erie, public drinking water.
(Toledo, OH - July 29, 2015)—One year after nearly half a million Toledo area residents were left without safe drinking water for almost three days because of a harmful algal bloom in western Lake Erie, conservation groups and charter boat businesses are urging elected officials to maintain momentum in efforts to curb phosphorus pollution that feeds toxic algae and to protect the region’s drinking water. The groups submitted letters Monday to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, and Ontario Premiere Kathleen Wynne offering recommendations to help meet the leader’s historic commitment in June to reduce algal-bloom-feeding phosphorus into Lake Erie.
In June, the governors of Ohio and Michigan and the premier of Ontario signed an agreement to restore Lake Erie by reducing the amount of phosphorus flowing into western Lake Erie by 40 percent by 2025.
“The memory of Toledo’s drinking water crisis, like the burning of the Cuyahoga River, will forever remind the nation that we dare not drop our guard to protect Lake Erie and our drinking water,” said Adam Rissien, Director of Agricultural and Water Policy at the Ohio Environmental Council. “We are ready to work with Governor Kasich to ensure our Great Lake water is swimmable, drinkable and fishable today and for future generations.”
“A year ago, a shocking event occurred: a major Great Lakes city had to ban drinking the water supply it draws from the lakes. It is unacceptable for Lake Erie – or any Great Lake – to be so polluted that it becomes a threat to public health,” said Joel Brammeier, president and CEO of the Alliance for the Great Lakes. “We are pleased that our elected leaders have made the commitment necessary to clean up Lake Erie. Now we are marking this unfortunate anniversary to remind our leaders and all the people of the Great Lakes that delivering on a commitment means showing measurable progress every year until Lake Erie is once again safe for everyone.”
“Lake Erie’s sport fishing industry needs a strong and complete plan that will prevent continued harmful algal blooms,” said Captain Paul Pacholski, President of Lake Erie Charter Boat Association. “We appreciate the commitment of the 40 percent reduction and expect that specific recommendations are included in the implementation plan.”
“The cause of toxic algae is not a mystery; urban and rural fertilizer run-off, manure leaching, leaky septic systems and human sewage overflows are the primary pollution sources. Responsible farmers have piloted practices to curb runoff that all farmers need to adopt. Homeowners need to do their part too and cities should use best practices to prevent excess urban nutrient releases and storm-sewer overflows,” says Ann Keefe, Lake Erie Conservation Coordinator of the Ohio Sierra Club.
July 29th, 2015
On eve of Toledo drinking water crisis anniversary, groups offer support and recommendations to Ohio, Michigan governors, Ontario premier, to meet historic commitment to protect Lake Erie, public drinking water. (Toledo, OH - July 29, 2015)—One year after nearly half a million Toledo area residents were [...continue reading.]
July 9th, 2015
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June 24th, 2015
The USEPA recently released a fact sheet summarizing the impacts of the Clean Water Rule. This includes details on how agriculture, stormwater systems, municipalities, etc. are impacted by the new rules. This fact sheet is a good quick reference for you…check it out!