The Ohio EPA failed to collect adequate data to determine the recreational health for 60% of Ohio’s inland streams and 60% of Ohio’s large rivers. From the data they did collect: 3/4 of their samples for inland streams and 1/2 samples for large rivers contained high levels of E. Coli bacteria. These numbers are cause for alarm and the Ohio EPA needs to act urgently to collect missing data across the state.
95% of Carroll depends on groundwater and yet, over the next ten years, ODNR will allow 2,000 unconventional gas wells and permit an underground coal mine without informing the public about potential impacts on water quality.
Every time it rains our waterways are threatened by sewage. Hamilton County has more combined sewage overflow points than anywhere else in Ohio and ranks 3rd in the country overall.
Support Drinking Water Protection, Comment Period Extended to April 16
January 13th, 2010
Let the U.S. EPA know that you support basic protection for the MICHINDOH aquifer, the primary source of drinking water for more than 385,000 people in parts of NW Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. The comment period has been extended to April 16.
The City of Bryan, with the support of local citizens and communities, asked the U.S. EPA to designate the MICHINDOH aquifer as a “sole source aquifer.” This means that the aquifer is the sole source of drinking water for a nine county region, including Williams county and part of Defiance and Fulton counties. This designation includes additional consideration for federally funded projects that could potentially contaminate the water.
After careful analysis, the City of Bryan concluded, “The MICHINDOH aquifer system is a well-defined, valuable resource that represents the sole source of drinking water for the region’s residents and could not be replaced without imposing significant financial difficulties for the drinking water users.”
U.S. EPA will accept written comments until April 16. Find out more by visiting the Bryan Municipal Utilities website.