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.
December 14th, 2010
Making your voice heard is an important aspect to any environmental issue that impacts us. One way to speak out and make your voice heard is to testify at a public hearing. Public hearings are held for almost all important issues that may impact local communities or impact our environment. Practicing your speech or public comments is a good way to get rid of the stage fright most of us feel when we have to speak in front of a crowd. You can practice by writing out your comments beforehand, keep the comments short and to the point, and practice your testimony in front of friends or family.
Here are some examples of testimony the Sierra Club Ohio Chapter has given:
Jen Miller, Presented to the Ohio House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee, Apr 15, 2011
Jen Miller, Presented to the Public Utilities Committee and Ohio House of Representatives, Mar 23, 2011
CJ George, Presented to the Board of Building Standards, Dec 10, 2010
CJ George, Presented to the OEPA, Dec 13, 2010