Did you know every time it rains the health of Ohio’s waterways are threatened by sewage?
Ohio has over 1,000 combined sewage overflow points and is mandated to reduce overflows under the clean water act. Collectively our communities have invested over 1.3 billion dollars to fix combine sewers since 2007. While combined sewage is a huge challenge for Ohio it can also be a great opportunity for sustainability. Read more to learn what you can do to protect Ohio’s waterways from combined sewage overflows.
The Sierra Club advocates for green infrastructure (rain barrels, rain gardens, bio-swales) as a sustainable, cost effective solution to combine sewer overflows. Green infrastructure is a passive decentralized network that naturally manages stormwater, reduces flooding risk, improving water quality all while saving money. Green infrastructure projects foster community cohesiveness by investing public funds above ground instead of below.
Follow this link to send a message to county officials supporting green infrastructure.
In addition, you can search the interactive map below to find a combine sewer overflow point near you. Let decision makers in your area know that you support green infrastructure by contacting them directly.
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