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.
The Ohio Chapter’s Agriculture Committee works to address environmental and public health concerns by:
• Working in partnership with statewide groups to challenge factory farm expansions or new facilities proposed in Ohio communities.
• Urging state agencies and lawmakers to support requirements that prevent factory farm pollution, and ensure adequate enforcement of laws.
• Encouraging proper labeling of food products to inform consumers about the presence of antibiotics and hormones.
• Encouraging local, sustainable food production such as organic farms, school gardens and community gardens in vacant lots.
• Educating the public about the impacts of our food decisions on global climate change.
Want to join our work?
The Agriculture Committee invites you to get involved. Contact Tony Szilagye to find out how you can help.