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 Water Committee includes members and supporters, from across the state, who work together to protect, restore, and improve Ohio’s waterways.
The Ohio Chapter Water Committee formed in 2009 with a primary focus on reducing pollution from agricultural and urban runoff, inorganic household products, sewer systems, and mineral extraction processes. Local Sierra Club groups also address these pollution issues through their conservation strategies and work together with the Water Committee to clean up our waterways, statewide.
The committee interacts through a monthly conference call on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30pm. Click here to sign up for a monthly reminder.
The Ohio Chapter Water Committee:
- Activates Sierra Club members and local groups to educate the public about threats to our water quality and how to protect our freshwater resources.
- Provides informative resources to help the public choose environmentally friendly products and practices. The committee encourages the following sustainable water conservation methods: installing pervious pavement, stream buffers, rain gardens, rain barrels, planting native plants, removing invasives, reducing water use, and more.
- Generates public pressure on the Ohio EPA and other government agencies to enact higher standards on reducing water-related pollution.
- Engages members and volunteers to become trained Water Sentinels to monitor their waterways for signs of pollution, report water quality data, and help track areas that are in need of our attention.
Contact Water Committee Chair Jeff Cox for more information and to learn how to get involved.