The Ohio Chapter Water Committee includes members and supporters, from across the state, who work together to protect, restore, and improve Ohio’s waterways.

-Urging Hamilton county and the City of Columbus to significantly reduce sewer overflows with appropriate sewer system improvements and green infrastructure projects.
-Advocating for clean water solutions  that capture and filter rain water before it has the chance to pollute our rivers and streams.  Solutions include wetlands, forested river corridors, rain gardens, rain barrels, porous pavement, and native vegetation.
-Taking actions to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus pollution that impacts watersheds across the state and contributes to toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie.
-Educating Ohioans about individual actions that protect and conserve our water resources.
-Increasing volunteer involvement in clean water issues and developing plans for water testing.
To get involved, please contact Tony Szilagye, Water Committee Chair .

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 first Sunday of each month at 6:00pm.


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.