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 Fellowship Program provides students the opportunity to gain real-world experiences working directly on water issues.
Since 2010, 23 students have received $45,000 in Fellowship educational awards and have spent 6,500 hours assisting the Clean Water Campaign.
Fellows gain hands-on experiences working on local conservation issues, training Water Sentinels, and advocating for more sustainable water policies. Fellows also attend, organize, and promote Watershed Action Events through our Stewardship Program.
Over the next two years, the program will provide students more robust learning opportunities, fortify the program’s structure, offer more-frequent enrichment activities, and develop partnerships with colleges and universities to help students gain educational credit and foster connections between students’ academic experiences and the work of the campaign.
Fellows work closely with staff and members to further the goals of the campaign, coordinate service events, as well as water monitoring trainings. They also attend festival and community events to raise awareness about water issues. Additionally, fellows help influence decision makers and collect petitions and advocacy postcards. Fellows also have the opportunity to oversee independent projects within the framework of the campaign. Past fellows have done everything from catalyzing local community action on fracking to presenting to college administrators and influencing their decisions on water related issues.
Fellows work with their supervising staff member to development a work plan that outlines their goals and responsibilities. Work plans include an educational component that is linked to the academic work the fellow is undertaking.
Fellows should expect to work 10 to 20 hours a week and will receive a semester stipend of $500 to $1000 based on past experiences, ability, and effort.
If you are an undergraduate or graduate student living in Ohio and enrolled in a US college or university, you are eligible to apply to our program.
- Don’t Delay, Apply Today!
- Send Current Resumes to Matt Trokan – firstname.lastname@example.org