Click here to submit public comments to Ohio EPA by November 19.
1.) Insist algae toxin standards be created for Ohio drinking water supplies
2.) Request mandatory testing to occur at community water systems
In June 2014, Governor Kasich signed into law a bill that guts Ohio’s clean energy and efficiency standards. Passing this new law was not enough for Ohio’s utilities, though.
Now, Ohio’s largest electric utilities, AEP, Duke, and FirstEnergy are seeking to keep a number of Ohio’s oldest and dirtiest power plants open for years to come.
And they want you and me to pay for it.
Ohio is enriched by its vast water resources, flowing from Lake Erie all the way to the Ohio River. The health and condition of Ohio’s waterways impact our quality of life, as we rely on them for safe drinking water, wildlife habitat, consumable fish, recreation, and shipping. Challenges stem from polluting industries, agricultural and stormwater runoff, urban development, sewer overflows, and more. The campaign advocates for solutions to prevent waterway pollution – working locally to protect our rivers, streams, tributaries, and wetlands across the state. Lake Erie protection is also critical for Ohio and includes efforts by both the Sierra Club Western Lake Erie and Northeast Ohio local groups.
November 18th, 2014
With welcomed media coverage at a recent press conference called by Marcy Kaptur on water testing in the Maumee River where Sierra Club’s Water Sentinel Program was featured, volunteers in the Toledo area are stepping forth to be trained. Toledo classes will be held this winter, with sampling to start in the early spring after ice melt. Check out the links to TV24 , TV11, and local Toledo Blade newspaper about the Sierra Club Water Sentinel volunteer program. Volunteers will help contribute water quality data to help understand the local waterways.
November 18th, 2014
Two classes have now been held this fall to train volunteer water sentinels in the Blanchard River. This is a cooperative effort in partnership with the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership. A third class is expected to be held this winter, to train a total of 20 volunteers in this region.
The Blanchard River has multiple small creeks that come together and feed into the main stem of the river. Each one of these 50+ creek intersections will be monitored by a Sierra Club trained water sentinel. The BRWP hopes to use this water quality data to assess the health of its sub-watersheds.
Anyone interested in volunteering for this region, may contact either Ann Keefe, Lake Erie Conservation Coordinator at email@example.com or Phil Martin of the BRWP via phone at 419.422.6487.
October 9th, 2014
Ohio Sierra Club staff, volunteers, and fellow student joined Partners for Clean Stream’s in their 18th annual Clean Your Streams event, which drew in over 1,000 volunteers! This not only raised awareness about clean water, but also removed a significant amount of trash from over 50 sites along Lucas County waterways. The Ohio Sierra Club would like to thank all the members and friends who helped support this cause and make this year’s clean-up a huge success!
If you’d like to learn more about our Stewardship program, including future events, click here.
October 9th, 2014
Clean Drinking Water is a Human Right! Yet 400,000 people in the Toledo Region suffered from a lack of drinking water the weekend of August 1st. A Toxic Algal Bloom producing microcystin (a natural neurotoxin produced by the cyanobacteria Microcystis) exposed the vulnerability of the 11 million people. In addition, the people along inland lakes and reservoirs, such as Grand Lake St. Mary’s and the Findlay Reservoir #1, are also asking why can’t we work harder on solving this drinking water problem statewide.
What can be done to Stop Toxic Algae and keep our waterways healthy?
October 8th, 2014
Looking for the perfect chance to see some fall colors or to get outside before winter? Sierra Club Outings give you the opportunity to explore some of Northeast Ohio’s scenic natural areas and to learn more about our fragile waterways. Hikes are lead by a Clean Water Fellow and are for all ages and abilities. A perfect chance to hike through our local, state, and national parks! For more information on our Clean Water Outings send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.