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Tell the Ohio Legislature: Don’t Raise My Bill for Dirty Energy!

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The Ohio legislature continues to aggressively move forward with legislation that will gut our clean energy and efficiency standards.  Now comes breaking news that they want YOU to pay for their plan to kill the future.
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Save Ohio’s Butterflies!

Flower and ButterflyDo you enjoy the summer butterflies? Well, as these pollinator populations dwindle, the OhioDepartment of Agriculture and Wayne National Forest are planning to spray a dangerous insecticide called BtK all over Ohio to decrease the Gypsy Moth, a non-native moth that impacts trees through eating of leaves. Unfortunately, BtK doesn’t just kill the Gypsy Moth – it could wipe out every type of butterfly or moth it touches.  Read More

Years of Living Dangerously

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Years of Living Dangerously

New Showtime documentary showing the human impacts of climate change. Learn more and what you can do as an individual to #actonclimate

See the first episode here

 

 

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Clean Water

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.

 

Clean Water - Latest News

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Join us this Saturday, August 2nd at 10am for a bug hike!! We will be at Highbanks Metro Park in the designated Olentangy River Play Ground Area.

Amber Bellamy, chair of the COG Conservation Committee and doctoral student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Ohio State University, will be leading a stream hike at Highbanks Metro Park. Participants will have hands-on opportunities to collect and identify marcorinvertebrates and even get a little wet while wading in streams. Please wear water shoes and weather-appropriate gear. Bring a friend, all are welcome! RSVP to elissa.yoder@sierraclub.org

Volunteers of all ages attended the “Get the Lead Out” River Clean Up held on July 22 on the Maumee River, hosted by Sierra Club and Partners for Clean Streams.   A special thanks is extended to parents from the Zoo Teens of Toledo Zoo, Sierra Club members, and PCS who brought their children out to help.   This event included an adventurous river cleaning expedition over to Blue Grass Island in the Maumee River.  All waded in  the river, while removing any lost fishing lines, lures, or litter in this  section of river, which were all  recycled. 2014-07-22_19.28.34 2014-07-22_18.12.13 2014-07-22_18.22.07

The Ohio Water Sentinel Program seeks to educate, engage, and empower volunteers to restore, improve and protect Ohio’s waterways. Sierra Club will host this training 10am-1pm on Saturday, July 26 at the Way Public Library, Conference Room C/D, 101 E Indiana Ave, Perrysburg.  An optional hands-on one-hour training will be offered in the afternoon at the river, weather permitting.

“Volunteers are needed to assure the water running through your backyards, your parks, and your communities is healthy, “ states Ann Keefe, Sierra Club’s Lake Erie Conservation Coordinator.

2014-05-21_12.19.36 Trained citizens are asked to spend a 1 to 2 hours of time, quarterly, to monitor the river or stream near them.  Sierra Club has some sites available to be assigned or volunteers can suggest a location.  Many sites can include public or private lands near bridges, where the river is easily accessible.  The Water Sentinel Program provides free water monitoring kits, training, and sample analysis to participating groups and individuals who care about clean water.

Adults and accompanied minors are invited to attend the citizen volunteer monitoring training.  Questions can be directed to Ann Keefe, Sierra Club, at 419-619-4436 or email at Ann.Keefe@sierraclub.org

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The Sierra Club is leading the green infrastructure revolution in Ohio.  We already distributed over 100 DIY Rain Barrels to members and partner organizations in 2014!  What is a DIY Rain Barrel?  Why is the Sierra Club providing free workshops?  How can I get a rain barrel?   Read More

Are you the kind of person that just can’t get enough time on the water?

2014-05-21_12.10.00Then, you are just the person we are looking for to help monitor NW Ohio’s rivers and streams.   The Water Sentinel Program requires a few hours of training with Sierra Club staff and a couple hours of your time with the water courses you love, four times a year. We have sites already in mind if you want to be assigned to a place or you can pick your own favorite spot.

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