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Stop Toxins from Algae in Drinking Water

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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



Don’t Let Ohio Coal Get A Bailout


Carbon pollution rolls from Sammis Coal-fired Power Plant. Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers. credit: Akron Beacon Journal

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.

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Fight for Ohio’s State Forests – No Logging!


Shawnee State Forest trail next to logging site. Which is the trail? Where are the logging roads? Why can’t we tell?

Ohio DNR wants to clear-cut and burn it’s way through Ohio’s natural forests. Take action

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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.


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On eve of Toledo drinking water crisis anniversary, groups offer support and recommendations to Ohio, Michigan governors, Ontario premier, to meet historic commitment to protect Lake Erie, public drinking water.

(Toledo, OH - July 29, 2015)—One year after nearly half a million Toledo area residents were left without safe drinking water for almost three days because of a harmful algal bloom in western Lake Erie, conservation groups and charter boat businesses are urging elected officials to maintain momentum in efforts to curb phosphorus pollution that feeds toxic algae and to protect the region’s drinking water. The groups submitted letters Monday to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, and Ontario Premiere Kathleen Wynne offering recommendations to help meet the leader’s historic commitment in June to reduce algal-bloom-feeding phosphorus into Lake Erie.



Three Clean Water Fellows in the Ohio Chapter were sponsored by the Sierra Club to attend a summer program or as we call it, SPROG, put on by the Student Sierra Club. SPROG is an intensive five day program that works to train student campaigners, organizers, and activists on how to be successful in their campaigns. The Midwestern SPROG was held in Minneapolis, MN and about 30 students from all over the country attended. Read More


Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 1.15.41 PMThe National Oceanic and Administration (NOAA) predicts that Toxic Algae on Lake Erie to be worse than last year and attributes the bloom growth to the heavy precipitation in the region during the first half of 2015.   On 10-point scale, NOAA estimates the algal bloom will range from 8.1 to 9.5, and a severity above 5.0 is considered of high concern. Last year, the bloom was rated a 6.5, which was severe enough to force more than 400,000 in the Toledo area to go without water for several days. Last year, beaches were closed across the Lake all the way to Pelee Island in Canada. Read More

The USEPA recently released a fact sheet summarizing the impacts of the Clean Water Rule.  This includes details on how agriculture, stormwater systems, municipalities, etc. are impacted by the new rules.  This fact sheet is a good quick reference for you…check it out!


The Clean Water Campaign is developing a new strategic plan to guide our campaign over the next two years.  30 members gathered in June to provide feedback which we used to construct the survey below.  Please take 5 minutes to help us improve our campaign. Read More