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2015 Ohio Sierra Club Retreat

Mohican-winterWe hope you can join the Sierra Club for our annual Chapter Retreat. As one of the largest and most influential environmental organizations in the state, this is the time each year where we celebrate our victories, renew our spirits, and make our plans the year ahead. All are welcome, and meals will be provided for members who register.

Join us at Mohican State Park Lodge for the Annual Chapter Retreat on Jan 31st- Feb 1st!

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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

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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 Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers.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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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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Algae in Lake Erie

Many of us live along or have visited the shores of Lake Erie. Lake Erie is not just a state treasure but is also of international importance as the 11th largest lake in the world. The Great Lakes are the world’s largest freshwater eco-system and while Erie only has 2% of the water it contains 50% of all the fish in the Great Lakes. Read More

Scenic River Photo by Cyane Gresham

Scenic River Photo by Cyane Gresham

Spring is in the air, and now is the time to get out, enjoy the weather, and support a great cause all at once! Join Sierra Club and Aveda salons across Ohio in a variety of activities to support the Sierra Club Ohio Clean Water Campaign. Aveda is hosting 6K Walk for Water events, cocktail hours, workshops, fashion shows, auctions, complimentary haircuts for a donation, and much more!

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Photo: Lomo Corn by Kevin Dooley

Photo: Lomo Corn by Kevin Dooley

Do you know where your food comes from, or the environmental impacts of putting that food on the table?

Join Sierra Club, Aveda Institute Columbus, Local Matters, and Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association at Studio 35 in Columbus for a movie screening of King Corn, paired with the follow-up film Big River.

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If you are consuming fish from Ohio’s lakes, rivers, and streams, be aware that there are fish consumption advisories to limit your exposure to mercury, PCBs, and pesticides found in Ohio fish.  The Ohio Department of Health advises “that all persons limit consumption of sport fish caught from all waterbodies in Ohio to one meal per week, unless there is a more or less restrictive advisory.”

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U.S. EPA is releasing a first-of-its-kind water quality scorecard that will help communities in rural, suburban and urban settings incorporate green infrastructure practices to protect local water quality and improve both the built and natural environment.

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