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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 Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers.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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Fight for Ohio’s State Forests – No Logging!

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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.

 

Clean Water - Latest News

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!

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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

On June 5th and 6th, 30 Sierra Club members from across Ohio gathered at Cuyahoga National Park to create a plan to guide the Water Campaign through 2018.   Water Sentinel group leaders, volunteers, staff, and youth activists analyzed the campaigns strengths and weaknesses and generated ideas that will help us achieve our vision of an engaged public that understands the importance of clean water resulting in swimmable, fishable, and drinkable waterways in Ohio. Read More

Today is day 10 of the Columbus Nitrate Advisory Warning! Running out of bottled water? The Ohio Department of Health will make bottled water available to pregnant women and infants below 6 months of age who reside in the impacted areas (including WIC clients) and who are unable to otherwise obtain water on their own. Columbus Public Health will begin water distribution this evening from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the front loop at 240 Parsons Avenue, and Franklin County Public Health will begin water distribution at Westland Mall, in front of the former Macy’s, at 4141 West Broad Street. Water distribution will continue at both locations from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. daily as long as the advisory is active. Read More

USEPA announced development of a nationwide drinking water health advisory for toxic algae, otherwise known as cyanobacteria or blue-green algae.   These advisories are not enforceable drinking water regulatory standards, but rather as an advisory for levels of blue-green algae toxins considered to be safe in drinking water.

After compiling worldwide data from multiple countries, including the U.S. as well as Canada, three of these harmful algae rose to the top as common as well as toxic.   These included Microcystin-LR, Cylindrospermopsin, and Anatoxin-A; all three now on the suggested draft CCL4 (4th revision of USEPA Concerned Contaminant List).  A Health Advisory is a start, but not enough to address these poisons in our water supplies. Read More