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.
June 16th, 2015
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
June 16th, 2015
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
June 16th, 2015
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
May 21st, 2015
Researchers released the 2015 predictions for toxic algae blooms. The graph below shows that a similar bloom as 2014 is predicted. Earlier this month, USEPA announced guidance for new drinking water health advisory limits to be restricted further for children below school age to 0.3 microLiters of toxin, instead of what was used in 2014 in Ohio at 1.0 microLiters (recommended by the World Health Organization). The same report increased the adult tolerance restrictions for drinking the water up to 1.6 microLiters of toxin. Sierrans wrote hundreds of letters to Ohio EPA last fall to ask for mandatory drinking water testing in all communities for these toxins, to assure citizens of safe drinking water. Without mandatory testing for these toxins and adoption by the state of Ohio of threshold limits for these toxins, the health of Ohio citizens is at risk.
What is causing these blooms? What can be done to resolve? See the Sierra Club Toxic Algae web pages for more information.
April 10th, 2015
April brings spring showers, as well as Aveda Earth Month Fundraisers for Sierra Club’s Clean Water Campaign. Join this Sierra partnership with Ohio salons and spas, to raise money for the state’s clean water issues. Check out the Clean Water Calendar to find out what is going on in your region of the state. Consider one of the many volunteer opportunities for cleaning up our rivers, making a rain barrel, or learn how to monitor the water.