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 Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers.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

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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Toxic Algae Crisis

October 9th, 2014

Harmful Algal Blooms start in the Maumee River area then spread east with winds and currents

Clean Drinking Water is a Human Right!  Yet 400,000 people in the Toledo Region suffered from a lack of drinking water the weekend of August 1st. A Toxic Algal Bloom producing microcystin (a natural neurotoxin produced by the cyanobacteria Microcystis) exposed the vulnerability of the 11 million people.  In addition, the people along inland lakes and reservoirs, such as Grand Lake St. Mary’s and the Findlay Reservoir #1, are also asking why can’t we work harder on solving this drinking water problem statewide.

What can be done to Stop Toxic Algae and keep our waterways healthy?

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Explore Northeast Ohio

October 8th, 2014

Looking for the perfect chance to see some fall colors or to get outside before winter? Sierra Club Outings give you the opportunity to explore some of Northeast Ohio’s scenic natural areas and to learn more about our fragile waterways. Hikes are lead by a Clean Water Fellow and are for all ages and abilities. A perfect chance to hike through our local, state, and national parks! For more information on our Clean Water Outings send an email to ryanainger@gmail.com or click here.

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Congratulations to Alexa Seaman of University of Toledo who was recently awarded the Clean Water Fellow for Western Lake Erie! Get to know all our fellow students here.Sierra Club

Hiking Through Central Ohio

September 17th, 2014

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Want to meet folks in Central Ohio who like to explore the outdoors and care about nature? Come to a Sierra Club Outing! The Central Ohio Outings Group hosts hikes on most Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. During the 2013 year, they held 94 hikes with a total of 734 participants. Wednesday evening hikes are typically beginner hikes, covering less than four miles. Friday night hikes range around 3-4 miles. It is a great opportunity to destress from the workweek and burn some calories before dinner. The hike is followed by a social gathering, typically a dinner at a nearby restaurant or hosted by an outings leader in their home. Sunday hikes tend to cover more ground ranging from five miles to 10-12 miles, depending on the hike. Sunday hikes are for more serious hikers; these are fast paced hikes with little stopping. This provides a great opportunity to explore Ohio nature farther inside the woods and away from the city. Each hike is lead by one of the 14 Central Ohio Outings Leaders, who are all First Aid Certified. For more details and Outing Schedule email linenmartineau@gmail.com or go to the Sierra Club Central Ohio website.

Ou†ings

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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