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Tell the Ohio Legislature: Don’t Raise My Bill for Dirty Energy!

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The Ohio legislature continues to aggressively move forward with legislation that will gut our clean energy and efficiency standards.  Now comes breaking news that they want YOU to pay for their plan to kill the future.
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Save Ohio’s Butterflies!

Flower and ButterflyDo you enjoy the summer butterflies? Well, as these pollinator populations dwindle, the OhioDepartment of Agriculture and Wayne National Forest are planning to spray a dangerous insecticide called BtK all over Ohio to decrease the Gypsy Moth, a non-native moth that impacts trees through eating of leaves. Unfortunately, BtK doesn’t just kill the Gypsy Moth – it could wipe out every type of butterfly or moth it touches.  Read More

Years of Living Dangerously

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Years of Living Dangerously

New Showtime documentary showing the human impacts of climate change. Learn more and what you can do as an individual to #actonclimate

See the first episode here

 

 

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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

One week ago today, a chemical used in coal processing spilled on the Elk River in West Virginia, contaminating drinking water for more than 300,000 residents. Now, this coal catastrophe is snaking its way down the Ohio River and endangering our freshwater resources.

The Sierra Club released this press release yesterday voicing its concerns about the Ohio EPA’s ability to protect our water with regards to the recent resignation of Director Scott Nally and Ohio EPA Water Chief George Elmaraghy.

Read the full press release here.

 

Since the start of our 2013/2014 funding cycle with Aveda in August, we have already accomplished a great deal towards protecting Ohio’s waterways. Thank you to Aveda, the water committee, staff, and volunteers for making our success possible.

 

Highlights include:

  • 19 Water Sentinels trained; 111 subwatersheds monitored
  • 650 Fellowship hours (and counting!) by 9 Fellowship students this fall
  • 14 Watershed Action Events; 1,200 volunteer service hours
  • 20 Awareness events; 1,500+ public comments submitted to protecting Ohio’s water.

 

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By Brandon Beck — Clean Water Fellowship Student

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Wetlands Rock!

On Saturday, December 7th, I had the pleasure of attending the Ohio Wetland Association’s Wetland Summit at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center in Columbus, along with my Sierra Club compatriots, Ben Wickizer and Natasha Ghica.  The Summit touched on the legal and regulatory framework and policies of wetland protection. Read More

Meet YSU Fellow Salam Farhan!

November 19th, 2013

My name is Salam Farhan and I am a sophomore at Youngstown State University majoring in Geology. I believe that with education and knowledge comes responsibility.  I am thankful that, in this period of my education, The Clean Water Sierra Club Campaign is giving me the chance to act on that belief by teaching me how to be a positive, effective, and active member of my community. I have learned about many different water, environmental, and community building issues in my area, and I have goals to become a part of their solution! Beside my geological studies, I also enjoy spending time with my loving family, spending time outdoors, connecting with people, and playing music. This is my first semester as a Sierra Club student fellow, and I could not be more excited to bring what I have to the table, and to learn and work with the great people that make up this organization.

Clean Water Fellows Salam Farhan and Alexis Threatt tell about their enlightening and exciting experiences at Powershift this October.

Main auditorium where keynote speakers spoke.

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