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Tell Ohio Decision Makers to Stop Guzzling Gas!

Just because gas prices have dropped doesn’t mean Ohio should build more highways. Recently, 700 Sierra Club members commented on the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) 2014 Statewide Transit Needs Study. Now we have the opportunity to weigh in on the specific projects that ODOT will fund in 2015-2018.

Speak up for Bike, Bus, and Pedestrian funding!

2015 Ohio Sierra Club Retreat is just a few weeks away!

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

 

 

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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Ohio Water Sentinel Fall Update

December 11th, 2014

It has been an incredible fall by the stream side.  Thanks to everyone who helped coordinate or participated at one of the over 70 events this fall.  Together we are making a difference.

Check out our Water Sentinel Fall Update Slide Show!! 

Toledo Sentinels Classes

November 18th, 2014

With welcomed media coverage at a recent press conference called by Marcy Kaptur on water testing in the Maumee River where Sierra Club’s Water Sentinel Program was featured, volunteers in the Toledo area are stepping forth to be trained.   Toledo classes will be held this winter, with sampling to start in the early spring after ice melt.  Check out the links to  TV24 , TV11, and local Toledo Blade newspaper about the Sierra Club Water Sentinel volunteer program.  Volunteers will help contribute water quality data to help understand the local waterways.

 

Blanchard River watershed

Two classes have now been held this fall to train volunteer water sentinels in the Blanchard River.  This is a cooperative effort in partnership with the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership.  A third class is expected to be held this winter, to train a total of 20 volunteers in this region.

The Blanchard River has multiple small creeks that come together and feed into the main stem of the river.  Each one of these 50+ creek intersections will be monitored by a Sierra Club trained water sentinel.   The BRWP hopes to use this water quality data to assess the health of its sub-watersheds.

Anyone interested in volunteering for this region, may contact either Ann Keefe, Lake Erie Conservation Coordinator at ann.keefe@sierraclub.org or Phil Martin of the BRWP via phone at 419.422.6487.

Volunteers identify their clean up site.

Ohio Sierra Club staff, volunteers, and fellow student joined Partners for Clean Stream’s in their 18th annual Clean Your Streams event, which drew  in over 1,000 volunteers! This not only raised awareness about clean water, but also removed a significant amount of trash from over 50 sites along Lucas County waterways. The Ohio Sierra Club would like to thank all the members and friends who helped support this cause and make this year’s clean-up a huge success!

If you’d like to learn more about our Stewardship program, including future events, click here.

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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