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 Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers.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

 

Clean Water - Latest News

Volunteers of all ages attended the “Get the Lead Out” River Clean Up held on July 22 on the Maumee River, hosted by Sierra Club and Partners for Clean Streams.   A special thanks is extended to parents from the Zoo Teens of Toledo Zoo, Sierra Club members, and PCS who brought their children out to help.   This event included an adventurous river cleaning expedition over to Blue Grass Island in the Maumee River.  All waded in  the river, while removing any lost fishing lines, lures, or litter in this  section of river, which were all  recycled. 2014-07-22_19.28.34 2014-07-22_18.12.13 2014-07-22_18.22.07

The Ohio Water Sentinel Program seeks to educate, engage, and empower volunteers to restore, improve and protect Ohio’s waterways. Sierra Club will host this training 10am-1pm on Saturday, July 26 at the Way Public Library, Conference Room C/D, 101 E Indiana Ave, Perrysburg.  An optional hands-on one-hour training will be offered in the afternoon at the river, weather permitting.

“Volunteers are needed to assure the water running through your backyards, your parks, and your communities is healthy, “ states Ann Keefe, Sierra Club’s Lake Erie Conservation Coordinator.

2014-05-21_12.19.36 Trained citizens are asked to spend a 1 to 2 hours of time, quarterly, to monitor the river or stream near them.  Sierra Club has some sites available to be assigned or volunteers can suggest a location.  Many sites can include public or private lands near bridges, where the river is easily accessible.  The Water Sentinel Program provides free water monitoring kits, training, and sample analysis to participating groups and individuals who care about clean water.

Adults and accompanied minors are invited to attend the citizen volunteer monitoring training.  Questions can be directed to Ann Keefe, Sierra Club, at 419-619-4436 or email at Ann.Keefe@sierraclub.org

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The Sierra Club is leading the green infrastructure revolution in Ohio.  We already distributed over 100 DIY Rain Barrels to members and partner organizations in 2014!  What is a DIY Rain Barrel?  Why is the Sierra Club providing free workshops?  How can I get a rain barrel?   Read More

Are you the kind of person that just can’t get enough time on the water?

2014-05-21_12.10.00Then, you are just the person we are looking for to help monitor NW Ohio’s rivers and streams.   The Water Sentinel Program requires a few hours of training with Sierra Club staff and a couple hours of your time with the water courses you love, four times a year. We have sites already in mind if you want to be assigned to a place or you can pick your own favorite spot.

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2014-06-21_11.27.52Western Lake Erie group volunteers teamed up with Partners for Clean Streams and cleaned the Maumee River on June 21 along the SideCut Metropark .  Teams worked in various portions of the three-mile stretch of park and volunteers walked along the Maumee River and its banks. Volunteers traversed over logs, through tall grasses, and over rocks to collect lead and line that was snagged on rocks, branches and in grass. All the lead collected will be sold and reused, while the fishing line will be recycled.

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