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Get on the Bus to Cut Fracking Pollution!

The oil and gas industry is running amok, and public health, our climate, and our communities arepaying the price. Fracking can never be made safe, but the EPA is developing important new rules to slash climate pollution from the oil and gas industry. But we need you to make sure the EPA approves strong protections.


The EPA is holding one of three public hearings in Pittsburgh to get input directly from people like you. Join hundreds of activists and concerned citizens on September 29 to show the EPA that we demand an end of business-as-usual for the oil and gas industry.

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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


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 Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers.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

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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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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

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.

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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.WhatDoYouLovePoster1-2

The Ohio Water Sentinel Program seeks to educate, engage, and empower volunteers to restore, improve and protect Ohio’s waterways. Sierra Club will host another training on Thursday, April 16, 2015  5:00 pm- 8:00 pm at the University of Toledo Lake Erie Center located at 6200 Bay Shore Road, Oregon, OH 43616. The NW Ohio Sierra Club will also host a Water Alert Reporting Network (WARN) training Thursday June 18, 2015  7:00 pm -8:00 pm, located at the University of Toledo Lake Erie Center. 

“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.

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. In NW Ohio, volunteers’  focus is in the Maumee Bay Area of Concern, including the Maumee and Ottawa Rivers, Swan Creek and other Lake Erie tributaries. The Water Sentinel Program provides 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 and required RSVP to attend can be directed to Ann Keefe, Sierra Club, at 419-619-4436 or email at Ann.Keefe@sierraclub.org


Did you know it is National Invasive Species Awareness Week? The Environmental Protection Agency describes an ”invasive species” as a plant or animal that is non-native (or alien) to an ecosystem, and whose introduction is likely to cause economic, human health, or environmental damage in that ecosystem. Once established, it is extremely difficult to control their spread. It is estimated that damage done by invasive plants alone costs the U.S. an estimated $34.7 billion a year.

While all species compete to survive, invasive species appear to have specific traits or specific combinations of traits that allow them to outcompete native species. This is evident to all those who have hiked in Ohio and have witnessed honeysuckle take over entire areas. Honeysuckle rapidly moves in an area and takes over, forming a dense shrub layer that crowds and shades out native species. This dense shrub layer creates an denser shade than native plants, thus reducing both plant diversity and nest sites for many forest interior species…resulting in a decline in the bird populations. It’s a domino effect upon diversity!

Approximately 100 of the known 700 terrestrial non-native plants in Ohio cause problems in natural areas. What can you do to reduce invasive species in Ohio? Join the Sierra Club for a watershed restoration event! No matter where you live in the state, we will have a watershed clean up near you! Check out our Clean Water Google Calendar for events near your home today!