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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


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




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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By Brandon Beck — Clean Water Fellowship Student


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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Welcome sign to Columbus’ hidden gem!

Last Saturday, the Ohio Sierra Club, FACT (Friends of the Alum Creek Tributaries), and Mad Scientist (local wetland consulting firm), with help from Westerville Parks and Rec., hosted a service event at Boyer Nature Preserve in Westerville  for Make a Difference Day!  The event consisted of removing invasive species and planting native trees and shrubs to help maintain the ecological health of the area. Boyer Nature Preserve is a small area tucked away in a suburban neighborhood where one would never guess that they might find a beautiful and serene wetland just beyond the white washed homes and mini-vans.


Young children helping with honeysuckle removal.

The cold air took a bit of time to adjust to in the early morning, but as soon as the sun rose the day turned into a beautiful, sunny fall day. The group of volunteers grew bigger and bigger as each minute passed, and soon we were all gathered and ready to get to work. After a short safety presentation and a much needed cup of coffee, the troop of volunteers tackled the honeysuckle bushes with full force. The forest became alive as adults, college students, and young children began attacking the invasive honeysuckle with hand saws and various other tools.


Volunteers working hard removing honeysuckle.

Some volunteers, those not removing honeysuckle, helped move it out of the forest and to a nearby wood chipper so it could be mulched instead of disposed of as trash. What is more, the chipper was a substantial distance from the removal location, so these individuals were some of the hardest working out there.

After removing the invasive honeysuckle, volunteers got to work planting trees in the newly vacant spots where the honeysuckle once stood.  These beautiful native trees will grow and become part of the Boyer Nature Preserve and will discourage the harmful honeysuckle from growing in those areas.


Young girl scouts ready to begin tree planting!

With the hard work of our volunteers, we were able to improve the health of Boyer Preserve and ensure that this area is functioning the way it should be.  Protecting areas like Boyer Preserve benefits communities, as these areas provide critical ecosystem functions and services.  Seeing all these volunteers from differing backgrounds and different age groups coming together to preserve one of Columbus’s natural areas is heartening.


The scenic view at Boyer Nature Preserve.

Urban wetlands like Boyer Preserve serve an important purpose to the Columbus community. Wetlands act as a filter, removing pollutants and helping keep the water we drink clean and pure. The vegetation that is found around wetlands helps remove phosphates and plant nutrients from the soil which discourages algae from growing on the waterway and stealing oxygen from the plants and animals trying to survive.  They also help absorb excess water, reduce flooding, and provide habitat for a myriad of species.

This beautiful nature preserve is one of Columbus’s hidden gems, and it’s wonderful that the public has access to such an area.  But it hasn’t always been that way.  Only a few years ago, Boyer Preserve was not open to the public.  Providing open access, though, has been a success.  The community is now more-connected with the area, and not only has the ecological integrity not been sacrificed, but the public is helping ensure it remains healthy. Thank you to all of the hard working volunteers who donated their time to help make a difference!  Hope to see you all again at the next event!


Written by Clean Water Fellow Natasha Ghica



The Ohio Water Sentinel Program’s Little Cuyahoga River team started monitoring in the spring of 2012. Thanks to the dedication of our volunteers, their great work is making headlines!

ABJ photo - by Ed Suba Jr.

Read the Akron Beacon Journal article here

To learn more about the Ohio Water Sentinel Program, visit our program page.