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.
We 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.
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.
- Earth Month
- Fellowship Program
- Ohio Water Sentinel Program
- Stewardship Program
- Clean Water Calendar
Clean Water - Latest News
March 12th, 2014
In January 2014, 300,000 of our neighbors in Charleston West Virginia lost access to clean drinking water after coal processing chemicals were spilled by Freedom Industries. The impact of the spill to the public health, the environment, the economy, and overall quality of life in the region has been staggering. While our thoughts remain with the victims of the spill, it has also heightened our concern for Ohio.
February 25th, 2014
The Ohio EPA failed to collect adequate data to determine the recreational health for 60% of Ohio’s inland streams and 60% of Ohio’s large rivers. From the data they did collect: 3/4 of their samples for inland streams and 1/2 samples for large rivers contained high levels of E. Coli bacteria. These numbers are cause for alarm and the Ohio EPA needs to act urgently to collect missing data across the state.
February 6th, 2014
Hello! My name is Ryan and I am a Clean Water Fellow working with the Ohio Sierra Club Clean Water Campaign this semester. Over the next month, I’ll go through the process of becoming a trained Outings leader and will plan to lead hikes along our waterways in NE Ohio. To gain more experience enjoying and exploring, I visited one of our great local parks and went snowshoeing at the Tom S. Cooperrider Kent Bog State Nature Preserve. Read More
January 16th, 2014
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.
December 19th, 2013
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.
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.