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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.

 

Clean Water - Latest News

donot drinkIn 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.

Ask the Governor to protect Ohio from the culprits of the WV Spill!

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Don’t let Ohio drown in sewage

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.

Be a voice for clean water and speak up for our public and environmental health!

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

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.

Read the full press release here.

 

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.

 

Highlights include:

  • 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.

 

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