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
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.
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.
October 9th, 2014
Ohio Sierra Club staff, volunteers, and fellow student joined Partners for Clean Stream’s in their 18th annual Clean Your Streams event, which drew in over 1,000 volunteers! This not only raised awareness about clean water, but also removed a significant amount of trash from over 50 sites along Lucas County waterways. The Ohio Sierra Club would like to thank all the members and friends who helped support this cause and make this year’s clean-up a huge success!
If you’d like to learn more about our Stewardship program, including future events, click here.
October 9th, 2014
Clean Drinking Water is a Human Right! Yet 400,000 people in the Toledo Region suffered from a lack of drinking water the weekend of August 1st. A Toxic Algal Bloom producing microcystin (a natural neurotoxin produced by the cyanobacteria Microcystis) exposed the vulnerability of the 11 million people. In addition, the people along inland lakes and reservoirs, such as Grand Lake St. Mary’s and the Findlay Reservoir #1, are also asking why can’t we work harder on solving this drinking water problem statewide.
What can be done to Stop Toxic Algae and keep our waterways healthy?
October 8th, 2014
Looking for the perfect chance to see some fall colors or to get outside before winter? Sierra Club Outings give you the opportunity to explore some of Northeast Ohio’s scenic natural areas and to learn more about our fragile waterways. Hikes are lead by a Clean Water Fellow and are for all ages and abilities. A perfect chance to hike through our local, state, and national parks! For more information on our Clean Water Outings send an email to email@example.com or click here.
October 1st, 2014
Congratulations to Alexa Seaman of University of Toledo who was recently awarded the Clean Water Fellow for Western Lake Erie! Get to know all our fellow students here.
September 17th, 2014
Want to meet folks in Central Ohio who like to explore the outdoors and care about nature? Come to a Sierra Club Outing! The Central Ohio Outings Group hosts hikes on most Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. During the 2013 year, they held 94 hikes with a total of 734 participants. Wednesday evening hikes are typically beginner hikes, covering less than four miles. Friday night hikes range around 3-4 miles. It is a great opportunity to destress from the workweek and burn some calories before dinner. The hike is followed by a social gathering, typically a dinner at a nearby restaurant or hosted by an outings leader in their home. Sunday hikes tend to cover more ground ranging from five miles to 10-12 miles, depending on the hike. Sunday hikes are for more serious hikers; these are fast paced hikes with little stopping. This provides a great opportunity to explore Ohio nature farther inside the woods and away from the city. Each hike is lead by one of the 14 Central Ohio Outings Leaders, who are all First Aid Certified. For more details and Outing Schedule email linenmartineau