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2015 Ohio Sierra Club Retreat

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

 

 

Don’t Let Ohio Coal Get A Bailout

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 Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers.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