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 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
July 28th, 2014
Join us this Saturday, August 2nd at 10am for a bug hike!! We will be at Highbanks Metro Park in the designated Olentangy River Play Ground Area.
Amber Bellamy, chair of the COG Conservation Committee and doctoral student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Ohio State University, will be leading a stream hike at Highbanks Metro Park. Participants will have hands-on opportunities to collect and identify marcorinvertebrates and even get a little wet while wading in streams. Please wear water shoes and weather-appropriate gear. Bring a friend, all are welcome! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
July 25th, 2014
Volunteers of all ages attended the “Get the Lead Out” River Clean Up held on July 22 on the Maumee River, hosted by Sierra Club and Partners for Clean Streams. A special thanks is extended to parents from the Zoo Teens of Toledo Zoo, Sierra Club members, and PCS who brought their children out to help. This event included an adventurous river cleaning expedition over to Blue Grass Island in the Maumee River. All waded in the river, while removing any lost fishing lines, lures, or litter in this section of river, which were all recycled.
July 25th, 2014
The Ohio Water Sentinel Program seeks to educate, engage, and empower volunteers to restore, improve and protect Ohio’s waterways. Sierra Club will host this training 10am-1pm on Saturday, July 26 at the Way Public Library, Conference Room C/D, 101 E Indiana Ave, Perrysburg. An optional hands-on one-hour training will be offered in the afternoon at the river, weather permitting.
“Volunteers are needed to assure the water running through your backyards, your parks, and your communities is healthy, “ states Ann Keefe, Sierra Club’s Lake Erie Conservation Coordinator.
Trained citizens are asked to spend a 1 to 2 hours of time, quarterly, to monitor the river or stream near them. Sierra Club has some sites available to be assigned or volunteers can suggest a location. Many sites can include public or private lands near bridges, where the river is easily accessible. The Water Sentinel Program provides free water monitoring kits, training, and sample analysis to participating groups and individuals who care about clean water.
Adults and accompanied minors are invited to attend the citizen volunteer monitoring training. Questions can be directed to Ann Keefe, Sierra Club, at 419-619-4436 or email at Ann.Keefe@sierraclub.org