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 Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers.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

Take Action ->

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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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Clean Water Fellows Salam Farhan and Alexis Threatt tell about their enlightening and exciting experiences at Powershift this October.

Main auditorium where keynote speakers spoke.

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Welcome sign to Columbus’ hidden gem!

Last Saturday, the Ohio Sierra Club, FACT (Friends of the Alum Creek Tributaries), and Mad Scientist (local wetland consulting firm), with help from Westerville Parks and Rec., hosted a service event at Boyer Nature Preserve in Westerville  for Make a Difference Day!  The event consisted of removing invasive species and planting native trees and shrubs to help maintain the ecological health of the area. Boyer Nature Preserve is a small area tucked away in a suburban neighborhood where one would never guess that they might find a beautiful and serene wetland just beyond the white washed homes and mini-vans.

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Young children helping with honeysuckle removal.

The cold air took a bit of time to adjust to in the early morning, but as soon as the sun rose the day turned into a beautiful, sunny fall day. The group of volunteers grew bigger and bigger as each minute passed, and soon we were all gathered and ready to get to work. After a short safety presentation and a much needed cup of coffee, the troop of volunteers tackled the honeysuckle bushes with full force. The forest became alive as adults, college students, and young children began attacking the invasive honeysuckle with hand saws and various other tools.

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Volunteers working hard removing honeysuckle.

Some volunteers, those not removing honeysuckle, helped move it out of the forest and to a nearby wood chipper so it could be mulched instead of disposed of as trash. What is more, the chipper was a substantial distance from the removal location, so these individuals were some of the hardest working out there.

After removing the invasive honeysuckle, volunteers got to work planting trees in the newly vacant spots where the honeysuckle once stood.  These beautiful native trees will grow and become part of the Boyer Nature Preserve and will discourage the harmful honeysuckle from growing in those areas.

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Young girl scouts ready to begin tree planting!

With the hard work of our volunteers, we were able to improve the health of Boyer Preserve and ensure that this area is functioning the way it should be.  Protecting areas like Boyer Preserve benefits communities, as these areas provide critical ecosystem functions and services.  Seeing all these volunteers from differing backgrounds and different age groups coming together to preserve one of Columbus’s natural areas is heartening.

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The scenic view at Boyer Nature Preserve.

Urban wetlands like Boyer Preserve serve an important purpose to the Columbus community. Wetlands act as a filter, removing pollutants and helping keep the water we drink clean and pure. The vegetation that is found around wetlands helps remove phosphates and plant nutrients from the soil which discourages algae from growing on the waterway and stealing oxygen from the plants and animals trying to survive.  They also help absorb excess water, reduce flooding, and provide habitat for a myriad of species.

This beautiful nature preserve is one of Columbus’s hidden gems, and it’s wonderful that the public has access to such an area.  But it hasn’t always been that way.  Only a few years ago, Boyer Preserve was not open to the public.  Providing open access, though, has been a success.  The community is now more-connected with the area, and not only has the ecological integrity not been sacrificed, but the public is helping ensure it remains healthy. Thank you to all of the hard working volunteers who donated their time to help make a difference!  Hope to see you all again at the next event!

 

Written by Clean Water Fellow Natasha Ghica

 

 

The Ohio Water Sentinel Program’s Little Cuyahoga River team started monitoring in the spring of 2012. Thanks to the dedication of our volunteers, their great work is making headlines!

ABJ photo - by Ed Suba Jr.

Read the Akron Beacon Journal article here

To learn more about the Ohio Water Sentinel Program, visit our program page.

This Thursday, from 5 – 11pm, grab a bite at Chili’s restaurant in one of four locations in NE Ohio and Chili’s will donate 15% of your purchase to the Sierra Club Ohio Chapter Clean Water Campaign!

This event made possible through our Earth Month partnership with Aveda. Learn more about Earth Month with Aveda by visiting their website.

Print off this flyer and help support Clean Water!

 

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Myra Morehart

October 15th, 2013

pastplasticMy name is Myra Morehart and I am in my fifth year at the University of Cincinnati studying English. I have lived in Cincinnati my entire life and love this city. I want to do everything I can to make Cincinnati a cleaner and greener place. Johnna Jackson and I have been working together on a campaign called Cincinnati Past Plastic hoping to educate the community on plastic waste and to push the city to place a small fee on single-use plastic bags. This year we hope to host more screenings of the film Bag-It, educate folks on plastic waste at more community events, get as many postcards signed as possible, and to introduce our proposed legislation to City Council.

Let’s move Cincinnati PAST PLASTIC!