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.
We 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.
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.
- Earth Month
- Fellowship Program
- Ohio Water Sentinel Program
- Stewardship Program
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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.
November 7th, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
October 22nd, 2013
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!
To learn more about the Ohio Water Sentinel Program, visit our program page.
October 21st, 2013
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.
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