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Tell Governor Kasich: Protect Ohio Drinking Water!

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Trees, grass, and other native plants act as the last line of defense against chemicals, agricultural and sewage runoff around public drinking water sources. An amendment in the state budget will let neighbors waltz on to municipal or state owned land and cut it down. Take action and tell Governor Kasich to veto this amendment today!

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https://secure.sierraclub.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=16075

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 Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers.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

The Ohio Chapter Forest and Public Lands Committee works with members and organizational allies who have a common interest in preserving Ohio’s forests and public lands for existing and future generations.  The committee welcomes new volunteers to help us move forward the following goals:

Protect Ohio’s state forests, parks, and nature preserves from harmful activities such as clear-cutting, mineral extraction, and oil and gas drilling.
Promote the sustainable and beneficial use of public lands, such as low-impact recreation, species habitat, carbon sequestration, and clean air and water.
Participate in forest planning processes with Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and encourage widespread public input on proposals that impact our state forests, parks, and nature preserves.
Participate in hikes and encourage public appreciation of Ohio’s valuable forests and outdoor areas.
Study the environmental impacts of using forest biomass as a potential fuel source, and participate in existing Chapter efforts to address issues surrounding biomass.

Contact Loraine McCosker, Forest Committee Chair, to learn more and to get involved today.

 

Forests and Public Lands - Latest News

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Through a collaboration of the Sierra Club and other environmental organization across the state, a letter was submitted to the Governors office, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the local officials in Jefferson County.  In a recent and fast moving development, the state has proposed a plan to sell the Jefferson Lake State Park to Jefferson County.  This may not seem problematic on the surface, but the danger lies in the details! Read More

The Shawnee State Forest Economic Study, commissioned by the Buckeye Forest Council, the Ohio Environmental Council and the Sierra Club Ohio Chapter, details how the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Forestry (DOF) management of our state forests is a loss leader for Ohio taxpayers.

SURVIVAL BRACELETS BEING SOLD AS FUNDRAISER

Bayler Shubert, son of Sierra Club members Mark and Marcia Shubert of Amesville, Ohio has recently been accepted into the People to People Student Ambassador Program.  This initiative, started in the 1950’s by President Eisenhower, was meant to expand his vision for cultural understanding and perhaps world peace. Read More

Save our Shawnee Forest

Save our Shawnee Forest

The Shawnee State Forest Wilderness Area is Ohio’s one and only designated state wilderness, containing more than 8,000 acres of undeveloped forest land located in Adams and Scioto counties.

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