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 Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers.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

Ohio is a major food producer in the United States. Livestock agriculture has dramatically shifted away from traditional family farming. New and expanding Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), or factory farms, pose significant problems to public health, quality of life and the environment. CAFOs produce over ten million tons of manure per year, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. These facilities significantly impact communities with foul odors, air pollution, water pollution and declining property values. We can reduce environmental and public health impacts of agricultural production by purchasing sustainable, local foods. Visit the Agriculture Committee page to learn more about our efforts and get involved.

 

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The USEPA recently released a fact sheet summarizing the impacts of the Clean Water Rule.  This includes details on how agriculture, stormwater systems, municipalities, etc. are impacted by the new rules.  This fact sheet is a good quick reference for you…check it out!

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Today is day 10 of the Columbus Nitrate Advisory Warning! Running out of bottled water? The Ohio Department of Health will make bottled water available to pregnant women and infants below 6 months of age who reside in the impacted areas (including WIC clients) and who are unable to otherwise obtain water on their own. Columbus Public Health will begin water distribution this evening from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the front loop at 240 Parsons Avenue, and Franklin County Public Health will begin water distribution at Westland Mall, in front of the former Macy’s, at 4141 West Broad Street. Water distribution will continue at both locations from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. daily as long as the advisory is active. Read More

USEPA announced development of a nationwide drinking water health advisory for toxic algae, otherwise known as cyanobacteria or blue-green algae.   These advisories are not enforceable drinking water regulatory standards, but rather as an advisory for levels of blue-green algae toxins considered to be safe in drinking water.

After compiling worldwide data from multiple countries, including the U.S. as well as Canada, three of these harmful algae rose to the top as common as well as toxic.   These included Microcystin-LR, Cylindrospermopsin, and Anatoxin-A; all three now on the suggested draft CCL4 (4th revision of USEPA Concerned Contaminant List).  A Health Advisory is a start, but not enough to address these poisons in our water supplies. Read More

Researchers released the 2015 predictions for toxic algae blooms.  The graph below shows that a similar bloom as 2014 is predicted.  Earlier this month, USEPA announced guidance for new drinking water health advisory limits to be restricted further for children below school age to 0.3 microLiters of toxin, instead of what was used in 2014 in Ohio at 1.0 microLiters (recommended by the World Health Organization). The same report increased the adult tolerance restrictions for drinking the water up to 1.6 microLiters of toxin.  Sierrans wrote hundreds of letters to Ohio EPA last fall to ask for mandatory drinking water testing in all communities for these toxins, to assure citizens of safe drinking water.  Without mandatory testing for these toxins and adoption by the state of Ohio of threshold limits for these toxins, the health of Ohio citizens is at risk.

What is causing these blooms?  What can be done to resolve?  See the Sierra Club Toxic Algae web pages for more information.

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Thank you to all who attended any of the water-related workshops during the Retreat. We covered topics concerning: toxic algae, sewer runoff, plastics and microbeads, WARN, and green infrastructure. We encourage you all to continue your participation and voice your concerns/input during our Monthly Water Committee Call on the third Thursday of the Month at 7pm.

For all folks who attended the WARN (Water Alert Reporting Network) presentation on Saturday, we would like you to complete the WARN Participant Agreement Form. By completing the form, this confirms that you have completed the WARN training, and ensures you will be kept up to date with new developments. We also would like to direct you to the WARN Resources Page on our website. Here you can access the WARN PowerPoint Presentation, current directories, and the WARN form to submit when an incident of pollution is witnessed.

Please feel free to contact the staffer and/or local group in your region on how to get involved with local water issues!

Email: cleanwatersierraclub@gmail.com