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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 Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers.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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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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Ohio Water Sentinel Fall Update

December 11th, 2014

It has been an incredible fall by the stream side.  Thanks to everyone who helped coordinate or participated at one of the over 70 events this fall.  Together we are making a difference.

Check out our Water Sentinel Fall Update Slide Show!! 

Toledo Sentinels Classes

November 18th, 2014

With welcomed media coverage at a recent press conference called by Marcy Kaptur on water testing in the Maumee River where Sierra Club’s Water Sentinel Program was featured, volunteers in the Toledo area are stepping forth to be trained.   Toledo classes will be held this winter, with sampling to start in the early spring after ice melt.  Check out the links to  TV24 , TV11, and local Toledo Blade newspaper about the Sierra Club Water Sentinel volunteer program.  Volunteers will help contribute water quality data to help understand the local waterways.

 

Toxic Algae Crisis

October 9th, 2014

Harmful Algal Blooms start in the Maumee River area then spread east with winds and currents

Clean Drinking Water is a Human Right!  Yet 400,000 people in the Toledo Region suffered from a lack of drinking water the weekend of August 1st. A Toxic Algal Bloom producing microcystin (a natural neurotoxin produced by the cyanobacteria Microcystis) exposed the vulnerability of the 11 million people.  In addition, the people along inland lakes and reservoirs, such as Grand Lake St. Mary’s and the Findlay Reservoir #1, are also asking why can’t we work harder on solving this drinking water problem statewide.

What can be done to Stop Toxic Algae and keep our waterways healthy?

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Give Senator Hite a call anytime 614-466-8150

The Great Lakes Compact, signed in 2008, has the potential to safeguard our water supply and foster healthy, sustainable and vibrant communities for centuries to come.  HB 473 breaks that promise and allows industry virtually unlimited water while leaving little for the public and environment.

Please Call on Senator  Hite 614-466-8150 to amend Hb 473 to protect Lake Erie! Read More

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Call Senator Hite today 614- 466-8150

The Great Lakes Compact, signed in 2008, has the potential to safeguard our water supply and foster healthy, sustainable and vibrant communities for centuries to come.  HB 473 breaks that promise and allows industry virtually unlimited water while leaving little for the public and environment.   

HB 473 threatens our water supply by allowing industry to withdraw over 89 million gallons in a single day, leaves our highest quality rivers unprotected, and limits public participation in the permitting process.       

Please Call on Senator  Hite 614-466-8150 to amend Hb 473 to protect Lake Erie! Read More