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
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.
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.
May 21st, 2015
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.
February 11th, 2015
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!
February 10th, 2015
Sierra Club staffer, Ann Keefe, who is a clean water specialist and 4th generation farmer from Northwest Ohio is at the Ohio State House today testifying before the Senate Agriculture Committee to protect Lake Erie. She is there to specifically address the problems with nutrient management that has led to toxic algae blooms and the spreading of manure on frozen ground. Learn more about the facts on our Ohio Toxic Algae Crisis page here.
February 5th, 2015
We hope you were able to join the 150 Sierra Club members who gathered for our annual Chapter Retreat at Mohican State Park. As one of the largest and most influential environmental organizations in the state, we celebrated our victories, renewed our spirits, and made our plans for the year ahead. Check out the Retreat Presentations and take the survey!!!
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!!