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 Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers.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

 

Agriculture - Latest News

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.

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Mohican-winterWe 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!!!

 

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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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