The Ohio EPA failed to collect adequate data to determine the recreational health for 60% of Ohio’s inland streams and 60% of Ohio’s large rivers. From the data they did collect: 3/4 of their samples for inland streams and 1/2 samples for large rivers contained high levels of E. Coli bacteria. These numbers are cause for alarm and the Ohio EPA needs to act urgently to collect missing data across the state.
95% of Carroll depends on groundwater and yet, over the next ten years, ODNR will allow 2,000 unconventional gas wells and permit an underground coal mine without informing the public about potential impacts on water quality.
Every time it rains our waterways are threatened by sewage. Hamilton County has more combined sewage overflow points than anywhere else in Ohio and ranks 3rd in the country overall.
Ohio Chapter Staff and Leadership
Chapter Chair, Ohio Chapter
Bob discovered the outdoors, nature, and conservation as a Boy Scout growing up in New Jersey. As an avid hiker, kayaker, and road cyclist, he has visited locations throughout the Sierras, Rockies, and New England. He attended SUNY College of Forestry & Environmental Science, receiving master’s degrees in Botany and Curriculum and Instruction.
After completing his degrees, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and spent two years stationed on Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands and at Estaca de Bares in northwest Spain. Subsequently, he received a commission as an officer, with his primary specialty being marine safety and security.
Bob also taught marine and environmental science at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for four years, teaching courses on marine pollution, marine biology, oceanography, and marine and environmental issues. In addition, he oversaw a summer sailing program for incoming freshmen. He also assisted in research as a volunteer at Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve (NEER) in Huron, Ohio.
He has been a member of the Sierra Club (Northeast Ohio Group) since 2002.
Conservation Program Coordinator–Clean Water Campaign, Natural Resources Protection
Matt Trokan is a native of Cincinnati but has traveled broadly across Ohio and the country enjoying, exploring, and protecting our wild places. He received a B.A. in history from Xavier University in 2003 and a M.A. in environmental study from The Evergreen State College in 2009. Matt has over a decade of public service and community development experience.
For the past three years Matt has managed the Ohio Clean Water Campaign working to engage, educate, and empower Ohioans to restore, improve, and protect our waterways.
Conservation Program Coordinator — Clean Water Campaign
Amanda coordinates Water Sentinel monitoring projects across Northeast, Ohio and has recruited more than 100 volunteers to protect, restore, and improve our waterways. Based in Kent, she also resides as a Board Member for Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners and helps with their watershed-wide conservation efforts.
Before Sierra Club, she taught environmental education programs in lake-filled northern Minnesota and spent two years as Assistant Editor for the Human Ecology Review. Her commitment to protecting water began during her semester abroad in the Galapagos Islands where she studied Marine Biology and learned to scuba dive. As Conservation Coordinator, she hopes to empower volunteers to enjoy the outdoors and work to improve Ohio’s water quality.
She has a B.A. with Honors in English and an Environmental Studies Minor from the College of Wooster.
Conservation Program Coordinator — Beyond Natural Gas Campaign
He works with volunteers and leaders across the state to inform and involve citizens on the issue of fracking.
Want to get involved? Join the fracking committee today!
Phone: 614.461.0734 ext 310
Conservation Program Coordinator — Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Samantha comes from the small farming community of Sabina, Ohio. After serving our great nation in the United States Marine Corps and deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009, she decided to continue her education at the Ohio State University. She earned a Bachelor of Science in the field of Environmental Policy. She enjoys being outdoors and believes that nature can be therapeutic for many returning veterans along with every living creature. Samantha is passionate about protecting the environment and believes that everyone can make a difference. If you want to help, get involved today!
Phone: 614.461.0734 ext 313
Consultant for Statewide Energy Efficiency and Utility Initiatives