OEC In the News

Keep up with media coverage of the OEC and the issues that are important to you.

On the anniversary of the Toledo water crisis, algae returns

July 31, 2015
Adam Rissien, director of agricultural and water policy for the Ohio Environmental Council, said that while scientists agree that most of the phosphorus that gets into Lake Erie comes from runoff when it rains on rural land, they don't know what's producing that phosphorus. How much comes from fertilizer, how much from manure, how much from septic tanks? It's important to find out, Rissien said.

No Taxation Without (Oil and Gas) Representation

July 29, 2015
Gov. John Kasich’s fracking tax succumbs to GOP and industry powers

Increased Fracking Water Use in Ohio: Compromising Watershed Integrity?

July 13, 2015
Melanie Houston, director of water policy and environmental health with the advocacy group Ohio Environmental Council, says the fracking of Marcellus and Utica shale formations in Ohio put the state at the higher end of the spectrum of water use. "It's needed to be used at a higher percentage in the fracking fluids that are created, so unfortunately that means that we're going to be tapping lots of different water resources from reservoirs and lakes to municipal water supplies to small streams and tributaries to feed this industry," she explains.

Lake Erie experts predict near-record toxic algae bloom this summer; rainy June to blame

July 10, 2015
Adam Rissien, the Ohio Environment Council's director of agricultural and water policy, said safe drinking water and clean beaches "should not be held hostage by the whims of the weather." "Farmers should only apply the amount of nutrients crops actually need to grow, which requires testing the soil and matching application rates to what the crops need," Rissien said.

Harmful algal bloom forecast calls for big bloom

July 9, 2015
Adam Rissien, the Ohio Environmental Council's director of agricultural and water policy, also attended the meeting and said afterward that the forecast shows that farmers need to adopt good practices to keep nutrients out of the lake. ""Safe drinking water and safe beaches cannot be held hostage by the whims of the weather. Nutrients, specifically phosphorus, need to stay in the ground to grow crops and out of our water where it feeds toxic algae," Rissien said in a statement he issued after the meeting. 

Changes target toxic algae in western Lake Erie

July 5, 2015
Ohio officials announced last week that they will use $12 million from the federal government as incentives for farmers who plant cover crops or grass filter strips or add the drainage systems. What isn't known yet is whether they will make a big impact. "That's going to have to come soon for us to make some credible measurements back to the public and say the money we've spent has been worth it," Butler said. The new money will put over 100,000 acres in Ohio into conservation practices.

Solid waste management evolves

June 15, 2015
When Ohio passed its first solid waste law in the 1960s, garbage management consisted of more than 1,300 smelly, open dumps, according to the Ohio Environmental Council. The Ohio Environmental ProtectionAgency and local health departments shut down those dumps and replaced them with 

States Agree to Cut Pollutants Behind Lake Erie Algae

June 15, 2015
Adam Rissien, the Ohio Environmental Council's director of agricultural and water policy, said the agreement will give a real opportunity to improve water quality. "It's unfortunate, though, that Indiana chose not to join in this cooperative spirit since the state also contributes phosphorus to Lake Erie," he said.

Water from Dublin Road plant should not be given to infants, pregnant women

June 15, 2015
“Agricultural pollution is a problem here in Columbus,” said Adam Rissien, director of agricultural and water policy at the Ohio Environmental Council. “It’s time we did something more about it.”

To reduce algae blooms in Lake Erie, ban open-lake dumping

June 14, 2015
Editorial by Nathan Johnson, OEC Staff Attorney The practice of dumping river and harbor sediments into Lake Erie contributes to Ohio’s toxic algae menace. It has to end. Sediments from Toledo Harbor are dredged each year to allow for continued shipping at Ohio’s busiest port. Disposing of these sediments in Lake Erie can exacerbate harmful algal blooms. The phosphorus in these sediments is likely not enough to start a bloom, but it can sustain toxic blooms and even make them grow.