OEC In the News

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

Toledo's water crisis points to continued dangers to drinking supply: Adam Rissien, Ohio Environmental Council

August 18, 2014
Guest columnist Adam Rissien director of agricultural and water policy at the Ohio Environmental Council. He writes in favor of regulations to control algal blooms in Lake Erie.  

What will it take to save Lake Erie?

August 17, 2014
The prescription is to limit the nutrients that are getting into Lake Erie,” Jack Shaner, the deputy director of the Ohio Environmental Council, told me. “Agriculture is the least regulated of all the sources. We need the political will to fill the prescription.” The council is among nine prominent environmental groups in Ohio that have issued an action agenda for cleaning up Lake Erie. It’s a good foundation for debate.

State will use $150 million to combat toxic algae

August 15, 2014
“We’re not trying to find a way to live with toxic algae,” said Adam Rissien, agricultural director for the Ohio Environmental Council, an advocacy group. “We should be trying to find a way to prevent it from happening.”

Toxic algal bloom shuts off water, but green slime limited so far to Toledo

August 12, 2014
"What is distressing is that it now appears that a moderate bloom can produce high levels of microcystin," said Adam Rissien, director of agricultural and water policy for the Ohio Environmental Council. "A much better job needs to be done of managing the agricultural phosphorus that feeds the algal blooms, such as a ban on spreading manure in winter on frozen ground.

Ohioans Demand Action After Toxic Algae Water Crisis

August 12, 2014
Adam Rissien, director of agricultural and water policy at the Ohio Environmental Council, said that though he’s glad the bill passed, he’s not happy that the bill exempts manure as a fertilizer that has to be applied by a someone who’s certified. The bill defines fertilizer as any substance that contains nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium or “any recognized plant nutrient element or compound,” but exempts manure, which also contains nitrogen and phosphorus.

Drinking Water Ban Stirs Legislative Interest In Reducing Phosphorous

August 11, 2014
  “The threat is still going to continue,” says Adam Rissien. “We’ve just begun the season for algal blooms, and it’s going to stretch into September.”

PUCO needs to unseal FirstEnergy documents on energy efficiency: editorial

August 11, 2014
FirstEnergy owns, among other utilities, the Illuminating and Ohio Edison companies. At issue are documents pertaining to FirstEnergy's energy-efficiency measures. They surfaced as part of quarterly meetings ("collaboratives") the PUCO ordered. Meeting attendees represented FirstEnergy and such advocacy groups as the Ohio Environmental Council and the Chicago-based Environmental Law Policy Center, which has an Ohio office.

Toledo water crisis must spark serious environmental reforms, just as the burning Cuyahoga did, experts say

August 5, 2014
This isn't the first time an algal bloom disrupted water service. In 2013, an algal bloom along the lakeshore east of Toledo disrupted service in Ottawa, said Adam Rissien, director of agricultural and water policy for the Ohio Environmental Council. That didn't generate the same attention, he said. "Certainly a large population like Toledo losing its water is going to be more attention-getting than a smaller population area such as Ottawa," Rissien said.

Toledo bearing full brunt of Lake Erie algae bloom

August 4, 2014
As residents of Lucas, Fulton and Wood counties in northwestern Ohio and Monroe County in Michigan tried to find clean water for their families over the weekend, the Ohio Environmental Council and the Alliance for the Great Lakes both called for increased regulation of agricultural and sewage runoff.