Clean Water

Ohio's waterways need your help!

The Ohio EPA (OEPA) is proposing to eliminate numerous protections for wetlands and streams impacted by oil and gas pipelines and coal mining sites. 

OEPA is counting on this special favor for fossil-fueled interests to go unnoticed by the public.

Act now and tell OEPA that you are watching and that gutting clean water protections is unacceptable!

Ohio EPA Water Quality and Public Hearing

Ohio EPA is holding a public information session and hearing regarding issues of poor water quality in Ohio. This hearing will end when all people interested in speaking have had an opportunity to provide testimony. All interested are entitled to attend, and give written or oral comments. The purpose of the hearing is to obtain additional information that will be considered prior to any further action on the application...of the draft Clean Water Act, section 401

So come Ohio and share your voice to protect our water.

Trump may shrink EPA, but effects in Ohio to be delayed

"From Columbus to Cleveland to Marietta to everywhere, we have a lot of money from the federal government that funds clean drinking water," said Trent Dougherty, legal director for the advocacy group Ohio Environmental Council.

Annual grants are awarded each October, Griesmer said, so the agency currently is using funds provided under the Obama administration. The next renewal period is in the fall.

Under seldom-used law, Congress reverses Obama environmental rule affecting coal mining

The rule would have imposed more stream monitoring and testing before, during and after mining projects. Operators would be expected to detect and correct any ecological problem that arises using that data.

The rule also would have held financially accountable any company that seriously degrades downstream water quality or fails to adequately reconstruct streams.

It Need a Regional Agreement that Does Too?

Over the past few months, our Headwaters series has been exploring the future of the Ohio River. And many say that to transform the river’s longstanding reputation as a “working river,” we’ll need better cooperation across state lines. For years, regional, multi-state agreements have been used to regulate the use of water and coordinate water quality efforts in places like the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the Great Lakes. So we asked the Ohio Environmental Council’s Kristy Meyer to paint us a picture of how that might work in the Ohio River Basin...

Protecting Children from Environmental Exposures through Water

Childhood lead exposure is associated with adverse health and development effects. There is no safe level of lead exposure, yet many children in the U.S. are exposed via multiple sources, including through their drinking water. In some cases lead-contaminated drinking water may be a result of a home or building’s internal plumbing fixtures, but there are also many communities across the country that are serviced by their water supplier via lead service lines. An estimated 11,200 community water systems across the U.S. have lead service lines.

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