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 trains farmers to help Lake Erie -- but is it working?

Kristy Meyer of the Ohio Environmental Council wants the training to reach even more farmers, including those who use manure. Her organization is watching to see what happens after the September deadline.

“We'd really like to start to see Department of Agriculture going out doing random audits, seeing how we're doing with this training program,” explained Meyer.

Local governments voice solutions on toxic algae threat

The Ohio Environmental Council’s Director of Clean Water Adam Rissien, Madison and Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer gathered together on World Water Day, March 22, at the Lorain Port Authority, 319 Black River Lane, to discuss solutions on toxic algae...

Rissien outlined four key actions to curb the toxic algae threat: require plans from farmers that prevent pollution; stopping the access applications of fertilizer; stronger compliance and enforcement; and pollution limits of Ohio streams.

Local officials, urban and environmental groups pledge united effort against algae

Representatives from several groups announced today they are united in efforts to combat another season of toxic western Lake Erie algae.

Standing along the river banks on the south end of Sidecut Metropark, leaders with Toledo City Council, the Lucas County Board of Commissioners, the Ohio Environmental Council, and an urban advocacy group called JLJ Vision Outreach also took aim at the Trump administration budget plan that would decimate federal funding for Great Lakes scientific research...

Algae termed environmental justice issue

...Joining him at the news conference were Toledo City Councilman Peter Ujvagi — who said it is imperative for the city to continue to “do its part” by completing improvements to its sewage system and upgrades to its Collins Park Water Treatment Plant — along with Lucas County Commissioner Carol Contrada, and Nick Mandros, newly hired northwest Ohio policy coordinator for the state’s largest environmental group, the Ohio Environmental Council...

Toledo and Lucas County speak out for real solutions on toxic algae

Lucas County, OH – Each Summer, Lake Erie is at risk from slimy mats of toxic algae. The main culprit behind these toxic green blobs is runoff pollution from large-scale industrial agriculture. Today, Lucas County Commissioners, Toledo City Council, local Toledo residents and the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) gathered at Side Cut Metropark to urge immediate action from the state to fix this annual threat to Lake Erie and the communities that depend on it.

Local governments speak out for real solutions on toxic algae

Lorain, OH – This past week, the Lorain County Board of Commissioners and the cities of Lorain and Elyria spoke up in the fight against toxic algae. All three passed resolutions calling for increased action from the state to help reduce the risk of toxic algae that threatens Lake Erie nearly every summer. The main culprit behind the toxic green blob is runoff pollution from large-scale industrial agriculture.

Elyria Councilman Marcus Madison is concerned not enough is being done to efficiently combat toxic algae.

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