By mid-year 2016, Flint, Michigan became a symbol for America’s emerging drinking water crises. Flint’s water issues began long before 2016, and the city’s residents continue to deal with the devastating impacts of the water crisis. Flint, Michigan became the red flag alerting us to larger-systemic issues. Since Flint, the number of water-related incidents have exploded in the news. To understand these issues and incidents, we must understand how our drinking water is protected, affected, and provided.
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Yesterday, I was getting my 3 year-old daughter Quinn dressed for school when I noticed a small, dark pin-head shape on her upper thigh. Having grown up in the country, I knew right away what this was: a deer tick!
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will release their 2017 Lake Erie forecast tomorrow. Early forecasts predict Lake Erie may see severe growths of toxic algae this summer.
In 2015, Governor Kasich committed Ohio to a 40% reduction in phosphorus pollution by 2025. Science shows this goal is necessary to prevent toxic algae and foster a healthy Lake Erie. Ohio has a lot of work to do to meet that goal, and the data reflected in the NOAA forecast helps us determine our progress.
Boom! A major win for children’s health and climate protection came just in time for the fireworks. On Monday, July 3rd, a federal appeals court in Washington DC blocked the Trump Administration’s 90-day suspension of the EPA standards that keep the oil and gas industry’s pollution out of the air our children breathe.
Northern Ohio be forewarned: The algae monster looms large this year, according to Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Early Season Projection. Although the final projections for this season won’t be announced until early next month, the pre-forecasts are painting a grim picture for the Lake.
The following is a list of tips and conditions to stay aware of to ensure that your home’s drinking water supply is safe. The list was developed and adapted from information on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s website regarding testing wells to safeguard your water.
These tips should not be substituted for the advice of and consultation with a certified water quality expert.
NOAA is issuing predictions for a severe toxic algae season on Lake Erie (see here). However, warning signs are already going up on beaches for two of Ohio’s inland lakes due to high toxin levels from blue-green algae.
On Wednesday, we received news that President Trump’s Administration took another step to put the interests of Big Oil before the health and safety of the American people. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced it will suspend portions of a methane standard which is intended to limit the amount of valuable natural gas that oil and gas companies can leak, vent, or flare on millions of acres of federal and tribal lands.
Each year, my children ask me to take them to the Ohio River, where my mother in-law and her boyfriend have a campsite, and Lake Erie to swim, fish, and boat. Generally we have something going on during the weekends that precludes us from travelling to either location, which I admit, begrudgingly, gives me some comfort.
Salt Fork State Park is Ohio’s largest state park, and one of its nicest. Located in Guernsey County, it also happens to be in a region with a lot of natural gas activity. Salt Fork’s size and location make it the number one target for fracking operations should the Ohio General Assembly open state lands to drilling this summer.