On eve of Toledo drinking water crisis anniversary, groups offer support and recommendations to Ohio, Michigan governors, Ontario premier, to meet historic commitment to protect Lake Erie, public drinking water.
July 29, 2015
Today, the Ohio Environmental Council announced that they have selected a leader from the national environmental movement to head the organization as their new executive director. Heather Taylor-Miesle, an Ohio native and current director of the National Resource Defense Council Action Fund, has more than 18 years of experience advocating for greater environmental and public heath protections. She’s successfully worked with our nation’s top decision-makers to bring environmental issues into the political spotlight.
July 24, 2015
Contact: John Marshall, JD
Waukesha, Wisc. (July 9, 2015)– A new, independent analysis released today shows that Waukesha, Wisconsin can provide clean drinking water to its residents without diverting water from Lake Michigan. An alternative plan developed by two engineering firms would solve the city’s water problem and cost Waukesha taxpayers tens of millions of dollars less than the current proposal to divert water from Lake Michigan.
July 9, 2015
Contact: Kristy Meyer, MS
"The toxic algae season forecasted today by NOAA shows we are in for one that is much more severe than 2014, primarily because the Maumee River basin had its wettest June on record. This caused the phosphorus levels to spike putting the forecast at 8.7 out of 10 on the severity index. "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.
July 9, 2015
The Ohio Environmental Council is praising Ohio Governor John Kasich for a veto he issued while signing the state's new two-year operating budget. Gov. Kasich struck down a controversial provision that could have increased customers’ electric bills. The budget provision would have stuck Ohioan’s with the tab for property taxes assessed on electric generating power plants, which totaled $72 million last year.
July 2, 2015
As Ohio Gov. John Kasich prepares to approve the state's new two-year operating budget, the Ohio Environmental Council is asking him to veto a half dozen provisions it says are not in the public interest. "Without warning or debate, lawmakers ladled on several anti-environment riders. With the stroke of his pen, Gov. Kasich can stand up for lawmaking in the public interest and punish lawmaking by the special interests," said Jack Shaner, OEC Interim Executive Director.
June 29, 2015
Today the administrations of Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario announced a joint commitment to prevent toxic algae in Lake Erie from contaminating people’s drinking water and threatening the lake’s $12.9 billion tourism industry. In a statement made at a gathering of Great Lakes state governors and Canadian provincial premiers in Quebec City, Quebec, the states and province signaled their willingness to reduce phosphorus entering the western basin by 40% by 2025. Under the agreement, roughly half of that goal, 18-20 percent, would be met by 2018.
June 12, 2015
Toxic chemicals linked to impaired learning, behavioral changes, and cancer
June 4, 2015
Contact: Melanie Houston, MS
In the spirit of National Public Health Week, Ohio public health advocates and area parents gathered at a Walgreens store in Columbus to spotlight children’s products containing dangerous levels of toxic ingredients found on the shelves of Walgreens.
April 9, 2015
Contact: Melanie Houston, MS
"We applaud Gov. Kasich for fighting back against the Army Corps' attempt to take the Cleveland area hostage on the issue of open-lake disposal. The Army Corps is obligated to pay for the safe disposal of the toxic Cuyahoga River sediments that it dredges. The ultimatum issued by the Corps - that Cleveland choose either environmental safety or economic security, but not both - is unlawful and unjust. The OEC fully supports the Kasich Administration's legal challenge."
April 7, 2015