Publications

Interested Party Testimony - Ohio Transportation Budget - Sub House Bill 53

February 25, 2015
Interested Party Testimony - Jack Shaner, Deputy Director, Ohio Environmental CouncilOhio Transportation Budget - Sub. House Bill 53 - As Pending in House Finance CommitteeOhio House Finance CommitteeOhio Statehouse - February 25, 2015 Chair Smith, Vice Chair Schuring, Ranking Member Driehaus, and Members of the Committee-

Suggested Amendments - Transportation Budget - HB 53 (As Introduced)

February 24, 2015
1. Public transportation funding - Follow the recommendations of the ODOT Statewide Public Transit Needs Study to substantially increase state support for public transportation for rural and urban transit agencies. See the study findings snapshot for recommended funding levels to meet the current unmet need in rural and urban areas. 

Interested Party Testimony - Ohio Transportation Budget - House Bill 53

February 20, 2015
Interested Party Testimony - Ohio Transportation Budget - House Bill 53Jack Shaner, Deputy Director, Ohio Environmental CouncilSubmitted to the Ohio House Finance CommitteeOhio Statehouse - February 17, 2015 Chair Smith, Vice Chair Schuring, Ranking Member Driehaus, and Members of the Committee- Thank you for this opportunity to testify as an Interested Party on House Bill 53 (As Introduced), the biennial Transportation Budget.

Testimony of the Ohio Environmental Council RE: 2015 Toledo Harbor, CWA Section 401 Hearing

February 18, 2015
Good evening.  My name is Nathan Johnson. I speak tonight on behalf of the Ohio Environmental Council. I would like to thank Ohio EPA for inviting the public to tonight’s hearing regarding CWA, Section 401 certification for the U.S. Army Corps’ 2015 Toledo Harbor dredge and disposal project. The Ohio Environmental Council (“OEC”) represents over 100 member environmental and conservation organizations, as well as thousands of individual members throughout the state of Ohio.  The OEC’s mission is to secure healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home.

OEC Testimony on open-lake disposal in the Cleveland area

February 17, 2015
Good evening. My name is Nathan Johnson; I am a staff attorney for the Ohio Environmental Council, also known as the “OEC.”  I would like to thank the Army Corps for inviting the public to tonight’s open house and public hearing.  I would also like to the Ohio EPA for requesting tonight’s hearing.

SUPPLEMENTAL COMMENTS OF OEC RE U.S. ARMY CORPS’ STUDY: "INFLUENCE OF OPEN-LAKE PLACEMENT OF DREDGED MATERIAL ON WESTERN LAKE ERIE BASIN HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS"

February 13, 2015
The following comments of the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) supplement those submitted on February 9, 2015, and regard the U.S. Army Corps’ (USACE) 2014 study: “Influence of Open-Lake Placement of Dredged Material on Western Lake Erie Basin Harmful Algal Blooms.” USACE’s site selection (Reference Area 1 and 2, Placement Area 1, Maumee River) is problematic for several reasons:

OEC INITIAL COMMENTS RE U.S. ARMY CORPS’ STUDY: "INFLUENCE OF OPEN-LAKE PLACEMENT OF DREDGED MATERIAL ON WESTERN LAKE ERIE BASIN HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS"

February 9, 2015
The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) has several concerns regarding the U.S. Army Corps’ (USACE) 2014 study: “Influence of Open-Lake Placement of Dredged Material on Western Lake Erie Basin Harmful Algal Blooms.” First, OEC believes that the study is informed by a faulty premise: that if open-lake disposal is not resulting in greater than existing background SRP and HABs, then disposal in this manner is not resulting in harmful ecological impacts.

OEC's Testimony on the Clean Lake Erie Water Bill

February 4, 2015
Presented to members of the Senate Ariculture Committee by OEC Director of Agricultural and Water Policy Adam Rissien. Read the full testimony at the link below.

League of Women Voters HB 490 Testimony

December 23, 2014
Read full testimony at link below.