Environmental Health

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...

Future of the EPA

Scott Pruitt, who sued the Environmental Protection Agency over a dozen times while he was attorney general of Oklahoma, is now the director of EPA. Environmental activists are worried that his ties to the fossil fuel industry may affect his decision-making in the position. Additionally, President Donald Trump has vowed to drastically cut environmental regulations and the EPA's budget. Today we'll discuss what environmental protection policies may look like under the new administration with a panel of guests.

Guests:

Scenic Rivers Fellow

The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) seeks a Scenic River Fellow to assist with the OEC's scenic river work. The Fellow will work with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in Central Ohio to assist in holding Stream Quality Monitoring (SQM) trainings, training volunteers on SQM, collecting data on scenic rivers, and entering in data into the water quality monitoring database.

Job Responsibilities

Urban Conservation Technician

The Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District is seeking a full time Urban Conservation Technician. The successful candidate will provide technical assistance and education for urban conservation, with a focus on assisting local MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) operators with mandated responsibilities for the Ohio EPA NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) Program.

Designing Landscapes Using Native Plants

Whether you have an empty space that needs to be landscaped from scratch, or an existing garden that needs some modifying, this is the workshop for you! This informative hands-on workshop that will help you to create a plan for incorporating native plants in to your yard. We will provide an overview on some basic design principles and discuss concepts such as naturalizing, height staggering, color balance, and symmetry. Please come prepared with photographs and/or dimensions of your yard/garden, and we will help you to sketch out a new landscaping plan.

Ohio Botanical Symposium

The Ohio Botanical Symposium is held at Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Road, Columbus, OH 43229; (614) 882-2058. Check-in begins at 8am, and includes a buffet lunch with vegetarian options. Pre-registration is required. Registration fees are non-refundable – if you are unable to attend you may send a substitute.

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