Green news, reflections, and stories from Ohio's leading environmental advocates.
What would you do if you woke up to news that you couldn’t drink or bathe in your water? How would this affect your daily routine? Cooking, taking medicine, bathing, doing laundry, even making your morning cup of joe would all become difficult, if not impossible tasks.
For my fellow Toledoans and I, these questions aren’t theoretical.
On July 13th, Columbus residents alongside leaders of local public health departments urged the continuation of federal, state, and local programs to protect and defend the health of everyday Ohioans.
The current administration has proposed cutting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency budget by 31 percent – more than any other federal agency. Those cuts would hit Ohio and Columbus area programs hard, too – for air, land, and water quality initiatives that keep people healthy and safe.
“In Ohio alone, close to 30,000 children will suffer from asthma attacks due to smog pollution caused by oil and gas pollution. As someone who suffers from asthma attacks, I can not imagine the turmoil and fear a parent must feel when they’re sitting in the emergency room with their child who is just trying to breathe.” - Lauren Miller, resident of Cincinnati
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.
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.