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  The Ohio legislature continues to aggressively move forward with legislation that will gut our clean energy and efficiency standards.  Now comes breaking news that they want YOU to pay for their plan to kill the future. Economic analysis of the legislation has shown that [...continue reading.]

Save Ohio’s Butterflies! Do you enjoy the summer butterflies? Well, as these pollinator populations dwindle, the OhioDepartment of Agriculture and Wayne National Forest are planning to spray a dangerous insecticide called BtK all over Ohio to decrease the Gypsy Moth, a non-native moth that impacts trees [...continue reading.]

Years of Living Dangerously

Years of Living Dangerously New Showtime documentary showing the human impacts of climate change. Learn more and what you can do as an individual to #actonclimate See the first episode here    

 

Conservation News

Kings Run Sewer Overflow Update from MSDGC

Posted on July 23rd, 2014

MSD’s Kings Run Sewer Overflow Project  Public Meeting 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014 Harmony Lodge in Spring Grove Village

646 East Epworth Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45232

Join MSD on Thursday, July 31, 2014 for an update on the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati’s (MSD) Kings Run Project, which will eliminate about 156 million gallons of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) into the Mill Creek and Kings Run, a tributary of the Mill Creek. The meeting will provide details about the Kings Run Project, including:

  • Benefits
  • Project details/design
  • Schedule
  • Impacts to the community

The Kings Run Project includes three phases that will be constructed between 2015 and 2018 in College Hill,

Winton Hills, and Spring Grove Village. The projects focus on reducing the amount of stormwater in MSD’s combined sewer system through the use of stormwater detention basins, new stormwater sewers, CSO storage tank, and stream restoration, among other solutions.

The meeting will include a presentation followed by a project poster session where attendees can talk to MSD staff about project details.

Street parking is available along North Edgewood and East Epworth avenues.

For more information about MSD’s Kings Run Project, please visit www.projectgroundwork.org/kingsrun. You can also contact MSD Engineering Customer Service at (513) 557-3594 or MSD.Communications@cincinnati-oh.gov.

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Newtown pans “new SR 32 route”

Posted on July 17th, 2014

Eastern Corridor Newtown letter to TID 7-14-2014

Newtown sent the following to the Hamilton County Transportation Improvement District on July 14, 2014

We have been given a copy of a proposed new route for the S.R.32 relocation/Eastern Corridor project through the Village of Newtown that, we are told, was submitted to the TID by Bob Slattery. In addition to all of the problems encompassed with this new routing, we find it interesting that the plan has a major intersection at the Wag’s Dog Park location in the Village of Newtown, that property being controlled by Mr. Slattery.

As the Mayor of the Village and Chairperson of the Newtown Community Partner Committee, we are writing to insure that the TID is aware that the Village remains steadfastly opposed to any further development of this project. We do not see where this new alignment provides any better benefit to the Village of Newtown than any of the past plans presented to us. Not only does it continue to threaten the businesses and quality of life of our Village residents, this particular version appears to cross the Little Miami River in a particularly sensitive area due to a low suitability for a river crossing, floodplain, and archeological issues. The prospect of this project going forward is devastating to the Village and to its businesses and residents. We wish to assure the TID that any proposal submitted by private parties does not represent the position of the Village nor the Community Partner Committee, nor do we believe it represents the position of the business community in the Village. The proposed project in any alignment is a detriment to the Village and we continue in our opposition to it.

Respectfully,

Curt Cosby,Mayor

Mark Kobasuk, Chairperson Newtown Community Partner Committee

Citizens Hearing

Posted on July 9th, 2014

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Join the Sierra Club’s open forum on the Environmental Protection Agency‘s historic ruling to cut carbon pollution from power plants.

July 24th 7-9 pm at Northside Tavern

RSVP

 

The Emerging Clean Energy Edge

Posted on July 8th, 2014

Global energy markets are reaching a tipping point. A pathway has opened for climate progress, but only if governments, business and public’s recognize and exploit the opportunity.

For the first time, a large fraction of the world’s fossil fuels could be replaced at a lower cost by clean energy, with today’s renewable technologies and prices. And virtually no further investments in fossil fuels make long-term economic sense because higher fossil fuel prices over their useful life will be exorbitant.

Read more from Carl Pope

The Hamilton County Commission unanimously passed the new stormwater rules for Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC).

You can download new stormwater separation policy Stormwater Policy–7-3-14

Thanks to the Hamilton County Monitor Team and Administration for developing these rules and the Commission for passing them.

We look forward to seeing MSDGC’s implementation!

 

contaminated stormwater contains many pollutants & even trash

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The Sierra Club is leading the green infrastructure revolution in Ohio.  We already distributed over 100 DIY Rain Barrels to members and partner organizations in 2014!  What is a DIY Rain Barrel?  Why is the Sierra Club providing free workshops?  How can I get a rain barrel?   Read More