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Fight for Ohio’s State Forests – No Logging!

Ohio DNR wants to clear-cut and burn it’s way through Ohio’s natural forests. Take action Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry is promoting commercial logging in each of the State Forestsagain this fiscal year. The Division [...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    

Stop Asian Carp Before It’s Too Late!

The Great Lakes are a national treasure, and economically support a $7 billion fishing industry, $16 billion boating industry, and 1.5 million jobs. The introduction of Asian carp and other species puts the well-being of our communities, wildlife, and waters at risk.   Tell the US Army [...continue reading.]

 

Conservation News

County, city fighting over sewers again

Posted on August 21st, 2014

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports “The fight over Hamilton County’s sewer district ramped up again Wednesday when county officials accused the city of Cincinnati of ignoring its instructions and risking hundreds of millions of dollars in ratepayers’ money.”  Read More

The county resolution reads, in part, ” The County Prosecutor is requested to enforce these and other Resolutions of the Board
with respect to the MSDGC, including the employment of Special Counsel for such enforcement,
and to evaluate the potential financial liability of the City, as operator of MSDGC, for ultra vires
actions taken by MSDGC outside of its authority and in violation of the instructions provided by
the County.

The County Administrator is directed to notify the Interim City Manager of this
Resolution and seek to obtain from the Interim City Manager written confirmation within five (5)
business days that the City will cause the County’s instructions to the City regarding MSDGC to
be complied with immediately and will take corrective action to address damages caused by the
ongoing and prior failures of MSDGC to be in compliance with the instructions of the County, as
principal.”
Read the full resolution here.

Sierra Club appreciates the county’s increased oversight, review and diligence in reviewing and directing the work of the MSDGC.

thousands of gallons spill according to the Business Courier

Cleanup will take days according to ORANCO.

and the view of Duke Energy

U.S. EPA Serving as On-Scene Coordinator in Emergency Response to Ohio River Oil Spill

Sierra Club Response to Duke Energy Spill in Ohio River

NEW RICHMOND, Ohio — Authorities are investigating an oil spill from Duke Energy’s Beckjord Station, about 20 miles from Cincinnati. Officials say about 5,000 gallons have spilled into the Ohio River.

In response, Sierra Club Organizer, Neil Waggoner, released this statement:

“This is yet another example of dirty fossil fuels putting us at risk. We pay with our health. We pay for the dangerous cleanup with our tax dollars. At the same time that Duke Energy was spilling oil in our river, it’s also asking the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to bail out its old, polluting coal plants by passing extra costs on to its customers. If utilities in Ohio invested these dollars in clean energy, we could breathe easier, have safe water and power our lives without suffering the dangers of refineries and coal plants.”

Changing Course – Shift Change

Posted on August 9th, 2014

Sunday, August 24 @ 7 pm. St. John’s Unitarian Church on Resor in Clifton. Screening and discussion of the new PBS film SHIFT CHANGE: True Stories of Dignified Jobs in Democratic Workplaces. We will discuss the front lines of the new co-op economy. After the film, we will learn more about the emerging worker co-ops right here in Cincinnati. Part of the Changing Course Community Discussion Series. Our co-sponsors and participants: Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative, Apple Street Market Co-op, Waterfields LLC, Interfaith Business Builders, St. John’s Green Sanctuary Partners, League of Women Voters, Woman’s City Club.

Changing CO2urse- SHIFT CHANGE

Region’s Transportation Funding

Disproportionality Favors Cars Over All Other

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Research continues to show that Americans are driving less, but are biking, walking and using transit more. This is true in Cincinnati to the extent that transit ridership has increased in recent years.

While originally attributed to the economic downturn at the beginning of the century, these trends have continued while the economy has rebounded – leading many to believe it is an indication of new market forces being driven by aging Baby Boomers and emerging Millennials. Perhaps predictably so, governments have been slow to change with the changing economic forces.

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Clayton Daughenbaugh, Midwest Representative of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) and  National Chairman of the Sierra Club Wilderness Committee presents to the Cincy Audubon Society on Monday Sept 15, 2014; topic:  A Wilderness Icon, America’s Red Rocks Wilderness. This wonderful area of southern Utah is in jeopardy.

Audubon programs are held at Winton Center at 7:30 PM on the third Monday of each month from September to November and January through June.  You are invited to their free programs at 7:00 PM to enjoy 30 minutes of fellowship and light refreshments before the the meeting.  Winton Center is on the west side of Winton Road just off of Valleyview.

 

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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