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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

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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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