Environmental Health

The EPA is my old friend, and now it needs my help

Good evening. My name is Melanie Houston. I am a resident of Grandview Heights, a public interest advocate, a wife and a mother. My daughter Quinn is three, soon-to-be four years old and likes ice skating, swimming, and getting her face painted. Aside from my work in environmental advocacy, being a mother is the joy of my life. But it’s a hard job, especially in a day and age when there are so many challenges to keeping our children safe and healthy.

Join me in speaking up for public lands

Your voice is important and powerful.

I should know, as Senator Randy Gardner did the right thing for Ohio by publicly announcing that he is against drilling in state parks, quoting the following letter that I wrote to him:

“Sen. Randall L. Gardner,

I urge you to vote against effort to override Governor Kasich's line item veto the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission Amendment to the budget bill.

Part-time Water Quality Associate

The Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) is seeking a motivated individual for work in its Water Quality Department. This is a temporary position requiring coordination of work with other staff for the TMACOG’s Student Watershed Watch (SWW), the Stormwater Program, and grant-funded projects.

Primary responsibilities include:

2016 officially hottest year on record, time to get serious on clean energy in Ohio

Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued its “State of the Climate in 2016” report indicating that last year was the hottest on record. For those of you who’ve been following this issue, the news will likely come as no surprise.

In fact, this is the third year in a row to be called “the hottest on record.” The trend shows an alarming increase in global temperatures that are already causing a number of negative health and environmental impacts across the globe.

Rover Pipeline builders suggest recent spills were “sabotage,” point finger at everyone but themselves

Well, the plot thickens: Yesterday we learned that the parent-company of Rover, Energy Transfer Partners, filed a rebuttal against a stop-work-order for new construction of the pipeline.

This is likely another attempt to draw out negotiations and stall on complying with state and federal orders to clean up their mess.

OEC Citizen Training: Public Lands Defense

Join the OEC in a citizen action training, with an opportunity to learn how to write letters to the editor on public lands issues! LTEs can be a powerful tactic for raising awareness about critical issues and grabbing the attention of important decision makers who often browse LTEs to get a pulse on what their constituents are talking about. In this training, you'll learn the basics of LTE writing, how to submit your LTE, and compelling messages about public lands protection from a public health, outdoor, and conservation perspective. Sign up today and invite your friends and family!


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