Great Lakes

Statement from the Ohio Environmental Council on the recent findings of Asian Carp near Lake Michigan

Today the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee announced a live Asian carp was discovered just nine miles from Lake Michigan. The following statement can be attributed in whole, or in part, to Kristy Meyer, managing director of natural resources at the Ohio Environmental Council:

Brewing Good Presents: David Stradling

Brewing Good Presents: An Evening with David Stradling, co-author of Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland

Grab a pint and join us in the Great Lakes Brewing Co. Tasting Room as David Stradling discusses his latest book, Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland. Plus, GLBC representatives will be on hand to share details on the 2017 Great Lakes Burning River Fest happening August 18 and 19!

U.S. won't force Ohio to label Lake Erie 'impaired'

The U.S. EPA decision “preserves a status quo of insufficient action and lack of urgency in addressing one of the most vexing problems facing Lake Erie and the many people, communities, and businesses which rely on it for their drinking water, jobs, and way of life,” Frank Szollosi, a former Toledo city councilman now with the National Wildlife Federation, said in a joint statement issued by his group, the Environment Law & Policy Center, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, the Ohio Environmental Council, Alliance for the Great Lakes, and the Lake Erie Foundation.

Water Watch: Two Vans, Two Politicians, One Lawsuit

The NWF and friends, including the Alliance for the Great Lakes and the Ohio Environmental Council launched a lawsuit against the EPA to force a decision whether to accept the decision to declare Lake Erie NOT impaired. The group, which is seeking “impairment” status, is fighting against Gov. Kasich’s reluctance for an impairment declaration. Kasich claims his concern is the impediment such a declaration would have for Ohio’s commerce.

Environmental groups sue EPA over condition of Lake Erie

Environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit, accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of violating the Clean Water Act.

The lawsuit involves a dispute over whether western Lake Erie should be classified as an impaired waterway.

In the suit, groups including the National Wildlife Federation and the Ohio Environmental Council claim the EPA is violating federal law because it has not yet acted on Ohio’s list of impaired waters.

Environmentalists sue US EPA over Lake Erie

“The science is there and it’s voluminous that the open waters of Lake Erie are impaired ... (This) list is the first step in making sure that Ohio moves forward to mitigate toxic algae,” said Trent Dougherty, an attorney for the Ohio Environmental Council, also part of Tuesday’s lawsuit.

In February, the U.S. EPA approved Michigan’s list, which includes its portion of Lake Erie’s open waters. But Michigan alone will not be able to clean the lake, conservation advocates say.

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