Lake Erie

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.

EPA Approves Ohio’s List of Unhealthy Waters, Ignoring Algae-Plagued Lake Erie

Just weeks after conservation groups sued the U.S. EPA to make a decision on Ohio’s list of waters that don’t meet Clean Water Act standards, the EPA has approved Ohio’s list. The EPA issued a letter approving Ohio EPA’s impaired waters list on May 18, despite the list excluding the open waters of Lake Erie, which in recent years have been plagued by harmful algal blooms that have poisoned drinking water and harmed local businesses. The state of Michigan included the open waters of Lake Erie on its impaired waters list due to its frequent accumulation of toxic algae.
 

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.

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