Water Pollution

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:

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.

Statement From the Ohio Environmental Council on Recent Rover Pipeline Developments

On Friday, August 4, 2017, Rover Pipeline sent a letter to FERC that included claims of sabotage regarding diesel fuel found in a construction spill along the Tuscarawas River. The following statement can be attributed in full, or in part, to Heather Taylor-Miesle, Executive Director of the Ohio Environmental Council:

Three years after the Toledo Water Crisis: Are we doing enough to protect Lake Erie communities?

What would you do if you woke up to news that you couldn’t drink or bathe in your water? How would this affect your daily routine? Cooking, taking medicine, bathing, doing laundry, even making your morning cup of joe would all become difficult, if not impossible tasks.

For my fellow Toledoans and I, these questions aren’t theoretical.

NOAA Forecast Calls For ‘Significant' Harmful Algal Blooms In Lake Erie

Environmental groups sounded the alarm over the forecast, calling the bloom outlook "severe."

"With a bloom of this size and scale expected, it is clear that this problem can only be addressed at the source," said Nicholas Mandros, regional coordinator with the Ohio Environmental Council. "Toxic algae is primarily caused by agricultural runoff, and Ohio's voluntary approach simply isn't enough to curb the algae-causing pollution flowing into Lake Erie."

Third-largest harmful algal bloom could potentially grow in Lake Erie this summer, forecasters say

"With a bloom of this size and scale expected, it is clear that this problem can only be addressed at the source," said Nicholas Mandros of the Ohio Environmental Council. "Toxic algae is primarily caused by agricultural runoff, and Ohio's voluntary approach simply isn't enough to curb the algae-causing pollution flowing into Lake Erie."

Algae bloom concerns: Survey of Lake Erie shows it could keep some out of the water

Environmentalists say voluntary measures in Ohio, Michigan, New York and Canada to cut back aren't working.

“The situation is getting worse and so we're calling for a lot of common sense things that a lot of small-time farmers are implementing. It's just those big industrial farms aren't hitting on this yet; they're skirting around it," Max Schaefer with Ohio Environmental Council said.

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