Ohioans are all too familiar with the bright green slime floating in our streams, lakes and public reservoirs. This blue-green algae produces toxins that threaten our drinking water. These toxins pose a serious danger to our health. The most dangerous, called microcystin, causes liver and kidney damage, with our young children and infants particularly at risk.
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The ice is still grasping to hold its claim-the vernal pool. It is a losing battle given the warm temperatures we are having. The ice continues to transform into a venue for many life forms. Even ones measured in the millimeters, such as baby copepods. I was surprised when I peered into the observation tray to see what looked like tiny sticks moving. It was two caddisfly larva!
"The future of power is changing, and FirstEnergy is changing with it" says the radio ad launching a new initiative touting the company's transition to a "cleaner energy future." Their website - theswitchison.com - claims the company is recognized as having one of the cleanest power fleets in the nation, and that they are making changes to best suit the demands of their customers.
Since the news broke of lead contamination in drinking water in Sebring, Ohio, the OEC has been diligently working on the issue. In less than a month, we’ve developed legislative concepts to fix the problems in the federal lead and copper rule using state law, and we’ve been sharing these proposals with congressional and state lawmakers.
As winter re-establishes itself this week, there is another world beginning to take shape. A world where water and ice dance between life and death. A world where an organism’s decision can mean a full meal or missed lunch. This world is known as a vernal pool, or seasonal wetland.
In the aftermath of widespread lead contamination in drinking water in Flint, Michigan, people across the country have started asking: could my water be contaminated, too? While Flint represents the worst-case scenario, we are learning that this is not an isolated problem. In late January, reports surfaced that Sebring, Ohio, a small community in northeast Ohio, had lead contamination in their water as well.
Last week, the United States Supreme Court gave a surprise decision on the Clean Power Plan – the nation’s first-ever carbon pollution standards for power plants. The Court’s announcement to halt the implementation of the CPP has shocked many, and for good reason. The Supreme Court has never stopped implementation of a regulation before a lower federal court has had its say.
On Tuesday, Jan. 26, Toledo City Council heard presentations from the Ohio Environmental Council and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency about current and potential efforts to prevent toxic algae from threatening people’s drinking water and the safety of Lake Erie’s beaches.
Gov. Kasich’s supportive remarks about clean energy and Ohio’s role in innovating for the future couldn’t come at a better time. Ohio is in the midst of a heated debate about the future of clean – and dirty – energy in our state.
Wait, what just happened? You might be asking yourself this if you just read the Bloomberg News Headline: “EPA Science Advisors Balk at Fracking Study.”