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April 22, 2016

By Kristy Meyer, Managing Director, Natural Resources
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Each year, Asian carp swim closer and closer to the Great Lakes. The carp are invasive and wreak havoc on native ecosystems. If they reach Lake Erie, there will be dire consequences for native species and the tourism and recreation industries.

April 19, 2016

The following blog is from Rob McCulloch Director, Infrastructure Programs at the BlueGreen Alliance and Melanie Houston, Director of Oil and Gas Policy for the Ohio Environmental Council.

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On April 8, labor and environmental advocates hosted Senator Brown and local union members and elected officials for a roundtable discussion about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new methane standards for the oil and gas industry. The discussion focused on how we can create critically needed jobs and improve working conditions for workers while also providing important environmental protections for Ohio’s at risk communities. Most in the room agreed that this can be accomplished by fixing leaks and reducing methane emissions in the oil and gas sector. The roundtable was held at the Noble County Health Department in Caldwell, Ohio.

April 11, 2016

By Melanie Houston
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The OEC recently stood with the Ohio EPA to announce an aggressive plan to shore up Ohio’s laws and better protect Ohioans from the risk of lead exposure through drinking water. This groundbreaking proposal comes on the heels of a public health crisis from lead leaching into drinking water in Flint, Michigan and a similar, but smaller scale exposure, in Sebring, Ohio.

April 5, 2016

Just last week, the Public Utilities Commission approved two utility proposals that are a terrible deal for Ohio families. The PUCO is extending the lifespan of several old coal plants for 8 more years by charging Ohio families an average of $130 more per year for this dirty power, inefficient power. These old coal plants operate in parts of the state with some of the worst air quality in our country. We know this dirty air is making Ohioans sick.

April 4, 2016

Cuyahoga County’s 59 communities are on the front lines of sustainability. They are responding directly to citizen demands for more choices and better performance on issues such as energy, transportation, local food, and solid waste. In response, the County's Department of Sustainability partnered with the GreenCityBlueLake Institute to put together a summary of some of the key sustainability issues communities are addressing today. 

March 22, 2016

By Kristy Meyer, Managing Director, Agricultural, Health & Clean Water Programs
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Today, people around the world are celebrating water and reflecting on how it interacts with and shapes our daily lives.

March 21, 2016

By Kristy Meyer, Managing Director of Natural Resources
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The Great Lakes provide 40 million people with drinking water. The Lakes hold one-fifth of the world's fresh surface water and if spilled out over the continental US the water within the Great Lakes would submerge the country under 9.5 feet of water. Although we have an abundance of freshwater in this region, we must be good stewards. That’s why the OEC has taken a strong stand against a proposal from Waukesha, Wisconsin, to divert million of gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan.

March 21, 2016

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.

March 18, 2016

David R. Celebrezze is a guest blogger and former OEC employee. He now works as the GreenSpot Coordinator for the city of Columbus. Posts will cover vernal pool creatures and ecology, proper monitoring, protections, climate change, and how you can get involved. You can visit his blog at 

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!

March 9, 2016

"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 - - 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.


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