Lake Erie

LGBTQ icon Jim Obergefell announces Ohio House bid

BY: - January 19, 2022

Jim Obergefell, whose lawsuit established marriage equality in the United States, is running for an Ohio House seat. The Sandusky native announced his bid for the 89th District Tuesday morning. In the current map, the district covers the coast in Erie and Ottawa Counties, and Obergefell put protecting Lake Erie front and center in his […]

Lake Erie offshore windmill pilot project in jeopardy amid scandal fallout

BY: - November 16, 2021

Despite approval from a multitude of oversight agencies, a pilot offshore windmill project on Lake Erie is facing some strong headwinds the next few months amid the fallout of Ohio’s ongoing energy scandal. In the summer of 2009 — with the backing if the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga and Lorain counties, the Cleveland Foundation and […]

Advocates for Great Lakes hoping for investments to address coastlines, pollution, drinking water

BY: - November 3, 2021

When Joe Biden became president in January of 2020, the Alliance for the Great Lakes made a list of five priorities they felt were needed for environmental investment programs in the Great Lakes. They are: The results of whether these issues will move their way to being fixed is still in the air, with the […]

COMMENTARY

Ohio House legislation could make Ohio’s bad water problems worse

BY: - October 29, 2021

For the past few years, my firm Scioto Analysis has published a series of studies of Ohio’s Genuine Progress Indicator, a “GDP+” measure that monetizes the impact of environmental damage and external social benefits and costs of nonmarket activity in the state. One of the biggest takeaways we’ve found year after year from doing this […]

Man fishing on Cuyahoga River with Cleveland in background

As lake trout reappear, a renewed bipartisan focus on the health of the Great Lakes also emerges

BY: - October 12, 2021

This past May, biologists from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation found something that looked quite small and inconsequential to those of us who might only fish in the Great Lakes, but something that was huge and quite important to scientists like them that spend their entire lives staring into the into largest freshwater […]

Lake Erie still at significant risk for harmful algae blooms, experts warn

BY: - July 5, 2021

In early August of 2014 — almost seven years ago — a harmful algae bloom (HAB) in Lake Erie caused the water to be shut off for almost a week in the Toledo area. That caused that city’s voters to overwhelmingly pass the Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR) in 2019, which gave the city […]

It’s raining ‘forever chemicals’ in Cleveland. What’s being done to make Ohio water safe?

BY: - June 25, 2021

In April of this year, scientists decided to measure the healthiness of the rainwater falling over the Midwest. One of the places they measured was Cleveland, Ohio. The rain that fell on Cleveland this spring contained a surprisingly high amount of toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, according to scientists at the Integrated Atmospheric Deposition […]

Man fishing on Cuyahoga River with Cleveland in background

Critics slam Trump attempt to overhaul bedrock environmental law

BY: - February 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — Concerned citizens and environmental activists from around the country traveled to the nation’s capital on Tuesday to blast the Trump administration’s plans to overhaul one of the nation’s bedrock environmental policy laws at a rare public hearing with administration officials. President Donald Trump last month unveiled a massive rewrite of the regulations associated […]

Wrongful convictions, Lake Erie erosion, and unpaid state loans

BY: - February 26, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Unjust justice. Columbus Dispatch’s Randy Ludlow is reporting, “Can Ohio end wrongful convictions that sent 83 […]

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Saving Lake Erie from farm fertilizer runoff: Ohio’s options

BY: - February 26, 2020

Last week, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced via its draft 2020 water quality report that it will be developing a limit on the amount of phosphorus that can be dumped into the Lake Erie watershed. This was a big announcement for Lake Erie. Four years ago, Ohio signed a pact with Ontario and Michigan […]

$30 million in funding ready for H2Ohio farmers

BY: - January 15, 2020

Farmers in some northwest Ohio counties can get funding to help reduce agricultural runoff and keep algal blooms out of Lake Erie, according to an announcement made Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Agriculture and the governor’s office said $30 million would be available next month through the governor’s “H2Ohio” program meant to address water quality […]