Fellow Dayton Connections followers,
The Sierra Club Miami Group “Dayton Connections” area meeting for July will be held at the Brixx Ice Company in Dayton on July 18, 2016.
The site for this meeting is new to the “Dayton Connections”. The Brixx Ice Company is located at 500 E. First St. Dayton Ohio 45402. This menu offers good food and a nice selection of brews from a local eatery with a great sports / music atmosphere.
We begin at seven o’clock p.m. and finish our talk on local environmental issues by nine. Listen for news about PUCO utility bailouts, the Layer Park lead contamination issue, and saving Garden Station from urban developers. See you there!
Scott Bushbaum Sierra Club – Miami Group – Executive Committee
Dayton Connections followers,
The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission Board of Directors has adopted the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan on May 6, 2016. The plan allows for over five million dollars of funding in transportation investments over the next twenty five years. The development of this plan is required for the Miami Valley to receive federal funding for transportation projects.
The investments include projects related to roadway, regional bike way, pedestrian, transit and multi modal strategies and programs. The plan is updated every four years and can be changed due to fiscal changes in local, state or federal funding. “The 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan is a result of a coordinated, transportion planning effort…in order to implement regional transportation priorities. Our staff makes sure the final plan reflects these priorities which will benefit this Region for years to come.” says MVRPC Executive Director Brian O. Martin AICP.
A hyperlink below is available for more information on the MVRPC 2040 Plan.
Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club – Miami Group – Executive Committee
Fellow Sierra Club “Dayton Connections” followers,
Look for more information in the weeks to follow about the Miami Group’s “Dayton Connections” Area Picnic.
I originally scheduled this event for July 23rd at Triangle Park. After some consideration as to traffic and location, I am looking for another venue. Delco Park in Kettering and Dominick Lofino Park in Beavercreek are among those I look to move the picnic to for more ease of access and facilities.
I bring a frisbee. I bring my glove and baseball bat for a pick up game for the not so timid. Otherwise, feel free to bring the family dog and a fun day with us.
Questions? Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club Miami Group “Dayton Connections”
With cooperation with Temple Isreal, the Sierra Club Dayton Connection will screen, “Bag It”, a film by ReelThing Productions Inc. on May 15, 2016. The movie begins at 9:45 a.m.
“Greening the Synagogue and Greening the World Committee” of Temple Isreal is co-sponsoring with the Sierra Club on the screening. Breakfast (bagels, coffee, muffins, fruit) and discussion is set to follow. This event is free and open to the public. Bring your friends!
Temple Isreal is located at 130 Riverside Drive, Dayton Ohio 45405.
Scott Bushbaum-Sierra Club Miami Group “Dayton Connections”
An Athens business owner opposed to fracking got the opportunity to ask former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about her views on hydro fracking at the Democratic Town Hall meeting in Columbus on Sunday. Christine Hughes, co-owner of Village Bakery, Della Zona, and Catalyst Cafe’ in Athens was selected to ask a question of Clinton during the nationally televised event. Hughes, who has been an outspoken opponent of fracking and injection wells asked the candidate, “As President, will you let farmers and communities say no to fracking and fully support a clean energy future?” Hughes also pointed out that Clinton wouldn’t allow fracking in communities that did not want it, but Hughes said that Ohio doesn’t allow local fracking bans.
“So much of what governs fracking right now is within State and local control. Clinton goes on to say, “We need much more scientific research, but here’s what we know. We know that methane releases are bad, bad for the environment, they’re bad for greenhouse gas emissions. We know that if water is contaminated, that’s bad and we can’t allow that to go forward. We know that there is a loophole in the law, that I’ve disagreed with, that permits the fracking companies to not have to disclose what chemicals they’re using in fracking. We deserve to know. I think we have a right to know.” The article further states that Clinton said that she knows others have said they’re going to try to ban fracking altogether. “I just want to tell you that I’m going to do everything I can to regulate it and to try to limit it. No president can stand up before you and say I’m going to ban it. We’ve got too many layers of law we’ve got to work through and regulation we’ve got to deal withand that’s what I’m trying to say very clearly. I do not want to make a promise I can’t keep. I want to tell you what I think I can do as president to be your ally to try to stop that at the local level.”
Hughes told the Messenger that she was glad for the opportunity to ask Clinton about fracking, but admitted she wasn’t impressed with her answer. “I was encouraged that she brought up major problems with fracking, including major problems with fracking, including earthquakes and massive methane leaks, but then I got the feeling that she would try to tighten regulations and let the industry keep fracking. To me, that is a vastly insufficient response to the problem-especially given the climate crisis we’re faced with.”
The Messenger says, despite Clinton’s response, Hughes says she hopes her question helps more people understand the fracking industry. “If you live in a state like ours, which gives the fracking industry a free pass, I would say from what I heard last night that a President Clinton would not protect farmers and communities from fracking.” Hughes said. On Monday, Hughes was allegedly undecided in the primary race. Now she says she will be casting her ballor for Bernie Sanders. – “Athens Messenger” article dated March 14, 2016 by Sara Brumfield email@example.com
Scott Bushbaum Sierra Club – Miami Group / Ohio Chapter – ExCom
According to Marilyn Welker, People for Safe Water.org spokesperson, Robert Kaplan, the Acting Administrator for USEPA Region 5 in Chicago wrote, “they have secured the services of the Army Corps of Engineers to develop and evaluate additional remediation measures to address Site contamination.” at the Tremont City Barrel Landfill. The Army Corps draft report on the project is scheduled for completion this month. The news is good for the people affected because a new change in plans for a cleanup is underway. Of course, time will pass for bureaucracy to take place. There is talk that a “truck it out, haul out” is a solution for removing the contamination waste.
Ohio EPA Director, Craig Butler reported to a member of People for Safe Water that, “Once an acceptable plan for remediation has been developed, we have been told and we will encourage USEPA to conduct significant public outreach to discuss possible changes with stakeholders.” Butler goes on to say, “Ohio EPA will support a final remedy that is first and foremost protective of human health and the environment, but also cost effective.”
Ms. Welker goes to quote the USEPA’s Community Involvement Handbook that asserts, “Congress, in establishing the Superfund Program wanted the Agency to be guided by the lives of the people whose lives are impacted by Superfund sites…the intent of the law is…Ensure the public the appropriate opportunities for involvement in a wide variety of site related decisions, including site analysis and characterization, alternatives analysis and selection of remedy….”
Read more comments from Administrator Kaplan and Director Butler here: http://www.peopleforsafewater.org/documents/
Scott Bushbaum Sierra Club – Miami Group/Ohio Chapter ExCom
Earth Day is a celebration of Spring, renewal and our commitment to ending pollution; a call to action on refusing, reducing, reusing, recycling waste and of course plastic pollution gets more notice with the screening of the movie, “Bag It”!
“Bag It” will show at Lexis Nexis’s Dayton Campus on April 22, 2016. Michele Butcher, Lexis Nexis’ “Green Team” lead will offer the opportunity to those in attendance to see this film, produced by ReelThing Productions. The film begins at noon and lasts 76 minutes.
I will answer questions afterwards. I’m told Lexis Nexis Group is very progressive in “leave no trace” measure on campus. Their paper recycling is at nearly 100 percent efficiency. Efforts are to recycle 100 percent plastic on campus also. I’ll learn more about their needs and offer information on Dayton area grants available to businesses that adopt “green” programs.
If you wish to see this movie on April 22, just call me or email me. Help us celebrate Earth Day at Lexis Nexis!
Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club Miami Group – Executive Committee
Fellow Dayton Sierrans,
I’ve spoken to many a person in Dayton about the Sierra Club. I saw many of you at the Midwest Outdoor Experience (some who just love hunting elk). I spoke to even more on a frozen February day at the Adventure Summit 2016 at Wright State University.
Ok. So you’re shy.
Oh, but you like coffee, yes?
On the third Monday in March, I’ll set up camp at the Boston Stoker in Centerville (armed with a credit card and the Will to buy coffee or tea. Look I only do this once a month and if you aren’t here, awwww c’mon Pilgrim!
We talk a lot about clean energy. We talk about the surcharge for a quarter on plastic single-use bags at Kroger’s and Meijer’s in Dayton. You name it, we talk it. I listen to you. I then go to Cincinnati two days later and tell the Executive Committee about what you say. That is speech in action and you count!
See you there and if you’re caffeine challenged, you won’t be for long.
Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club Miami Group – Executive Committee
The information found in the link below is from the OEPA Ambient Ground Water Quality Monitoring Program. This Ground Water Quality Reportsummarizes the raw (untreated) inorganic ground water history for a single well. Time series graphs are a concise method of visualizing the geochemical variability within a water well over time.
The report is the most current and is dated June 23,2013.
The system is of Phillipsburg Station PWS, Well #2 ( ID# 39MOTO8926).
Graphs present here indicate Ph fields (alkalinity), specific conductivity, oxidation reduction potential, total dissolved solids, and water temperature fields.
Nutrient values are also present as are ions and trace ions.
Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club Miami Group ExCom
The Ohio EPA Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance – Office of Outreach and Customer Support offer the January training schedule for interested applicants. Webinars include:
- 1/20/16 – Ohio’s Water Supply Revolving Loan Account
- 2/17/16 – Compliance with Ohio EPA Asbestos Regulations for Building Demolition and Renovation
- 4/20/16 – Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) – How to Gain Recognition for your Organization’s Efforts
- 5/11/16 – Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program Update for July 2016 Nomination Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club Miami Group ExCom