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Endorsements for 2018

Interested in learning more about the 2018 endorsed candidates? We’ve provided web links to all of the endorsed Cincinnati-Dayton area campaigns. You are encouraged to take a few moments to read about the people who are running, understand their policy positions and how you can get involved. If you have a question about the endorsement process or about volunteering for a specific candidate please e-mail Rich Jordan ([email protected]).

Endorsements made to date for 2018 election

Teresa Gasper Ohio 10th Congressional District

Jill Schiller Ohio 2nd Congressional District

Aftab Pureval Ohio 1st   Congressional District

Sara Bitter Ohio Senate 7th District

Jessica Miranda Ohio House 28th

Christine Fisher Ohio House 27th District

Brigid Kelly Ohio House 31st District

Ryan Taylor Ohio House 40th District

Richard Cordray  Ohio Governor

Sherrod Brown US Senate

Steve Dettelbach Attorney General

Kathleen Clyde Secretary of State

Edge of Appalachia (The Edge)

When:  Oct 1, 2018, 7pm
Who: Martin McAllister
Where: 10078 Reading Rd, Evendale, Ohio 45241

Martin McAllister; “Edge of Appalachia” (The Edge)

The Sunken Mountain: Flora and Geology of a Meteorite Crater in Southwest Ohio: The geological diversity in Adams County not only attracts geologists, but also botanists who come to study the various plant communities that are linked to the varying bedrock types. The late Dr. E. Lucy Braun brought Adams County to the forefront of conservation in Ohio when she advocated for the preservation of these unique areas. One of the most interesting geological features to be found here is an ancient meteorite crater. This presentation will connect the dots between Lucy, the Edge of Appalachia Preserve System and the mysterious meteorite crater.”

Martin McAllister currently works with The Nature Conservancy in Ohio as the Appalachian Forests Project Manager. In this capacity he oversees management of the 20,000 Edge of Appalachia Preserve as well as TNC’s efforts to improve forest management and protection in the greater Appalachian Plateau region of Ohio. Martin is a lifelong resident of southern Ohio and a retired public servant with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, having served for twenty-seven years as a naturalist, preserve manager and park manager. His position at time of retirement was as the Southwest District Manager for Ohio State Parks and State Nature Preserves. In addition to his work with TNC, Martin serves on the boards of two conservation organizations: The Friends of Scioto Brush Creek and the Ohio Prescribed Fire Council.


Environmental Research and Education at the University of Cincinnati Center for Field Studies

When: Wed Sept 5, 2018, 7pm
Who: David L. Lentz, Executive Director, Center for Field Studies, Dept. of Biological Sciences
Where: 10078 Reading Rd, Evendale, Ohio 45241

Located amid thousands of acres of thick forest and streams, the University of Cincinnati Center for Field Studies (UCCFS) and its 17.6 acre parcel of land is one of the university’s most advanced teaching and research facilities. The renovated farm roughly 20 miles northwest of our Uptown Campus blends high-level science with deep-woods know-how through a timeless connection to the great outdoors.  Please RSVP here.

David Lentz is Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati and Executive Director of the UC Center for Field Studies. He has published more than 100 articles and three books, including an edited volume Imperfect Balance: Landscape Transformations in the Precolumbian Americas (Columbia), Seeds of Central America and Southern Mexico (NYBG Press), and a recent volume entitled, Tikal: Paleoecology of an Ancient Maya City (Cambridge), with co-editors Nick Dunning and Vern Scarborough. A Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and former Fulbright Scholar, he has received grants for his research on the evolution of plant domesticates and the human impact on natural landscapes from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the National Geographic Society and other sources.

City and County wish to continue fighting over MSD for another year

Following on the dispute between the city and county over Consent Decree Phase 2 plans  (and countless other disputers over MSD), the County has sent a letter to Federal Court Judge Michael R. Barrett which says  “This letter proposes that you assist the City and County in agreeing to a simple extension of the MSD 1968 Agreement in order to continue working together toward the previously agreed upon transition of MSD. The simple extension would be until July 1, 2019.” Read the full letter here.Ltr_MSD_Court re 1968 Extension_20180720

Note that the 50 year agreement between the city and county ended April 30, 2018. They agreed to extend that deadline to September but cannot meet the September 2018 deadline. Originally a new agreement was to be reached by September 2017.

The continued waste of money on disputes instead of fixing the sewers is an outrage.


County disputes USEPA position on submission of Phase 2 Plans

Hamilton County tells USEPA that” …we respectfully dispute your letter of July 17, 2018 and its actions. We request that you accept receipt of the Board’s Phase 2A submittal and review it as the sole Phase 2A plan proposal on behalf of both Defendants. We again request, as we did in our letter of June 29, 2018 …, that you reject the City’s Phase 2A proposal as being unauthorized by the Board. If the Regulators do not promptly take these actions, the Board will be forced to invoke Dispute Resolution under Section XXI of the Consent Decree.”

Read the County letter here. Ltr_Response to Regulator Phase 2A Rejection Letter

USEPA says city and county cannot submit separate Phase II plans.

USEPA states “Defendants [Cincinnati and Hamilton County] shall submit a schedule that is as expeditious as practicable to the United States/State/ORSANCO for addition Final WWIP projects to be constructed (Phase 2),” “Defendants may propose a Phase 2 schedule,”.  In other words the separate submissions by the two defendants do not count as a submission that was due on June 30,  2018 assuming the Court agrees to extending the consent Decree deadline from June 30, 2017 to June 30, 2018.  In other words, the city and county have missed the Consent Decree deadline for submission of the Phase 2 plan(s).  you can read the USEPA letter here OH0105457_HamiltonCounty_Comp_20180717.

Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Election Aug 13, 2018

Two candidates are running for one seat on the Hamilton County Soil and Water Board.

here are links to the HCSW Board Election Information about the election and instructions on how to vote.

You can also vote at the Open House at the annual meeting, which will take place at the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, 1325 E. Kemper Road, Ste. 115, Cincinnati, OH 45246, on August 13, 2018 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm;

It’s free, you can meet the candidates and they have food! More information here.



JULY 4 NORTHSIDE PARADE starts at noon. Watch parade from Hamilton Avenue

Needed: Marchers with BYOBag signs, costumes RSVP so we know you are coming! to march !  
Northside 4th of July Parade Participant Rules:
Parking for Non-Parade Vehicles

Because parking is limited in the staging lot we won’t have any parking for vehicles that aren’t IN the parade, however, we have arranged a shuttle from the McKie Recreational Center at 1655 Chase Ave.


A bus will be making regular trips to and from McKie (1655 Chase) to the staging lot (Greater Bethlehem Temple, 4781 Hamilton Ave). 

The shuttle runs 9:30AM until 11:30AM.  The parade will commence at 12:00PM sharp, so please have you group assembled in the lot NO LATER that 11:30.

Staging Lot Set Up:

When you arrive at the lot you must go directly toward the church into one of two lanes.  At the end of the lane you will see a person with a clipboard.  That person will give you your staging area color and number in the parade.  Go toward the staging area and see a volunteer to place you in the correct numerical order. **Please note – nothing should be left behind in the parade stage lot. They generously let us use the lot, so we need to be respectful.

At the End of the Parade

The parade will conclude at Blue Rock St at Hoffner Park.

 Other Details
 ·        You may drop off people for your entry at the staging lot, then you must move your car, only vehicles in the parade may be in the staging lot
·        Bring sunscreen, water and food for your people and animals
·        There is a port-o-let behind McKie (shuttle pick-up), and two near the staging lot, but that’s it. Be prepared.
·        Do not throw items into the crowd or the street. You may hand items to the public on the curb.
·        Be considerate about causing large gaps in the parade – keep it going.
·         If you have an animal in your entry, you must pick up all ****, horses require bags on their rears.
·         Pick up all trash in the staging lot before you leave for the parade route

Sewer Overflows in Cincinnati linked to

The first epidemiological study to report associations between sewer overflow (CSO) events occurring near homes and elevated risks for Emergency Department visits was conducted by  Professor Cole Brokamp. The time period of this study was Jan 31, 2010 to December 9, 2014.  The study found “evidence that CSO events occurring near residences were linked to childhood ED (Emergency Department) visits for GI illnesses, primarily acute gastroenteritis, 2 to 5 days post CSO events.”  Download Dr Brokamp’s powerpoint here and the study here.   An interactive map of the CSOs can also be accessed here.