Category Archives: Conservation News

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.

County releases Phase II plan for MSD sewer consent decree

The city and county have been unable to reach agreement on the next phase of the MSD s Consent Decree. The county has released its plan.  We don’t know if the city will release theirs or submit their version to USEPA for approval.

Here are the documents that the County has provided.

Summary: BOCC – Board’s WWIP Phase 2A Proposed Plan Summary 5-25-18

first set of Fact Sheets for some projects: Hamilton County Phase 2A Fact Sheets – Part 1 Phase 2A Fact Sheets – Part 1.2 for 2018-06-05

Second set of Fact Sheets: Phase 2A Fact Sheets – Part 1.2 for 2018-06-05

Sierra Club’s comments on the un-approvable County plan: 2018-06-07 SC comments on County Phase II plan

Sewers & Clean Water – Phase II Plan?

On Friday May 27, Hamilton County sent out the information below about the failure of the city and county to reach agreement on the Phase II plan for MSD sewer repairs.  The County is seeking comments on their version of the Phase II plan. The Phase II plan was due to USEPA June 30, 2017, nearly a year ago.

Remaining hearings will be held

–          6:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at the Delhi Senior Center, 647 Neeb Road

–          6:00 p.m., Thursday, June 7, 2018, at the NorthChurch, 4222 Hamilton Avenue

ham co email  announcement of the public meeting

BOCC ltr to City Officials re MSD Phase 2A Public Hearings Commissioner letter

BOCC – Board’s WWIP Phase 2A Proposed Plan Summary 5-25-18 link above to the County Plan





Connect the Dots Leadership Training (March 24th & 25th)

The Connect the Dots Leadership Training is March 24th and 25th at  Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church, 103 William Howard Taft Rd. Cincinnati OH 45219. Allison Chin from the national Sierra Club Board will be helping to facilitate the leadership seminar.  The training will be Saturday from 8:30am-5:00pm and Sunday from 1-5pm., food and materials are included. The Sierra Club with the support of the Seasongood Foundation is providing the training for free but space is limited.

Click to Apply and Learn More.  

This training is designed for teams of individuals who are working on a single issue or priority. All organizations and individuals are welcome to apply, and you do not need to be a Sierra Club member or part of an existing team to apply.  The goal of this training is to be a resource for new and existing leaders to deepen their commitment and connection, increase confidence in campaign planning and community organizing, and enhance their contribution to engaging more people in transformational opportunities.

Connect the Dots will include:

• Campaign Planning & Strategy

• Environmental Justice and Building Partnerships

• Engaging New Volunteers & Leaders

• Creating a Vision & Narrative

• Connecting to Community Values

• Power Mapping & Target Engagement

Senate Bill 210 Places Threat on Plastic Bag Fee

Special interest groups backed by the Koch brothers are trying to take away our local authority! Senate Bill 210 would preempt us from being able to pass a plastic bag fee in cities across Ohio. This is not only an issue of sustainability, but also of our democracy and local governments.

TAKE ACTION: Follow the link below to send a message to Ohio legislators and let them know that SB 210 is NOT okay.

MSD would like to inform you that the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) will conduct an additional public hearing to consider the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati’s (MSD) recommended 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Program (CIP), 2017 Operating Budget, and a revised rate structure for sewerage service charges and surcharges.

There are two scheduled public hearings at the Hamilton County Administration Building, 138 East Court Street, Room 603, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

There is also a a public meeting where sewer rates will be discussed but it is not an official public hearing. It is scheduled for
Monday, November 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Communities United for Action (CUFA), 1814 Dreman Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223

MSD’s annual capital improvement budget and annual operating budget are developed and recommended by MSD to the BoCC each year along with any rate or fee recommendations that support the budget proposal. The budgets and associated rate recommendations reflect the resources required to ensure full compliance with all regulatory requirements as well as to protect public health throughout Hamilton County.
View the Additional Notice of Public Hearing.

View the original Notice of Public Hearing.
MSD Communications
Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati