Category Archives: Dayton Connections

Public notice response – 401 Application for Water Quality Application for Centerville Development Group , LLC

I received a public notice from the OEP, Division of Surface Water for an application to consider whether to apply or deny, a Clean Water Act Section 401 water quality certification for a project to construct a residential development.

The application was submitted by Centerville Development Group, LLC for the project West of Yankee St. and South of Austin Pike in Montgomery County. The Huntington District Corps of Engineers Public Notice Number for the project is LRH-2013-1030-GMR. The OEPA ID Number corresponding to the project is 144561.

As required by the Antidegradation Rule, 3745-1-05 of the Ohio Administrative Code, three alternatives have been submitted for this project. The applicant’s proposed preferref alternative, if approved would impact 0.263 acres of category 1 wetlands, and 3.237 acres of category 2 wetlands. The applicant’s proposed minimal degradation alternative, if approved, would impact 0.263 acres of category 1 wetlands and 1.129 acres of category 2 wetlands. The applicants proposed non-degradation alternative, if approved, would have no direct impacts on waters of the state.

Discharges from the activity, if approved would result in degradation to, or lowering of, the water quality of the Great Miami River. Ohio EPA will review the application and decide whether to grant or deny the application, in accordance with OAC Chapters 3745-1 and 3745-32. In accordance with OAC rule 3745-1-05, an antidegradation review of the application will be conducted before deciding whether to allow a lowering of water quality. All three proposed alternatives will be considered during the review process.

Starting August 27,2015 copies of the application and technical support information may be inspected on Ohio EPA-DSW website:

I’ve asked Micheal See, SW District OEPA Contact for more information on the permitting of the project. When I know more, I will let you know. Persons wishing to 1)be on Ohio EPA’s interested parties mailing list for this project, 2)request a public hearing, or 3)submit written comments for Ohio EPA’s consideration in reviewing the application should do so in writing to Ohio EPA-DSW, Attention: Permits Processing Unit, PO Box 1049, Columbus Ohio 43216-1049 within thirty days of public notice. The thirty day timeline for this permit is now passed. Degradation of the Great Miami River is important to me and the health of persons in the area.  Look for more public notices on permit processes at the address above.

The Washington Glen Property intermediary permit is available at the link below.


Scott Bushbaum – Miami Group Executive Committee                    Dayton Connection


EarthFest 2016 at Garden Station – Dayton Ohio on April 23, 2016

The Sierra Club is proud to celebrate Earth Day for the third year at Garden Station on Saturday April 23, 2016. The event is a community volunteer run festival. Lisa Helm, volunteer organizer for EarthFest 2016 is leading the event. Last year’s EarthFest brought over 6,000 attendees!

The Sierra Club will have a booth and plenty of information on hand about activities and events in the Miami Valley that give members the opportunities to explore, enjoy and protect nature! Updates to legislative works will be available to inform the public as to what actions the Sierra Club took to make Ohio a “greener” state. Bring your whole family out to find out what makes for a healthier and more sustainable way of living.

The address for Garden Station is 509 E. Fourth St. Dayton Ohio 45402.

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club Miami Group – Executive Committee

“Pen and Ink to Say What You Think” Sierra Club Meeting – January 18, 2016

Look for us at the Boston Stoker in Centerville Ohio on January 18, 2016 for our third letter writing meeting and social networking event! We begin at 7:00 p.m. and we’ll meet until at least 9 p.m.

We cover a variety of talk topics and I furnish paper and envelopes for a letter writing campaign on adding more recycle containers in Dayton and ending plastic pollution in Ohio by taxing plastic bags in grocery stores to name a couple initiatives.

The address is 6071 Far Hills Avenue Washington Township OH 45459. The Washington Square Shopping Center is just South of Whipp Rd. and S.R. 48.

If you insist, I can even buy your cup of java! After all, what better to bring out the chatter and to beat the Winter Blah’s, eh?

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club Miami Group Executive Committee


Adventure Summit – Wright State University – February 12-13, 2016

The Adventure Summit returns to Wright State University on February 12, 2016 and will run through February 13, 2016.

The Adventure Summit at Wright State University is located at 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn OH 45435.

Among some competitive on-site games, this year’s Adventure Summit features “Dancing with the Stars” Finalist and paraolympian, Amy Purdy who is scheduled to speak.  Luke “Strider” Jordan, long distance backpacker and North Country Trail thru-hiker will also address attendees at the two day event.

The Sierra Club will table the event with current information for visitors. Look for us to offer information about the Paddlesports program and outdoor events such as hiking and biking events in SW Ohio.

Hotel and lodging are close by. The Holiday Inn – Fairborn Ohio is located at 2800 Presidential Dr. Fairborn OH 45324.  The phone number is 1-800-HOLIDAY.  The Red Roof Inn – Fairborn is also very close. The address is  2580 Col. Glenn Hwy. Fairborn OH 45324. The phone number is 937-426-6116.

The hyperlink below is the official link to the Adventure Summit webpage.


See you there!

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club – Executive Committee / Miami Group


“Say It With Ink” – Letter Writing Campaign – Boston Stoker Centerville – December 28, 2015 @ 7:00 P.M.

The Sierra Club Miami Group is proud to sponsor the second letter writing campaign of the year on December 28,  2015 at the Boston Stoker Coffee House in Centerville Ohio.

Christopher Hess, Miami Group Volunteer and Scott Bushbaum, Miami Group Executive Committee Representative will answer questions and write letters with those so inspired on a variety of local environmental issues. Some local issues include recycling in Dayton and legislative measures to curb plastic pollution.

The Boston Stoker Coffee House is located at 6071 Far Hills Ave. Centerville Ohio 45459. We will meet at seven o’ clock. We supply paper, envelopes and ink pens. All we need is you! We can buy the coffee or tea, too!

Scott Bushbaum   Sierra Club – Miami Group Executive Committee / Ohio Chapter Executive Committee



“Say It Like You Mean It!” – Letter Writing meeting at Boston Stoker Centerville on December 2, 2015

On December 2, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Scott Bushbaum, Executive Committee Representative and Christopher Hess, Miami Group Volunteer met with at the Boston Stoker Coffeehouse at Washington Square to write letters and hash out the issues!

We talked on issues and wrote letters on the Clean Power Plan, and utility bailout measures in Ohio, recycling initiatives in Dayton, and Bureau of Land Mgmt. mineral rights in the Wayne National Forest. Our strength in numbers as the largest environmental group in Ohio can speak volumes in getting our voice heard!

As the letter writing began, we met Rachel Carr, Environmental Club President of Centerville High School. She introduced herself and told us of her Club’s meeting schedule at Centerville High School. I mentioned that coordinating efforts between the Sierra Club and the Environmental Club is encouraged. The future of environmental action is within the ranks of those youth who will work for a less polluted world.

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club -Miami Group Executive Committee / Ohio Chapter Executive Committee







Riverside Bikepath Cleanup Day – October 25, 2015 at 10 A.M.

Hello Nature enthusiasts,

Autumn brings cooler temperatures. Sometimes there just isn’t much to do outside unless we carve pumpkins or rake leaves.

Join Christopher Hess, Miami Group volunteer, me and other nature lovers who will walk the Riverside Bikepath on October 25th to roll up our sleeves and glove – save the area between Linden Avenue and Airway Road in Dayton Ohio from trash! We begin at 10:00 A.M.

We’ll begin at Eastown Shopping Center on Linden Avenue, Dayton Ohio 45432, (CVS parking lot) and wind our way on both sides of the trail. Bring gloves, boots, messed up jeans or pants, and weather related gear. We’ll supply trash bags….

Two hours; give or take a few minutes. That’s about it. Give back to the nature surrounding this busy bike path. Let’s brave cool weather or warm, This Sierra Club outing should bring  some laughs and some fresh air, making for a Sunday morning of service to Mother Nature! Afterwards, we might end up at Elsa’s on Linden Avenue for football and an informal lunch, for the heck of it.

Thanks to Chris H.  getting us “off our rockers” for this! See ya’ll there!

Scott B. – Sierra Club Miami Group Executive Committee