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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.

 

connect your Kroger Plus card to Sierra Club

  • Connect your Kroger Plus Card to Sierra Club Foundation Miami Group Ohio Chapter’s NOP number is JW796 and Miami Group will start getting donations from Kroger.  This does not cost you anything.

  • Simply encourage your members and friends to register online at krogercommunityrewards.com
  • Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.
  • If a member does not yet have a Kroger Plus card, please let them know that they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
  • Click on Sign In/Register
  • Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter NPO number or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm.  Sierra Club Foundation Miami Group Ohio Chapter’s NOP number is 66975
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).
  • Do you use your phone number at the register?  Call 800-576-4377, select option 3 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

Thank you,
Miami Group Sierra Club

Mill Creek by the Mile

July 9, 2018 Innings

“Mill Creek By The Mile”

by Ken Carman 

Mill Creek By The Mile is a proposed project for removing all of the Amur Honeysuckle and other invasive plants growing along the banks of the Mill Creek beginning with Sharonville, Evendale, and Reading.

The Problem – Amur Honeysuckle is by far the most abundant plant growing along the banks and immediately adjacent to the Mill Creek. This is a catastrophic problem for several reasons:   It replaces native plants.   It causes erosion.   Stream Biodiversity is affected.   Amur Honeysuckle (AH) provides an unnatural cover for deer, which can increase deer populations and spread of Lyme Disease.

The Solution – The two primary keys to a successful campaign to remove AH and other invasive plants from along the Mill Creek will be permission from property owners, and funding.

The Benefits- This project will draw attention to the Mill Creek to show the country that small creeks like this, can be a valuable resource.   The creek can play a crucial role as a primary migration corridor for migrating birds.     With removal of the invasive plants, it will allow a marked  increase in native plants.

Parks/Nature Preserves – There are several parks that border the Mill Creek, but there is a substantial amount of additional frontage that could easily be converted into small parks or nature preserves.

The Plan- Recruiting a large tree company to remove the honeysuckle.

What would it take to persuade businesses with property on one or both sides of the Mill Creek to donate, lease, or otherwise make available the portion of their land that is the Mill Creek or immediately adjacent?  This is land that realistically has little other use, and could further increase the amount of park/nature preserve space along the Mill Creek.

Chipping or moving the cut down material, stump treatment, preventing re-growth, and replanting.

Long Term – The long term strategy for keeping the plants from growing back is that the commitment from each contributing partner would continue, but at a reduced level.

Pollinator Plus Museum – The PPM could become a major revenue stream for the removal of invasive plants along the Mill Creek, and keeping it maintained moving forward.

Ken Carman Bios:

Ken grew up in a home looking over Harbor Point in Winton Woods. He mentored under the park district naturalists through the seventies, as his passion for the natural world grew. More recently Ken managed a beautiful nature preserve in South Carolina for five years, before coming back to Ohio to care for his elderly parents. In 2016 Ken started Pollinators Plus, and is working on plans to open a Pollinator Museum, and wage an all out war on invasive plants in our area. Tonight Ken is hear to talk to us about his plan to remove invasive plants from all along the Mill Creek, as a way of launching the War.

Mill Creek Bird Count

Mill Creek Birds 2018

Mill Creek Invasive Plants

 

Environmental Forum

Jun 4, 2018 Innings:  “ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM”

7 pm at the Scouting Achievement Center at 10078 Reading Road, Evendale, Oh 45241

This will be a 5 min presentation by each of the presenters, then everyone will form breakout circles and have follow-up discussions on the topic of choice.  

The topics are as follows:  

Ken Carman:  “Invasive Species; The War on Amur Honeysuckle”

Loa Bennett: “Community Gardening”

Nathan Alley: “Past Plastic and Statewide Energy”

Kaniz Siddiqui:  “Ready for 100% Renewable Energy”  

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine signs useless AK Steel Consent Decree

For immediate release   April 9, 2018
Contact: Marilyn Wall, Sierra Club 513-226-9235

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine signs useless AK Steel Consent Decree

 DeWine decides studies and car washing will resolve over 600 air pollution violations

(Middletown, OH) – Sierra Club and residents near the AK Steel Middletown Works have documented over 600 air pollution violations committed by AK Steel over 5 years.  Residents are routinely assaulted by odors, smoke, fumes, black and red plumes, gases, harmful PM2.5 particulate (soot), organic compounds and the deposits of coke breeze, ash, colored particles, including kish, slag, coke, coal, dust, iron, metal and glass on their property. Fires and explosions have caused additional emissions beyond normal operations.  AK Steel has violated and continues to violate state and federally enforceable air pollution laws and emission standards.

These pollutants are known to be toxic and/or cause adverse health effects, including cancer, even at low levels.  Exposure to particulate matter including PM2.5 is linked with “premature death in people with heart or lung disease, nonfatal heart attacks, irregular heartbeat, aggravated asthma, decreased lung function, and increased respiratory symptoms”.  Nearby residents find it difficult to breathe outside their homes and chronically have to wash AK Steel pollutants off their cars and homes.

A Notice Letter to AK Steel was sent and in response, Attorney General Mike DeWine worked with AK Steel filing a  Consent Order in Butler County which fails to resolve or stop the violations, or provide an effective remedy with enforceable emission limitations. Instead DeWine allows AK Steel to merely study problems, and possibly (subject to AK Steel’s discretion) reimburse residents for car and house washing.

“This sweetheart deal does nothing for people’s health, allows ongoing property damage and fails to ensure that the emission violations at AK Steel are resolved” said Marilyn Wall, Sierra Club.

About the Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 8 million members and supporters nationwide. In addition to creating opportunities for people of all ages, levels and locations to have meaningful outdoor experiences, the Sierra Club works to safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and litigation. For more information, visit: https://miamigroup.org/ak-steel/

Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler speaking at Cincinnati State April 5, 2018

Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler will be speaking in Cincinnati April 5, 2018 as a guest of the Hamilton County Environmental Action Commission.  The Director will speak at 1pm on Thursday April 5, 2018 in the Advanced Technology and Learning Center (ATLC Auditorium on the campus of Cincinnati State Community and Technical College.

The public is welcome.

Parking is available in the Central Parkway Garage for $5.  Admission to the Director’s presentation is free.

Cincinnati State – Main (Clifton) Campus

3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45223

Join Sierra Club at the Adventure Summit in Dayton Ohio Feb 9 and 10, 2018

 Five Rivers Metro Parks is presenting the Adventure Summit. More information on the Summit: outdoor skill, culture and experience, speakers including world class outdoor personalities and more.

Visit Sierra Club at our booth or volunteer by calling or email Brian Williams at  [email protected] ‭(513) 390-7303‬.   You can also fill out this volunteer form.