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Cincinnati Water Sentinel Water Monitoring – April 27th 11:00am-1:00pm

Please come join us for the next event in our collaborative water sampling in the lower Mill Creek Watershed. We will be collecting water quality data on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month in conjunction with groups on the Little Miami river and the Great Miami River. Come to the Wooden Shoe Hollow Retreat House as we collect the monitoring data from locations throughout the area.

Do you have a river or stream that you visit frequently that may be contaminated by an outside source? If so, we will make sure you have the training and equipment you need to monitor its quality. Our next water monitoring training is April 27, 2013.

We will be doing the training in light rain or shine so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. Also, please avoid wearing open-toed shoes. To RSVP email us at [email protected] or let us know through our Facebook event page 



Paddlefest & Pedalfest is June 20-22; Volunteers Needed!

Paddlefest this year will be June 22nd; here is the main site URL

Pedalfest (a family-type biking event) will again be a major sub-event; here’s the link directly to the Pedalfest portion of the site

You can register for either (or both!) event(s) here   If you need to rent a boat, sign up now!

You can volunteer to help-out here

We’re hoping that dozens of Sierra Club people will volunteer to help out with various events on June 20-22.

If you are willing to help with advanced planning, lining-up sponsors or publicity for Pedalfest, please contact Danny Cooper at [email protected] Danny is the Project Manager for Miami Group’s participation in planning Pedalfest.

Miami Group Winter Retreat Feb 2-3

February 2 – 3, 2013
Join us at the Grailville Retreat Center in Loveland for a great winter get-away. Visit with old friends and make new ones. Learn something new & have fun! See Page 3 of the Jan-Feb Happenings for more info and the registration form.

We must have your registration (form for 2013) by January 28th.! Grailville needs our numbers early!

Information and directions will be sent after registration. If you have questions, please contact:

Karen Nagel ([email protected]) 513-542-5259, or

Jean Kantor ([email protected]) 513-522-5941.

Do the Math on Climate Change

This November, Bill McKibben and are hitting the road to build the movement that will change the terrifying math of the climate crisis. Joe Bowman and Andy Betts are planning to attend this event and report back. If you are interested in attending, call Joe at 513-720-8744 or email him at [email protected]

Columbus, OH – 11/27/2012

Capitol Theater
77 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215
Doors open 6PM, event starts at 7 PM

Featuring Bill McKibben.

It’s simple math: we can burn 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide and stay below 2°C of warming — anything more than that risks catastrophe for life on earth. The only problem? Fossil fuel corporations now have 2,795 gigatons in their reserves, five times the safe amount. And they’re planning to burn it all — unless we rise up to stop them. Continue reading Do the Math on Climate Change

Fracking by the Numbers (Park+Vine, July 28th @ 11:00)

Would you Drink this water?

Have you heard about Fracking?  Perhaps on the radio, in the paper, or from a friend.  Fracking is a new type of natural gas drilling that has exploded in growth across the country, and is now here in Ohio.  Fracking promises economic relief in depressed eastern Ohio counties, but new studies have linked fracking to water and air contamination.  At the center of the controversy are the hundreds of different chemicals and millions of gallons of water used to frack each well.  If you would like to learn more join us for an information session Fracking by the Numbers, July 28th @ 11:00 @ Park + Vine (1202 main st.)Continue reading Fracking by the Numbers (Park+Vine, July 28th @ 11:00)

Cincypedalfest 2012

As the sun shone, almost 400 bikers took off through Ted Barry International Friendship Park along the Ohio River heading to Armleder, Saturday as part of the Inaugural cincypedalfest.    Pedalers returned to the riverfront just as the first kayakers and canoes were reaching the public landing.


It was a beautiful day and the pedalers reported having a great time. Many saw parks they didn’t know existed!


















Sierra Club Volunteers join up with Queen City Bike and Ohio River Way

If you have pictures or stories or comments you’d like to share, please send them to [email protected]


















They're off!


Ride Safety Briefing by Queen City Bike President Frank Henson





Evan Denenberg waits for the kayakers, canoes, and standup paddlers to reach the public landing


Free Screening of Gasland @ Esquire Theater Thursday May 24th, 7:30-10:00

Would You Drink This Water?

Have you heard about a new type of natural gas drilling called fracking?

The Oscar nominated documentary GASLAND follows director Josh Fox on a cross country odyssey to explore the hidden world of fracking across America.  Join the Sierra Club and Representative Denise Driehaus for a free screen and discussion of this critically acclaimed movie (Thursday May 24th from 7:30-10:00)

RSVP for the Free Screening and Discussion at the Esquire.

Continue reading Free Screening of Gasland @ Esquire Theater Thursday May 24th, 7:30-10:00

Sewer Backup costs MSD

On April 22, 2011, a lack of capacity in MSD’s sewer system caused a sewage backup into the basement of 705 Elm Ct, Reading Ohio.  MSD did not act to prevent further backups or compensate Mr Wells, the property owner, as required by the consent decree.

A second backup occurred on September 2011 at which time MSD did decide that a prevention devices was needed, but MSD put that project on hold.

A third backup occurred in December 2011, and can be seen on YouTube (search on YouTube for 705elmct)

On January 5, 2012, Magistrate Judge Karen L. Litkovitz, United States District Court awarded Mr. Wells, $19,154.69. And this covered the costs of only the first backup.

MSD is required by their Consent Decree in federal Case No. 1:02-cv-107, United States et al vs Board of Hamilton County Commissioners. Sierra Club is an intervener in the suit due to both sewer overflows in the environment and into people’s homes and businesses. Sierra Club’s video of Sewage in Basement damage can be viewed at D. David Altman Mr. Altman represented Sierra Club in this suit.