Ohio EPA

Army Corps dredging the Cuyahoga River

In a surprising turn in the Cuyahoga River dredging saga, the US Army Corps of Engineers collaborated with the Ohio EPA last week to sample sediment on the Cuyahoga River.  The two sides have been arguing over the dredged material for years.

Pipeline sections
M.L. Schultze / WKSU

A week ago,  an estimated 1.5 million gallons of a fluid used in drilling the underground pathway for the Rover gas pipeline spilled in southwestern Stark County. The accident was in an area where Canton has shallow wells for its water supply.  

photo of Akron sewer project

Akron is helping pay to remove a dam in southern Ohio, but it isn’t costing the city anything.  In fact, by acting as a “sponsor” for the Cincinnati-area project that otherwise wouldn't get funding,  Akron is saving money. 

The Ohio EPA’s support of local water-resource improvements is rooted in revolving loan programs. That means outright grants for projects that can’t pay back loans, are not doable.

Sebring corporation limit sign

Youngstown area state Representative John Boccieri is calling for better support for local communities dealing with lead contamination.

He says that local water authority operators are understaffed, and have trouble following through with health departments and residents on cases of contamination.

Sebring, which experienced high lead levels in its tap water last year, is in Boccieri’s district.

Photo of dangerous algae bloom in Lake Erie

Seven conservation groups from the Great Lakes region are threatening to sue the U.S. EPA, saying it has failed to enforce the Clean Water Act in Ohio.

The conservation groups are accusing the EPA of “foot-dragging” and ignoring the threat of toxic algae blooms, which affect drinking water and wildlife.