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Water
6:41 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Dayton Releases Revised Water Protection Proposal Draft

An image of the revised source water protection policy map for the city of Dayton's wellfields.
Credit City of Dayton

The city of Dayton has released new proposed changes to its drinking water protections following a series of public meetings and meetings with stakeholders over the last six months. Water Department Director Tammi Clements presented an outline of the latest proposals to the Dayton City Commission Wednesday morning.

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Water
1:00 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Dayton Citizens' Water Brigade To Hold Teach-In

Dayton's wellfields supply water for an estimated 400,000 people in the area.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

 A new group called the Dayton Citizens’ Water Brigade is holding a teach-in tonight about the City of Dayton’s water protection policy.

The group opposes changes to the policy that’s been in place for over 25 years. The policy was created as an attempt to keep hazardous chemicals away from the wellfields that supply water to 400,000 people around Dayton, including most Montgomery County suburbs. It forbids new chemicals within a set geographic area, and provides incentives for companies to reduce chemical storage already in place through a buy-back program.

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Climate Change
10:55 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Climate Marchers Return Inspired, New Protests Begin

Eleanor Hicks-Green, an Antioch College student who attended the march
Credit Austin Rinebolt-Miller

A group of Antioch College students got back Monday morning from the People’s Climate March in New York City. The march was expected to be the largest and most diverse in history at over 100,000 people. Now organizers are pegging the count at at least 310,000.

Several dozen Antioch students and several hundred Ohioans had planned to attend the march on buses. Antioch students hoped to bring back new energy about fighting global climate change.

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Water
6:57 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

City Of Dayton To Revise Proposed Water Protection Changes

The Great Miami River is connected to the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer, where Dayton gets its water.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The City of Dayton water department says it’s considering feedback from the public and businesses on a proposal to change the city’s drinking water protections.

The city’s water system, which serves 400,000 people including customers in Kettering, Vandalia, Riverside, Trotwood and Brookville, pumps water from two industrial parts of Dayton. Since the late 80s, city zoning laws have limited the hazardous chemicals companies can have in those areas.

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Environment
4:00 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Toledo Water Crisis Sparks Creation of Statewide Protocol for Toxin Testing

Collin O'Mara, President of the National Wildlife Federation, held up a glass of algae-filled water from Lake Erie after the toxins produced by the algae shut down Toledo's water system.
Credit National Wildlife Federation Staff

Nothing brings consensus like a crisis. During Toledo’s recent drinking-water ban, conflicting ideas about how to test for toxins caused confusion for decision-makers, and hat problem sparked rare, swift action by multiple layers of government to create a uniform, statewide protocol.

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