Water

The Environment
10:35 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Lake Erie Algae Threatens Ohio Drinking Water

This year the amount of harmful algae forecast for Lake Erie is predicted to be less than last year and considerably less than the record outbreak of 2011. But it’s likely still be significant, coating some parts of the western basin in toxic green slime. Under certain conditions, even moderate blooms can produce levels of harmful toxins that threaten drinking water across the basin.

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Water
12:02 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Residents Speak Out Against Proposed Water Protection Changes [VIDEO]

Dayton resident Jeffrey Simmons speaks to representatives from the City of Dayton water department at the first of two hearings for water customers.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

About 20 people spoke out at a public meeting Monday on Dayton’s proposal to revise its drinking water protections. Almost all the speakers opposed the plan, which would reduce the most stringently protected area by 40 percent.

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Water
10:16 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Dayton To Discuss Proposed Changes To Drinking Water Protections

Signs around the Miami Valley demarcate the boundaries of the well fields and source water protection areas.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The first of two public hearings is taking place Monday, July 14 on possible changes to Dayton’s drinking water protection program. Drinking water for more than 400,000 people in Montgomery and parts of Greene County comes from two wellfields that tap into the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer, a shallow sand and gravel aquifer that is vulnerable to contamination from surface spills.

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Water
10:58 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Dayton Water Resources Key To Future Economy, Stability

On a sunny day in April, the bike path on the Great Miami River was covered completely by river water. Climate change will likely mean more frequent extreme rain and flooding in the region.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Human-caused climate change is expected to have devastating effects across the country and world. The Midwest is somewhat insulated from extremes of drought or rising seas, but a recent report finds Ohio could see costly effects ranging from flooding to dangerous extreme heat spells by the end of the century.

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6:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Mayors, Jobs, And Making The Most Of Water: WYSO's Lewis Wallace Talks To Nan Whaley

Mayor Nan Whaley at a recent opening for an AIDS health center in Dayton.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Newly sworn-in Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley was at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Jan. 22-24, and she came back with some insights about what mayors can do to grow jobs and make the most of natural resources.

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