Water

How a Burning River Helped Create the Clean Water Act

Apr 22, 2016
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NOTE: This story was originally published on April 17, 2015.

At the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, the Cuyahoga River had long been a pollution problem. Cleveland had been a major industrial city since the 1880s, and the mayor then called the river “an open sewer through the center of the city.”

But when the Cuyahoga River caught fire in Cleveland in 1969, many believe it became the symbol of out-of-control pollution that was needed to get the Clean Water Act passed.

The Dayton City Commission has updated the city's water ordinance.
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A school district in central Ohio has shut off its drinking fountains after finding high lead levels in the water.

The Granville school district northeast of Columbus says tests show water coming from some of the drinking fountains are above the federal limit.

School leaders say the problem is with the drinking fountains and not the water coming into the buildings.

The district says it shut off access to the drinking fountains Wednesday and is running more tests.

Bottled water is being given to students and teachers.

In an Era of Scarcity, Water is Now a Major Economic Driver

Mar 2, 2016
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In a world facing growing problems with water scarcity, the Great Lakes region could be poised to draw businesses—big and small—from other parts of the country. But despite the region’s vast quantities of freshwater, water quality can’t always be taken for granted.

After the state of Ohio filed a lawsuit, the owner of Pineview Estates agreed to bring four gallons of water per trailer each day the water is shut off. Residents have been purchasing their own water for years.  pineview
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Imagine you wake up and go to get in the shower, or brush your teeth, and there’s nothing coming out of the tap. Imagine this happens with no notice, and sometimes goes on for days.

Well, this scenario is real—and we’re not talking about Flint or any city water system. It turns out trailer parks across the country have problems with unreliable water.

 

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A number of groups are collecting bottled water for residents in Flint, Michigan.

The City of Dayton and Jet Express, Inc., are working together to collect water for the city that’s been harshly affected by elevated lead levels in its drinking water. 

On Friday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced a lawsuit against Pineview Pines Estates mobile home park in Dayton. DeWine and Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler also filed a motion for a temporary restraining order against the owner, Tim Dearwester, for numerous violations of Ohio’s safe drinking water laws.

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A new report calls for the creation of a $250 million trust to fund water protection in Ohio.

Dayton City Commission Passes Water Protection Changes

Jul 30, 2015
The Dayton City Commission has updated the city's water ordinance.
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The Dayton City Commission has passed a controversial set of changes to the city’s source water protection program.

 

The current code regulates the chemicals around Dayton’s well fields, where most of Montgomery County’s drinking water comes from. Since the late 80s, the zoning code has legislated the amount of potentially hazardous substances that can be stored near the wells. A related regulation, which will remain in place, provides incentives for companies that had chemicals grandfathered in to reduce those chemicals.

 

Activists Renew Concerns About Dayton Water Policy

Jul 22, 2015
Darryl Fairchild (center) appeared at a demonstration outside city hall Wednesday. He is also a candidate for City Commission. water
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Activists are gearing up for another round of debate over the city of Dayton’s source water protection policy.

After more than a year of discussion, a compromise plan will go before the Dayton City Commission next week that would update the policy, which dates back to the late 1980s.

Source Water Protection Still Stirring Up Controversy

Mar 11, 2015
Marie Geisel joined the Dayton Citizens Water Brigade on Tuesday before a packed plan board meeting.
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The debate over Dayton’s source water protection policy is still simmering, although the issues have changed somewhat since the idea of an update to the policy was first floated last summer.

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