Monthly archive for March 2010

Unacceptable Permits

  When I first read articles last year regarding Great Lakes fish kills from water intakes, I was intrigued at the way that energy producers are even able to get away with permits to do this.  Do they have permits or is it  just being done and they “suffer” through paying the fines? Either way this is perverse. Save Maumee stands by our words – More Oversite – FINES for illegal activity – Action FIRST, then study and show measurable results! Sandy Bihn RiverKeeper said it best in this article… “Fish are important to Ohio’s economy, providing an estimated 10,000 jobs and $800 billion in economic activity.” She said fishermen “would pay thousands in fines and serve jail time if they did what Bay Shore does each and every day.” How many people do you think 60 million fish per year would feed? That is how many fish are being destroyed by FirstEnergy Corps.- please write your legislator – find them here… http://www.in.gov/apps/sos/legislator/search/ FirstEnergy to install devices to divert fish Goal is reduction of kills at Bay Shore By TOM HENRY BLADE STAFF WRITER http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100330/NEWS16/3300349 – March 30, 2010 The numbers are staggering: 60 million fish – 46 million of

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Save Maumee Earth Day Video on Public Access

  April 3, 2010 at 2pm – COMCAST channel 55 VERIZON channel25 April 5, 2010 at 10:49pm – COMCAST channel 55 VERIZON channel 25 April 6, 2010 at 2:49pm –  COMCAST channel 55 VERIZON channel 25 April 10, 2010 at 7:49pm – COMCAST channel 57 VERIZON channel 27 OR April 10, 2010 at 3:19pm – COMCAST channel 55 VERIZON channel 25 April 13, 2010 at 4pm – COMCAST channel 57 VERIZON channel 27 April 15, 2010 at 7am – COMCAST channel 57 VERIZON channel 27 April 17, 2010 at 5pm – COMCAST channel 57 VERIZON channel 27 April 19, 2010 at 4pm – COMCAST channel 57 VERIZON channel 27 ~ Save Maumee ‘s 5th Annual Earth Day 2010 ~ ~ SUNDAY April 18 ~ ~ 11AM – 4PM ~ all ages ~ rain or shine ~  action & education ~ Free Fun  HOW IT WORKS: Please bring with you: *  family and friends (must have parent present if under 18) * garbage bags / shovels * muddin’ shoes * gloves * ponchos * your able body if you don’t have anything on this list! * Save Maumee will provide these things until supplies are gone! We are establishing projects to

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WRITE THE EPA NOW!

Got a burning water quality issue U.S. EPA needs to hear about?  Speak out now. In April, EPA is hosting a conference called Coming Together for Clean Water. This conference will include about 100 river and water leaders charged with sharing ideas about how EPA can better address the water pollution problems facing our rivers. In preparation for that meeting, EPA is hosting a web discussion forum where YOU can share your ideas and hence help design the discussion in April.  The web forum has three topics under discussion: the watershed approach, managing pollutants from nutrients, and stormwater pollution.  Each topic has a short introduction and a list of starter questions. A larger “discussion document” also provides food for though for your input.   When you visit the forum, I’m sure you’ll see enough to get your thoughts flowing. In case you need a little jumpstart, ponder:   * Topics you want to be sure are raised. For example: Concerned about CAFOs and nutrients? Protection of riparian buffers to control nutrient (and other pollution)? Addressing water quantity/flow as part of the watershed restoration approach? *  Solutions you might have found. For example: Have you found creative ways to incorporate green

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Unable to keep phosphorus out of streams?

As you may know, Steuben County passed an ordinance to protect their lakes by restricting the use of phosphorus fertilizer.  They were subsequently told that they did not have the authority to enact this ordinance unless they obtained a waiver from the State Chemist’s office.  After much discussion intended to discourage them, they applied for a waiver.  The state chemist had to invent a process. Steuben County presented a great deal of information about the impact of phosphorus on their lakes, but the state chemist has just announced their decision to deny the waiver request.  SEE IT HERE: final-deter-state-chem.jpg Here are some links to the news stories. http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/SE/20100210/NEWS/2100337 http://www.indy.com/articles/news/thread/steuben-county-s-request-to-ban-algae-causing-fertilizers-denied   Basically Steuben County does not have the authority to protect its waterways! I’d say its time to do away with the State Chemist’s pre-emptive authority AND pursue statewide restrictions on phosphorus fertilizer. Rae Schnapp – Water Keeper Alliance

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MOST POLLUTED RIVER IN USA? LOCATED IN INDIANA

United States Environmental Protection Agency says The Grand Calumet River has the most problems of any river in the USA.  The Grand Calumet is located in Indiana-along Lake Michigan between Gary, IN and East Chicago, IL. Post Tribune: http://www.rdmag.com/News/FeedsAP/2010/03/energy-unsafe-river-in-indiana-faces-long-recuperation/ The interesting part in this article that caught my attention was The Grand Calumet and the Maumee have several similarities.   I believe reading that the sediment with problems runs about 8-12 inches deep in the Maumee. While the Maumee has 42 (down from 44) combined sewer overflows (CSO’s) that average discharges 71 times per year, litterally spewing millions of gallons of toilet water into local rivers anually. Allen County is the only county that can have discharging residential septic systems. All other residential systems in the state use the soil to treat their wastewater and the effluent becomes groundwater (which may or may not recharge a stream somewhere down the line). Allen is the only county that can have a pipe from the systems to the stream and there are a lot of strings attached to that permit to be sure that the effluent that is going into the stream is clean -but oversight is always underfunded. …a few highlights from

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D.C. Update

Washington D.C.  February 24, 2010 – Great Lakes Day Today Save Maumee Grassroots Org., Save the Dunes and Healing Our Waters met in person with representatives from the offices of: Senator Richard Lugar Representative Mike Pence Representative Brad Ellsworth Representative Andre Carson Representative Baron Hill Representative Mark Souder   Information packets were received by: Representative Peter Visclosky Representative Joe Donnelly Senator Evan Bayh Our coalition of groups from Indiana descended upon Capitol Hill to ask for support of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to; aid in stopping invasive species (most notably Asian Carp), cleaning up toxic sediments, stopping polluted runoff, preventing beach contamination, restoring degraded wetlands and protecting fish and wildlife resources.  Congressional action is needed on several regional priorities. Too much time has been spent avoiding issues. Great Lakes Task Force – Great Lakes Alliance – Our Healing Waters – National Wildlife Association all had speakers to brief us on issues for Hill visits along with our own agendas.  It included state-by-state planning, lobbing refresher, and education about urgent issues facing the Great Lakes and priorities. Literally millions of citizens were represented at our meetings with lawmakers. Our group believes that congress should strengthen accountability, provide transparency, boost coordination

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Fluoride Safety?

“Dangerous Fluoride,” from the CBS affiliate in Atlanta, Georgia at http://www.cbsatlanta.com/video/22781769/index.html Neither the ADA nor the CDC could provide answers to the CBS news team. They cannot deny that fluoridation increases the risk of dental fluorosis – a problem in the United States. Their own figures show that at least 32% of American children suffer from this condition. Moreover, even though they have advised that fluoridated tap water should not be used to make up baby formula, they have not taken aggressive steps to get this message out to parents. Nor are they warning vulnerable sub-groups of the population that they are more vulnerable to fluorosis than others.  I have seen statistics of how Americans dental health has gone up…along with every other country that does NOT fluoridate their tap water.  It appears that dental health has gone up because of frequency of brushing and understanding the causes of tooth decay. If you want to know more, check out The Fluoride Action Network at http://www.fluoridealert.org/

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Fact v/s Fiction about Global Warming Support

I want to keep this blog about WATER related issues, but I thought this was important to note who exactly the opposition IS when it comes to supporting “clean and green”. – I thought it was important to note! There appears to be a pattern here. *The following groups say the danger of human-caused climate change is a … FACT: * U.S. Agency for International Development United States Department of Agriculture National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration National Institute of Standards and Technology United States Department of Defense United States Department of Energy National Institutes of Health United States Department of State United States Department of Transportation U.S. Geological Survey U.S. Environmental Protection Agency University Corporation for Atmospheric Research National Center for Atmospheric Research National Aeronautics & Space Administration National Science Foundation Smithsonian Institution International Arctic Science Committee Arctic Council African Academy of Sciences Australian Academy of Sciences Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts Academia Brasileira de Ciéncias Cameroon Academy of Sciences Royal Society of Canada Caribbean Academy of Sciences Chinese Academy of Sciences Académie des Sciences, France Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina of Germany Indonesian Academy of Sciences Royal Irish

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Coal-fired power plant waste storage sites with poisoned water = 101

RENEWABLE energy is sustainable, creates jobs and is a win-win for everyone except for coal interests.  “Particulate emissions from coal plants cost Hoosiers $5 billion per year in health costs.  Alternative energy create 4-5 times more jobs than fossil-fuel and nuclear investments.”  (Citizens Action Coalition, 2009) WIND, SOLAR, GEOTHERMAL and energy efficiency are technologies that will create jobs and benefit the health, environment and pocketbooks of ALL Hoosiers and TRULY re-tool America for the future! We cannot afford more of this! Full Story Here – INCLUDES MAP OF CONTAMINATION SITES: http://beforeitsnews.com/news/21085/Coal_Ash_and_Other_Pollutants_Throughout_the_U.S..html “The analysis by EIP and Earthjustice identifies 31 additional coal-ash contamination sites in 14 states, which, when added to the 70 in the EPA’s justification for the pending rule, brings the total of coal-fired power plant waste storage sites with poisoned water to 101.” “With data showing arsenic and other toxic metal levels in contaminated water at some coal-ash disposal sites at up to 145 times federally permissible levels, the EIP/Earthjustice report identifies 31 coal-ash waste sites where groundwater, wetlands, creeks, or rivers have been polluted with “wastes (that) contain some of the earth’s most deadly pollutants, including arsenic, cadmium, lead, selenium, and other toxic metals that can cause

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