Environment

Western Drought Shifts Economic Power To Great Lakes States

Aug 13, 2015
WOSU composite

Much of the western United State remains mired in drought. While those states might not have much water, Ohio and other Great Lakes states are flush with fresh water, and that’s changing power dynamics and the region’s economic influence. 

How Would Carbon Reduction Plan Affect Ohio?

Aug 4, 2015
WOSU News

The White House has come out with a sweeping strategy to limit climate change. The so-called Clean Power Plan requires every state to play a role in cutting carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. So how would the plan affect Ohio?

Local Governments Want Part Of Road Salt Settlement

Aug 3, 2015
File photo

Hundreds of local governments and other public entities are seeking a share of Ohio's $11.5 million settlement with two rock salt producers that were accused of conspiring to drive up prices.

Ohio discourages swimming, wading in Grand Lake St. Marys

Jul 28, 2015
Grand Lake St. Marys beach
Nyttend / Wikimedia Commons

The state is once again recommending that people and pets avoid swimming and wading in Ohio's largest inland lake, Grand Lake St. Marys, as levels of an algae-produced toxin rise.

WOSU News

A new study says Ohio consumers could save several hundred dollars on their electric bills if stricter clean air standards are implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency.  

Pregnant Woman, Two Children Killed In Southern Ohio Flooding

Jul 20, 2015
Google file photo / Creative Commons

Authorities in southern Ohio are assessing damage to homes and roads in the aftermath of flooding that swept away a mobile home, killing a woman and two of her children.

Buckeye Dam Replacement: Could Be Quicker; Less Costly

Jul 16, 2015
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Ohio officials say the proposed design for a barrier in front of the deteriorated Buckeye Lake dam could save money and accelerate the project.

Chloe Holmes

More heavy rain could be coming to Central Ohio. Forecasts call for thunderstorms to hit the region Monday afternoon, one day after storms brought flash flooding and forced some road closures.

Budget Amendment Lets People Mow Reservoir Buffers

Jul 7, 2015
Wikipedia Commons

An amendment to the next state budget lets people mow and remove natural buffers to reservoirs, even if the buffer zone is owned by the local city. 

Heavy Rain Could Mean Big Hit To Ohio Corn Crop

Jun 29, 2015
Google / Creative Commons

Extensive flooding and heavy rains have affected corn fields across Ohio and left growers contending with the possibility of lost or damaged crops.

Water Advisory Continues; Levels Of Nitrate Down

Jun 15, 2015
City of Columbus

The water advisory for parts of Franklin County remains in effect. The amount of nitrate in the water has changed.

Rainfall May Improve Drinking Water Issue

Jun 11, 2015
Water faucet
Flickr: Luis

Columbus city officials say it’s difficult to know how long the drinking water advisory will last. The current estimate is a couple of weeks.

Columbus Officials Issue Nitrate Water Advisory

Jun 8, 2015
Water faucet
Flickr: Luis

The City of Columbus has issued a nitrate advisory for the Dublin Road water plant. 

Columbus Parks Earn Mediocre Rating

May 20, 2015
Sam Howzit / Flickr

The Trust for Public Land has ranked Columbus' park system as fair. The city scored a mediocre rating, 57 out of 75 cities across the country, when it comes to the size and accessibility to city parks.

Watchdog Report Says No Evidence Kasich Swayed Permits For Coal Industry

May 8, 2015
Coal
Flickr / Creative Commons

The state’s top internal investigator has completed his report after accusations that the governor’s office swayed water quality permit decisions based on political pressure.

The Role of Healthy Bees

May 8, 2015
PollyDot / Pixabay

The Ohio Statehouse is now buzzing with more than jus political intrigue. A new beehive was added to the Capitol Square on Earth Day. We discuss the new residents of the Statehouse and look at the role of bees in our ecosystem.

US House Approves Money For Ohio Uranium Plant Cleanup

May 1, 2015
Aerial photo

The House has approved a measure that could provide extra money for the cleanup of a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio, though the White House is threatening to veto it.

Bill Would Offer Incentives For CNG-Powered Vehicles

May 1, 2015
CNG station
Flickr / Creative Commons

Two state lawmakers are reigniting their effort to encourage the use of compressed natural gas, or CNG, to fuel cars. But the bill will have to go through a Legislature that just voted to get rid of some alternative fuel requirements.

Tom Borgerding / WOSU News

State and local emergency leaders will spend the next days and weeks refining evacuation procedures at Buckeye Lake after this weekend's drill.

Residents are coping with lower levels as the state rebuilds the lake's ailing dam.

State sets construction, dock rules at Ohio's Buckeye Lake

Apr 15, 2015
Buckeye Lake
Ohio EPA

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has set new construction and dock policies at central Ohio's Buckeye Lake, where federal officials have warned a deteriorating dam could fail.

Jeb Bush Praises Ohio Drilling Boon Ahead Of Speech

Apr 14, 2015
Jeb Bush
Bradley Parks

GOP White House prospect Jeb Bush is praising the economic potential of swing-state Ohio's drilling industry even as the state's Republican governor pushes a tax hike on drillers.

A national environmental group has launched a $500,000 ad campaign against U.S. Sen. Rob Portman in Ohio claiming a federal budget amendment he introduced could undercut the enforceability of the federal Clean Air Act.

Transportation Budget Cuts Alternative Fuel Mandate

Apr 7, 2015
Flexible fuel pump
U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr

The transportation budget signed last week includes a change for the state’s vehicle fleet: The budget cuts out a requirement on alternative fuels that had been in place for most of a decade.

Tina Copeland

At one time, the Darby Plains Prairie region occupied some 400 square miles in west Central Ohio. In the 1970s, the Metro Parks system began attempts to restore a semblance of that prairie. Seeds were collected by hand and sown at the Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park west of Columbus.

Impact Of Ohio’s Moves To Reduce Lake Erie Algae Years Away

Mar 28, 2015
File Photo

Ohio’s new rules to clamp down on some of the pollutants feeding the toxic algae in Lake Erie aren’t likely to show immediate results.

Backers of the legislation approved this past week in the Ohio Statehouse say it will be at least a couple years before it’s known how the changes will affect water quality.

That’s because there are many factors that have led to the algae outbreaks. Some Ohio lawmakers think neighboring states including Michigan and Indiana need to take action to reduce their pollutants going into Lake Erie.

Leaders: Lake Erie Algae Bill Moves Ohio In Right Direction

Mar 25, 2015
Lake Erie
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Legislative leaders in Ohio are praising new rules for farmers aimed at cutting down the toxic algae in Lake Erie.

The wide-ranging proposal is expected to be voted out of the Ohio House and Senate on Wednesday afternoon.

ODNR / Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Ohio emergency management officials plan to discuss the precarious situation with a faulty dam at Buckeye Lake.

ODNR / Ohio Department of Natural Resources

The findings of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study on Buckeye Lake dam are serious.

Sam Hendren / WOSU

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is studying ways to protect Ginseng, a plant highly prized in Asia for claimed medicinal qualities. Recent media attention has caused a surge in ginseng harvesting.

Rick Campbell and Kelly Caldwell sit at their dining table in their rural Morgan County home looking out at the snow covered hills. Scattered beneath the snowy mantle is wild ginseng. Campbell has spent most of his adult life dealing in the exotic commodity. He says he first dug ginseng, which he calls ‘sang, when he was 18 years old. How did he know what he’d found?

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