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 A man walks along a grassy berm near the Ohio River across from Cincinnati, Ohio.
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The city of Newport, Ky., is shaped on its north and west borders by the Ohio and Licking rivers. And while Newport hosts entertainment venues and a bourbon distillery bolstered by views of Cincinnati's skyline, its geography and history also create challenges. 

Managing Sewage Runoff

Nov 11, 2019
Sewer cover
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Sewage overflow is an issue in the U.S.

The EPA estimates that each year as many as 75,000 sanitary sewers overflow across the country, dumping untold gallons of untreated sewage into U.S. Waterways. 

Managing Sewage Runoff

Oct 8, 2019

Sewage overflow is an issue in the U.S.

The EPA estimates that each year as many as 75,000 sanitary sewers overflow across the country, dumping untold gallons of untreated sewage into U.S. Waterways. 

The City of Columbus in 2005 adopted a plan to address the overflow by expanding the size of the sewers.

A decade later, the city changed course, deciding instead to reduce the amount of storm water before it reaches the sewers.

Rain gardens play a big role.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: sewer runoff and rain gardens. 

Runoff and the Health of Ohio’s Water

May 6, 2016
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The Environmental Protection Agency is warning that toxic sediment is threatening Cleveland's water supply. The poisonous sediment, dredged from the Cuyahoga River, was dumped into Lake Erie before the regulations put in place by the 1972 Clean Water Act. This has once again raised concerns over the impact of agriculture runoffs from fertilizers and manure. 

Fertilizer, Algae and Our Water

Jan 9, 2014

11:00 Tap water tasting odd? Columbus is spending $600,000 to treat algae in water from the Hoover Reservoir. Though this algae is believed to be safe for consumption,  the farm fertilizer runoff producing algal blooms is causing changes to our ecosystem. This hour we'll get an update on filtration efforts, and talk about a program designed to curb nutrient runoff. Guests