Sierra Club Home Page   Environmental Update   My Backyard

Search
Explore, enjoy and protect the planet  
Group Home
Hikes and Outings
Calendar
Newsletter
Resources
Join or Give
Chapter Home
Contact Us
sierraclub.org
(photo)
 
 
 

Sierra Club Radio
Listen Online
Listen Online or Locally on WCRS at 102.1 or 98.3 FM Every Thursday at 6:30 pm

Central Ohio Group Issues

This article was submitted for the May / June 2004 issue of the newsletter.

Sierra Club in Action: Fighting Columbus Sewer Violations

Columbus provides sewer services to much of Central Ohio. By doing so they have taken responsibility for the health and well being of over 1 million people. Yet they pour 3 billion gallons of raw sewage into our rivers each year. Residents reported over 3,500 sewage backups into their basements in 2003. Typically, there are 2 unreported backups for every one that is reported. This tremendous individual financial burden and health threat to our residents must end .

PLEASE DONATE!

NEW MATCHING

CHALLENGE—

A generous donor has agreed to match new donations up to a total of $3000!  Your contribution NOW is important so that we can be sure to secure the matching dollars! Our 2003 matching challenge brought in $1720, which was matched. We started the match later last year and fell only slightly short of the goal of $2000. This year we are starting earlier and with your help we will meet the goal of $3000!

On Nov. 24, 2003, Columbus passed a water/sewer rate increase that would raise the average bill by about $40/year. Yet the City is a long way from spending these dollars in an economic and environmentally beneficial manner. Too much of our money is spent for new sewers on the fringes of town, creating sprawl and adding sewage to a system already over capacity. Please donate generously and help us meet our challenge by making a tax-deductible check to the Sierra Club Foundation. You must mention the challenge in order for us to receive the match. Mail to: Sierra Club Treasurer, 6760 Hayhurst St., Worthington, OH 43085.

CONTACT

TO VOLUNTEER IN OUR SEWERS CAMPAIGN OR TO REPORT A BASEMENT BACKUP

The Sierra Club is pleased to announce the hiring of Cyane Gresham as Conservation Program Coordinator. She will be working on Clean Water and sewage overflow issues in the Columbus area.

Cyane comes to us with a wealth of experience. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Central Ohio Sierra Club and currently is a volunteer with Franklin County MetroParks and Friends of the Ravines in Clintonville.Last year Cyane received a J.D. degree from Fordham University School of Law in New York City. She was admitted to the Ohio bar last November. She has a B.A. in Geology from Williams College. For 12 years Cyane worked for the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, PA as a horticulturist and native plant and invasive weed expert. She has done horticulture research in New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Germany and England as well as in the U.S. See her article “Landscaping with Native Plants” on p2.

We extend a hearty welcome to . She can be contacted through the Chapter office at 614-461-0734 ext. 311.

This tremendous individual financial burden and health threat to our residents must end
Your contribution NOW is important so that we can be sure to secure the matching dollars!

Up to Top