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Over the weekend, the Toledo Rowing Club hosted the 32nd annual “Frogtown Regatta” on the Maumee River in downtown Toledo. Toledo was given the nickname “Frog Town” because the area was once part of the great black swamp. Over 1,200 rowers from six different states competed in slimey, green, toxic water just days after the local health department announced a “recreational contact advisory.”

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Have you ever heard of the wet-bulb globe temperature (WBGT)? This measurement takes into account temperature, humidity, wind speed, sun angle, and cloud cover. It’s sort of like that “feels like’” temperature you see on the weather report. It’s 84°F outside, but it feels like 95°F

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As a pediatrician, I am concerned about the impacts that climate change and environmental degradation are already having on the kids and families in my care.

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Mohican-Memorial State Forest enjoys the gold standard of administrative protection in the state forest system. The public worked with the state for several years to win that special status -- official state protection as a future old growth forest. After 20 years, the state is proposing to remove this special status from nearly half of the forest.

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This week, Ohio released a draft of its latest plan to tackle Lake Erie’s toxic algae. The long awaited plan details Ohio’s role in the binational agreement between Great Lakes states and provinces to reduce algae-causing pollution by 40% by 2025.

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Nothing is more fundamental to our health than the water we drink and, unfortunately, Ohio is no stranger to water crises. From toxic algae plaguing nearly half-a-million Toledoans to lead tainted water in communities across Ohio, real concerns exist about where we source our drinking water and what flows out of our taps. Unfortunately, earlier this year President Trump repealed a rule that would have reinstated Clean Water Act protections to the streams, rivers, and wetlands millions of Ohioans rely on for safe drinking water.

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Farmers are paving the way to a healthy Lake Erie with these solutions! - YouTube

Little debate exists about the sources of phosphorus pollution feeding toxic algal growths in Lake Erie. Scientists point to the large amounts coming from agricultural production in the western Lake Erie watershed that flow out of the Maumee River and into the lake.

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The fallout and indirect damage from the irresponsible operations of Rover Pipeline’s parent company continue to mount in Ohio. Just last week we learned from a citizen complaint to our office as well as a Canton Repository article that at least 100 households in the Canton area are experiencing problems with their drinking water.

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Good evening. My name is Melanie Houston. I am a resident of Grandview Heights, a public interest advocate, a wife and a mother. My daughter Quinn is three, soon-to-be four years old and likes ice skating, swimming, and getting her face painted. Aside from my work in environmental advocacy, being a mother is the joy of my life. But it’s a hard job, especially in a day and age when there are so many challenges to keeping our children safe and healthy.

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Your voice is important and powerful.

I should know, as Senator Randy Gardner did the right thing for Ohio by publicly announcing that he is against drilling in state parks, quoting the following letter that I wrote to him:

“Sen. Randall L. Gardner,

I urge you to vote against effort to override Governor Kasich's line item veto the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission Amendment to the budget bill.

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