Food Health and the Environment

Concerned about health, environment and climate change?

Join Sierra Club, PlantPure Nation and ECO for a free movie showing of PlantPure Nationplant pure

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When: April 30, 2016, Saturday 3 p.m.

Where: First Unitarian Church , 529 Linton Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219    Parking is free and available across the street

vegan snacks will be served

Eating locally grown plant based food helps protect the environment, reduce greenhouse gases and very importantly, can greatly improve your health and even reverse diseases. This film shows the dramatic results when people change their eating and how hard this is being fought by the meat and dairy industries.

Preeti Bansal Kshirsagar, Plant Pure Nation – Regional Manager Midwest,

MPH – Human Nutrition and Public Health Genetics, University of Michigan will lead a discussion of plant-based eating.

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Fair and Affordable Sewer Rates

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Tired of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Fighting Over MSD?

Here are ECO’s recommendations. Read the full document here.

Governance of the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati by Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati

February 2016

Executive Summary

The shared governance of MSDGC lacks shared purposes and goals. Disputes lead to litigation, only to be followed by more disputes. Consent decree work has been delayed threatening missed deadlines, fines and penalties.

We recommend that the MSDGC shared governance be ended as soon as possible and one public entity put in charge. This includes termination of the 1968 agreement and addressing worker transitions and pension issues.

Past oversight of the MSDGC did not insure compliance with the law or proper maintenance of assets. Public input was limited and most citizens had little idea of the extent of sewer problems. This has contributed to making the sewer district more costly, particularly by delaying needed work.

Full governance – management, operation, prioritization, budgeting, ownership of assets and property, compliance, etc. – should be transparent, and accountable to the public, thereby avoiding inappropriate contracting and delays in compliance with laws and the consent decree.

Some have suggested splitting the district up into 2 or more districts. An equitable distribution of assets that have had varying levels of improvements, replacements, or new builds – or none of these – over the past 50 years would be difficult. Furthermore sewer sheds may include two or three political jurisdictions. Previously Judge Spiegel would not permit the city of Loveland to leave the District; it should remain whole.

We recommend that the sewers district remain one sewer district.

The success of either a county sewer district, governed by the Board of Commissioners or a regional sewer district, governed by a Board of Trustees depends on the intent and ability of either Board to provide oversight to the sewer district, and comply with legal requirements.

An independent citizen oversight “watchdog” committee, with the resources and authority to monitor, audit, insure transparency, accountability, and public participation, is key to moving forward.

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Past Plastic

Watch David Surber’s interview with Gabrielle Russell on getting beyond plastic!

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Single use disposable plastic bags litter our neighborhoods, cause breakdowns in recycling sorting machines as they jam the machines, litter neighborhoods near landfills causing expense for landfills.

Single use disposable plastic bags have to be sorted out of the sewage leading to the waste water treatment plants, clog up sewer drains and can cause sewer overflows by clogging grates.

garbage patch

Worst off all, enormous amounts of plastic wind up in the Ocean.

Join our past plastic campaign ! Send your contact info to ECO

 

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ECO and Sierra Club Partner on Coalition 4 Fair Rates

 

Fair & Affordable Water for Greater  Cincinnati

Cincinnati has an outdated public utility system, with over 200 ageing  combined sewer overflow points and hundreds of miles of stream that flow through sewers, overwhelming the waste water treatment plants resulting in billions of gallons of sewage overflows each year.

We are required to repair and rebuild our  failing sewer system. Yet, sewage continues to overflow while water bills have become a burden on our communities. Over the past 15 years sewage rates have increased, sometimes as high as 12% in one year.

High sewer rates are an affordability issue as many in our region, have sewage rates that exceed  2.5% of their annual income placing a financial burden on low and fixed income individuals and communities.

Access to affordable clean water is a human right.    Continued rate increases, without a change in rate structure, could harm a significant amount of individuals and communities. Our city and county need a new, fair and equitable rate structure. Here are some changes we can make:

  • Elderly Low/Income Discount
  • Incentivize Water Conservation
  • Lower Minimum Bill
  • Appeals Process
  • End Water Shut Offs
  • Green infrastructure Incentives  

Together we can  change how the City and County charge different customers for water and sewer services to ensure a more fair and equitable billing system.  The Hamilton County Commissioners sets the water and sewer rates and have agreed to establish a task force on affordability in 2015.

By joining the Coalition 4 Fair Rates we can improve the public, environmental, and economic health of our communities through Sewer & Water Rate Structures.  Together, we can ensure that everyone has access to affordable clean water.

 

Join the Coalition 4 Fair Rates Today!!

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