green infrastructure and sewers

Green Infrastructure

Cincinnati has a sewage problem, with over 200 hundred combined sewer overflow points and hundreds of miles of streams that flow through sewers overwhelming the waste-water treatment plants. Sewer overflows violate the clean water act and we are required to repair and rebuild our outdated and failing sewer system. The Sewer District will be fined by the EPA if we fail to reduce sewage overflows. Many communities utilize their storm-water fees to incentivize homeowners to install green infrastructure like rain gardens or rain barrels. They also require storm-water management like rain gardens or swales for new construction and collect fees on large impervious surfaces.

ECO Accomplishments

ECO discussion paper on Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC) governance. govrnsECO

ECO sponsored  town hall meetings in 2014 and 2015 on MSDGC Sewer Rates and proposed changes to the Sewer Rate Structure.

ECO has collaborated with residents of Wooden Shoe Hollow to improve the MSDGC’s proposed sewer overflow project to include green infrastructure, eliminate overflows onto people’s property and include addressing neighbors concerns.

ECO’s past efforts have included reducing air and water pollution at AK Steel, reducing toxic styrene emissions at Willard Industries, reducing toxic air pollution from Morton International (bought by Rohm and Haas) and reducing toxics from Cincinnati Specialties.