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COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Environmental Council Speaks About Great Lakes Funding | Podcast

May 31, 2010

Kristy Meyer the Director of Clean Water Programs for the Ohio Environmental Council comments on pollution and toxins. photo: Jenna Martin

The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) pursues every attempt to make Lake Erie a safer environment for all. Recently, they’re involvement against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the questionable practice of sediment dumping in the great lakes drew statewide attention. Kristy Meyer, an OEC representative, made an open statement to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) council one week before the lawsuit, “We keep talking about restoring the Great Lakes, and by dumping all this sediment I think it takes a few steps back.”

In a press release on the Ohio Environmental Law Center website, it reads:

“The groups are challenging a certification that allows the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dump up to 800,000 cubic yards of sediment into the Western Basin of Lake Erie. The practice, so-called “open-lake dumping,” harms fish, damages their habitat and exacerbates harmful algal blooms—which lead to costs on cities, businesses and people stemming from environmental damage and impacts to fishing, boating, water recreation, and drinking water supplies.”

From the OEC website, “The OEC has a 40–year history of fighting for Ohio’s land and waterways through legislation, litigation, grassroots action, and community educational programs.” The Erie Wire was able to talk with OEC representative, Kristy Meyer, at the recent GLRI conference in Oregon, OH. Listen below as Kristy explains what the OEC is not seeing in the GLRI funding opportunities.

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Ohio Environmental Council at GLRI | Podcast

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Panel speakers at the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) conference. photo: Jenna Martin


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