News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron General

Lehmans

Northeast Ohio Medical University


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Environment


Kasich expects to sign a new version of the water-use bill he vetoed
Changes to the bill have garnered Kasich's support, but environmentalists remain concerned
by WKSU's VALERIE BROWN


Reporter
Valerie Brown
 

Gov. John Kasich says he looks forward to signing a revised version of a bill to regulate the amount of water businesses can take from the Lake Erie Basin. Compared to the bill Kasich vetoed last June, this one cuts the limits on water withdrawals by half or more. And it sets up an advisory board to decide when a business has taken too much water.

ODNR Spokesman Carlo LoParo talks about Ohio House Bill 473

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:19)


The bill’s sponsor — Republican State Rep. Lynn Wachtmann — has also agreed to shorten the time period over which water use is averaged for some tributaries.

Carlo LoParo is spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He says the bill is a good balance between conservation and promoting job growth.

“And it puts in place some very important monitoring devices, so we know before there is a negative impact to the streams. It protects the water levels, and its sets in place some very stringent regulations that is environmentally responsible but also addresses many economic concerns.”

But the Ohio Environmental Council says more needs to be done to protect the lake and its tributaries. It says the amount of water taken from streams and rivers should be averaged every day, not over weeks or months.  And it says the bill should consider the impact of water withdrawals for each watershed and not just the entire Lake Erie Basin. That someone now required by Ohio law, which would be changed by this bill.

“And it puts in place some very important monitoring devices, so we know before there is a negative impact to the streams. It protects the water levels, and its sets in place some very stringent regulations that [are] environmentally responsible but also addresses many economic concerns.”

But the Ohio Environmental Council says more needs to be done to protect Lake Erie and its tributaries. It says the amount of water taken from streams and rivers should be averaged every day, not over a period of weeks or months And it says the bill should consider the impact of water withdrawals for each watershed and not just the entire basin. That's something now required by Ohio law, which would be loosened by this bill. 

----
Here are some key provisions of the bill: 

  • Caps on water withdrawals from Lake Erie will be set at 2.5 million gallons per day.
  • Caps on withdrawals from most rivers and streams will be set at 1 million gallons per day.
  • Caps on withdrawals from tributaries designated as "high quality streams" will be capped at 100,000 gallons per day.
  • If the watershed is larger than 100 square miles, the averaging period is 90 days.
  • For watersheds between 50 and 100 square miles, the period is reduced to 45 days.
  • For watersheds smaller than 50 square miles, there is no averaging period and businesses must get a permit to take more than 100,000 gallons a day.
  • The bill establishes an nine-member advisory board to determine when an "adverse impact" is made on the basin.

Related Links & Resources
Ohio Legislature - House Bill 473

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Brunswick will turn tornado sirens back on after bad weather
Put the sirens back after the storms, in the mean time just sit and wait for another tornado . That's Brunswick for you lived here 44 years and it has always be...

Massive pipeline planned to pump Ohio shale products to Texas
This needs stopped. Ohioans pay the price, putting up with pollution, leaks, explosions, and the top one percent profit from exporting fracked product to China.

National Weather Service confirms three tornado touchdowns yesterday
I was driving back from a party and was caught in the middle of a large thunderstorm. The hail and lightning were a whole light closer than usual, is something ...

Another Indians season opens with Chief Wahoo under scrutiny
The picture you have for Robert rocha is not him. He has long hair. No idea who that guy is in that picture

Portman predicts McDonald's confirmation, but says it won't be easy
I sent the following note to Senator Blumenthal after reading commentary from yesterday's hearing: Senator, You certainly have the right to ask Mr. McDonald que...

Seven minutes changed everything, but what changed Ashford Thompson?
He shot the guy four times in the head. I have never been that drunk or mad, and I have been through it. Shoot a guy once is bad, maybe a mistake, shoot a guy f...

First cricket farm in the U.S. opens in Youngstown
I am interested in cricket flour to replace soy flour in a low carbohydrate diet. As soon as you have cricket flour available for the average person, please le...

New process starts digesting sludge in Wooster
Awesome! When do our sewage rates decrease accordingly?

Akron's Chapel Hill Mall in foreclosure
Not a surprise. Between the shoplifting, gangs and violence that goes on up there it is no wonder that no one feels safe to shop at Chapel Hill. They have sca...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University