The Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund Endorses The Wood County Park District Levy

Bowling Green, Ohio — On May 8, Wood County residents will have the opportunity to vote for a park levy renewal that would increase funding by $200,000 annually without raising homeowners’ taxes. The levy would bring current annual funding from $2.8 million to $3 million and would allow for continued operations and maintenance. This renewal would not be a tax increase, but would renew the current levy set to expire at the end of the year.

The Woody County Park District operates 20 parks, nature preserves, and historical sites throughout the county, including the Bradner Preserve, the Carter Historic Farm, and Otsego Park.  

“Increased funding is a vital step in the maintenance of Wood County’s precious natural landscape, and will ensure a safe environment for the community to enjoy for many years to come,” said Ricardo Granados, Public Lands Coordinator with the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund. “We look forward to supporting the Wood County Park District in their efforts to conserve, enhance, and protect the natural and cultural resources of the county.”   

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Release: Republican Congressman Jim Renacci Votes Against Lake Erie

Republican Congressman Jim Renacci Votes Against Lake Erie

Stark Difference Between Senator Sherrod Brown and Opponent on Ohio’s Greatest Natural Resource

Columbus, Ohio — Last week, on the very same day that Ohio declared the western portion of Lake Erie impaired, Republican Rep. Jim Renacci voted against millions of dollars in funding to help restore the Great Lakes. Renacci’s opposition stands in stark contrast to the bipartisan group of Ohio lawmakers who came together in support of funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, including Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown.

“Lake Erie is Ohio’s greatest natural resource, an economic engine, and drinking water source for millions of people,” said Aryeh Alex, Director of the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund. “When Ohioans go to the poll this November, they will have a choice to vote for a champion of Lake Erie in US Senator Sherrod Brown, or a Congressman that doesn’t think protecting drinking water and stopping toxic algae is important.”  

Restoring and protecting our Great Lakes is vital to Ohio communities and am important issue in this year’s election. Toxic algae blooms threaten millions of Ohioans’ access to clean water, as well as the region’s economy:

As The Youngstown Vindicator editorial board wrote, last week’s bipartisan vote in support of funding for Great Lakes restoration was, “one of the more notable victories of common sense over recklessness in the era of President Donald Trump.” By voting against the funding, Rep. Renacci turned his back on the many Ohio communities that rely on Lake Erie.

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The Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund Announces Delegation Scores from LCV’s 2017 National Environmental Scorecard

The Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund Announces Delegation Scores from LCV’s 2017 National Environmental Scorecard

Columbus, OH -- The Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund today released the Ohio delegation’s scores on the League of Conservation Voters’ 2017 National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard is the LCV’s primary yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of every member of Congress, and is available online at scorecard.lcv.org.

The Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund Announces Independent Actions Taken in Cincinnati Municipal Elections

Cincinnati, OH -- Over the last two weeks, the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund launched direct mail and digital ads to support a greener Cincinnati. We sent out two rounds of digital ads and mailers to support the campaigns of our endorsed candidates: John Cranley for Cincinnati Mayor, and Derek Bauman, Greg Landsman, and P.G. Sittenfeld for City Council.

You can view a few examples of these tactics below.

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These actions were not coordinated or authorized by any candidate or candidate’s campaign, and paid for independently.

Paid for by the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund (www.TheOECActionFund.org) and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. 

 

OEC Action Fund Testimony Against HB 114

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