Ohio waterways are 'distressed.' Economists can help.

Environmental Economics

Today, Ohio Governor John Kasich will issue an executive order asking the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission to declare eight Ohio waterways 'distressed' due to high phosphorous levels (phosphorous is one of the primary ingredients in commercial fertilizer):  Frustrated by lawmakers’ refusal to consider a bill to get tougher on sources of agricultural pollution feeding Lake Erie’s chronic toxic algae problem, Gov.

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Ohio waterways are 'distressed.' Economists can help.

Environmental Economics

Today, Ohio Governor John Kasich will issue an executive order asking the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission to declare eight Ohio waterways 'distressed' due to high phosphorous levels (phosphorous is one of the primary ingredients in commercial fertilizer):  Frustrated by lawmakers’ refusal to consider a bill to get tougher on sources of agricultural pollution feeding Lake Erie’s chronic toxic algae problem, Gov.

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Quid pro Status Quo: ALEC & State-Sanctioned Corruption in Ohio.

PR Watch

Quid pro Status Quo: ALEC & State-Sanctioned Corruption in Ohio. At about ten oclock on the morning of March 23, 2011, Faith Williams walked into the office of Ohio House Majority Whip John Adams (R-District 78). Adams is Ohios ALEC public sector chair.

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These Rivers, Mountains, and Lakes Are Getting Legal Rights: It’s About Time

Eco Chic

Te Awa Tupua [ Whanganui River Claims Settlement ] is an indivisible and living whole, comprising the Whanganui River from the mountains to the sea, incorporating all its physical and metaphysical elements. ori tribes] and other communities of the River.

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Ohio's Next Big Decision -- A Clean or Dirty Energy Future? - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

LA Approves Plan to Buy Solar Power from Moapa River Indian Reservation » Ohios Next Big Decision -- A Clean or Dirty Energy Future? To help get the message out far and wide, the Ohio Sierra Club is launching new billboards that are taking energy efficiency to the street.

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Power Plant in Ohio to Retire, Not Refuel With Natural Gas

Sierra Club Compass

  Muskingum River Plant, Waterford, OH (Photo: Google Maps ). Environmental Protection Agency finally came to an agreement with AEP to shut down four units of the Muskingum River Nuclear Power plant, with plans to study the feasibility of refueling a fifth unit with natural gas.

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Art with Purpose: Toxic Sludge Edition

Environmental News Network

John Sabraw, a professor at Ohio University, is a green art innovator whose focus on sustainable practices has led him to using some unique materials. The sludge comes from old coal mines that had released metallic runoff into the Ohio River prior to 1977.

LA Approves Plan to Buy Solar Power from Moapa River Indian.

Sierra Club Compass

« Ohios Next Big Decision -- A Clean or Dirty Energy Future? Doha Climate Conference: Beyond Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy » LA Approves Plan to Buy Solar Power from Moapa River Indian Reservation. Compass.

Mekong River Journey

The Green Changemakers

Explore the Map Jeff Opperman, senior freshwater scientist, is taking a once-in-a–lifetime trip down the Mekong River in Southeast Asia with his wife and two children, ages 8 and 10. For nearly the entire length of our trip, the river was producing food." Video: Scenes from the River Basin Slideshow: From Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong The next stage of the journey brings together Buddhist temples, bikes and a lesson in catfish. Picture a river that has catfish the size of bears."

Marcellus Shale is not a new pop band

Environmental Economics

Ohio is bracing for an oil boom as companies, led by Chesapeake, gobble up leases covering millions of acres in the eastern half of the state. Kasich has appointed a former oilfield service executive, David Mustine, to head Ohio's natural resources department.

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Dead Zone Redemption

Nature Conservancy - Science

Somewhere in America’s Heartland, nutrients — nitrogen and phosphorus — are flowing into the Mississippi River where they mix with other nutrient runoff destined for the river’s coastal terminus: the Gulf of Mexico. Forested islands create a maze in the Mississippi River near Iowa.

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Can Floodplain Forest Restoration Reduce the Gulf’s Dead Zone?

Nature Conservancy - Science

A new study by the University of Notre Dame is showing that restored floodplain forests along the Wabash River in Indiana can help decrease the amount of nitrogen reaching the Gulf. Wabash River. More importantly, these restored floodplains are cleaning the river during floods.

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Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Find Me an Elm: Restoring America’s Iconic Tree Through Genetics

Nature Conservancy - Science

Marks, a floodplain ecologist for The Nature Conservancy’s Connecticut River program, is leading a research effort to restore populations of elms, once one of the most iconic and beloved trees in the eastern and midwestern United States.

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I'm pretty sure my drinking water comes from here

Environmental Economics

coli, phosphorus and other pollutants at nearly every test point in the tributaries that feed the Scioto River northwest of Columbus. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency found that E. Dina Pierce, a spokeswoman for the Ohio EPA, said the results are not surprising and that the overall health of the Upper Scioto Watershed has improved since the mid-1990s. About 80 percent of the land around the watershed is farmland, and treatment plants line the rivers and streams there.

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Borers are not Boring

10,000 Birds

Just check out this post about the rare, tangerine-and-black beetle that Jim McCormac and other beetle aficionados found along the Ohio River on The Great Borer Expedition II. Sure it is counter intuitive but the “amorpha borer&# is not boring. Asides

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No S**t!

Environmental Economics

State environmental regulators are investigating more than a dozen farm manure spills that have seeped into creeks, rivers and ditches during the past two weeks. Most of the spills reported to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency have been linked to farmers who had put livestock waste on frozen and snow-covered fields. The spills come at a time when state lawmakers are moving toward banning the practice in the state's agriculture belt.

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What is so wrong about the consumer paying the true cost of grain, coal and oil?

Environmental Economics

barges, with their cargoes of grain, coal and oil, to navigate the uneven waters of the Mississippi, Kentucky [1] and Ohio Rivers. There are 192 locks on 12,000 miles of river across the country; most were built in the 1930s, even earlier than Kentucky Lock and Dam, and have long outlived their life expectancy. In the United States, the equivalent of 51 million truckloads of goods move by river each year.  the coal region) north to the Ohio River.

Ashhole update

Environmental Economics

But Wittmann also showed the 12 people on his tree walk yesterday the dying trees with shedding bark and leafless branches, signs of the infestation that has decimated Ohio’s ash trees. “It’s

Water Quality Trading in Practice

Environmental Economics

In a “water quality trading” test program recently announced by environmental regulators in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, farmers could cut polluted stormwater runoff from their fields and sell the reductions as credits to power companies. Either way, proponents say, streams, rivers and lakes would be cleaner. She said it would cost $52 million to install a system to keep Cardinal’s ammonia out of the Ohio River and at least $3 million a year to operate it.

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Saving Jemima and Julie: a Book Review

10,000 Birds

Just as is the case with the photos, Saving Jemima is infused with the essence of the place, the eastern Ohio River Valley, once the rim of the North American continent and still a place of wonder and magic.

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A different kind of ash-hole problem: Does the distribution of costs matter to economists?

Environmental Economics

I've written in the past about the Emerald Ash Borer and the problems they cause in Ohio.    This post is about a different kind of ash, coal-ash, and the problems it causes in Ohio (and other states).  Ohio's coal-ash containment areas are mainly in rural, low-income areas, and most are along the Ohio River.   Coal-ash is a by-product of coals fired electricity production. 

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Duck Stamps and the Best National Wildlife Refuges for Birding

10,000 Birds

Forsythe NWR in New Jersey (84.3%), Laguna Atascosa NWR in Texas (86.3%), and Ottawa NWR in Ohio (83.8%). 9 Parker River NWR (359, 97.7%); No. Bear River MBR (Utah): 36.9%. Ottawa NWR (Ohio): 83.8%. Parker River NWR (Massachusetts): 97.7%.

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Is 18 acres here worth 43 acres there?

Environmental Economics

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources wants to give the 17.85-acre Sawmill State Wildlife Education Center, located near Sawmill and Dublin-Granville roads, to Worthington-based Klingbeil Medical Partners. The business group would develop the site in return for 43 acres along the west bank of the Olentangy River in northern Franklin County, just south of the Delaware County line.

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Montezuma Winery: Red Wing

10,000 Birds

The grape reached the height of its fame courtesy of an Ohio entrepreneur and winemaker named Nicholas Longworth, who built the first truly lucrative winemaking empire in the United States making a hugely popular sparkling Catawba wine.

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Seventh Annual Conference and Meeting | Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

Environmental Economics

Presentations: A Combined Revealed/Stated Preference Model for Projecting the Impact of Aquatic Nuisance Species on Recreational Angling in the Great Lakes, Upper Mississippi, and Ohio River Basins, Gregory L. Thursday, March 19, 3:45 – 5:15 Session 4. Non-Market Recreational Welfare Effects of Changes in the Diversity and Abundance of Species. Chair: Trudy Ann Cameron, University of Oregon.

Reactionary Policy Example of the Day

Environmental Economics

At the same time, an online petition started by an Ohio University student calling for the ban of exotic animal ownership in Ohio has racked up more than 43,000 signatures in less than 48 hours. Debbie Phillips, D-Athens, said today she will introduce a bill in the Ohio House shortly that would mirror an executive order issued by former Gov. Unless of course that policy is in reaction to a river catching on fire.

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Slightly relative

Environmental Economics

Water quality in the state’s lakes, rivers and streams has improved slightly over the last two years, according to a new report by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Water quality in the state’s largest rivers also decreased from the 93 percent meeting standards in 2010 to 89 percent in the new report. Original Headline: State report: Lakes, rivers, streams improving slightly. Alternative Headline 1: State report: Lakes, rivers, streams improve by 1.8%.

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Top 25 National Wildlife Refuges for Birding

10,000 Birds

Bear River MBR (Utah). Ottawa NWR (Ohio). Parker River NWR (Massachusetts). according to eBird , including: Aransas (368 species); Bosque del Apache (360); Parker River (359); Laguna Atascosa (356); Santa Ana (342); Anahuac (329); Pea Island (326); and Edwin B.

Did I hear someone say irreversible development? Anyone?

Environmental Economics

As you read this, think about how many green jobs would be created: What if Louisville moved its Ohio River dam upriver near the Second Street bridge, creating a scenic waterfall that also exposed more of the Falls of the Ohio — the series of rocky rapids that helped give birth to the city? Greseth believes that navigation channels near the Kentucky side of the river could be maintained, while exposing thousand of feet of rock that would form a city-defining water feature. “It

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10,000 Birds goes eBirding

10,000 Birds

Despite the absence of species, many of these are excellent birding states and/or have birding festivals ( e.g., the Biggest Week in American Birding in Ohio). Since 2016, writers at 10,000 Birds have been contributing checklists to a joint eBird account called the “10,000 Birds Collaborative.”

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A Dubious (or Curious) Response?

Environmental Economics

  Ohio's lakes, rivers and wildlife are truly a treasure and protecting and preserving them is a top priority for me.    I am honored to represent you and the great state of Ohio in the United States Senate. 

An example of existence (i.e., non-use, passive use) value

Environmental Economics

They found a pair of bald eagles near the site of a new Ohio River bridge east of Louisville: Among the measures being considered is avoiding tree removal in the immediate vicinity at any time, and protecting a wider area during the nesting season, [Kate Heyden, a biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife] said.

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Coal Chemical Spill Contaminates Water for 300,000 West Virginians

Sierra Club Compass

On Thursday night, a chemical spill on the Elk River in West Virginia, just two miles above the Elk River water treatment plant near Charleston, contaminated drinking water for more than 300,000 residents in central and southern West Virginia.

Whodathunk it? If you remove subsidies, prices go up.

Environmental Economics

  Ohio residents want their piece of the pie too! Like Ohio State Buckeye Football season tickets!  Floodwater from the Scioto River crept into their basement in 2011 and came close in December, and their home lender requires them to carry flood insurance. But I could've used that extra money to play the Ohio lottery. John likes to point out the inefficiency of subsidizing flood insurance for coastal residents. 

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What does the debt ceiling have to do with environmental and resource economics?

Environmental Economics

billion for the Olmsted Locks and Dam Project on the lower Ohio River. And you thought the debt ceiling fight was about government spending.

If You Want to Stop Wasting Water and Energy, Stop Wasting Food

Green (Living) Review

That’s about one-fifth the total output of the Ohio River where it flows into the Mississippi. We throw away 40 percent of our food, but new technology is helping cities and companies reduce that refuse before it hits the landfill.

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Holiday Beer Libations: Drink Green

Green Home Blog

Hood River, Oregon houses this microbrewery that reports using three million fewer gallons of water per year due to their shortened work week of four days/ten hours per day. Eel River. to be awarded a certificate of organic practice, Eel River is another California jewel.

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FLASQ Wine Offers Portable, Super Eco-Friendly Option for Hikers, Bikers, Winos and More

Wend Magazine

Say you’re planning a hike to the top of Angel’s Rest –and you want to enjoy a glass of wine at the bluff overlooking the Columbia River. FLASQ aluminum bottles and screw caps are made in Ohio and Indiana, respectively.

User fees (post #425)

Environmental Economics

Louisville C-J : Tolls of $1 to $10 per crossing will be used for far more than just paying for construction of two new bridges over the Ohio River, Kentucky and Indiana officials say. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville said the nearly $500 a year that commuters would pay to cross the Ohio River for their jobs amounts to “an unfair burden and an unjust tax.”. “We

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Beer Libations: Drink Green

Green Home Blog

Hood River, Oregon houses this microbrewery that reports using three million fewer gallons of water per year due to their shortened work week of four days/ten hours per day. Eel River. to be awarded a certificate of organic practice, Eel River is another California jewel.

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Kayaks Are a Winning Formula in Fight Against Coal

Sierra Club Compass

Sierra Club activists from the Pittsburgh area were joined recently by allies from Clean Water Action , the Center for Coalfield Justice , and Three Rivers Waterkeeper at Point State Park -- where the Allegheny, Ohio, and Monongahela rivers meet -- to push for Pennsylvania to move beyond coal.

Nationals Parks: Beautiful and Healthy for You

Wend Magazine

Currently in effect at Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, Indiana Dunes and Golden Gate parks. The Medical Mile : The nations first outdoor medical museum where a walk along the Arkansas River in downtown Littlerock collides with art and health information.

Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis 2015 Conference

Environmental Economics

Presentations: A Combined Revealed/Stated Preference Model for Projecting the Impact of Aquatic Nuisance Species on Recreational Angling in the Great Lakes, Upper Mississippi, and Ohio River Basins, Richard C. From the inbox: Dear John,   Can you please help me share the information below on the upcoming SBCA conference through the Environmental Economics blog?

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