Ohio River Waterkeeper Issues
Everyday power plants and coal ash disposal sites discharge hazardous levels of lead, arsenic and selenium into our groundwater and the Ohio River. Mercury and other coal by-products poison ecosystems and expose women, children, and the elderly to disease-causing chemicals. We monitor and mitigate toxic coal pollution and insist coal ash at the Gallagher Station is contaminating groundwater and must be purged from the Ohio River’s flood plain.
Nutrients, pathogens, sediment, and chemical dependent agriculture is one of the leading causes of impaired waters in Indiana, Kentucky and the Ohio River. Noxious confined animal feeding operations and resource degrading practices cause our wetlands to vanish and rob our water resources of life-sustaining oxygen. A blanket of blue-green algae has covered entire pools of the Ohio River and contributes to a lifeless Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone” every summer. We advocate for agricultural practices that retain and nourish the health of the land, air, water, and communities.
Clean water laws are public health laws. It is a dangerous impulse to eliminate the rules that establish the minimum protections our water resources require to maintain public health and wildlife. We stopped the Ohio River’s pollution standards from deregulated diluted and state water quality standards are as protective and enforced as possible. As a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, we have global to local standing and the ability to truly defend the Ohio River and its watersheds.
We strive to have a widespread presence throughout the lower Ohio River watershed. We utilize land, air, and water resources to gain discreet access to points on the Ohio River and its tributaries in order to acquire water samples and gather evidence of the health of the river.