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EPA criticizes Opportunity Corridor for glossing over impact

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/12/13 @ 1:15pm  |  Posted in Clean air, Clean water

The plan for the Opportunity Corridor categorically underestimates its environmental impact, the Environmental Protection Agency informed Ohio’s Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Supersize it<br />A land use study for the Opportunity Corridor called for 30-acre superblocks, but also improved pathways to transit Carless in CLE<br />The percentage of households without cars is very high in the area around the proposed Opportunity CorridorBuilding walls<br />The Opportunity Corridor calls for sound walls as seen on highways.Not so fast<br />ODOT presented this concept for Opportunity Corridor at a public meeting in October 2013

Sewer District strikes back; Cincy streetcar derailed (again); 'eastward ho' for RTA; shrinking city returns

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/14/13 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transit, Clean water, Land

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is fighting a court order to shut down its “green” stormwater program; this week, it asked the Ohio Supreme Court to hear its case.

Back to the land<br />How big of a role will urban farms like the Ohio City Farm play in Cleveland's vacant land crisis?<br />The damage done<br />Doan Brook on the east side of Cleveland overflowing its banks during a heavy rain.

Stormwater legal follies: How an essential clean water program in Northeast Ohio is being frustrated in court

David Beach  |  10/30/13 @ 5:00pm  |  Posted in Clean water

Justice is supposed to be blind. But it’s a problem when it’s so blind it can’t even read the law. That seems to be what happened to the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, whose vital stormwater program was recently halted by the Ohio Court of Appeals.

Doan Brook overwhelmed<br />Doan Brook is one of many urban streams that is regularly scoured out and polluted by heavy stormwater flows. This dirty water flows directly to Lake Erie. Rocky River sediment<br />The problem of stormwater washing sediment off the land can be seen at the confluence of the east and west branches of the Rocky River in this 2005 photo. The east branch on the left -- with the brown, sediment-laden water -- had more development activities and more disturbed land. Flood damage<br />Stormwater flows damage infrastructure throughout the region. A Cuyahoga River flood undercut the track of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

With Sewer District blocked who's minding the stormwater?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/22/13 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Clean water, Gardening

The effort to get property owners engaged in a real easy-to-ignore problem—floods and contaminated lake water—was dealt a blow in September when an appellate court told the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District it didn’t have the authority to collect a fee based on the square footage of hard surfaces at homes and business. Observers wondered if this was a death...

Blame it on the rain<br />A permeable paver driveway installed in Cleveland

Oberlin Dashboard animation makes acting for climate fun

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/17/13 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy, Clean water, Home

Aaron Kozloff landed his first job since graduating last December from Oberlin College managing The Environmental Dashboard. Success will hinge on an idea hatched by three of his former teachers, John Petersen, a professor in Systems Ecology, Rumi Shammin in Environmental Studies and Cindy Frantz in Social Psychology. They want to know how many of Oberlin’s 8,300 residents will alter...

See the change you want to be<br />The Oberlin Environmental Dashboard displays real time energy and water use at community and building levels.

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