The Ohio River runs 981 miles from Pittsburgh, Pa., to Cairo, Ill., supplying drinking water to over 5 million people, providing a home for fish and wildlife, and serving as the foundation of the region’s cultural and economic identity.
The Ohio River and the rivers and wetlands that feed it provide drinking water to millions of people, but they face serious threats such as sewage contamination, toxic pollution, mine waste, inadequate water infrastructure, farm runoff, invasive species, and flooding. The National Wildlife Federation is working with partners to develop an action plan to address these issues, before they get worse and more expensive to solve.
The National Wildlife Federation is collaborating with local, state, and regional partners throughout the Ohio River basin to develop a bold plan to restore and protect the waters of the 14-state Ohio River region, which includes Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The plan seeks to address health-threatening pollution, reverse environmental injustices, and promote strong local economies.
The Problem: Serious Threats to Drinking Water, Public Health
The Ohio River and waters in the region face serious threats due to sewage contamination, toxic pollution, mine waste, and other problems. Every year the federal government funds programs to address similar threats in the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, Gulf Coast, and other great waters – but not the Ohio River region.
The Solution: New Regional Restoration Plan
There are solutions to address these problems and ensure every person has access to clean, safe, and affordable drinking water. The National Wildlife Federation is helping craft a regional restoration plan to confront challenges to the region’s waters, help communities most impacted by pollution, and promote strong local economies.
People impacted by problems deserve a say in the solutions. That’s why the National Wildlife Federation, in collaboration with partners in the region, is holding community listening sessions to get local residents’ voices heard. Public input is vital to inform the clean water and conservation priorities in the Ohio River restoration and protection plan. We hope that you’ll get involved today.
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