Amateur Paddlers Present Unnecessary Danger to River Recreation

Heavy rains this Summer left much of the Cuyahoga River swollen and many surrounding communities flooded. At least fifteen people were rescued in Kent alone. This led the local fire department to issue a warning to potential kayakers against paddling in high waters. John Kobak is with the Keelhaulers Canoe Club, an organization that teaches [...]

Lake Erie Algae Bloom Threatens Fishing Communities in Maumee Watershed

"Lake Erie MODIS satellite Oct 2013" by NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory is licensed under CC PDM 1.0  A case study from the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) found evidence the 2019 Lake Erie Algae Bloom has spread to the Maumee River Watershed. As the shallowest Great Lake, Erie is also the warmest, providing a fertile breeding ground [...]

Environmental reporting on the Ohio EPA is … frustrating

Two weeks ago, I turned in my first story for an environmental journalism and data course at Kent State. My partners, Cameron Hoover and Adam Kirasic, and myself covered hazardous waste in East Liverpool, Ohio, and contacted several sources from Heritage Thermal Services and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the story. We all agreed [...]