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In 2013, OEC partners, group members, individual donors, volunteers, and other supporters helped us achieve so much for Ohio.

In 2013, OEC partners, group members, individual donors, volunteers, and other supporters helped us achieve so much for Ohio.

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  • 1. 2013: Year in Review
  • 2. Horizontal Fracking  Introduced the SAFER GAS Act (Safeguarding Appalachian Families with Environmental Regulation of Gas And Shale) calling for:  stronger safeguards against air and water pollution from oil and gas drilling;  stepped up enforcement and transparency by the Ohio DNR Ohio EPA;  greater industry and government accountability, including permit appeal rights for affected citizens; and  stronger consumer protections for landowners who lease their land for drilling. and
  • 3. Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy  Fended off another attempt by lawmakers and utilities such as FirstEnergy to repeal Ohio’s energy efficiency standard, which is reducing harmful air pollution, saving wasted energy, growing new clean energy jobs, and saving consumers money.
  • 4. Wetlands  Worked for nearly a year with partners and community groups to find a common-ground solution that would meet all parties' interests to save the Sawmill Wetlands Education Areas, nearly 18 acres of rare, forested, urban wetlands in Central Ohio.
  • 5. Forests  Helped convince the Ohio Department of Forestry NOT to drop the special designation of the Shawnee Backcountry Area, which would have reopened forest roads and start intensive logging in 8,000 acres of unbroken state forest land.
  • 6. Farmland, Rivers & Open Space  Secured $52 million in funding for the Clean Ohio Fund which works to develop recreational trails and preserve family farmland, river corridors, and open space.  This appropriation maxes out the $400 million bond that Ohio voters gave the state permission to borrow.
  • 7. Lake Erie & Ohio River Basin Protection  Working with citizens, scientists, agency officials, and lawmakers to clean up our waterways, eliminate the nutrient pollution fueling the growth of toxic algae, and stop the spread of dangerous non-native species.
  • 8. Ohio Environmental Law Center  Celebrated 10 years of Ohio’s only environmental public interest law firm, which provided legal analysis, legal education, and legal advocacy to protect and conserve Ohio’s human and natural resources.
  • 9. New Interactive Website  Launched a new, more interactive website that provides timely updates on OEC’s legislative and policy work, easy ways for visitors to take action, and the latest news on issues important to Ohioans.
  • 10. Outstanding Fiscal Responsibility  The OEC has a proven track record of success.  For the 6th year in a row, Charity Navigator has awarded the OEC a 4-star rating – its highest rating – putting the OEC in the top 5% of all U.S. charities for fiscal management.
  • 11. Join Us Now Please join our environmental-conservation community! As a member of the Ohio Environmental Council, you will:  receive great member benefits, and  become part of the community working to restore, protect, and strengthen the quality of life for families and communities—from the air we breathe and the water we drink to the food we eat and natural resources we enjoy. Donate today at www.theOEC.org