Posts Tagged ‘Ohio River’

Clean Water Act My A$$:The Ten Most Polluted Waterways of The U.S.


The towboat, Donna York, pushing barges of coa...

The towboat, Donna York, pushing barges of coal up the Ohio river. The tow had just exited the Portland canal at Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a disturbing yet unsurprising article from Mother Jones naming the ten most polluted waterways in the country. The Ohio River, the river in which I live not even a mile away from, sits firmly entrenched on that list. The article includes a link to a report from the Environment America Research and Policy Center, which states that industry dumped 226 million pounds of toxic chemicals into our rivers and streams in 2010. This is actually an improvement from their previous study conducted from 2007. For some reason, that doesn’t make me feel any better. I can’t imagine why not.

In addition, the article states that “Within the overall waste, the researchers identified 1.5 million pounds of carcinogens, 626,000 pounds of chemicals linked to developmental disorders and 354,000 pounds of those associated with reproductive problems.” The main offenders ( the top 20 are listed in the article) are mainly steel manufacturers, chemical plants, and food processors.

In addition to the Ohio, the other 9 highly polluted waterways are:

Mississippi River
New River
Savannah River
Delaware River
Muskingum River
Shonka Ditch
Tri County Canal
Rock River

While most of these waterways are ostensibly by the Clean Water Act, the fact of the matter is that these toxic chemicals released into our water supply are actually legal, and the offenders are not required to make public what or how much they are dumping. Even more outrageous is that another 60% of our rivers, streams, canals and lakes are not even covered by the Clean Water Act.

Capitalism kills my friends, Capitalism kills. Our environment is not so living proof of that.

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Scenes From a Flood:The Ohio River Visits Our Neighborhood.

Many thanks to my partner for taking time from grading  her english papers to get these pics. They’re from the neighborhood just below our house. The building on stilts is a grade 1-12 public school. Its closed for the rest of the week.

We’re Still Here! Update on The Ohio River.

Its day seven of flood watch here in Boehnerville and we’re still hanging in there at the house. The  Ohio has overflown it’s banks and has risen to 53.75 feet. There is plenty more rain and maybe some snow in the forecast, so we may have to clear out sometime over the weekend. My partner is planning on grabbing the camera today and getting some pics, so I may have some images to share later this evening. There were plenty of gawkers and thrill seekers driving around the neighborhood last night to see what happens when Mother Nature decides to get pissed off. At some point in the evening we heard what sounded like a cannon go off last night, but we have no clue what it was.We joined the neighbors outside to investigate but couldn’t see a damn thing because of the rain and fog. I asked a long time resident when we should run like hell, and she responded with “At 65 feet your house is toast.”  I hate soggy toast. Stay tuned!

Gone Fishing: From my Front Porch? Update on The Rising Ohio River

The Ohio River is almost to 52 feet now which is flood level. By 55 feet the river will probably cover our street, and by 60 the water is probably in our basement or worse. We don’t plan on waiting that long. With the river projected to be 56 feet by Monday, we’re planning on spending tonight packing and moving whatever we can carry to the second floor of the house. We plan to be in a hotel on higher ground before the weekend. We’re going to be pretty busy, so blogging may be sporadic. Wish us luck, and I’ll update when I can….

By the way, the groundhog living in the back yard is on its own. Sorry buddy…

Why Are Geese Circling my House Like Vultures?

The 130 year old house that we rent in Boehnerville Ohio is a little more than 2 football fields from the Ohio River. Over the past two weeks this region has been hit fairly hard with substantial amounts of rain. So much so that I’m starting to feel like Mel Gibson in his 1984 movie The River. The river is just starting to hit the top of its bank in our neighborhood and the marina at the end of our block is nearly under water. I don’t want to say that things are getting to the panic stage yet, but this morning I noticed that the groundhog that lives in our back yard was wearing swimming trunks and carrying an inner tube. Our cats are currently polishing their boogie boards.

If this rain keeps up, I wouldn’t be surprised to wake up tomorrow to see a coal barge in my front yard. The forecast for the next few days calls for clear skies, but the rain is supposed to pick up again in the middle of the week. Some sections of the Little Miami and Ohio rivers have already overflowed their banks, and I’ve witnessed flocks of geese happily playing in a huge lake that was once a soccer field, which lies only 50 feet from the main road that goes through our neighborhood on the way to the highway.

While Boehnerville is a river town and has a history of flooding, you can bet your ass that the Ohio overflowing its banks is going to become a regular occurrence. Global Warming is a serious problem whether some want to accept it or not. With global warming comes copious amounts of precipitation. We’ve already seen the havoc global warming has caused this year from the tragic floods in Australia and South America, the blizzard like conditions throughout most of the Midwest and Northeast, and now flood like conditions from the Mississippi river to the Appalachian Mountains. Believe in global warming or don’t; that’s your choice. I for one am going to start considering outfitting my house with pontoons. I may even start searching for beach front property in Nevada soon.

Global Warming is coming to a theater near you folks. You can thank habitual corporate polluters such as the Koch brothers for that. Or maybe we should thank their enablers the Rethuglicans; they’re generating enough hot air denying that we’re facing an epic environmental crisis. For them, the only swelling river that matters is deNile.