In 1669, French explorer La Salle called the Ohio “la belle rivière” or “the beautiful river.” It is still beautiful. And worth protecting.
In 1948, the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) was formed. A key part of that compact agreement was the signatories’ pledge for “… faithful cooperation in the control of future pollution in and abatement of existing pollution from the rivers, streams and water in the Ohio River Basin…”
Keep Protecting the Beautiful River
We at KWA are concerned about the recent proposal by ORSANCO to end their pollution control standards program. We believe that setting baseline standards for the river is essential. KWA opposes the proposed end to ORSANCO’s pivotal role in overseeing and regulating discharges into the Ohio River. It is critical that we continue to clean the source of our drinking water and assure a safe environment in which to fish, swim, and boat. Continued cooperation between the states bordering the Ohio is unique and important.
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In March, June, and again in August, KWA joined our friends at the National Wildlife Federation to voice our request to all basin governors, who appoint the ORSANCO commissioners. Many of our members and supporters in groups all across the basin submitted comments as well. Here are links to two of our comment letters.
- Final NWF ORSANCO PCS Comments along with National Wildlife Federation and fellow affiliates Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, West Virginia Rivers Coalition, Prairie Rivers Network, Ohio Conservation Federation, Indiana Wildlife Federation, Virginia Conservation Network, and Environmental Advocates of New York.
- ORSANCO supplemental PCS comments along with Environmental Law & Policy Center, Food & Water Watch, Izaak Walton League of America – Indiana Division, Izaak Walton League of America – Ohio Division, Lower Ohio River Waterkeeper, Ohio River Foundation, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Prairie Rivers Network, River Fields, Cumberland Chapter (Ky.) Sierra Club, Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter, Sierra Club Illinois Chapter, Sierra Club Ohio Chapter, Valley Watch, and West Virginia Rivers Coalition
What You Can Do
- Get information from the KWA Facebook page and our weekly emails (sign up here), from public radio (WFPL, WKMS, and Ohio Valley ReSource), and on ORSANCO’s website.
- Share your stories of what the Ohio River means to you with KWA on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. These stories provide us with specific information and inspire us when we are making our comments.
Show up at the Commission meeting October 4 in Lansing, near the New River Gorge, West Virginia. KWA plans to be there.
Thanks for caring about Kentucky waterways!