Earth Calendar for January 18th and January 19th

Jan 18, 2013

The US EPA is seeking public comments on a proposed plan to reduce sewer overflows to Lower Mill Creek. 

The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, on behalf of Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati, submitted a document in December called the Revised Original Lower Mill Creek Partial Remedy. The proposal lists a number of measures to reduce the amount of stormwater that currently enters the Lower Mill Creek sewer system. The proposed plan includes innovative "green" infrastructure techniques to reduce sewer flows without the need for expensive water control structures. Supporters say the plan would substantially reduce raw sewage discharges from locations in the sewer system called "combined sewer overflows" or CSOs.  EPA, Ohio EPA and the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission will consider the revised plan. EPA invites public comments on the proposal. A 30-day comment period will open Jan. 10 and run to Feb. 10. A decision on the proposed alternative sewer plan will likely be made by regulators this spring. For more information visit the website.

On Our Calendar:  Compost Kids, a partnership between the Civic Garden Center and Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services, Solid Waste Management District, is a program for primary school students from grades K-6. One classroom participates at a time, allowing for the best instructor-to-student ratio. It's a unique and fun way of teaching the science of soil, decomposition of organic matter, and the importance of diverting solid waste from the landfill. For more information visit the website.