Ashtabula County Water Watch

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Oral History Project: Activism in Ashtabula

Join us! We’re soliciting volunteers to help us with an awesome oral history project!

Ashtabula County Water Watch has some incredible members and acquaintances who have been fighting the good fight for a long time.  Help us interview activists from the anti-nuke era of the 1970s all the way up through the activists fighting injection wells today.  Hear about long term campaigns to stop Perry Nuclear Power Plant from being built, marches on Washington, the Sunflower Alliance, and actions that shut down the Ashtabula Harbor!

When activists organize in our community, they never just do it for the environment – they do it for the people!  Many environmental campaigns tied into welfare rights and the labors of love that brought Head Start to our county. The individuals who fought for the poor also fought for clean water.  These inspirational people who lived these amazing stories are RIGHT HERE in our own town!  We need to capture their flame and help pass it on!

We need volunteers of all abilities and interests in this project – interviewers, filmmakers, people with recording equipment, journalists, editors of recorded media, and more I’m sure!

Help connect the past to the present!  Be the conduit for these powerful stories!

Contact us to get involved today!

Raising $$ for Water Testing

Ashtabula County Water Watch volunteers are currently accepting donations for water testing. We hope to organize fundraisers and solicit donations throughout the next few years. We want to test for radioactive materials in the springs around Ashtabula County, where many people get their drinking water (for example, the one on Rt 193, just downstream of all those toxic plants along Middle Rd. in Ashtabula).

The water tests that reveal radioactive elements and other toxins are much more expensive than regular water tests. They can be over $200 for each sample.  Also, samples are collected very carefully and taken straight to the closest testing lab – which is all the way in Cuyahoga Falls – a trek from Ashtabula. Expenses to gather this important information add up quickly.

We are soliciting volunteers to help us fund raise for this cause! Please contact us to volunteer today!

Please Donate! Mail to this address:
Ashtabula County Water Watch
c/o Stephanie Blessing, Treasurer
2873 East Maple Rd.
Jefferson, OH 44047

If anyone wishes to test their own water, this lab is accredited to test drinking water for radiologicals by EPA Region V.  Be sure to ask them ahead of time what the procedure is – they may need to take the sample themselves.

Summit Environmental Technologies, Inc.
3310 Win Street
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223

Defend Our Mother Earth: OH vs PA

This Mother’s Day, activists dramatized a “battle on the border” of Ohio and Pennsylvania to defend Mother Earth!  It was a networking potluck with a bit of playful theater.


Despite cold weather, activists from PA and OH turned out in high spirits! A reporter from the Gazette came, as well as about 2 dozen people from Erie, Butler Co PA, Columbus, Youngstown, Cleveland, and Ashtabula Co OH. We enjoyed each other’s company, and shared stories. Great networking! There is a clear thirst for these kinds of activities, as many more wanted to come but couldn’t. We’ll have to organize something again with more schedules involved.


Unfortunately, the environmental movement is treated as terrorism and government arms came out in unnecessary numbers. ODNR, OH police, and PA police were all the first to arrive! 🙂 They expressed concerns about property damage and mostly traffic safety on the bridge for our photo-op, Barrel-Battle-At-The-Border. After ample discussion, we decided to stay off the causeway and made a dramatized state line instead. We had fun pretending to fight over who is taking the toxic fracking waste that comes from PA and OH natural gas well fracking. Maybe one day peace-lovers will be able to get together without government arms chaperoning.


Here is more about the event from our press release:

Ohioans are sick of being the dumping ground for the radioactive toxic wastewater that comes from hydraulic fracturing of natural gas wells in Pennsylvania.  Likewise, Pennsylvanians don’t want nasty drilling waste in their backyards either!  Activists will butt heads this Mother’s Day, as residents from each state refuse fracking wastewater in their own communities.


Ohio’s “Ashtabula County Water Watch” (ACWW) is joining forces with Pennsylvania’s “Our Water, Our Air, Our Rights” (OWOAOR) to battle over our common Mother.  Anti-fracking sentiment is building in our region, and passions collide on the border! Activists will play “hot potato” with a barrel of “fracking waste” on the bridge connecting Ohio to Pennsylvania, as they each battle to defend Mother Earth.


Activists from both states are encouraged to attend to network and build ties toward common goals.  Other groups expected to attend include: Marcellus Outreach Butler, Committee for the Youngstown Community Bill of Rights, Cleveland Environmental Action Network (CLEAN), Northeast Ohio Sierra Club, and more. Come out to build bridges with fellow activists – or to battle on them!  It’s a “Barrel Battle at the Border!”


Fracking for natural gas in PA (and elsewhere) requires enormous amounts of fresh water that can never be used again once turned into “brine” wastewater that is injected into one of OH’s many Class II injection wells (among other disposal methods). Pymatuning Reservoir is a beautiful fresh water system enjoyed by OH and PA residents alike, making it the perfect setting to highlight frack-water issues in both OH and PA. Come learn about the threats to fresh water that our states share.


Sunday, May 14, 2017, Mother’s Day

4pm: Event begins

5pm: Barrel Battle at the Border! – Photo opportunity

Followed by potluck and networking – bring a dish to share if you are able

Ohio side of Pymatuning State Park

“Main Beach Pavilion”

Andover, OH

Just off of Rt 85 / 285

Contact ACWW with questions: (440) 549-0111,


Join us for the Battle at the Border!  Which state will win? …


Sponsored by: Network for Oil & Gas Accountability & Protection (NEOGAP), Ohio Food & Farm Association (OEFFA), FrackFree Geauga, Cleveland Environmental Action Network (CLEAN), Northeast Ohio Sierra Club, Faith Communities Acting Together (FACT)

Toxic but Terrific Tour!

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Book your seat for the toxic tour today!

Tour date: June 4, 2016
Time: 1-4pm
Location: Harbor Topky Library, 1633 Walnut Blvd, Ashtabula, OH 44004

Join us as we highlight our county’s growing legacy of environmental abuses!  In solidarity with the “National Day of Action: Freedom from Toxic Fracking Waste and Earthquakes,” we tour injection wells, earthquake epicenters, Superfund sites, and successful remediation cleanups.

The tour kicks off at 1 p.m. from the Harbor Topky Library in Ashtabula. We start with a brief presentation by Vanessa Pesec of NEOGAP (Network for Oil and Gas Accountability and Protection).  Pesec gives an overview of fracking activity in the area and provides information about the hazards of horizontal drilling and the impact of injection wells and drilling by-products.

Attendees are then invited to get on board the bus for a tour of local sites of environmental abuse and remediation. The tour is expected to take two hours and will include narration about each site.

Attendees are welcome to drive separately if needed – maps will be provided.

To reserve a seat on the bus, or to coordinate travel plans with tour, please contact us via email at, by phone at (440) 549-0111, or via the facebook event page.

USGS declares Perry Nuclear Power Plant at-risk of Earthquakes induced by Injection Wells

The USGS recently announced, “7 million Americans at risk of man-made earthquakes,” and we are some of them!  Read the article in the Washington PostScroll down to the second map and see that the USGS put the Perry Nuclear Power Plant on their map of earthquakes induced by injection wells.

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Injection Wells and Earthquakes

Ashtabula is one of the 17 induced seismicity zones in the US. See the USGS report here:

Dozens attend anti-injection well forum in Windsor Township

WINDSOR TOWNSHIP — Dozens of county residents expressed their concerns about injection wells in Ashtabula County at a meeting this week. Read more:

Peoples’ Public Forum on Injection Wells

Peoples’ Public Forum on Injection Wells
Earth DayWednesday, April 22, 20156-8 pm
Windsor Community Center
5430 Mayfield Rd, Windsor, OH 44099
Radioactive fracking wastewater is being disposed of in our back yards. Come hear expert testimony explaining injection wells and health hazards of the wastewater coming into Windsor Township, Ashtabula County. Concerned residents are urged to attend and present written and oral comments.
Class II Injection Wells accept liquid waste from oil and gas wells using hydraulic fracturing. Although this wastewater has the benign name of “brine,” in addition to salt, it contains high levels of contaminants like benzene, naphthalene, formaldehyde, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, and radioactive compounds like radium.  Most of this toxic waste isn’t even generated in Ohio.

In October, 2013, an oilfield service company applied to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for permits to convert two old production wells into Class II Injection Wells in Windsor Township. There are already four injection wells on the same site. Many Windsor and Ashtabula County residents, including all three Ashtabula County Commissioners, sent comments to ODNR asking for a public hearing so residents could voice concerns.  ODNR did not respond to any of these comments. The permits were quietly granted in February, 2014, without local notifications. After more than a year of waiting on public officials to communicate with us, and watching “brine” trucks from Pennsylvania roll through our communities, Ashtabula County Water Watch and co-sponsors invite all concerned residents to our own public hearing.  Copies of all testimonies will be submitted to Director Jim Zehringer, ODNR.

Event sponsored by: Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake Counties Farmers Union, Ashtabula County Water Watch, Concerned Citizens Ohio, Hiram, and Shalersville, Frack Free Geauga, and the Lake Effect chapter of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association. For more information, call 440-272-5174 evenings.

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