Experience The Beautiful Grand River

Today’s guest blog for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series is a story of the beautiful Grand River from Kari Matsko, Director of the People’s Oil & Gas Collaborative- Ohio:

Take Action to Protect the
Grand River

Tell the Ohio legislature to institute strong protective standards for natural gas development!

Walking along the northern end of the Grand River last summer reminded me of some of the best national parks I’ve visited across the country.  The bird watching is even more amazing than most areas in the United States.  Kingfishers flew about, Lesser Yellow Legs trotted the shore, and even a Bald Eagle soared by the area.  This year a vibrant male Scarlett Tanager was spotted! 

The Grand River provides a critical home to many fish and wildlife and a serene escape for people from the daily hustle and bustle. 

For this reason, the recent authorization by Ohio to allow energy companies to extract up to 1 million gallons of water a day from rivers (based on a 90 day average instead of a daily calculation) without a permit should be of grave concern to all.  The EPA reports the Grand River’s water supply comes primarily from rainfall and snowmelt, so it doesn’t seem to be a stretch of the imagination that this river could risk running dry.  

In addition, two industrial-size drilling and fracking sites were already permitted along the river this year.  Since Ohio allows wastewater from oil and gas sites containing chemicals and radioactive material to be stored in pits during operations, the risk of contamination is also great. 

The Grand River is a precious gift to inhabitants great and small around Ohio, it’d be criminal to continue to place it in harm’s way.


To lend your voice to this effort to protect the Grand River, Tell the Ohio legislature to institute strong protective standards for natural gas development!

Then, take a trip out to experience this State Wild and Scenic River for yourself!  You won’t regret it!