The Lower Ohio River comprises 312-miles of the main stem of the Ohio River, tributaries, and 9,281 square miles of watershed drainage west of the Kentucky River watershed and south of Indiana’s Wabash River watershed. The Ohio River, historically expressed in the Iroquoian language as ohiːyoːh meaning “the great river," is the largest tributary by volume in the Mississippi River Basin. Its over 490,600 square-mile drainage basin extends throughout 14 states, from New York to northern Alabama. The watershed is an immense, diverse, multi-use system comprised of multiple beaches and islands, hundreds of major and minor tributaries, and thousands of acres of backwaters, wetlands, nature preserves, and forested lands. Numerous boat ramps, marinas, condominiums, expansive estates, stilted riverfront homes, barge mooring stations and several quarries line the river. The river provides drinking water to local communities and is threatened by profuse point source discharges from massive industrial facilities and publicly owned treatment works, combined sewer overflows, agricultural pollution and 12 coal fired power plants. Lower Ohio River Waterkeeper will patrol, monitor, and build consensus for a strong voice for water quality and watershed protection across state lines.
Jason Flickner has been organizing and advocating for environmental protection in Indiana and Kentucky for two decades. He has served as the development and conservation director for the Indiana Forest Alliance, and as water policy director for the Kentucky Waterways Alliance where he organized the first group of advocacy organizations opposing the Ohio River Valley Water and Sanitation Commision (ORSANCO) pollution control standard revisions on bacteria and mercury. Jason actively participates on ORSANCO’s Watershed Organizations Advisory Committee. He has also collaborated with the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago to lead litigation challenging EPA’s approval of Kentucky’s antidegradation procedures that entailed appealing individual and general permits for mountaintop removal coal mines in Appalachia and western Kentucky pit coal mines. Jason has received EPA’s NPDES Permit Writer Training and Environmental System Research Institute ArcGIS certifications. He serves as president of the Knob and Valley Audubon Society and as an executive committee member for the Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club. Jason has dedicated his life and career to protecting his friends, family, neighbors, and the public from some of the worst pollution in the U.S. by advocating for environmental protection in the Ohio River basin.
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