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Facts and Thoughts - Health

Ohio Greenway's Facts and Thoughts database is a collection of greenway tidbits that support greenway development.  This potpourri of greenway particulars was the product of the work of George M. Pomeroy, a doctoral student of Urban Studies at the University of Akron.

Snippet: A theoretical model developed by the Rand Corporation calculated that for every mile a person walks or runs, they will save society 24 cents in medical and other costs.
Source: Economic Impacts of Protecting Rivers, Trails and Greenway Corridors
Year: 1995
Full Citation: Men's Fitness Magazine (1992). "Walk a Little, Live a Little" August.

Snippet: As of December 1994, there were 69 operating landfills, 6 operating incinerators, and 52 operating solid waste transfer stations in Ohio.
Source: Ohio State of the Environment Report
Year: 1996
Full Citation: Ohio EPA, Comparative Risk Project (1996) "Facts and Figures About Ohio's Environment" Companion to the 1995 STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT REPORT. April.

Snippet: In a 1995 report, the Division of Solid and Infectious Waste Management at Ohio EPA estimates that there is 8.8 to 11.7 years of publicly-available disposal capacity remaining in the state.
Source: Ohio State of the Environment Report
Year: 1996
Full Citation: Ohio EPA, Comparative Risk Project (1996) "Facts and Figures About Ohio's Environment" Companion to the 1995 STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT REPORT. April.

Snippet: There are currently 1190 known unregulated hazardous waste sites in Ohio; 35 of these are on the National Priority List commonly referred to as Superfund.
Source: Ohio State of the Environment Report
Year: 1996
Full Citation: Ohio EPA, Comparative Risk Project (1996) "Facts and Figures About Ohio's Environment" Companion to the 1995 STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT REPORT. April.

Snippet: From 1983 to 1993, the Ohio EPA received reports of 50,759 spills. The most common type of spill involved petroleum products.
Source: Ohio State of the Environment Report
Year: 1996
Full Citation: Ohio EPA, Comparative Risk Project (1996) "Facts and Figures About Ohio's Environment" Companion to the 1995 STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT REPORT. April.

Snippet: Inadequate wastewater infrastructure can result in combined sewer overflows which can seriously impact aquatic communities; there are an estimated 2,000 locations of combined sewer overflows in Ohio.
Source: Ohio State of the Environment Report
Year: 1996
Full Citation: Ohio EPA, Comparative Risk Project (1996) "Facts and Figures About Ohio's Environment" Companion to the 1995 STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT REPORT. April.

Snippet: There are between 75,000 and 80,000 underground storage tanks in Ohio; approximately 50% of all registered tanks are in 11 metropolitan counties.
Source: Ohio State of the Environment Report
Year: 1996
Full Citation: Ohio EPA, Comparative Risk Project (1996) "Facts and Figures About Ohio's Environment" Companion to the 1995 STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT REPORT. April.

Snippet: In 1990, an estimated 43% of all air pollution could be traced to mobile sources such as automobiles, buses, and trucks. In 1977 the average length of a trip to work was 9.3 miles; in 1990, the average length of the trip to work was 10.9 miles.
Source: Ohio State of the Environment Report
Year: 1996
Full Citation: Ohio EPA, Comparative Risk Project (1996) "Facts and Figures About Ohio's Environment" Companion to the 1995 STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT REPORT. April.

Snippet: Abandoned wells, which may provide a pathway for chemicals, bacteria and viruses to get into groundwater supplies, number over 200,000 in Ohio in 1995.
Source: Comparing the Risks...Executive Summary
Year: 1995
Full Citation: Ohio EPA, Comparative Risk Project (1995) "Comparing the Risks of Ohio's Environmental Conditions: Executive Summary of Ohio's State of the Environment Report" December.

Snippet: Accidents involving hazardous wastes accounted for .4% of all shipping accidents in Ohio.
Source: Comparing the Risks...Executive Summary
Year: 1995
Full Citation: Ohio EPA, Comparative Risk Project (1995) "Comparing the Risks of Ohio's Environmental Conditions: Executive Summary of Ohio's State of the Environment Report" December.

Snippet: The 1996 Ohio Water Resource Inventory shows 49.3 percent of Ohio's rivers meet the goals of the federal Clean Water Act, up from 56.6 percent in 1994. Nearly half of the 8000 miles monitored now meet the standards, up from one-third four years ago.
Source: Columbus Dispatch
Year: 1997
Full Citation: Columbus Dispatch (1997) "Nearly Half of Ohio Rivers Clean, EPA Says" reported by Randall Edwards. 6/17/97

Snippet: A state report shows that fish with "highly or extremely elevated levels of contaminants" have been found in nearly 20 of the stream and river segments sampled by the Ohio EPA since 1994. The main pollutants were PCBs, mercury and lead.
Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Year: 1997
Full Citation: Cleveland Plain Dealer (1997) "Contaminated Fish Still Common in Ohio" by Bill Sloat. 6/21/97.

Snippet: Currently, 5% of Americans travel by foot or bicycle as their primary mode. Given adequate facilities, 13% would make bicycling and walking their first choice, according to a Pathways for People poll.
Source: ISTEA & Trails: Enhancement Funding for Bicycling and Walking
Year: 1997
Full Citation: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (1997) "ISTEA & Trails: Enhancement Funding for Bicycling and Walking" pamphlet. Washington, DC.

 

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