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Facts and Thoughts - Safety

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: High levees next ot a river's central channel may control a flood, but at great expense. Less expensive set-back levees (bottom) let the river occupy its natural floodplain. The resulting wetlands act as a buffer for floods and can be used for farming
Source: New York Times
Year: 1997
Full Citation: "California Floods Change Thinking on Need to Tame Rivers" NEW YORK TIMES Feb. 4, 1997 p. B10

Snippet: Participation levels in various outdoors recreation activities has increased in recent years. Participation levels in canoeing, backpacking and tent camping, bicycling, and beach activities increased, as in a number of other activities.
Source: SCORP
Year: 1993
Full Citation: Ohio Department of Natural Resources (1993) 1993 OHIO STATEWIDE COMPREHENSIVE OUTDOOR RECREATION PLAN.

Snippet: The same poll also revealed that 81% of Ohioans felt that the state's open spaces, farmlands, and waterways are either seriously or somewhat threatened by unmanaged growth.
Source: EcoCity Cleveland (5)1/2
Year: 1996
Full Citation: EcoCity Cleveland (1996) September / October p.13.

Snippet: In a typical year, 167 Ohioans, mostly the elderly or children, die in vehicle-pedestrian accidents and another 3350 are injured according to a report released by the Ohio Sierra Club.
Source:  
Year: 1997
Full Citation: "Mean Streets: Pedestrian Safey and Reform of the Nation's Transportation Law" by the Environmental Working Group and the Surface Transportation Policy Group. Washington DC.

Snippet: In 1995, only 71 homicides in Ohio were committed by strangers with guns, so the report concludes that Ohioans are 2.4 times more likely to be killed by a vehicle while walking.
Source:  
Year: 1997
Full Citation: "Mean Streets: Pedestrian Safey and Reform of the Nation's Transportation Law" by the Environmental Working Group and the Surface Transportation Policy Group. Washington DC.

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: 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: Based on floodplain maps, approximately 5% of Ohio's land is at risk from extreme flooding.
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.

 

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