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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus

Where We Stand


Scope

National - State - Local

Category

Representative Government - International Relations
Social Policy - Natural Resources

Natural Resources Positions

Water

Support policies and procedures that provide for joint, cooperative planning and administration along watershed lines and across political boundaries; stringent water quality standards accompanied by strong enforcement and means of implementation; and adequate state financing, including incentives to local governments and industries for expediting water pollution abatement.

Solid Waste

Support the philosophy that solid waste, from generation to ultimate disposal, must be purposefully and systematically controlled by all levels of government in order to provide efficient service, protect the environment, and achieve successful resource recovery. Support measures to forestall depletion of our natural resources and to recover nonrenewable resources.

Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Waste

Support state policies and programs that emphasize the following hazardous waste management options in order of priority: waste reduction, toxicity reduction, and waste elimination; waste separation and concentration; energy/material recovery; waste exchange; chemical, biological, physical, and thermal treatment; and underground injection and land disposal. Read more...

Land Use

Support both urban revitalization and farmland preservation and the curbing of urban sprawl. Support the role of the state in providing authority and incentives for local governments to exercise innovative additional land use planning and regulatory techniques such as land banking, planned unit developments, purchase and transfer of development rights, limited development ordinances, scenic easements, agricultural districts, cluster development, conservation reserves and land trusts, urban enterprise zones, environmental impact assessments, impact fees, tax abatement, and zoning efforts. Support use of eminent domain under certain circumstances. Read more...

Interbasin Transfer of Water

Support diversion of water only after study of the ecological, economic, and social implications indicate that diversion would be sustainable and only after the development of a plan to protect the affected areas during all stages of development, operation, termination, and post-termination. Support public participation in the decision-making process. Support participation of all concerned governments in Great Lakes resource decision-making. Read more...

U.S. Relations with Developing Countries

Promote U.S. policies that meet long-term social and economic needs of developing countries. Read more...

Natural Resources

Promote the management of natural resources as interrelated parts of life-supporting ecosystems. Read more...

Resource Management

Promote resource conservation, stewardship and long-range planning, with the responsibility for managing natural resources shared by all levels of government. Read more...

Environmental Protection and Pollution Control

Preserve the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the ecosystem, with maximum protection of public health and the environment. Read more...

Air Quality

Promote measures to reduce pollution from mobile and stationary sources. Read more...

Energy

Support envirnmentally sound policies that reduce energy growth rates, emphasize energy conservation and encourage the use of renewable resources. Read more...

Land Use

Promote policies that manage land as a finite resource and that incorporate principles of stewardship. Read more...

Water Resources

Support measures to reduce pollution in order to protect surface water, groundwater and drinking water. Read more...

Waste Management - Solid Waste

Promote policies to reduce the generation and promote the reuse and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes. Read more...

Nuclear Issues

Promote the maximum protection of public health and safety and the environment. Read more...

Public Participation

Promote public understanding and participation in decision making as essential elements of responsible and responsive management of our natural resources. Read more...

Agriculture Policy

Promote adequate supplies of food and fiber at reasonable prices to consumers and support economically viable farms, environmentally sound farm practices and increased reliance on the free market. Read more...