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Raised by 69 people in 16 months
on behalf of Bonnie Rizzo
It IS our job to protect our habitat and community! If WE don’t, who will? 

This month the Citizens Against Mining (CAM) will celebrate its one year anniversary and in that year CAM volunteers have volunteered thousands of hours and dollars to keep our community protected from the ravages of limestone quarrying! 

CAM thanks every person for their donation and reminds you that this fight can continue only with your support! 

If the fight stops....a quarry will replace our farmland.


The CAM signs have taken a beating over this harsh winter. Some are shredded, others taped and some missing. It's time to repair or replace the signs to show our opposition to Enon Sand and Gravel's proposed limestone mine. The goal is to have many more new signs up and about throughout our community by MARCH 15, 2018.

If you need a sign, shoot an email to

Donations are always appreciated!

More than 300 attendees put on an impressive show of community unity at the Ohio EPA Public Hearing at Greenon High School last night with more than 300 attendees.

Thank you for showing your support.

If you have comments or unanswered questions the Ohio EPA will accept written comments through Feb 8, 2018 by e-mail at or USPS mail:
Permits Processing Unit
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, Ohio

                  THIS IS IT! Ohio EPA Public Hearing
                            Thursday, February 1, 2018
                        Greenon High School Cafeteria
                                                   6 pm

For more information concerning the hearing go to
or find CAM on Facebook at:
Citizens Against Mining - Mad River Township

It is showtime! See you at Greenon, 6:00 PM TONIGHT!

Take back local control of our township. Do not allow Jurgensen to pollute our life-giving waters. Please consider giving a donation to CAM to further the fight.

Information to help one prepare a three minute statement concerning the discharge of water into the Mud Run can be found at

 January 31, 2018

Tomorrow... February 1 is the date for the OEPA hearing. CAM is ready with testimony. Are you ready? It is not too late to write a statement concerning Enon Sand and Gravel's plan to pollute the Mud Run. Information for your testimony can be found at This hearing is to grant this company the legal right to pollute our neighborhood for free. Jurgensen has no fiscal responsibility associated with the discharge into an unnamed tributary of the Mud Run.

We need your support and your attendance at this meeting. DONATIONS ARE NEEDED. SUPPORT CAM BECAUSE WE ARE READY FOR THIS FIGHT!

  Friday,  25 January 2018

Count Down! 6 Days to go and 5 to get ready.
Let's put on a real show. Come prepared to discuss the degradation of the Mud Run because that is really what this permit is asking. Enon Sand and Gravel would like to release 500 gallons a minute - the water that may come into contact with oils and grease from an industrial operation! YUCK!

We can’t allow this. Make your voice be heard. Attend the meeting at Greenon High School, Thursday, Feb 1, 2018, 6:00 PM.


Go to for more information about the proposed deep pit limestone mine with blasting!

                            Thursday, 24 January 2018

“CAM” you come to the hearing......and bring a friend, or two??? Show up/show your support.

The OEPA Public Hearing is one week away.

If you are going to speak, remember the topic is restricted to the discharge of 500 gallons of waste water dumped into the Mud Run each minute! EACH MINUTE!

Should this company be allowed to "waste" our precious water resources? The water will be mixed with the oil, grease, limestone dust and blasting residues on site and then released into our beloved Mud Run?


Stand up against this company. Voice your concerns and say NO! YOU WILL NOT DEGRADE OUR MUD RUN!

Money is desperately needed to fight this company at the Ohio Reclamation Commission. Please consider giving a donation at

If you need information about the actions being taken to save our way of life, visit

Your contributions and support help keep this fight going!

We need to show the Ohio EPA that we care about our community and oppose Enon Sand and Gravel’s proposed limestone mine. 

There will be limited time for speakers at the public hearing. We urge residents to write down your concerns and bring it to the public hearing. 

Please help us fund the fight to keep our wells full of safe, clean water!!! 

Thank you for your support. See you on Feb 1st! 

Follow  our progress as we fight the Cincinnati aggregate mining company Enon Sand and Gravel:
     USPS: P.O. Box 222, Enon, OH 45323
     Facebook: Citizens Against Mining - Mad River 
                             Township Ohio
                            UDATE - 16 October 2017

Our fight against the 400+ acre pit limestone quarry has moved to two judicial settings:
1. The Ohio Department of Natural Resource Reclamation Commission where we are appealing the July 2017 decision to approve the mining permit for Enon Sand and Gravel to dewater, mine deeper and use blasting materials. 
2. Ohio State District Court, Western District of Ohio, Dayton where Enon Sand and Gravel (ES&G) have filed a lawsuit against the Clark County Commissioners and Board of Zoning Appeals.  ES&G wants to start mining now without the required approval of the Clark County Board of Zoning Appeals.

You can follow this case at:

The fight will be long and costly. CAM needs your donation to pay our attorney and expert witnesses we will need in the courtroom. Without your help we cannot keep fighting. 

Every penny donated to CAM-MRT goes directly to the fight. All CAM-MRT members are volunteers willing to give their time and their money to keep our community environmentally safe and our well water available. We are a frugal group! Every expenditure is reviewed for it’s value in this fight. 

Fortunately we have retained the legal services of an Akron based firm Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping citizens fight against big businesses with deep pockets.
Thank you Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services!

Please donate today. Thank you for your support.

                             UPDATE - 19 Sep 17  

Stone mining operations in Ohio must meet Federal, state and local regulations. 

In Clark County, mining companies are mandated to:

--  Submit a mining application to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Mineral Resources (ODNR) for review and approval.

On July 13, 2017 ODNR approved Enon Sand and Gravel’s (ES&G) application. Twenty-one acres of previously mined land were merged with 398 acres of uunmine d farmland, blasting was approved and permission granted to mine 60 ft deeper to max depth of 140 feet. 

--  Meet the Clark County Board of Zoning Appeals for a “conditional use” approval to mine aggregates from the land. The BZA hearing gives affected residents the opportunity to present their concerns to the Board members. It's the opportunity CAM members worked toward. 

BAMM!!!! The same day ES&G was notified of the approval from ODNR it filed a lawsuit in Federal Court AGAINST the Clark County Commissioners and the Clark County Zoning Administrator, Thomas Hale!!! ES&G is protesting Clark County’s requirement to meet the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) for a “conditional use” permit!

Do you think ES&G is aware that the quarry will have a profound detrimental affect on the surrounding area and neighbors? More than likely! Do you think they care? Doesn't appear so! Greed often supersedes compassion.

But CAM is still very active in this fight by appealing ODNR’s decision and supporting the federal court case.

Locally more than 300 “NO QUARRY” signs have sprouted up in Mad River Township yards. Volunteers attended Enon’s Night Out on Aug 1 providing information, shirts and signs. More volunteers delivered nearly 800 flyers encouraging residents to attend the Community Meeting on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 6 pm at Greenon High School.

On July 25, 2017 CAM representatives and concerned citizens attended the Clark County Commissioners’ meeting at the Clark County Fair to ask the commissioners, RIchard Lohnes, Lowell McGlothin and Melanie Flax Wilt, for their continued support to which we received a resounding “YES”!

ES&G has taken this fight to a higher level! And we are prepared to continue to fight!

But we can’t win this battle without an attorney and attorneys are expensive! YOU DONATION IS NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER!

Help us save our water and wells.
Help us save our wetlands and springs.
Help us keep our community safe from the increased road traffic, noise and air pollution.

Thank you for supporting our cause!

From the beginning- 

On 21 April 2017 the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will determine if a deep stone quarry can be started in an area with 300+ homes and farms. The donated money will be used for legal fees, hiring a hydrologist (water specialist) and public education (flyers, postage, advertising in local newspapers).

In March 2017 the citizens of Mad River Township, Ohio (located near Yellow Springs, Ohio and Wright Patterson Air Force Base) learned of the intent of Enon Sand and Gravel, LLC to put a deep limestone quarry mine on approximately 398 acres of farmland. IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT to the proposed quarry location is a mix of homes, farms and small businesses and the local high school.  It's an area where wildlife and birds are abundant. 

Why are we concerned???? 

- The groundwater (our DRINKING water) will be drained and then pumped out so the limestone can be mined. This deep drilling will effect the water wells of 200 homes and 40+ businesses.

-  For the next 40+ years mine wastewater and silt will be continually dumped into Mud Run, a subsidiary of the Mad River Watershed. 

- A toxic mix of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil (ANFO) will be used to blast the large limestone formations into manageable sized rocks. With the blasting comes concerns of chemical contamination, noise and dust pollution and structural damage to adjacent houses and buildings. 

- Heavy machinery in the quarry and 10,000 - 12,000 trucks per year on our 2 lane country road translate into the potential for air, soil and noise pollution. Diesel fuel and antifreeze spills can injure or kill wildlife.  The increased truck traffic on our 2 lane, hilly, curvy, country road will increase the potential for accidents and add enormous load strain on our newly paved road. 

Shouldn't all citizens have access to safe, clean and plentiful drinking water? PLEASE help the CAM-MRT save this lovely piece of farmland and woods from becoming an environmental disaster!

Thank you SO much! Every contribution is needed and appreciated. 

All money donated to Citizens Against Mining - Mad River Township goes directly toward stopping the quarry.
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CAM members have been busy with fundraising events this summer. Our HUGE (seriously, it was gigantic) yard sale in early June was highly successful and the evening at the Yellow Springs Brewery was as fun as it was profitable.

Please join us at the Brandeberry Winery, 5118 W. Jackson Road, Enon, OH, this Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 5 pm to 10 pm for an evening of fun and fundraising events. Brandeberry Winery has graciously agreed to donate $2 for every bottle of Party Girl Wine sold. This raspberry Riesling is the perfect compliment to an evening with
Iive music, basket raffles, 50/50 raffle, a chance to kiss Miss Delilah, the Party Girl Goat or pose with Cami the Crawdad!

Keep the quarry fight alive, have fun and join us on Sat, June 30 at the Brandeberry Winery!
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Enon Sand and Gravel's proposed limestone mine in Mad River Township will use blasting to reduce the limestone to rubble. In the recent hearing, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, The Division of Mineral Resources Management, stated blasting operators are required to ensure the risk of damage is minimized to area homes. If Enon Sand and Gravel wishes to blast so close to neighborhoods and residential houses, they should guarantee the RISK OF DAMAGE IS ELIMINATED! Many Mad River Township residents live in close proximity to the proposed mining site! DEMAND SAFETY FOR OUR RESIDENTS!

The briefs have all been filed with the Ohio Reclamation Commission. You can read the brief filed on behalf of CAM at our website:

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Is the fight against the quarry and Enon Sand & Gravel over?? NO!!!

In fact the fight is active in three very different arenas:

1. At the Ohio Reclamation Commission where CAM filed an appeal against the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for approving a mining permit July 2017.

2. At the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency after ES&G filed for a permit to discharge water into a Mud Run tributary. The public hearing attendance was, according to the Ohio EPA, “unprecedented”!!, more than 150 community members participated by speaking at the meeting or e-mailing the Ohio EPA with questions and concerns. All of which need to be researched and answered by the EPA.

3. In federal court where ES&G has filed a suit against the Clark County Commissioners and Zoning Administrator for the right to mine nearly 300 acres based on a decades old permit to mine less than 30 acres.


CAM members have donated thousands of their own dollars and hundreds of hours working to save the water, land and resources for the entire community. But the fight requires hiring attorneys and subject experts and is expensive! We need your contribution to continue the fight.

Check our our community events for additional ways to provide support to CAM.

We need your help to help all of us!
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Help CAM celebrate its one year anniversary by making a donation!

In the past year CAM volunteers have donated thousands of dollars and manhours to protect our community, land, water and all of it’s inhabitants.

It didn’t take long for us to realize that the governmental agencies we thought would protect us from the loss of our wetlands, contaminated and/or dry wells, noise pollution, air pollution and heavy truck traffic were not going to be our saviors! These regulatory agencies seem to heavy favor the gains of big business!

We were very fortunate to find supportive, affordable attorneys at Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services who were knowledgeable and willing to assist us.

Current status of ES&G’s limestone mine:

1. We are waiting for the Ohio EPA’s decision to grant a permit to discharge water into an unknown tributary of Mud Run. The OEPA had 100+ concerns and questions to answer following the public hearing on Feb 1st.

2. The appeal of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources permit approval continues with the Reclamation Commission hearings starting in April.

3. Enon Sand and Gravel Federal lawsuit against Clark County also continues with the hearing projected for November 2018.

Stayed tuned for updates and PLEASE DONATE!

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