By 1812Blockhouse

Ohio’s rivers and streams are set to take center stage at the upcoming 3rd Ohio Rivers Symposium. Scheduled for Friday, March 22, in Columbus, the event is a much-anticipated gathering for natural resource professionals, land managers, stream advocates, and river enthusiasts. Hosted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), this year’s symposium is poised to delve deep into the vital connections between groundwater resources and the health of Ohio’s streams.

Exploring River Health and Management

The 2023 symposium returns with a packed agenda, building on the success of its last iteration in 2022. Attendees can look forward to an enlightening series of nine presentations covering a diverse range of topics. High on the agenda is the new H2Ohio Rivers program, alongside insightful discussions on watershed planning, the significance of cold water habitats, and an update on the strides made in Ohio’s Scenic Rivers Program. These sessions promise to offer a comprehensive view of river management and conservation efforts across the state.

Keynote Addresses and Expert Speakers

The symposium is set to be graced by notable figures in the field, with ODNR Director Mary Mertz opening the event. Craig Nelson from the ODNR Division of Geological Survey will also be a keynote speaker, offering his expertise on the aquifers of Ohio. The lineup of speakers extends to include representatives from The Ohio State University, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Geauga Park District, and the Miami Conservancy District, ensuring a rich diversity of perspectives and insights.

Venue and Registration Details

Set against the backdrop of the Villa Milano Conference Center at 1630 Schrock Road, Columbus, Ohio, the event spans from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The registration fee of $60 covers lunch, refreshments, and all conference materials. For those unable to attend in person, virtual registration options are available at a reduced cost, along with special rates for students. Interested individuals can register here until March 15. For additional information or phone registrations, attendees can reach out at (614) 935-8471. The symposium also offers opportunities for exhibit space and event sponsorship, with interested parties encouraged to contact via email at [email protected].

Collaborative Sponsorship and Support

The symposium is a collaborative effort, sponsored by the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, the Water Management Association of Ohio, the Ohio Scenic Rivers Association, and the Ohio Watershed Professionals Association. This collective sponsorship underscores the event’s importance as a platform for fostering dialogue and collaboration among professionals dedicated to the preservation and management of Ohio’s waterways.

Source: ODNR

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