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Ohio River Basin Conference Hosted at Thomas More University

The Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education (ORBCRE) Symposium and Ohio River Basin Alliance (ORBA) Summit is set to take place at Thomas More University next week.

It is scheduled to run from October 17 through 19.

“Partnership and Collaborations Toward a Single Voice for the Ohio River Basin,” the theme of the 2018 conference, will be co-hosted by the Foundation for Ohio River Education, the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), and the TMU Biology Field Station.

The program includes field trips to different facilities and nature preserves, as well as the TMU and Northern Kentucky University field stations, a keynote speaker, panel sessions, and more than 30 concurrent research discussions and posters covering a wide range of ecological, educational, and environmental topics. A banquet and awards ceremony will also take place on Thursday, Oct. 18 on a Queen City Riverboat with student and “Friends of the Ohio River Basin” awards and a presentation by river historian, Chuck Parrish, retired historian, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

This year’s keynote speaker, Robert Bilott, has worked as an environmental lawyer and handled a wide variety of matters involving federal, state, and local environmental laws. With a combination of innovative litigation, scientific understanding, and extraordinary perseverance, he has achieved one of the most significant victories for environmental law and corporate accountability of this century.

“Hosting this symposium, which includes more than 100 representatives from federal, state, and local agencies, such as the USEPA, US Army Corps of Engineers, academics, industry leaders, and nonprofit organizations, allows Thomas More and the Field Station to take a lead role in forming partnerships and collaborations towards advancing research, environmental protection, and advocacy for the Ohio River and surrounding watershed,” said Chris Lorentz, Ph.D., director of the Biology Field Station. 

This annual event rotates around sites within the Ohio River watershed from Pittsburgh to Louisville, Columbus, Oh. and elsewhere. This will be the university’s third time hosting the event. 

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-Staff report