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GLIN==> Conference Announcement: Future of Ohio's Lake Erie Basin: Balancing Land Use and Water Quality



News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2005
 

 
CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT:
FUTURE OF OHIO’S LAKE ERIE BASIN: BALANCING LAND USE AND WATER QUALITY
 

 
ELYRIA, OH– A conference to explore the effect of land use on Lake Erie – past, present and future – is expected to attract more than 200 planners, public officials, resource managers, building industry professionals (home builders), and scholars on Thursday, December 1, 2005. “The Future of Ohio’s Lake Erie Basin: Balancing Land Use and Water Quality” conference will examine the land-water connection for the Lake Erie basin as it stretches across northern Ohio. It will be held at the John A. Spitzer Conference Center on the campus of Lorain County Community College in Elyria.
 
Featured speakers will include:
·          Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo), Member of the Appropriations Committee, Agriculture (Invited)
·          Dr. Sam Speck,  Director, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
·          Dennis Eckart, former Member of Congress, Partner, Law Firm of Baker & Hostetler, LLP
·          Dr. Jeffery M. Reutter , Director, Ohio Sea Grant College Program
·          Dr. Elena Irwin, Associate Professor, Agricultural Environmental and Developmental Economics, The Ohio State University.
 
Presentations will cover an historical retrospective on how agriculture and land development in the basin have affected water quality in Lake Erie; an analysis of federal policy as it has affected the basin; and the Lake Erie Balanced Growth Initiative and other programs that will determine the future of the Lake and its basin.   
 
Conference planners include the Ohio Sea Grant College Program in collaboration with the Ohio Coastal Training Program, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, Ohio Lake Erie Commission, Ohio State University Extension, Greater Ohio, and the Smart Growth Education Foundation.
 
To register for the conference, go to www.northcoastbia.com. Cost is $40.00, which includes breakfast, lunch, and conference materials. Deadline to register is November 23, 2005.
 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: 
Joe Lucente 419.213.2028 or lucente.6@osu.edu