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Conference to explore water management in Western Lake Erie basin


July 20, 2015
By Drainage Contractor

July 20, 2015, Oregon, Ohio – Registration for The Field and Beyond: Managing Our Water – Western Lake Erie Basin 2015 is closing soon.

The conference, which runs Aug. 20 and 21 at TBD in Oregon, Ohio, will bring together elected and appointed drainage officials, drainage boards and staff.

On Aug. 20, speakers will present on a range of topics, including science, innovative watershed ideas and edge-of-field and in-stream best management practices. The evening program will include a networking social and dinner, and a presentation by Jon Allan from the Office of the Great Lakes.

On Aug. 21, the day will begin with a continental breakfast. Participants will then break into two groups: one will walk along Lake Erie’s shore and enjoy a bus ride to see local restoration efforts by University of Toledo, The Nature Conservancy and United States Fish and Wildlife Service, while the other group will board local charter boats to take a tour of Lake Erie and do some fishing. The groups will come back together for lunch and a presentation by United States Representative Marcy Kaptur. The afternoon will wrap up with a few more group sessions about connectivity, why flood stages are rising, and a panel discussion with area farmers, county surveyors and contractors.

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Registration fees are $75 per participant; participants who wish to join the charter boat tour will be charged an additional $100. Registration includes meals, breaks, bus tour and part of the social event.

Complete details about the two-day conference are available here. Registration closes Aug. 1.