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Ohio University to sponsor Ohio River Basin Symposium in July

ATHENS, Ohio (June 1, 2012) -- Ohio University will host the 2012 Scientific Symposium of Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education in Walter Hall from July 18-20. The theme for the 2012 event, “Research and Education of Ohio River Basin: Transportation, Energy and Environment,” will highlight several of the Ohio river basin’s water and environmental related problems.
Registration is now open at www.orbcre.org. Hotel reservations are due by June 18, and the registration fee increases July 4.
Many experts will be on hand to discuss major environmental issues concerning the Ohio River Basin. The keynote address – to be delivered by Scott Davies of the Maritime Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation – will discuss the marine highway in the Ohio River Basin. Other environmental leaders to speak include Craig Butler of the  Ohio Governor’s Office, who will discuss Ohio’s energy development policy and sustainable environment including hydraulic fracturing, and Dr. Yiqing Guan of Hohai University, Nanjing, China, who will discuss the energy, navigation and water resources conservancy related to the Three Gorges Dam and Reservoir.
The event is sponsored by the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology, along with American Electric Power, Amherst Madison, Cardno JFNew, Dune Technologies, Fondriest Environmental, Lawrence Economic Development, McDonald & Woodward Publishing, Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey-Ohio, and Ohio Water Resources Center of The Ohio State University.
Established in 1985, the Ohio River Basin Consortium is a nonprofit association of universities, colleges, governmental agencies, industries and individuals. The consortium’s mission is to promote inter-institutional research, education and information exchange in water-related concerns and other environmental issues in the Ohio River Basin. Ohio University is one of the institutional members.
To learn more or to register, visit www.orbcre.org or contact Professor of Civil Engineering Tiao Chang at chang@ohio.edu or 740.593.1462, or Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Deb McAvoy at mcavoy@ohio.edu or 740.593.1468.

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