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48th Annual WMAO Meeting and Symposium


Hottest hots, driest dries, wettest wets, windiest wind[s] – David Orr, Oberlin College

WHEN:    November 13 & 14, 2019

WHERE: Crowne Plaza Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, (614) 885-1885

Conference attendees will earn CEU credits


Sponsorship Opportunities

Conference Planning Committee

Melissa Menerey (ODNR) – Chair; Alex Covert (USGS); Susan Grover (NRCS); Scott Jerrome (NRCS); Greg Nageotte (ODA); Dana Oleskiewicz (WMAO); Anthony Sasson (TNC); Nick Schell (NRCS); Alicia Silverio (OFMA); Kimberly Shaffer (USGS); and Craig Smith (OEPA)


Water Luncheon Seminar

Water quality performance and methods to maintain the hydraulic function of permeable pavements

Dr. Ryan Winston, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University,

WHEN:  April 17, 2019;  11:30 am – 1:00 pm

WHERE: Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, 352 Dodridge St, Columbus OH

Permeable pavement is an effective tool for improving stormwater quality when sited over soils   with high infiltration rates, but its efficacy over less permeable soils is uncertain. This presentation will focus on three novel questions related to water quality performance of permeable pavements:

  • Water quality performance when situated over heavy clay soils,
  • Nutrient removal through denitrification during dry periods, and
  • The effects of seasonality on water quality performance, particularly in locales with cold winters.

To ensure long-term function, permeable pavements need maintenance to remove accumulated  sediment and debris which clogs its pore space. Various maintenance methods were tested in the field, including different types of street sweepers, milling the pavement surface, vacuuming, and pressure washing, to determine what techniques best restore permeable pavement hydraulic      function. Permeable pavement can significantly reduce the load of common stormwater pollutants even over heavy clay soils if engineering design accounts for seasonal influences and long-term maintenance needs.

Click here for full abstract and registration flyer.

To register online, click here.


Emerging Contaminants and Our Water Resources

WMAO / EPN 2019 Spring Meeting

Hosted by Environmental Professionals Network (EPN), Water Management Association (WMAO), Ohio Water Resources Center (OWRC), and TerrAqua (OSU and WMAO Affiliated Student Organization).

WHEN:        Tuesday, March 5, 2019

WHERE:     Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center at Ohio State University

COST:         $40 includes EPN breakfast, $300 Exhibit Booth, $100 Sponsor

Conference attendees will earn 2 CEU credits

Full Agenda and Speaker Biographies

Online Registration

Experts are steadily finding new or previously unrecognized contaminants in our waterways and drinking water systems, yet their risk to human health and the environment are not yet fully understood. These emerging contaminates come from a variety of sources, including our everyday consumer and pharmaceutical products, such as sunscreens, soap and medicines.    Some are naturally occurring, but become more problematic when excessive nutrients are loaded to surface water through human activity.  There are potential environmental and health risks associated with many of these contaminants.

Please join this panel of experts–Dr. Andy Lindstrom, Ms. Sarah Lowe and Dr. Wayne Carmichael–who, along with their respective state and national agencies, are seeking to improve our understanding and management of several emerging contaminants affecting the state of Ohio.

These panelists, along with Amy Klei, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Chief of the Division of Drinking and Ground Waters, will address some of the emerging biological, chemical, and particulates pollutants in our state. This EPN Breakfast program will feature an extended educational session, facilitated by the Water Management Association of Ohio, Ohio Water Resources Center, and TerrAqua that will engage these experts to discuss specific contaminants.



HEC-RAS 5.0.5 Training

Hosted by Ohio Dam Safety Organization (ODSO)

WHEN:  Tuesday – Thursday, November 27 – 29, 2018

WHERE:  ODNR Assembly Center, 2045 Morse Rd, Bldg C, Columbus

COST:  $775

*Up to 24 Contact Hours/PDHs


For questions, contact Mike Rowland, ODSO Director, at 614-793-2226.


47th Annual WMAO Conference and Symposium


Held in conjunction with 38th International Symposium of the North American Lake Management Society

WHEN:        October 30 – November 2, 2018 for NALMS / OLMS Conference

OR:               October 31st only for WMAO Conference

WHERE:     Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati Ohio  map

Conference attendees will earn .6 CEU credits

Agenda – WMAO October 31st

Registration Form – WMAO October 31st

Online registration & exhibitors – WMAO Oct 31st only

Full NALMS – OLMS Conference – Oct 30 – Nov 2

Sponsorship Opportunities

Exhibitor Information Oct 30 – Nov 2

Conference Planning Committee

Dana Oleskiewicz (WMAO) Chair; Alex Covert (USGS); Greg Nageotte (ODA); Nick Schell (NRCS); Kimberly Shaffer (USGS); Craig Smith (OEPA); Eugene Braig (OSU); Zuzana Bohrerove (OWRC); Christian Bower (TerrAqua); Anthony Sasson (The Nature Conservancy)


2018 Watershed Workshop

Hosted by Ohio Stormwater Association and Ohio Water Environment Association

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 30, 2018;  8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

WHERE:  The Fawcett Center at The Ohio State University

COST:  $95 members, $125 non-members

*6 Contact Hours/PDHs

For more information about agenda topics, see the workshop flier.  Registrations are now being accepted here.

For questions, contact OWEA at 614-488-5800 and


Habitat Evaluation and Level 2 Macroinvertebrate Field Training

WHEN:  October 20, 2018;  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Youngstown State University, Youngstown OH

COST:  $20 members, $25 non-members

Join us for this lecture and field training opportunity sponsored by the Ohio Watershed Professionals Association (OWPA).  Participants will learn to 1) score the Citizens Qualitative Habitat Evaluation Index, 2) sample macroinvertebrates using Level 2 methods, and 3) how to identify macroinvertebrates to the family level.

For more information, see the workshop flier.  Registrations are now being accepted here.

For questions, contact Kurt Keljo ( or 614-486-9613 x 121) or Felicia Armstrong (


Post Construction Inspection & Maintenance

WHEN:  July 26 or August 2

WHERE:  Northwest (Lima) – Southwest (Hamilton), respectively


Join the Ohio Stormwater Association (OSWA), local MS4 communities and other stormwater professionals for the day as we learn about maintenance of post construction practices (such as basins, bioretention, permeable pavements, and more) and what it takes to manage a long-term inspection and maintenance program. Elizabeth Hiser, with Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, will be our presenter.

For more information, see the workshop flier.  Registrations are now being accepted here.


cQHEI and Level 2 Macroinvertebrate Field Training

WHEN:  July 5, 2018;  9:30 – 4:30

WHERE:  Highbanks Metro Park, 9466 Columbus Pike (US Rt 23 N), Lewis Center, OH

COST:  $50 members, $60 non-members

Join us for this lecture and field training opportunity sponsored by the Ohio Watershed Professionals Association (OWPA).  Participants will learn to 1) use the cQHEI to evaluate stream health, 2) sample macroinvertebrates using Level 2 methods, and 3) how to identify macroinvertebrates to the family level.

For more information, see the workshop flier.  Registrations are now being accepted here.

For questions, contact Laura Fay ( or Kurt Keljo (


Project WET and Healthy Water, Healthy People Facilitator Workshop

WHEN:  Wednesday – Thursday, August 15 – 16, 2018

WHERE:  Shawnee Lodge & Conference Center, West Portsmouth OH

Project WET and Healthy Water, Healthy People Facilitator Workshop will be offered Wednesday – Thursday, August 15 – 16, 2018 at the Shawnee Lodge & Conference Center, 4404B State Route 125, West Portsmouth, Ohio.  Workshop fee is $145 for both days and 1 night shared lodging.  Fees cover workshop materials, certification, and overnight accommodations. For more information, use the link provided for the workshop flier.  Registrations are now being accepted here.  Deadline to register is August 8, 2018.

Cost for a private lodging room is $195 or a no lodging option is $96.

For more information, contact Dennis Clement, Project WET State Coordinator, 614-644-2048 or


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