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Water Luncheon Seminar

The Legion of Bloom: Algae, Remote Sensing, and Lake Erie

Aurea L. Rivera, P.E., Imagineering Results Analysis Corporation, Precision Agriculture, Energy, ISR Solutions.

WHEN:  Wednesday, July 29, 2015;  11:30 am – 1:00 pm

WHERE: Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, Heffner Building, Columbus, OH (map)

The City of Toledo Water emergency of August 2014 brought to the nations’s attention the threat algae blooms present to cities, Lake Ecosystem, and the way of life for Lake Erie.

For full abstract, click here.  To view presentation, click here.


Water Luncheon Seminar

Unpaved Rural Roads and Stream Water Quality

Elizabeth Myers Toman, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, Ohio State University, School of Environmental and Natural Resources

WHEN:  Wednesday, April 15, 2015;  11:30 am – 1:00 pm

WHERE: Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, Heffner Building, Columbus, OH (map)

The development of shale oil and gas from deep reserves such as the Utica–Point Pleasant formation in eastern Ohio will require the construction and heavy traffic use of rural roads…..    See full abstract here.


Project WET Workshop

Project WET / Healthy Water, Healthy People / The Wonders of Wetlands

WHEN:  Wednesday and Thursday, June 10 and 11, 2015;  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

WHERE: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Parks Nature Center, 1415 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway OH (map)

Registrations are now being accepted here or by using the link provided on the flier for the Project WET and Healthy Water, Healthy People (HWHP) Facilitator and The Wonders of Wetlands (WOW) Educator Workshop.  Deadline to register is June 5, 2015.

Please consider participating in this year’s workshop and being certified as Project WET, HWHP Facilitator and WOW Educator!  And if you know of someone else who may be interested, please forward this announcement on to them. Curriculum materials will be provided by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Education. A fee of $30 will cover breakfast, lunches, snacks and drinks for both days. Over 130 activities from three nationally accredited curriculum on water quality, quantity and wetland education will be provided to each participant. Questions, please contact Dennis Clement at or call 614-644-2048.


Water Luncheon Seminar

Project Groundwork and updates towards an integrated watershed solution: the Lick Run Valley Conveyance System

MaryLynn Lodor, Deputy Director; Greater Cincinnati Water Works, Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 28, 2015;  11:30 am – 1:00 pm

WHERE: Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, Heffner Building, Columbus, OH (map)

The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC) is under a Consent Decree to reduce CSOs within their service area by two billion gallons annually before the end of 2018.  The Lick Run Wet Weather Strategy is the largest in a suite of sustainable solutions that were submitted to the regulators as an option to achieve compliance…..    See full abstract here.


43rd Annual WMAO Conference


WHEN: November 18 & 19, 2014
WHERE: Doubletree – Worthington/Columbus, 175 Hutchinson Ave, Columbus, OH 43235 (map); 614-885-3334 or 1-800-870-0349

Attendee List

Conference Proceedings

Conference Agenda

Conference Brochure

Hotel Tax Exemption Information

If you will be staying at a Columbus hotel for the 43rd Annual WMAO Conference and are eligible for relief from the City of Columbus Hotel Tax, please provide a completed H‐3GOV City of Columbus Hotel/Motel Excise Tax Exemption Certificate AND Ohio Sales and Use Tax Blanket Exemption Certificate upon check in at the hotel. These documents are linked below for your use.

Please be aware that payment for overnight accommodations must be made by an organization credit card or check ‐ any personal credit cards or cash will void tax exemption.

Reservations, tax form submittal, and payment are the responsibility of conference attendee.

H-3GOV City of Columbus Hotel/Motel Excise Tax Exemption Certificate

Ohio Sales and Use Tax Blanket Exemption Certificate




Water Luncheon Seminar

Removing microcystins from our water, a study to identify toxin-degrading bacteria in Ohio lakes

Xiaozhen Mou, Associate Professor; Department of Biological Studies, Kent State University;

WHEN: October 15, 2014;  11:30 am – 1:00 pm

WHERE: Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, Heffner Building, Columbus, OH (map)

An increasing number of freshwater lakes in Ohio and worldwide are invaded by cyanobacterial harmful blooms (CyanoHABs). One important harmful effect of CyanoHABs is the production and releasing of dangerous doses of cyanotoxins, mainly microcystins. Microcystins are highly hepatotoxic and have been reported to cause acute and chronic liver cell damage in livestock and human.  See full abstract here.



Water Luncheon Seminar

Ohio River Basin Climate Change Project

James Noel, Service Coordination Hydrologist/Meteorologist; NOAA, National Weather Service,

WHEN: July16, 2014;  11:30 am – 1:00 pm

WHERE: Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, Heffner Building, Columbus, OH (map)

The Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) Great Lakes and Ohio Valley division (LRD) along with the Huntington District (LRH) created a pilot project to analyze climate change in the Ohio Valley. In 2011 a group of agencies developed a project called Ohio River Basin Climate Change (ORBCC) project to identify what adaptations may be necessary based on hydrologic climate changes.  See full abstract here.

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Water Luncheon Seminar

Assessing the Impact of Increased Climate Variability and Land Use Change on the Water and Nutrient Budget of the Upper Walnut Creek: Downscaling Climate Models to Drive Watershed Models

Gaj Sivandran, Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, The Ohio State University,

WHEN: April 16, 2014;  11:30 am – 1:00 pm

WHERE: Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, Heffner Building, Columbus, OH (map)

Non-point source pollution causes millions of dollars each year in impairment to surface waters in the United States, the largest contributing source being from agricultural runoff.  Due to the complex coupled process interactions within the biogeochemical and hydrologic cycles, the spatial and temporal extent of non-point source pollution can be difficult to assess and quantify.  See full abstract here.



Soil and Water Conservation Society Winter Meeting

All Ohio Chapter of the Soil & Water Conservation Society Winter Meeting & Conference

“Can Agriculture Significantly Reduce Off-Site Movement of Soluble Nutrients?”

Monday, March 17, 2014 – 8:30 am to 4:40 pm

Ohio Department of Agriculture – Bromfield Auditorium

8995 East Main Street; Reynoldsburg, Ohio

The emphasis of the presentations at this year’s conference will be discussing technologies and techniques to reduce off-site movement of nutrients and the barriers to their adoption and implementation. This conference is open to any conservation and agriculture professionals interested in reducing the off-site movement of nutrients.

This daylong event has been pre-approved for Certified Crop Advisor Continuing Education Units in the following categories: 5 hours of Soil & Water Management and 1 hour of Nutrient Management.  For more information on the agenda, cost, and registration, view the meeting flyer.



Water Luncheon Seminar

Green-Gray Decentralized Detention Infrastructure to Control Combined Sewer Overflows

Nestor Alonso Mancipe-Munoz, University of Cincinnati, Department of Biomedical, Chemical and Environmental Engineering.

WHEN: January 21, 2014 – 11:30am-1:00pm
WHERE: Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, Heffner Building, Columbus, OH (map)

Register online here or download abstract and registration form.

Combined sewer overflows (CSO) are uncontrolled and untreated discharges of wastewater into urban streams that occur when the capacity of the collection system or the treatment facility are exceeded during heavy rainfall or snowmelt events.  Resilient and affordable solutions are needed to control CSOs and help manage urban flooding and improve water quality.  Typically, Gray infrastructure (i.e. sewers and treatment facilities) are proposed to mitigate CSO impacts.  A more environmentally friendly approach called Green  infrastructure (i.e. bio-infiltration, green roofs, rain gardens, etc) is being considered to solve this problem.  Interest has grown in using a combination of “green” and “gray” infrastructure because it not only mitigates CSOs, but also maximizes social, economic, and environmental benefits.  A unique framework that combines state-of-the-art mathematical modeling complemented with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) was developed to assess a non-conventional “green” and “gray” infrastructure alternative, composed of short storm sewers (gray) that  convey stormwater runoff into small decentralized detention ponds (green).  The detention ponds release the captured runoff back into the existing sewer at a constant rate controlled to  prevent the occurrence of a  downstream CSO.  The proposed framework includes methods to calibrate a high resolution rainfall-runoff model, identify potential sites for small detention ponds, and produce control-operation policies.  Results show that the green-gray infrastructure alternative is feasible and provides a higher CSO reduction at a lower cost than a conventional “gray only” alternative for a typical rainfall year.  The framework provides a useful promising tool for evaluating effectiveness, feasibility, and operation-control of this alternative in urban areas to reduce CSOs.

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