Ohio River Basin 2020 Summit and Symposium


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Call For Ohio River Research Presentations and Posters

The Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education (ORBCRE) and
the Ohio River Basin Alliance (ORBA) Present:

Bridging Visions to Protect Our Health, Economy and Environment in the Ohio River Basin

Wednesday, September 30th - Friday, October 2nd, 2020
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

PLEASE NOTE: We have made the decision for the conference to be virtual with the exception of the Ohio River Celebration on 9/30 at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens*.  

Important Dates

Deadline to Submit Abstracts: 8/15/20

Notice of Abstract Acceptance: 9/1/20

Please submit an abstract for a presentation here.

Please see the instructions for presenters here.

Conference Registration Deadline: 9/15/20

Please register at https://ohioriverbasinsummitandsymposium2020.eventbrite.com

Invasive species, HABS, Land Use, Populations, Ecosystem Services and Economics, Nutrients, Policy, Citizen Science, Contaminants of Emerging Concerns, Connectance between Streams and Rivers, Anthropological and Archaeological Research, Outdoor Recreation and Therapeutic Effects, Scientific Communications, Ecosystem Restoration, Abandoned Mine Impacts, Ecological Economics, Invasive Species, Aquatic Biology, ArcGIS Applications, Drought Management, Environmental Policy, Flood Management, Food, Energy and Water Nexus, Geological Science, Hydrological Modeling, Social Hydrology, Stormwater Nutrient Removal and Mitigation, Stormwater BMPs, Watershed Management, Water Quality Impairment Studies, Water Resource Engineering and Management, Story-telling and Ethnography.

The Ohio River Basin Alliance (ORBA) will be hosting a series of implementation workshops for the Ohio River Basin Plan 2020 on Wednesday September 30th. The six workshops are based on the goals of the Ohio River Basin Plan:

  • Reliable Flood Control and Risk Reduction
  • River Transportation Corridor
  • Healthy, Productive Ecosystems
  • World-Class Recreation Opportunities
  • Abundant Clean Water
  • Knowledge-Informed Decisions
Fishing in Ohio River: photo by John NationPicking flowers near Ohio River: photo by John NationKayaking in the Ohio River: photo by John Nation

Photos by John Nation

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, September 30th

Research and Education Virtual Field Trips
A variety of organizations will host field trips and workshops throughout Louisville.

Ohio River Strategic Plan Virtual Workshops 
The Ohio River Basin Alliance will host a series of workshops focused on implementing the goals 2020 Ohio River Basin Strategy including: Reliable Flood Control and Risk Reduction; River Transportation Corridor; Healthy, Productive Ecosystems; World-Class Recreation Opportunities; Abundant Clean Water and Knowledge-Informed Decisions

Ohio River Celebration- Waterfront Botanical Gardens*
This is a free community celebration and river teach-in, hosted by the Waterfront Botanical Gardens, and sponsored by River City Paddle Sports, Salt River Watershed Watch, and the Ohio River Recreation Trail. 

Thursday, October 1st

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Katrina S. Korfmacher

"Bridging the silos of environment and health: Local collaborations to improve environmental justice"

During this virtual plenary session, Dr. Korfmacher will compare several case studies of communities working together to address challenges at the interface between public health and environmental quality. Her presentation promises to inspire us to plan collaboratively with community-based organizations as we work to provide clean drinking water and healthy waterways for all Ohio River Basin residents and visitors.

Dr. Korfmacher is Director of the Community Engagement Core, Environmental Health Sciences Center; Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center; and author of Bridging Silos: Collaborating for Environmental Health and Justice in Urban Communities (MIT Press, 2019).

ORBA and ORBCRE Research Presentations and Panels


Dr. Katrina S. Korfmacher standing in front of silos

Dr. Katrina S. Korfmacher

Friday, October 2nd

Keynote Speaker:  John Austin

John Austin, 58, recently completed 16 years elected service on the Michigan State Board of Education, serving 6 years as President. Austin directs the Michigan Economic Center www.MECReports.org a center for ideas and network-building to advance Michigan's economic transformation. He also serves as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the Upjohn Institute where he leads these organizations efforts to support economic transformation in the American Midwest. Mr. Austin also Lectures on the Economy at the University of Michigan. Austin received his Master's in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelors from Swarthmore College in Economics & Political Science, with High Honors and Phi Beta Kappa.

ORBA and ORBCRE Research Presentations and Panels

Poster and Presentation Student Awards

Contact Information

Dr. Tamara Sluss, Conference Chair, at , or at 502-529-1602
Dr. David Wicks, Conference Community Activities, at , or at 502-671-3595

*In-person activities at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens will be based on the current guidelines of the Jefferson County Health Department and Commonwealth of Kentucky Health Department.