January 7th Inning: Anti-Sprawl & Water Sentinels

When: Monday January 7th from 7pm-8:55pm

Where: At the Dan Beard Council (10078 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH)

What: The Monthly meeting in January features presentations on two different topics:

#1 – Anti-Sprawl in Cincinnati

Two guest speakers will give a brief presentation and lead discussion of the City of Cincinnati’s Land Development Code initiative, called “Plan Build Live,” which among other objectives is a strong move against sprawl in the region.

The initiative received a major grant from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, so the City could re-examine and rewrite all the regulations that touch on land development in the City. By replacing years’ worth of regulations that were modeled on suburban settings, the new rules will allow the region’s core city to be more honestly urban, promoting the advantages of walkable neighborhoods, bicycling and wise reuse of already-developed land, instead of constantly chewing up more farm and wilderness areas.

The presenters will be planning consultant Della Rucker and City Senior Planner Cameron Ross. The presentation is being organized and facilitated by Sam McKinley, Miami Group Sierra Club Chair.

#2 – What is a Water Sentinel?

Matt Trokan will give a presentation on becoming a Water Sentinel. Matt is currently working for the Sierra Club as a Conservation Manager for the Clean Water Campaign.

Sierra Club Water Sentinels work to restore, improve and protect Ohio’s waterways. Water Sentinels receive the training, equipment and support to become citizen-scientists. Like detectives, Water Sentinels track down sources of pollution.

Matt received a B.A. in History from Xavier University in 2003 and an M.A. in Environmental Study from The Evergreen State College in 2009. Matt has more than a decade of public service and community development experience. As an environmentalist, Matt has worked hard to develop resource conservation efforts, and has recently been offering training courses on becoming a water sentinel.