Dayton League of Women Voters to Host Public Program on Area Water Controversies

The organization will also present first annual environmental award!

The Dayton Area League of Women Voters invites the public to an informational program about two hot issues involving local water supplies on April 16 at the University of Dayton River Campus, 1700 S. Patterson Blvd. This program will run from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and is free and open to the public. The first part of the program will feature a panel discussing proposed changes to the City of Dayton’s aquifer protection policies.  That will be followed by a conversation about possible solutions to the toxic algae problem in Grand Lake St. Mary’s. The evening will conclude with refreshments and the presentation of two environmental awards.

“One of the League’s biggest responsibilities is to provide unbiased information on topics of public importance to voters,” said Susan Hesselgesser, executive director of the League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area. “What could be more important than the quality of our water?”

The first panel consists of Mike Ekberg, Miami Conservancy District, explaining the formation and importance of Dayton’s aquifer; Tammi Clements, Director of the City of Dayton Water Department, explaining the city’s plan to shrink the welfield protection area and allow more chemical storage; and, Ellis Jacobs, ABLE Law attorney and member of the City of Dayton’s Environmental Advisory Board, speaking on the objections to the city’s wellfield plan.  Participants are encouraged to ask questions of the experts.

The second panel consists of Adam Rissien, Ohio Environmental Council, explaining why toxic algae have affected Grand Lake St Mary’s and offering solutions; and, Lane Osswald, local farmer and spokesman for the Ohio Farm Bureau, offering solutions to the toxic algae growth from the farmers’ perspective

“We’re proud and excited to also present the first annual Jo Columbro Memorial Environmental Award that evening,” said Hesselgesser. Jo was a long-time member and past president of our League who committed a large part of her life to environmental issues.”  This year’s awards will be given posthumously to Jo Columbro and to the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association in Greene County for their work in preserving and re-establishing wetlands.

 For more information, please contact the Dayton League of Women Office, at (937)228-4041 or [email protected]. Also, The League of Women Voters of Greater Dayton LinkedIn Account is now active.  If you live in Dayton or surrounding areas, consider joining the League of Women Voters.  Please visit our LinkedIn group.

The League of Women Voters has worked for 95 years to encourage active and informed participation in government, increase understanding of major public policy issues and influence public policy through education and advocacy.  The League of Women Voters is political, non-partisan and never supports a political party or candidate. If you want more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with the League of Women Voters, please call the Dayton LWV Office, at (937)228-4041 or email [email protected]