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The CE3 Water Program works regularly with the Appalachian Watershed Research Group (AWRG), which was initiated over a decade ago by a group of Ohio University faculty and staff from the Voinovich School. The group provides interdisciplinary, high-quality, applications-based water research for the benefit of the region. These research projects are designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with innovative learning opportunities while also solving real-world problems. The work of the AWRG benefits watershed groups, federal, state, and local governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, local residents, businesses, and industry.

The AWRG research areas of interest include chemical, biological, and physical water quality research, acid mine drainage reclamation, aquatic outreach and education, fish and invertebrate assessment, sediment toxicity, PCB and TCE contamination in surface and groundwater, chemical water quality trainings for watershed professionals, teachers, and students, and linking of data to decision-making tools through the use of online reports, charts, maps and graphs. Students are a part of the project teams thus providing them with experience that demonstrates teamwork, builds leadership skills, and integrates teaching and learning.

Points of Contact

Jen Bowman
Director of Environmental Programs
Ohio University Voinovich School

Natalie Kruse, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Ohio University Voinovich School


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Second OHIO Shale Policy & Technology Symposium April 4-5, 2018

Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and College of Arts & Sciences hosted the OHIO Shale Policy & Technology Symposium on April 4-5, 2018. The 2018 Symposium built off of an inaugural event in 2017 in Athens. More than 80 attendees from across the state and region joined our OHIO research team to discuss the changing landscape of shale development. The purpose of the event is to explore ways in which regional communities and businesses can achieve a balanced, durable and long-lasting regional energy future using innovative policies, partnerships and technologies. Visit the Symposium Website for more details.

Questions? Contact Elissa Welch at welche@ohio.edu or 740-537-0112.

The Shale Innovation Project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Ohio University Russ College of Engineering and Technology, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences examining the impact of shale development on businesses and communities in Ohio’s shale region. This project is generously supported by a three-year Innovation Strategy Award from the Ohio University Research Division.

Tags: Air,Energy,Policy,Shale,Water

Rain to River: Raise Awareness about Stormwater Pollution Webinar

On March 28, 2017, the Voinovich School hosted a webinar to inform regional organizations and communities on protecting local waterways by organizing storm drain stenciling volunteer events. The events are meant to connect residents to their local watershed by empowering them to stencil educational messages next to storm drains. Sarah Cornwell, environmental specialist at the Voinovich School, discussed the how-tos on holding a successful stenciling event, including how to borrow all of the supplies (for free!) from Voinovich School. This webinar was targeted to units of local government, non-profit community organizations, and organizations seeking public service activities. Tailored to the Appalachian region of the Ohio River Watershed, webinar and stenciling supplies are funded by a grant from Ohio EPA’s Ohio Environmental Education Fund.

Contact Sarah Cornwell at landerss@ohio.edu if you have questions or are ready to organize an event!

The powerpoint presentation (in pdf) can be accessed here.
To view the recorded webinar from March 28, 2017 (via our CE3 YouTube channel), click here.

This webinar was hosted by the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs with support from the Ohio EPA and the Ohio Environmental Education Fund, in partnership with Rural Action and the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Tags: Water

Appalachian Watershed Research Group

Since 2001, the Appalachian Watershed Research Group (AWRG) has been a pioneer in acid mine drainage research and Appalachian water quality restoration, effectively reclaiming 47 miles of stream in the southeast Ohio region. Now, in partnership with Rural Action, a regional non-profit organization, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs can expand the focus of the AWRG to include water quality improvement projects, education, and training in areas of water quality beyond acid mine drainage. With funding assistance from the United States EPA (USEPA), the formation of the Appalachian Ohio Clean Water Initiative will allow for the Voinovich School (spearheaded by the AWRG) and Rural Action to tackle complex, interdisciplinary water quality issues across the entire coal-bearing region of Ohio, while also providing education and training resources for affected community members and local school districts.

Tags: Water