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December 7, 2021

Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast

Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center Columbus, Ohio Visit Event Website

Tuesday, December 7
7:15 - 9:30 AM

Restoring Streams and Wetlands – Whose Job Is It Anyway?

Designed and built properly, wetlands, streams and other ecological systems can improve our local economies, provide critical wildlife habitat for endangered and threatened species, and make our communities safer from flooding events.   

For the past several decades, there has been an increased effort to protect and restore wetlands and streams in Ohio and beyond. The H2Ohio project has recently invested millions of dollars into 133 wetland creation, enhancement, and restoration projects in the Lake Erie Basin. They have also exapnded this year’s investment to include $5 million in grants for wetland projects in the Ohio River Basin.

Effective wetland development and stream restoration requires both earth-working and on-site management skills as well as an understanding of a site's biological, soil and hydrological properties. It’s a complicated and critically important field with uncertainties and massive room for growth as flooding events and ecosystem loss through climate change drive a greater need for effective and long-term sustainability of our wetland and stream systems.

Join this program to learn about the skills, trainings, and collaborations necessary to deliver a sustainable wetland and stream restoration project.

B&N Presenter:

Brian Tornes, PE

Brian Tornes, PE, Director, Environmental Division

BRIAN TORNES, PE
Director, Environmental Division