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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Developed with natural resources professionals, land managers, stream advocates, and river enthusiasts in mind, the 3rd Ohio Rivers Symposium will be held on Friday, March 22 in Columbus. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is hosting the event which will focus on the connection between groundwater resources and healthy streams.

Last held in 2022, this year’s symposium will feature nine presentations including the new H2Ohio Rivers program, watershed planning, cold water habitat, and an update on Ohio’s Scenic Rivers Program. The event also offers exhibits and a student poster presentation.

This year’s keynote speakers include ODNR Director Mary Mertz who will open the symposium and Craig Nelson with the ODNR Division of Geological Survey who will present on the aquifers of Ohio. Other scheduled speakers include representatives from The Ohio State University, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Geauga Park District, and Miami Conservancy District.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Villa Milano Conference Center located at 1630 Schrock Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229. The cost is $60 and includes lunch, refreshments, and conference materials. Virtual and student registration options are available at a reduced cost. More information is available at the Ohio Rivers Symposium webpage.

Registration is available here until March 15. To request additional information or register by phone, call or text (614) 935-8471. Exhibit space and event sponsorship opportunities are still available. To learn more, email

The Ohio Rivers Symposium is sponsored by the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, the Water Management Association of Ohio, the Ohio Scenic Rivers Association, and the Ohio Watershed Professionals Association.

The Division of Natural Areas and Preserves is dedicated to preserving and protecting Ohio’s unique natural heritage and restoring the finest land and water resources in the state by managing a system of 146 state nature preserves and 15 scenic rivers. To learn more, visit

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