September 2010
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Sustainable Channels: Alternative Designs in the Urban Environment

The Great Black Swamp of our region was drained and made tillable by hardworking farmers – and lots and lots of ditches. In Lucas County, there are hundreds of miles of ditches and channels that capture and direct water, making land habitable and productive. A workshop presented by the Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission will look at some new ideas for channel design. This one-day workshop and tour will focus on alternative channel designs that mimic natural rivers and that may reduce erosion and process nutrients. The intended audience includes municipal and consulting engineers, environmental professionals, planners, and interested individuals. For more information click here. The deadline for registration is September 9 and space is limited.

CPDs are available for registered engineers, CEUs for certified professionals in erosion and sediment control, and registered landscape architects. The workshop is funded through NOAA and the Ohio Coastal Training Program. It is sponsored by the Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District, Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission, and the City of Toledo. Helpful planning assistance and preparation provided by USDA-NRCS, American Rivers, Olander Park, and TMACOG.

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