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For Love of Rivers:  Celebrating 50 Years of the Scenic River Act

Ohio pioneered the river conservation movement when it passed the first Scenic River Act in February 1968. The National Scenic River Act followed in October of the same year. Fifty years later, 14 rivers have been officially designated as Ohio state wild, scenic and recreational rivers. Three of these rivers have also been designated as national scenic rivers. This select group represents some of Ohio’s best remaining river and stream systems. Most are home to endangered species and an exceptional diversity of fish and other plants and animals. This high degree of natural character that has also made these rivers and streams recreational gems. Bob Gable, Scenic Rivers Program Manager with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will provide a brief history of the scenic rivers program and an overview of what makes these rivers so special and some of the efforts to protect them. For more information on the Scenic Rivers, click here.  

Former First Lady Hope Taft will follow with a discussion of what it takes to keep a scenic river “scenic” when she talks about some of her local efforts to protect the Little Miami State and National Scenic River right in her own backyard. Learn how Hope has lead local efforts to clean up the Little Miami River, initiate a locally driven citizen’s water quality monitoring effort, advocate for better stormwater management and facilitate the development of a local watershed forum to discuss issues of importance to the river. Hear success stories and some of the challenges that remain as well as how you can help scenic rivers and join in the 50thAnniversary celebrations.

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Bob Gable -  Scenic Rivers Program Manager for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  See full bio here

Hope Taft - Former First Lady.  See full bio here.  


7:15  Networking with beverages 
    7:40  Warm buffet breakfast
    8:10  Welcome/Program
    9:15  Q&A /Discussion
    9:30  Program Concludes


Apple and Blueberry baked oatmeal 

Asparagus Frittatas

Roasted Potatoes 

Fruit Salad


If you have any questions or concerns about our menu, please do not hesitate Molly Hardesty at


Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43210

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Parking is free but you must have a pass which you can download here and place on your dashboard, whether parking across the street or behind the 4-H Center.


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OSU students may register for free by selecting the "student scholarship" option on the registration page

For further information about these 2nd Tuesdays Breakfasts or the EPN, please contact Joe Campbell at or 614-634-6363.

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