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EPN Hosting Program on Lead in Ohio’s Water

Nov. 21, 2016
Keeping Ohio’s drinking water safe is the focus of a Dec. 2 talk at Ohio State. (Photo: iStock.)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The safety of Ohio’s drinking water will be in the spotlight during the December breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network.

Mike Baker, chief of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Division of Drinking and Ground Waters, will present “Lead in Drinking Water: Ohio Leads the Way. What More Is Needed?” as part of the program, which goes from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 2 at The Ohio State University in Columbus.

The network is a service of Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Baker, who’s an alumnus of the school, will talk about lead in water pipes, its prevalence in Ohio — such as the case in Sebring in Mahoning County — its health threats and possible infrastructure solutions.

Also to feature student teams

The program will also feature 10 teams of 40 Ohio State seniors, who will give details on projects involving sustainability initiatives in the city of Worthington, grizzly bear management and protection in the American West, nutrient runoff and harmful algal blooms, transforming yards, and lead in drinking water. The students are in capstone courses called Environment and Natural Resources Management and Assessing Sustainability.

Register by Nov. 30

Registration for the program, which includes breakfast, is $10 for network members and the public and is free for Ohio State students. Details and a link to register are at The deadline to register is noon Nov. 30.

The event is in Ohio State’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus.

For more information, contact the network’s coordinator, David Hanselmann, who’s a lecturer in the school, at or 614-247-1908.

Sponsoring the event is the Ohio Section of the American Water Works Association. The school and two other Ohio State units — the Office of Energy and Environment and the Office of Student Life’s Energy Management and Sustainability program — are sponsoring the free registrations for students.


Kurt Knebusch


David Hanselmann