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Two UT professors to participate in water crisis discussion Oct. 8

“Crisis: Freshwater in Northwest Ohio” will be the topic of a forum Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Dicke Forum at Ohio Northern University in Ada.

A three-member panel will discuss the latest crisis of freshwater that occurred this past summer in Toledo and dissect what occurred and the ramifications of the crisis. The water problem was a result of toxins contaminating the water supply to approximate 400,000 residents in northwest Ohio.

Members of the panel are:

• Dr. Isabel Escobar, professor of chemical and environmental engineering, associate dean of research development and outreach in The University of Toledo College of Engineering;

• Dr. Patrick Lawrence, professor and chair of UT Department of Geography and Planning in the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences, who led a restoration project of the Ottawa River; and

• Beth Seibert, the stormwater and watershed programs coordinator with the Allen County Soil and Water Conservation District in Lima, Ohio.

The free, public forum is sponsored by Ohio Northern University’s Phi Beta Delta honor society for international scholars and the ONU chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, an international honor society in geography.

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