What is the Ohio River Basin Alliance?
The Alliance is a collaboration of over 100 partner agencies, groups and associations that includes state, local and federal governments, non-profit entities and NGO’s, industrial partners and academic institutions that all voluntarily work together to discuss their collective interests in the future of water resources in the Ohio River Basin. Water is our most important natural resource and the Ohio River Basin is home to an abundance of this precious asset. The basin encompasses 204,429 square miles and includes over 27 million people and within 15 states. The focus of the Ohio River Basin Alliance is to ensure this valuable resource is sustainable for future generations.
Plans underway for Louisville Conference
Conference registration is now open for our conference in Louisville on August 20-21! To register just click on “Conference Registration” on the right side of this page. On this page you will also find the preliminary agenda and a link for hotel information. We will be having the conference at the Downtown Marriott. ORBA has made arrangements for all members to get the Government rate of $109. Please call the hotel directly at 800-533-0127 or 502-627-5045 and let them know you’re a member of ORBA to make your reservation. There is a great line up of presentations and a tour of McAlpine Locks and Dam. We hope to see you in Louisville!
Membership Approves New By-Laws
During the month of June, the membership voted to approve our new by-laws on which we will operate. The Steering Committee worked very hard over the last year to draft the by-laws after reviewing by-laws from the Chesapeake Bay Commission, the Great Lakes Commission and others. Committee Chair Carolyn Hefner said, “The Committee has done a great job in writing the by-laws to make them thorough and complete in describing our structure and how we elect officers, report finances and conduct our meetings.”
Membership Elects New Officers
In July, in accordance with ORBA’s new by-laws, members elected our new Steering Committee for 2014-2015. Our new Chair is Dr. Charles “Chuck” Somerville of Marshall University. Dr. Somerville is the Dean of Science at Marshall and brings a wealth of expertise and a love for the Ohio River Basin in leading the committee. At our conference in Louisville, he will officially replace Carolyn Hefner who has been a strong leader in establishing and growing ORBA since its inception in 2009. Thank you Carolyn for your tireless service over the last 4 years!
The 2014-2015 Steering Committee members are:
Dr. Charles “Chuck” Somerville Steinmaus, Chair, Dean
Marshall University College of Science
Mike Steinmaus, Chair, Board of Directors
Appalachian Energy & Environment Partnership
David E. Bailey
Electric Power Research Institute
Manager, Source Water Protection and Emergency Response
Carolyn A. Hefner, Chief of Operations
West Virginia Conservation Agency
Navigation Industry Representative
Martin T. Hettel, Senior Manager of Bulk Sales
AEP River Operations
Engineering Industry Representative
Waterways Association Representative
Fred Nyhuis President, Huntington District Waterways Association
Marine Operations Supervisor, Marathon Marine Division
Gerald “Jerry” Sutphin
Visual Information, Ltd.
Dr. Harry Stone, Battelle
Dr. Earl Hanson
National Risk Management Research Laboratory