2015 Rivers Summit: Learn What You Can Do

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

Daily from April 8, 2015 until April 9, 2015

April 11, 2015

Location: Grand Wayne Center and the Arts United Center, both venues in downtown Fort Wayne.

Phone: 260/484-5848 x 111

Email: matt.jones@one.usda.gov

Link: http://www.omirivers.org

Event Description

April 1, 2015 Updated Apr 1, 2015 at 10:37 AM EDT

The weather is warming and the Spring waters are flowing. It won’t be long until we see boats on the rivers and the waterfront buzzing with activity.

The recent RiverFront Fort Wayne Reveal and several other events over the past few months demonstrate how much Allen County and surrounding area residents are interested in engaging the rivers or the riverside. The desire for more information is growing.

As a result of this groundswell, the Allen County Partnership for Water Quality (ACPWQ), partnered with the local watershed groups and the Tri-State Watershed Alliance, will be presenting a 3 day “summit” on the rivers. The dates of this summit are April 8th, 9th and 11th so mark your calendars appropriately. The first two days will be held at the Grand Wayne Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd., and the Saturday event will be held at the Arts United Center at 303 E. Main St., both venues are in downtown Fort Wayne.

The ACPWQ will be hosting a meeting of stormwater professionals on the 8th during the day and then meeting with the other groups and the general public for a session entitled “Our Rivers-Our Future,” starting at 6pm that Wednesday evening. Keynotes for the evening session will be Keith Bowers of Biohabitats, Inc. and 2014 CNN Hero of the Year, Chad Pregracke of Living Lands and Waters. They will be speaking on river revitalization and the role we play as stakeholders.

The day of the 9th will be filled with sessions, speakers and workshops during the course of the day. This day will cover a range of topics, from stormwater to soils, algae to opportunities, we will discuss the various impacts, challenges and successes to our vital river systems. Experts in many fields will be present to impart what we know at this point about the health of our rivers.

Saturday, the 11th is the Family Day and geared toward discovering the gems along the riverside in downtown Fort Wayne and the many ways we can engage the rivers. The day will begin with a kickoff presentation at the Arts United Center and will act as a rally point throughout most of that day. There will be abundant free parking on-site.

“Fishing, boating, history, cycling, cleanups, dining, events, science and nature will all be present in activities designed to engage the entire family…” said Matthew Jones, Allen County Water Resource Education Specialist, “…Saturday will be the culmination of all we have to gain from re-engaging our rivers. The entire Summit, from the Wednesday evening kickoff to the Saturday celebration of who we are as a river community. We have a responsibility to protect the very waters which continue to provide for us and where we play and drink.”

Please visit www.omirivers.org for more information on this event. Some activities require registration.
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