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Franklin University Celebrates World Water Day with Protecting Ohio’s Waters Event

For Immediate Release: March 18, 2016

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

In honor of World Water Day the Franklin University College of Health and Public Administration will partner with the Central Ohio American Society of Public Administration (COASPA) and the Ohio Environmental Council will host a community dialogue on Tuesday, March 22 about Ohio’s lakes, rivers, streams and drinking water.

The lunchtime event will feature a panel of experts who will share insights and answer questions about how to enhance and protect our most vital resource.

Attendees will learn more about and have questions answered about toxic algae, fracking, drinking water safety, and other water-related issues.

The expert panel will include:

  • Sandra Eberts, Hydrologist & USGS Representative to the Source Water Collaborative, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Karl Gebhardt, Deputy Director of Water Resources & Lake Erie Programs, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • Melanie Houston, Director of Water Policy & Environmental Health AND
    Adam Rissien, Director of Agricultural & Water Policy, Ohio Environmental Council
  • Luke Morris, Franklin University Green Team – who will moderate the event

Attendees are invited to bring their lunch and COASPA will provide the beverages. There will also be time for professional networking.

Protecting Ohio’s Waters: Challenges and Solutions
Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
@ Franklin University, Ross Auditorium in Alumni Hall
301 East Rich Street, Columbus Ohio
(Parking entrance is off of Grant Avenue)
Seats are limited.

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. Annually, nearly 10,000 students attend Franklin, through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. Franklin offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs (including the new applied doctorate offerings) and graduates more than 1,500 students annually. The University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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