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Seizing the Day for Ohio River Restoration

Make Your Voice Heard

Help Shape Ohio River Restoration, Confront Climate Crisis, Reverse Environmental Injustice

We need your help. Please consider joining a regional effort to restore and protect the Ohio River — and the many communities that rely on it for their drinking water, jobs, and quality of life.

The National Wildlife Federation is hosting a webinar on Friday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon Eastern that will lay out the opportunity before us — and offer students, advocates, researchers, and citizens a way to get involved in this once-in-a-generation opportunity.

The session is free. Register today at:

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The opportunity before us is tremendous: The Ohio River basin states of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia — along with federal agencies, interagency organizations, NGOs, and others — are collaborating to craft an ecosystem restoration plan for the river and its tributaries, wetlands and forests.

The action plan, when completed, will be delivered to the U.S. Congress and serve as the foundation for large-scale federal investment into the region.

We want to ensure that the plan is visionary and bold — an action plan that represents the priorities of the people and communities in the region. 

That tackles the most pressing threats, such as toxic pollution, sewage contamination, habitat destruction, acid mine drainage and climate change.

That stands and delivers for the communities that have historically borne the brunt of pollution and environmental degradation, including people of color, low-income and rural communities, and tribal nations.

And that is a catalyst for a robust restoration economy that benefits local workers, businesses, and economies.

To do that, we need your help. It will be vital for diverse stakeholders to be at the table to help craft a strong action plan that represents the interests of the communities who live, work and play in the Ohio River basin. That collaboration is starting now.

So please join us. Register today and stand up for the river. Stand up for public health. Stand up for communities. Stand up for fish and wildlife. Stand up for environmental justice. And stand up for climate action. Most importantly, stand up for the millions of people who call the region home. 

It’s going to take all of us to get the job done. Working together, we can make a difference. So please join the discussion and lend your voice, your energy, your ideas, your insights, and your passion. Now is the time to weigh in. Register now. It’s free. It’s easy. 

We hope that you can join us at the summit on Friday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m. Eastern!

WHAT: Webinar: Seizing the Day for Ohio River Restoration
A vision for science-based ecosystem restoration integrated with equity and justice.

An interactive discussion about a proposed science-based framework for ecosystem restoration that considers threats — including habitat loss, climate change, and others — to the Ohio River and its tributaries, impacts from those threats, and potential approaches to restoring the aquatic environment in the basin. The webinar is part of a three-day summit being hosted by the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education, Ohio River Basin Alliance, and the University of Louisville.

Friday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m. - noon Eastern.

Jordan Lubetkin, director, Ohio River restoration, National Wildlife Federation 
Michael Murray, staff scientist, National Wildlife Federation
Gail Hesse, director, water programs, National Wildlife Federation 

Students, advocates, scientists, state and federal agency staff, and citizens interested in this historic opportunity to help the river and its communities.


QUESTIONS: Please contact Jordan Lubetkin at, (734) 904-1589.

Please share this invitation with colleagues, other individuals, and organizations who may be interested.

For information about the summit: 


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