Monday, March 28, 2011

Registration open for annual meeting of OKI conservation council

Registration remains open through Wednesday for the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Conservation Council (RCC) Annual Meeting and Dinner, to be held April 4 at 1 P.M.-6 P.M. at the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) offices, 720 E Pete Rose Way, Suite 420, Downtown.

The meeting's agenda includes:

  • Welcome and Introductions with RCC Chair Dave Anspach and OKI Regional Planning Manager Travis Miller;
  • An OKI Update from OKI staff members Travis Miller, Emi Randall and Jane Wittke;
  • A look at the Ohio Balanced Growth Initiative: Middle East Fork Projectwith East Fork Watershed Collaborative Watershed Coordinator Becky McClatchey and Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District Administrator Paul Berringer;
  • An examination of how land banking can help preserve green space with Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission Director of Regional Planning Todd Kinskey;
  • Sustainable Agriculture, with Campbell County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Don Sorrell;
  • Project Earth: Sharing Environmental News by Television, Website and Social Network with WLWT-TV Chief Meterologist Kevin Robinson and Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District Administrator Holly Utrata-Halcomb;
  • A look at the Mill Creek Confluence Project with Diantha Decker and Bruce Koehler of the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities;
  • Composting on the Farm and Throughout the Community with Don Sorrell and City of Springdale Director of Public Works Jeff Agricola; and
  • Conservation District Updates, during which each district will report briefly on new projects and priorities.
Following the presentations, RCC will take care of some organizational business, including a report from RCC Treasurer Larry Varney, a look at a draft directory of RCC conservation districts, a discussion of plans for a conservation tour to be held in Butler County later this year, and the election of new officers.

Registration is $15 for the meeting and dinner, $5 for the meeting only. Dinner will be provided by Ollie's Trolley.

For nearly 30 years, OKI has provided staff support to RCC, a coordinating body for the nine soil and water conservation districts of Boone, Butler, Campbell, Clermont, Dearborn, Hamilton, Kenton, Ohio, and Warren counties.

The RCC conducts annual meetings, summer tours, and other joint ventures meant to share information on a variety of conservation issues and management practices.

For more information, contact Gayle Foster at OKI at or (513) 621-6300.

Previous reading on BC:
Kentucky freight conference scheduled for April 5 (3/16/11)
Public gets look at ongoing OKI freight plan (3/7/11)
OKI releases new, updated bicycle map for Northern Kentucky (7/20/10)
OKI director offers idea for transportation funding (9/2/09)
OKI wins international award for use of GIS technology (7/27/09)