Black River Summit

About the Black River Summit


1ST ANNUAL BLACK RIVER SUMMIT
BLACK RIVER ADVISORY COMMITTEE
THURSDAY, MARCH 29 FROM 9:00 AM TO 12:00 PM
LORAIN PALACE THEATER - 617 BROADWAY AVENUE LORAIN, OH 44052

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The objective of this summit is to showcase the progress in the restoration of the Black Rivers health. The event is a celebration and informative gathering of all the time and work revitalizing the Black River. Put on by collaborating partnerships with the Black River Area Of Concern Advisory Committee, Lorain County Commissioners, City of Lorain, LoCo 'Yaks.

Spotlighting the goal of redesignating the Black River from an Area of Concern to a River in Recovery. Presentations will be given on the timeline of this redesignation. There will also be information about the individual projects in all the varying phases of completion.

Agenda

8:00 Arrival / Check-In - Coffee & Networking

9:00 Welcome - Don Romancak, Black River Advisory Committee

9:05 Mayor of Lorain, OH - Chase Ritenauer

9:15 Lorain County Commissioners
- Matt Lundy, Vice President
- Lori Kokoski
- Ted Kalo, President

9:35 Russ Gibson - Ohio EPA, Black River AOC Background / Progress

10:00 Tinka Hyde - Director, Great Lakes National Program Office

10:25 Local Testimonies on Economic Impact
- Craig Lewis - Erie Outfitters, Sheffield Lake
- Erica Fabbro - Backpackers Shop, Sheffield Village
- Tiffany McClelland - Lorain Port Authority

10:40 Mayor John Antaramian, Kenosha, WI - Keynote Speaker [Redevelopment & Looking Forward After an AOC]

Following the presentation, we will be showing two movies on the Black River:
The Black River: A Future As Dark As It's Name? - 33 minutes
Bringing Back The Black River - 32 minutes

 


Summit Highlights


SPEAKERS


Tinka Hyde

Director-U.S. EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office

Earned her bachelor's degree in geology from Lake Superior State College, and a master's degree in geology from New Mexico State University, She then went on to become the director of the U.S. EPA Region 5 Water Division. This division encompasses the Great Lakes, Upper Mississippi River, Ohio River, Missouri River, and Red River Basins and encompassing the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, as well as the 35 Federally recognized Tribes located within this area. Click Here for Tinka's full bio


John Antaramian

Mayor-Kenosha, Wisconsin

Mayor Antaramian graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Parkside and served in the Wisconsin State Assembly for ten years. He was elected Mayor of Kenosha, Wisconsin and served for sixteen years, Kenosha's longest running mayor. In 2008, he retired and started a consulting business. After an 8 year hiatus, Antaramian returned to his mayoral office. He was able “to see what happens when communities aren’t aggressive in redevelopment. It doesn’t happen,” Realizing “There are only two directions: forward and back. There is no in-between.”


Russ Gibson

Nonpoint Source Section Manager-Ohio EPA's Division of Surface Water