Ferrum College to Host Roanoke River 2013 Conference

Speakers will address topics ranging from the effect of climate change on water resources to storm water utility.

Ferrum, Va. (Oct. 9, 2013) – On Fri., Oct. 11, 2013, Ferrum College will host the Roanoke River 2013 Conference in Franklin Hall on campus from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To recognize the College’s Centennial this year, College President Jennifer Braaten will open the conference with “Celebrating 100 years of Ferrum College” and the Smith Mountain Lake Association will present “100 Year History of the Roanoke River Watershed.”

A variety of morning sessions will include a presentation by the College’s Dr. Carolyn Thomas, “Smith Mountain Lake and Climate Change: Can we measure an effect?” The lunchtime keynote speaker, Dr. Rory Coffey, a visiting scholar from Ireland, will discuss his current work in conjunction with Virginia Tech on the effects of climate change on water resources.

The afternoon program will include a Stormwater Utility Panel during which representatives from various municipalities will talk about the establishment of a stormwater utility including those in the very early stages to those who have completed the process and have stories of successes and failures to share. Their presentations will be followed by a stormwater utility panel discussion.

In addition to the College, the Upper Roanoke River Roundtable, the Clean Valley Council, the Smith Mountain Lake Association and the Department of Conservation and Recreation will host the conference. For more information, visit http://www.cleanvalley.org/roanoke-river-currents-watershed-conference.

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