Water quality topic of panel discussion July 6 in Defiance


Northwest Ohio Democracy in Action, the Bowling Green Chapter of the League of Women Voters and the Defiance Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) are co-sponsoring a panel discussion on water quality as it effects northwest Ohio and the Great Lakes. The nonpartisan forum will take place at the Stroede Center for the Arts, 319 Wayne Avenue, Defiance, at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 6. The event is free and open to the public. The idea behind the event is that voters need information from people who work on the front lines and face these important issues in order to present real facts and reduce the misinformation that surrounds public policy today. The discussion is expected to last about two hours and will include time for questions from the audience.

All panelists have been working on the front lines of water quality in northwest Ohio for many years and have first-hand experience with federal, state, and local regulations and local trends and conditions and will include: Dr. Mike McKay of Bowling Green State University; Adam McDowell, Defiance water superintendent; Lou Pendleton, formerly of Bryan Municipal Utilities; Jennifer English, City of Defiance Urban Stormwater/MS4 Coordinator; Joe Logan of the Ohio Farmers Union; and Tish O’Dell of the Ohio Community Rights Network.

Northwest Ohio Democracy in Action is a local group dedicated to preserving transparency and accountability in government through an informed and educated citizenry. The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 to help women carry out their newly acquired responsibilities as voters. A national nonpartisan organization since its founding, the LOWV works to empower all voters with information about vital issues of the day. The AAUW is a leading voice in promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since its founding in 1881, AAUW has been concerned with the leading educational, social, and economic issues of the day.

For further information, call Anne Gordon at 313-348-9191 or nwohiodia@gmail.com.