A leading expert on groundwater protection is the featured speaker for the second annual Edith Chase Symposium in Kent on Friday, June 3, 7 p.m., at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center.

The 2016 symposium, “Before the Well Runs Dry”, is intended to share the science involved in groundwater use, protection, depletion, contamination and restoration.

The program will be presented by Dr. Julie Weatherington-Rice, Ph.D., who is Senior Scientist at Bennett and Williams Environmental Consultants of Columbus, OH.

The Edith Chase Symposium was initiated in 2014 by the League of Women Voters of Kent, and the Kent Environmental Council. Edith Chase is an award-winning scientist, activist, and public official who lived in Franklin Township near Kent for more than 50 years. She was a long- time active member of both the LWV Kent and the KEC.

Dr. Weatherington-Rice has served as a consultant to State of Ohio agencies in the fields of soil and water conservation since the 1980’s, and has taught as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University since 2004.

She was the senior consulting scientist on groundwater protection plans for the City of Canton, the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District, Dayton (Miami Valley RPC) and many other municipalities.

In 2013 Dr. Weatherington-Rice received the Ohio Environmental Council’s “Environmental Watchdog Award.”

The public is invited. The Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center is located at 215 S. Depeyster St., Kent, Ohio.

There is no charge for admission, but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended. People attending who have made reservations will have priority seating.

This program is community funded. It does not receive financial support from any government agency or university. Contributions toward the expenses of this program are appreciated.

Make reservations and donations online at: EdithChaseSymposium.org