NKY water experts invited to attend White House summit


It’s no secret that areas of the country – and much of the world – are water-stressed to varying degrees. But it may surprise some to learn of the work being done by our region’s water experts to help address the problem on a global scale.
 
Last month Confluence, the region’s water innovation cluster, were invited to attend a White House summit where scientists, politicians and environmental advocates from all over the country discussed the challenges they face and brainstormed possible solutions.

Like many attendees to the event, which was the first of its kind hosted by the White House, Confluence representative Melinda Kruyer said more funding is needed to implement water solutions.

“We’re seeing challenges that we’ve never seen before – algae toxins and lead in the water – at degrees we didn’t realize,” Kruyer said. “We need funding to implement the solutions to those problems.”

The EPA founded Confluence in January 2011 to bring together businesses, government, researchers and other organizations to identify issues and develop programs to keep water clean in the Ohio Valley area, including Cincinnati, Dayton, Northern Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
 
Read the full WCPO Cincinnati story here.
 
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