Public Service Perspectives | Championing Data-Driven Policy Decisions at Ohio EPA

Friday, October 15, 2021 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Learn how an OHIO alumna collected environmental data, conducted experiments, and collaborated with other researchers to help inform policies, guidance, and rules at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, including the nation’s first harmful algal bloom monitoring and treatment rules. The use of an adaptive program management approach will also be highlighted.


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About the speaker:  

Heather Raymond is the Water Quality Initiative Director for The Ohio State University’s College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. In this role, she helps coordinate applied interdisciplinary water quality research that addresses the needs of local, state, and federal partners and integrates research findings into extension outreach.

Prior to accepting her position at OSU, Heather served as the State of Ohio Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Coordinator, where she led the development of the nation’s first public water supply HAB monitoring and reporting rules, assisted lake managers and water systems respond to HABs, conducted applied research on HAB treatment in coordination with U.S. EPA and University partners, and taught webinars and workshops on HAB response.

She serves on the National HAB Committee and Great Lakes HABs Collaborative Steering Committee and is a contributing author to state, federal, and international HAB guidance. She has over twenty years of water quality-related government experience and earned master’s degrees in science and public administration from Ohio University.


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