The CLEAN WATERWAYS Conference to Focus on Engaging and Effectively Communicating with Local Communities During an Oil or Hazardous Material Spill Response

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The CLEAN WATERWAYS Conference, which will take place April 16-18 in Cincinnati, OH, has two exciting additions to the agenda that will tie together how local communities and responders can work together for an effective, environmentally sensitive, and safe response to an oil or hazardous material spill.

Boom Deployment and Fire Boat Demo, organized by The Greater Cincinnati Harbor & Maritime Co-Operative Committee (GCHMCC)

Tuesday, April 16, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

More than just a boom deployment, this is a tangible example of how private companies and public entities can work together to mitigate the impact of pollution releases and promote maritime safety. You will also be able to check out the GCHMCC emergency spill response trailer and see the city’s new fireboat in action.

Keynote Panel: Communication and Community Engagement

Wednesday, April 17, 9:15 am - 10:00 am

It almost goes without saying that how successful a response is depends on your perspective and vantage point. Key elements have to be in place to achieve overall success. Did you effectively protect people, the environment, assets, commerce and public trust? If there is a place that knows how to respond to a spill event and effectively communicate and engage it’s Ohio, particularly the City of Cincinnati.

Moderator: Ken Smith, CEO, HEPACO, LLC
Panelist: Heidi Griesmer, Deputy Director for Communications, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Panelist: Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman, , City of Cincinnati, Office of the Vice Mayor
Panelist: Mike Doll, Project Manager, Peter Cremer North America
Panelist: Eric Thomas, Executive Director, Central Ohio River Business Association

Full event details, including conference sessions, exhibitors and registration, can be accessed at

CLEAN WATERWAYS delivers all of the people you need to know before an incident occurs on or around an inland river system – state and federal regulators, operators, spill equipment providers, consultants and OSROs. At CLEAN WATERWAYS, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with fellow attendees and speakers involved in maritime, facilities, rail, and pipeline, as well as state and federal agencies, to build the critical relationships needed in today’s inland environment. There is no other event delivering this group of people, which makes CLEAN WATERWAYS a one-of-a-kind conference.

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