News briefs – Sept. 3

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NEWPORT AQUARIUM HONORS FIRST RESPONDERS – In recognition of Patriot Day, Newport Aquarium will offer free admission to first responders during Fire & Safety Weekend, Sept. 11-13.

“The men and women working in law enforcement, firefighting and first-response professions are our heroes,” said Eric Rose, executive director of Newport Aquarium. “Fire and Safety Weekend is a way Newport Aquarium can show them our appreciation for everything they do for our communities.”

Police officers, firefighters, EMTs, state troopers, correction officers, 911 dispatchers and other professionals involved in law enforcement, investigations and emergency response can receive free admission by presenting their professional credential, along with a valid government-issued photo ID, at the Newport Aquarium ticket window.

RIFFE GALLERY TO FEATURE JURIED EXHIBITION – The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery will feature 59 Ohio artists in The Inaugural Juried Exhibition from November 5, 2015, through January 9, 2016.

Ohio artists (not enrolled in a degree-granting program, age 18 and older) were invited to submit up to three artworks in a statewide call for entries. Nearly 400 applications were submitted in a wide range of media including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, mixed media, and video. Exhibition jurors include Tyler Cann, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus; Petra Kralickova, formerly of Ohio University, Athens; and Marilyn Simmons, SPACES, Cleveland.

HEALTHY WATER OHIO COALITION ISSUES STRATEGIC PLAN – An unprecedented coalition of Ohio water stakeholders has issued its strategic plan for maintaining and strengthening the state’s water resources. The Healthy Water Ohio (HwO) coalition’s recommendations aim to preserve Ohio’s valuable water assets for those who rely on them for consumption, recreation, food production and commerce.

The HwO plan identifies specific needs in the areas of policy, research, infrastructure and education. It also proposes the creation of a public-private Ohio Water Trust, funded at $250 million annually to help enact the plan’s recommendations. A portion of the trust funding would be accrued through the sale of state bonds. The full report is available at

The Healthy Water Ohio coalition received input from more than 200 individuals and organizations with diversified interests in Ohio water. Its 16-member steering committee represents conservation, business, universities, water suppliers, agriculture, human health and others. Over its 21 month effort, the coalition hosted dozens of fact finding events and discussion meetings, heard from subject matter experts, engaged with government leaders and collected public input via a statewide survey of more than 1,000 Ohio citizens.

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