2017 Covington Neighborhood Collaborative Summit Scheduled

Oct 2, 2017

The Covington Neighborhood Collaborative (CNC), an umbrella organization providing a forum for sharing “best practices,” enabling neighborhoods to have a strong voice on issues, and affording residents a chance to gain leadership skills in Covington (KY) is pleased to announce that its 2017 Covington Neighborhood Summit will be held  at the downtown Covington location of Gateway Community & Technical College, 525 Scott Ave. on Saturday, October 14, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This year’s event will highlight sessions dedicated to two related subjects of particular environmental concern, protecting the Monarch Butterfly and water resources in northern Kentucky. 

The CNC initiated the conversation in Covington regarding the development of special habitats for butterflies and has actively supported these efforts. The morning sessions, which will begin at 9:45 a.m., will focus on associated ecological aspects of this effort.  Bill Thoeny, PhD, chairman of the Northern Kentucky Group of the Sierra Club, will address a variety of issues relating to pollinators generally and butterflies, specifically. Crystal Courtney, city of Covington Urban Forest Specialist will describe the City of Covington’s current efforts to increase the habitat for Monarch Butterflies in Devou Park and will describe the city’s plans for building on this project. In addition, Dr. Mary Whitson, an Associate Professor of Biology at Northern Kentucky University and Director of the John W. Thieret Herbarium, will address how our urban gardens can benefit wildlife in addition to providing us with a multitude of natural bounties.

The Summit’s key note speaker, Dr. Christopher N. Lorentz, the director of Thomas More College’s Environmental Science Program and its Ohio River Biology Field Station, will discuss “The Status and Importance of Aquatic Resources and Water Quality in the Licking and Ohio River Watersheds." This will be followed by a unique opportunity for Summit attendees to interact with representative from Northern Kentucky’s many environmental groups and guest speakers from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. 

The afternoon sessions will focus on water quality issues with a presentation by Ward Wilson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Waterways Alliance, and Marc Hult, a hydrologist and former member of the U. S. Geologic Survey, who will make closing remarks at 3:15 p.m. with a focus upon how much each of us effect, and are affected by, water quality in his presentation “We are all downstream from somewhere.” 

As with previous Summits, the event is open to the public and free of charge, but CNC asks that all participants register, if possible, prior to the event.  Registration will also be accepted on site beginning at 9 a.m. and a continental breakfast available prior to the welcoming remarks and topic sessions beginning at 9:45 a.m. A light lunch will be provided by CNC from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.  The 2017 Covington Summit is  possible with the assistance and generosity of Roebling Point Books and Coffee, the Friends of Covington, the Wallace Woods Neighborhood Association, the Center for Great Neighborhoods, and the City of Covington.