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Julie Weatherington-Rice, PhD Soil Science, RadioactiveWasteAlert.org Public Forum 11/12/13

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Published on Feb 1, 2014

Julie Weatherington-Rice, PhD, received a BS Edu in Science Education, an MS in Geology and a PhD in Soil Science, from Ohio State University. She is the Senior Scientist for Bennett and Williams Environmental Consultants Inc. in Westerville, OH. She is an Adjunct Asst. Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at OSU. She is a science advisor to the Ohio Environmental Council, and a Fellow of the Ohio Academy of Science. She graduated from Bexley High School, and co-wrote the original grant that started the Franklin County Greenways project in the early 1990s, co-convening the original effort with Tim Richardson, of MORPC (Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission). She was a member of the Board of Supervisors of the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District, and has continued working with them since 1974.

Julie has long been noted for her leadership roles in science education and water protection in Ohio, both in the public and private sectors. She was awarded the R Livingston Ireland award by the Water Management Association of Ohio for her work in developing the first regional ground water protection plans in southwest Ohio beginning in the 1980s. She has worked on all but one of the USEPA Sole Source Aquifer Petitions that have been developed in Ohio. Ohioans have petitioned approximately one-third of the state since 1986 when this protection was first envisioned on the Federal level. She has worked on numerous wellhead and source water protection plans for public water supplies all over the state. She has overseen the cleanup of numerous Superfund sites, brown fields and leaking landfills that have threatened the quality of public water supplies, going to court, from the county to Federal levels, to support the rights of local communities and citizen groups who have had their water impacted by contamination sources. When all else has failed, she has helped communities find new water supplies.

She has worked as an advisor to the State of Ohio on ground water protection since the 1980s, been honored by the Ohio Senate for her scientific leadership and educational efforts and has been recognized for her lifetime achievements by both Ohio Citizen Action and the Ohio Environmental Council, organizations that she has been working with for more than thirty years.

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