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Your Environment. Your Health.

LSU and OSU Co-host Workshop to Improve Post-Disaster Communication

OSU SRP Trainees, Lane Tidwell, Steve O’Connell

OSU SRP Trainees Lane Tidwell and Steve O’Connell share their research with workshop attendees.
(Photo courtesy of OSU SRP)

The Louisiana State University (LSU) and Oregon State University (OSU) Superfund Research Programs (SRP) co-hosted “Response, Recovery, and Resilience to Oil Spills and Environmental Disasters: Engaging Experts and Communities,” a symposium and workshop for community stakeholders, researchers, and policy makers. The purpose of the workshop was to enhance communication between experts and citizens, encouraging better monitoring and sharing of information concerning local environmental conditions following disasters.

The symposium and workshop took place at LSU and was open to members of community and student environmental groups, state and federal regulatory agencies, and academic researchers and educators at no charge.

The morning session featured leaders of environmental groups including the Louisiana Environmental Action Network and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, researchers from LSU and OSU, and officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. Speakers discussed their work in the aftermath of recent environmental events.

In the afternoon, attendees participated in group discussions on response and characterizing exposure, recovery and the role of “citizen scientists,” and resilience and community participation.

To learn more about the meeting, please visit the OSU SRP website

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