Ashland University Sets Environmental Lecture on ‘Dam Removal in Ohio’

Ashland University Sets Environmental Lecture on ‘Dam Removal in Ohio’

1/13/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – The first event in Ashland University’s Environmental Lecture Series this semester will be a presentation by Bill Zawiski, environmental scientist with the Division of Surface Water for the Ohio EPA.

Zawiski will speak on "Dam Removal in Ohio: Á fish is swimming upstream and hits its head and what does it say...?" The lecture will be held Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall of the Schar College of Education. This event is free and open to the public.

Zawiski will focus initially on the ecology of streams influenced by dams and will discuss the decision-making process for evaluating sites, as well as the process for removing a dam in Ohio. He also will discuss some specific projects and the consequences of removal on stream ecology. 

Zawiski has been with Ohio EPA for more than 25 years and focuses on surface water quality assessments and facility regulation. In addition, he was a lecturer at the University of Akron for 12 years, teaching classes in Water Resources and Environmental Regulation.

Zawiski has been a co-author on several peer-reviewed publications that reported research into Ohio fish and mussel communities, pollutants and the effects of dam removal. His interest in the aquatic realm started in the Rocky River, was important throughout his education and continues to this day.

This year’s Environmental Lecture Series explores “People and Environmental: Restoration and Rehabilitation of Natural Areas.” The goal of the series is to explore different examples of projects intended to restore or rehabilitate the natural functions of habitats that have been heavily affected by development projects. The series will focus on the benefits of natural systems, including the valuable “services” provided by rehabilitated habitats in highly impacted ecosystems. The focus of specific case studies will be in and around Ohio.

The Environmental Lecture Series was established at Ashland University after the Environmental Science program was implemented in 1991-92. The lecture series was designed to support the Environmental Science program by allowing students, faculty and members of North Central Ohio communities to interact with leaders in environmental science and policy. Over the years, the lecture series has generated significant campus and community involvement and support. Recent lectures are archived for viewing at

Current support for the lecture series is provided by a grant from the Lubrizol Foundation and additional support from Ashland University. Past series have been supported by AU and grants from the GTE Foundation and the Fran and Warren Rupp Foundation.

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###