The Edith Chase Symposium is a series of educational programs to acquaint people who are not specialists, with issues of importance in the Earth Sciences and Water Sciences. The Symposium was initiated in 2014 to honor Edith Chase, a scientist who contributed her expertise, energy, and outstanding analytic and communication skills to benefit the ecosystems of the City of Kent, the State of Ohio, and the Great Lakes Basin. At the time of Ms. Chase's decision, at age 90, to reduce the public advocacy activities in which she took part, the League of Women Voters of Kent and the Kent Environmental Council together began organizing this program, in recognition of Ms. Chase's service in the two organizations over fifty years. The first Symposium program was presented June 5, 2015. In 2016, The Edith Chase Symposium Association, Inc., was registered as an Ohio non-profit corporation, and has been approved by the US Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization under section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, so that donations may be deducted for federal income tax purposes by donors.

Before the Well Runs Dry

The 2022 Program
Our River is More Than Water. The Cuyahoga River drains a heavily populated watershed encompassing multiple cities, farms, mines, and wilderness areas. Beneath it are important aquafers, and the air above influences and is influenced by this river. If we widen our view a little, we see a river of life as well, with even ourselves a part of the river.

Our speaker this year was, Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, CEO of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. Her lecture is titled “What Happens Upstream Doesn’t Stay Upstream.” And was presented Friday evening, May 20, 2022, at the Kent State School of Architecture and Environmental Design, Cene Lecture Hall.

Our symposium continued the next day, May 21, 2022, 4PM, with the annual Edith Chase Poetry Reading at the Wick Poetry Garden, Kent State University. Local writers read original poems for “Birds of the Cuyahoga.”

Not a Drop to Drink


Our River is More Than Water

Bee Vigilant

Resurrection River

Where Ohio Meets the Lake

Restoration Through Vegetation

Before the Well Runs Dry

Not a Drop to Drink

Edith Chase Kent Heritage Festival

Edith Chase,
scientist, activist, advocate – a description of some of the services that Edith Chase has contributed to the protection of the ecosystem of the Great Lakes Basin.

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In Memory of Edith Chase

How you can help. The Edith Chase Symposium Association, Inc., is an Ohio non-profit corporation. No federal, state, or local tax money has been applied for or accepted to fund this program. Private donations, including individuals, advocacy groups, and responsible businesses, have been the only sources of support to create and maintain this program. Donations may be deducted for federal income tax purposes by donors.