Ohio River Basin Alliance
The Ohio River Basin Alliance (ORBA) is a regional collaborative that includes representatives from over 80 state, local and federal agencies, and industry, academia, and not-for-profit organizations. ORBA began as a voluntary collaboration as an outgrowth of the 2009 Ohio River Basin Summit that was co-led by ORSANCO, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the US Environmental Protection Agency.
ORBA provides a forum for addressing issues facing the Ohio River Basin in today’s changing environment. Participating organizations in the ORBA collaborative include: Silver Jackets, Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth, Ashland Alliance, Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals Inc., Ohio River Basin Fish Habitat Partnership, The Nature Conservancy, US Army Corps of Engineers and the US Geological Survey. Regional goals include: clean and abundant water supply; flood control and risk reduction; economic prosperity; protection and restoration of ecosystems; nature-based recreation; and reliable river navigation.
Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), the Foundation for Ohio River Education (FORE) and Thomas More College entered into a strategic agreement that will provide leverage, influence, and funding opportunities for regional initiatives designed to address resource issues throughout the Ohio River Basin. The agreement secures ORSANCO and FORE as fiscal sponsors which will help the collaborative prioritize and secure funding for regional projects that would otherwise be lost due to lack of a non-federal sponsor. The agreement also secures the use of Thomas More College’s state of the art Biological Field Station located on the Ohio River as an exceptional meeting location, research and educational resource for ORBA’s stakeholders.