College of Law

Legal Institute of the Great Lakes


Contact Us

LIGL Director

Office Address:

Law Center

1825 W. Rocket Dr., Ste. 2000

Mailing Address:

2801 W. Bancroft, MS 507
Toledo, OH 43606


Great Lakes Water Conference

“Safe Drinking Water: A Tale of Three Cities”
The 16th Annual Great Lakes Water Conference

Friday, November 4, 2016

Save the date. More details will be available later this summer.

"Algae, Pipelines, and More"
The 15th Annual Great Lakes Water Conference

Friday, November 6, 2015

U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur was the keynote speaker at the 15th annual Great Lakes Water Conference on November 6 at The University of Toledo College of Law. An article about her remarks is available on the Toledo Blade web site.

The conference, sponsored by the College of Law and its Legal Institute of the Great Lakes, also featured three panels of experts.  The Algae panel explored legal solutions to the harmful algal blooms plaguing Lake Erie; the Pipelines panel focused on challenges arising from an important network of petroleum pipelines near valuable water resources; and the More Hot Topics speakers discussed a controversial new rule defining the scope of the Clean Water Act, a recent Ohio Supreme Court decision impacting impaired waters, and a proposed diversion of water out of the Great Lakes basin.

For more information about the conference, see the conference brochure and other press coverage

Links to slides presented by selected speakers at the 2015 conference are below:
Commissioner Carol Contrada (Algae) Stephen Haughey (TMDLs) Prof. Kenneth Kilbert (Algae)
Liz Kirkwood (Pipelines) Prof. Bradford Mank (Waters of the U.S.) J. Gregory Smith (Pipelines)
Jack Tuholske (Algae) Carl Weimer (Pipelines) Lyman Welch (Great Lakes Compact)

Previous Years' Conferences

Historically, water law has been the province of lawyers and policymakers in the arid western United States. In recent years, however, lawmakers in the Great Lakes region have come to recognize the critical role that water management plays in securing a healthy and vibrant society over the long term. In recognition of this development, the College of Law and the Legal Institute of the Great Lakes sponsor annual conferences each fall on water issues of importance to the Great Lakes region and the nation.

2015: Algae, Pipelines, and More

2014: Defining and Defending Our Waters

2013: Algae: A Blooming Problem in the Great Lakes and Beyond

2012: New Laws Impacting Water Quality and Quantity

2011: More Than Diversions: Compact, Fracking, Shores and Carp

2010: Renewable Energy, Drugs and More in Our Waters

2009: Stimulating, Restoring, and Protecting the Great Lakes

2008: Implementing the Compact, Transboundary Pollution, and Groundwater

2007: Invasive Species, Ethanol, and Updates on the Compact

2006: Climate Change, the Courts, and a Common Water Policy

2005: National Water Crisis: Energy and Access for All?

2004: Drawing the Line

2003: Beneath the Surface

2002: Great Lakes Neighbors: Managing International Waters in Crisis

2001: The National Water Crisis: A Great Lakes Response



Last Updated: 6/9/16