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Great Lakes Water Conference

The 18th Annual Great Lakes Water Conference

Friday, November 2, 2018

Check back in late summer for more details about this year’s conference.


Friday, November 3, 2017
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
McQuade Auditorium, Law Center

Newly elected leaders in the U.S. and Canada have promised changes in direction.  What that means for water law and policy, on both sides of the border, was the focus of the 17th annual Great Lakes Water Conference on Friday, November 3 at the University of Toledo College of Law.

Titled “The Trump and Trudeau Administrations on Water,” the conference featured two expert panels discussing the actions and plans of the new administrations of President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding our water resources, including the Great Lakes.  The conference was sponsored by the College of Law and its Legal Institute of the Great Lakes.

The keynote speaker was Patricia Morris, director of the Great Lakes Section of the International Joint Commission.  A third panel explored the controversy over whether Lake Erie should be designated “impaired” under the federal Clean Water Act, and highlighted steps Ohio and Michigan are taking to reduce phosphorus loading and algae in the lake.

The one-day conference attracted more than 250 attendees. For more information about the conference, see the conference brochure.

2017 CLE Materials:

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.

2016: Safe Drinking Water: A Tale of Three Cities

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: 7/9/18