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Great Lakes Water Conference

The 17th Annual Great Lakes Water Conference

Friday, November 3, 2017

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

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

Friday, November 4, 2016

Safe drinking water was the focus of the 16th annual Great Lakes Water Conference on Friday, November 4 at the University of Toledo College of Law. Nearly 300 persons attended.

Titled “Safe Drinking Water:  A Tale of Three Cities,” the conference addressed the diverse drinking water challenges faced by Flint, Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; and Waukesha, Wisconsin.  The conference was sponsored by the College of Law and its Legal Institute of the Great Lakes.

Various aspects of Flint’s lead-contamination water crisis were explored by the keynote speaker - Todd Flood, special counsel for the Michigan Department of Attorney General - and a panel of experts.  Other panels discussed efforts to prevent a recurrence of Toledo’s microcystin contamination that led to a “do not drink” advisory in August 2014 and the approval earlier this year of Waukesha’s controversial request to divert Lake Michigan water out of the Great Lakes basin.

2016 Conference Brochure

2016 CLE Materials:

    Additional Documents re Waukesha

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: 6/26/17