Great Lakes Water Conference
“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.
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.