Great Lakes Water 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 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.