Great Lakes Water Conference
"Defining and Defending Our Waters"
The 14th Annual Great Lakes Water Conference
Friday, November 7, 2014
Are we protecting our water resources or are we engaging in regulatory overreach, threatening shipping, and stifling an energy boom? How do we prevent recurrence of the crisis that deprived half a million persons in the Toledo area of drinking water this August?
These questions were among those addressed by panels of experts at the 14th annual Great Lakes Water Conference on Friday, November 7 at the University of Toledo College of Law. The conference was sponsored by the College of Law and its Legal Institute of the Great Lakes.
Panel topics were Defining the Reach of the Clean Water Act (discussing U.S. EPA’s controversial proposed rule), Open Lake Disposal of Harbor Sediments (featuring leaders of Ohio EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), Fracking Bans and State Preemption (exploring the enforceability of local ordinances), and Algae and the Toledo Water Crisis (focusing on the law and the science). Gail Hesse, executive director of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, was the keynote speaker.
For more information about the conference, see the brochure and press coverage. Videos of speakers from the 2014 conference are available, courtesy of Knowledge Stream (a service of WGTE Public Media), through the links below:
- Gail Hesse: Responding to Today's Water Management Issues
- Jan Goldman-Carter: Waters of the United States
- Christina Gruenhagen: Waters of the United States
- Mike Walker: Defining the Reach of the CWA
- Lt. Col. Karl Jansen: Open Lake Disposal of Sediments
- Shannon Nabors: Open Lake Disposal of Sediments
- Kristy Meyer: Time to End Open Season on Open Lake Disposal
- Blake Watson: Fracking Bans and State Preemption
- Deborah Goldberg: Fracking Bans and State Preemption
- John Keller: Fracking Bans and State Preemption
- Thomas Bridgeman: Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie
- Isabel Escobar: Algae and Water
- Kenneth Kilbert: Algae Law and the Toledo Water Crisis
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.