College of Law

Great Lakes Water Conference

The 19th Annual Great Lakes Water Conference
November 8, 2019

Watch for more details later this summer.

“Regional Water and More”
The 18th Annual Great Lakes Water Conference
November 2, 2018

Regionalization of water and sewer systems was the prime focus of the 18th annual Great Lakes Water Conference on Friday, November 2 at the University of Toledo College of Law.

Titled “Regional Water and More,” the conference featured three panels of law and policy experts. One panel concentrated on Ohio, including a possible regional approach to drinking water among the city of Toledo and nearby communities. A second panel discussed the trend toward regionalization of water and sewer systems beyond the Buckeye State, including the new regional authority in the Detroit area. A third panel addressed the rights of recreational paddlers versus private landowners, developments in the legal fight against algae in Lake Erie, and regulation of discharges of pollutants to groundwater under the federal Clean Water Act.

Darren Nichols, executive director of the Great Lakes Commission, was the keynote speaker. The conference was sponsored by the College of Law and its Legal Institute of the Great Lakes.

2018 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.

2017: The Trump and Trudeau Administrations on Water

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: 7/3/19