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Great Lakes water conference Nov. 6 to address key national water issues

U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur will be the keynote speaker at the 15th annual Great Lakes Water Conference Friday, Nov. 6, in the Law Center.

The free, public conference, sponsored by the College of Law and its Legal Institute of the Great Lakes, will feature three panels of experts to discuss “Algae, Pipelines and More.”

The algae panel will explore legal solutions to the harmful algal blooms plaguing Lake Erie. The pipelines panel will focus on challenges arising from an important network of petroleum pipelines near valuable water resources. And the more hot topics speakers will discuss 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.

“The conference will tackle key water issues that are not yet on many persons’ radar as well as problems that are currently weighing heavily on almost everyone’s mind,” said Kenneth Kilbert, director of the Legal Institute of the Great Lakes and professor of law.

The conference kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with a welcome from UT President Sharon L. Gaber, and Congresswoman Kaptur will give the keynote address at 8:45 a.m. The algae panel will be at 9:15 a.m., the pipelines panel at 11 a.m., and the more hot topics panel will take place at 1:30 p.m.

The conference is free to the public. Registration is $75 for attorneys seeking 4.5 hours of Ohio Continuing Legal Education.

For more information about the conference, click here.

Media Coverage
The Blade (Nov. 4, 2015)
13 ABC (Nov. 6, 2015)
The Blade (Nov. 7, 2015)
The Blade (Nov. 9, 2015)
Marcellus (Nov. 9, 2015)
13 ABC, WTOL 11 and NBC 24 (Nov. 9, 2015)


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