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Marquette Law School to host conference on public policy and American drinking water

This conference will take an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the water-related legal, scientific, engineering and environmental issues that fill today’s news and touch all of our lives.

By - Aug 30th, 2016 10:28 am

MILWAUKEE — Nationally renowned water corrosion and treatment expert Marc Edwards and Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett are among the featured guests for an upcoming conference, “Public Policy and American Drinking Water,” on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at Marquette University Law School’s Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St.

Amid great concern about the future of water quality and quantity, this conference will take an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the water-related legal, scientific, engineering and environmental issues that fill today’s news and touch all of our lives. Edwards, the Charles P. Lunsford Professor of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech University, and other leading figures from a variety of disciplines will discuss the following topics:

  • Lead, drinking water, and aging infrastructure
  • Groundwater supply issues
  • Water pricing and valuation
  • Lessons from Flint
  • Public-private partnerships and the privatization of drinking water delivery systems
  • Public perceptions of drinking water contamination

The lead organizer of the conference is David Strifling, director of Marquette University Law School’s Water Law and Policy Initiative. Marquette University President Michael R. Lovell will deliver opening remarks for the conference.

Several other members of Marquette’s faculty will be featured guests, including Jeanne Hossenlopp, Vice President for Research and Innovation and Professor of Chemistry; Mike Gousha, Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy; Charles Franklin, Professor of Law and Public Policy and Director of the Marquette Law School Poll; Jill Birren, Assistant Professor, College of Education; Brooke Mayer, Assistant Professor, Opus College of Engineering; Andrew Meyer, Assistant Professor, College of Business Administration; and Robert Griffin, Professor, Diederich College of Communication.

Other featured guests include:

The conference is at capacity; registration for a waiting list is available online.

Through public programming such as the Marquette Law School Poll, debates featuring candidates in significant political races, Gousha’s “On the Issues” conversations with newsmakers, public lectures by leading scholars and conferences on significant issues of public importance, the Law School serves as the region’s leading venue for serious civil discourse about law and public policy matters.

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