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April 1, 2010
Environmental Law Symposium
Indiana's Water Future - Crisis or Cooperation?

Speaker: Matthew T. Klein (Keynote)
Time: noon-5:15pm
Location: Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis, IN 40202
Contact: Liz Hall eah@iupui.edu

Image of a water dropThe Third Annual Spring Environmental Law Symposium, "Indiana's Water Future - Crisis or Cooperation?" will occur on April 1, 2010, and will focus on conflict, scarcity, and the quality of state water resources.

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Water resources are vital to Indiana’s public health and well-being as well as the state’s future economic growth. Yet continued access to clean water supplies cannot be taken for granted. Increased scarcity, discharges from industrial, municipal and agricultural sources, and the likelihood of long-term changes to precipitation cycles and climate all create pressures that state leaders must address. And increased water demand, including competition from neighboring states for shared water supplies, make the need to secure Indiana’s water even more acute.

Three panels will address recent and developing challenges to state and local water supplies – with an emphasis on the legal frameworks through which those supplies are managed and protected.

Panel one will address the controversy over a proposal by Veolia Water to trench and resurface portions of the central canal which runs seven miles through the city. The controversy raised questions of who “owns” the canal and how it should be operated and maintained consistent with community values.

Panel two looks at ongoing ‘water wars’ among Georgia, Alabama, Florida – and now Tennessee – over increasing scarcity, demand, and allocation of interstate water resources. In light of these conflicts, the panel will consider how the same challenges may arise, and could be addressed, in Indiana.

Panel three will examine public health threats arising from water quality changes and water-borne disease associated with climate change. Panelists will discuss the range of challenges that can be brought on by climate and precipitation changes, and will explore what Indiana policymakers can do today to mitigate problems in the future.

Hosted by IU Environmental Law Forum; Environmental Law Society; IU Law - Indianapolis Env. Law Alumni

Co-Sponsored by Butler University Center for Urban Ecology; William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health; IU Indianapolis Bar Association Environmental Law Section; Indiana State Bar Association; IUPUI Center for Earth and Environmental Science; IUPUI Campus Sustainability Initiative; IUPUI Common Theme; Indianapolis Bar Association Environmental Law Section; Indiana State Bar Association; Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Additional Co-Sponsors TBA