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Law School Symposium: Indiana Rivers, Feb 28th 2014

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On February 28, 2014 the IU McKinney School of Law, Environment, Energy, & Natural Resources Symposium will host the seventh annual environmental law symposium hosted byt the IU Environmental Law Society, Environmental Law Forum and Environmnetal Law Alumni. This year's topic is:

Indiana Rivers: Water Access, Water Quality, & Water's Future


Indiana’s Rivers are indeed a treasure as well as a resource that the state is bound to protect and conserve. Through a complex system of laws and regulations at the state and federal level, the rivers that flow through the state and define some of its borders are monitored, protected, assessed, and conserved and activities on their shores, and in their watersheds, that can affect water quality are likewise monitored and regulated. Recent events in West Virginia – where over 300,000 people lost access to basic drinking water for over a week following a chemical release into the Elk River – demonstrate that even the most complex and carefully-managed regulatory system can still fail. And recent experience in Indiana – where almost two-thirds of state waters that have been assessed for quality have been designated as “impaired” under the Clean Water Act – shows that more can be done.

IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law’s Seventh Annual Spring Environmental Symposium will focus on these challenges and engage experts and leaders, in a discussion of the state of Indiana’s riverways and watersheds, and the scope of the current regulatory framework. Expert panelists will:

•  Discuss the state of water access and water quality law and challenges in Indiana
•  Examine recent efforts to protect water quality affected by coal combustion
•  Assess measures that exist to prevent an Elk River-type disaster in Indiana
• Explore water access and water quality as an Environmental Justice Concern

The Keynote, Carol Comer, General Counsel for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), will be joined by experts and leaders including the Co-Director of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights in New Orleans, LA, the Managing Principal of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., in Washington, DC, the Water & Ag Policy Director for Hoosier Environmental Council, the Conservation Director of Sierra Club’s Hoosier Chapter, the Executive Director of the Conservation Law Center in Bloomington, and speakers from the Indiana House of Representatives, the Indiana Senate, Earthjustice, Prairie Rivers Network, the US Attorney’s Office, the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, IU McKinney Law School in Indianapolis, and IU Maurer Law School in Bloomington.

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