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Clean Water NY: What actions are needed to ensure sustainable water resources in the 21st Century?

Legislative Forum
May 6, 2015

Environmental Section
New York State Bar Association

Water is essential for life. It is essential for a healthy environment and a healthy economy. In contrast to water issues endemic to many other states, such as severe water shortages in California, or impaired water quality in the mid-West, New York is unique in that it boasts an abundant, high-quality water supply. This year's forum will explore the future of water sustainability in New York State. Aging water infrastructure, changing weather patterns, and new approaches to community resiliency are some of the significant issues that may impact our State's water quality. The panel will explore the following topics:

  • What laws and policies should be in place, now, to ensure clean water for future generations?

  • Should progressive water efficiency goals be state law mandates?

  • Is there a correlation between water conservation goals and energy policy in New York?

  • What is the role of regionalization in planning for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure?

The Environmental Law Section's Annual Legislative Forum

Over the past several years, the Annual Legislative Forum has presented debate and insight from lawmakers, policy makers, and the current administration, as well as from business and advocacy organizations, on environmental issues critical to the Empire State. In 2013, the forum focused on statewide preparedness for extreme weather events following Hurricane Sandy. In 2014, panelists discussed safety and environmental challenges in light of the unprecedented increase of oil transportation across the State. The purpose of the forum is to provide a balanced and insightful discussion on issues that are currently or will likely become state legislative priorities.

John Parker, Co- Chair, Legislative Committee

Jill Kasow, Co-Chair, Legislative Committee

May 6, 2015
10 am to 1 pm

A Forum and Luncheon

New York State Bar Association

One Elk Street, Albany, New York

(Originally posted by John Parker)

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