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Hot Water Issues Symposium: Global, National & Valley Perspectives – Problems, Solutions, and the Challenges Ahead

November 19, 2016—12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Saturday, November 19, 12pm- 3pm
845 West St. Amherst, MA
FREE, but please register online
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Three hot topics that concern public drinking water and their sources of supply, from both a water quality and quantity perspective:

  • Looming Water Shortages: Is Water The Next Oil? 
  • Is My Water Safe To Drink? Conventional And Emerging Contaminants 
  • Climate Change and Water:  Should we be worried?

Nationally recognized expert speakers will address national and local water quality concerns as sparked by the recent water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan as well as water supply fears brought on by recent drought conditions in New England along with the long-term implications of climate change on future water supplies, in the Valley and around the globe. Speakers will be followed by a Q&A panel discussion with audienceWhat can we as individuals and a community do to secure a better water future?

AMY VICKERS is a nationally recognized water conservation and efficiency expert, engineer, and author of the award-winning Handbook of Water Use and Conservation: Homes, Landscapes, Businesses, Industries, Farms (WaterPlow Press). A consultant to more than 125 U.S. and overseas water utilities and organizations, Amy is also the author of the first national water efficiency standards for plumbing fixtures that were adopted under the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 1992–now saving 7 to 9 billion gallons daily. In 2017, she will be a contributing author to the forthcoming Drought and Water Crises (CRC Press). Education: M.S., Engineering, Dartmouth College; B.A., Philosophy, New York University. More…

LAUREL SCHAIDER is a Research Scientist at the Silent Spring Institute with expertise in environmental chemistry, environmental engineering, and exposure assessment. She leads the Institute’s Cape Cod water quality research on highly fluorinated chemicals and other contaminants of emerging concern. Before joining Silent Spring, she was a research associate at the Harvard School of Public Health where she led a study in rural Oklahoma on mercury exposure among anglers and their families including members of local Native American tribes. Dr. Schaider earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering Science from MIT. She has taught ecology and environmental engineering courses at MIT and Northeastern University. More…

CASEY BROWN is an internationally recognized expert in water resources systems analysis and climate risk assessment. He serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UMass/Amherst and Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University. At UMass, Casey leads the Hydrosystems Research Group that conducts world-leading research on climate risk assessment, adaptation, and hydroclimatology. His pioneering work in vulnerability-based climate risk assessment is influencing adaptation planning in water management agencies around the world. He has led climate risk studies for the U.S. Department of Defense, World Bank, and the California Department of Water Resources. Education: Ph.D, Environmental Engineering Science, Harvard University. More…


November 19, 2016
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Hitchcock Center for the Environment


Hitchcock Center for the Environment
845 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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