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The White House Council on Environmental Quality’s Asian Carp Director John Goss will be the keynote speaker at the 11th annual Great Lakes Water Conference Friday, Nov. 4, in the UT Law Center.

Goss will discuss the federal government’s efforts to prevent the invasive carp species from spreading into the Great Lakes.

The one-day conference also will feature panels of experts addressing hydraulic fracturing and its impact on water resources, regulation of water usage under the region’s new interstate compact, and disputes over ownership of and access to the shores of the Great Lakes.

Speakers will include the interim director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, proponents and opponents of the bill regulating water withdrawals that was vetoed by Ohio’s governor this summer, opposing counsel in a recently decided Ohio Supreme Court case affecting Lake Erie shores, a fishery biologist, and private sector and public interest lawyers.

“By sharing points of view from across the spectrum at the conference, we hope to make strides toward solving critical problems facing our region,” said Ken Kilbert, UT associate professor of law and director of the College of Law’s Legal Institute of the Great Lakes.

UT President Lloyd Jacobs, who will provide opening remarks, said the conference has become an important part of the University’s leadership on Great Lakes issues.

“The University of Toledo has for more than a decade held a leadership role as we advocate on behalf of these unique natural resources,” Jacobs said. “This conference occupies an essential point where UT’s strengths in law, ecology and environmental sciences come together, and our leadership in the area has done much to keep our lakes healthy.”

In past years, the forum has discussed the dangers caused by pharmaceuticals entering the water supply, how water resource restoration can aid economic recovery and development, and the ways international cooperation with Canada can reduce Great Lakes pollution.

The free, public conference is sponsored by the UT College of Law and its Legal Institute of the Great Lakes. For attorneys who wish to earn 4.5 hours of CLE, the cost is $60.

Register here or call 419.530.2851.

More information about the conference is available here or from Kilbert at 419.530.5597.

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