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Enviro-Mich message from Cyndi Roper <croper@cleanwater.org>
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ATTENTION MICHIGAN CONSERVATION, PUBLIC HEALTH AND CITIZEN GROUPS:
A limited number of opportunities are available for Great Lakes residents
outside of Ohio to participate in the following workshops. Although the
focus will be on Ohio, the material covered will be relevant to other Great
Lakes states and will provide excellent insights into the Safe Drinking
Water Act implementation process. For more information, please contact Cyndi
Roper at (517) 337-4447 or e-mail croper@cleanwater.org.


TAPPING INTO CLEANER WATER:
New tools and tactics for improving Ohio's drinking water and protecting its
natural resources

Two Ohio workshops are being offered for water and land conservationists,
vulnerable populations and their care providers, community activists,
environmentalists, elected officials and others on the latest programs and
strategies to protect the state's natural resources and the public's health.

Friday, March 27
Radisson Hotel Columbus North, 4900 Sinclair Road, Columbus, OH

OR

Saturday, March 28
Maumee Bay Resort and Conference Center, Oregon, OH

The "Tapping into Cleaner Water" workshops are being offered to provide
information about the latest programs and strategic approaches to protecting
Ohio's waters and health. Both workshops will cover the following topics:

New right-to-know, public notification/participation requirements

New funding sources for pollution prevention programs

Source water assessment and protection

Enforceable measures for watershed clean-up: impaired waters listing (TMDLs)

Drinking water contamination issues: Cryptosporidium, pesticides,
disinfection by-products, arsenic, and radon

Multiple barrier approaches to drinking water safety

Update on key current and future state and federal water policies and
funding decision points

BACKGROUND:
Two years ago, as Congress botched a frontal assault on the Clean Water Act,
citizens and their organizations, were able to maneuver an historic
strengthening of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA); including for the first
time  right-to-know provisions, protection for the sources of our drinking
water, and a significant pot of money with which the states can actually
implement these important programs.

Environmental, public health, and consumer groups are hosting landmark
workshops in Columbus and in Toledo to focus on the work that needs to be
done to implement the SDWA in Ohio. 

We hope to clarify what new federal and state resources are on the table,
what environmental and public health policies and programmatic outcomes are
at stake, and what opportunities there are for meaningful and powerful
public participation and mobilization. 

Our job will be to work together to map out the direction in which groups
and individuals want Ohio to move, to identify the resources and technical
assistance we will need to move our vision into reality, and to train a
cadre of excited, knowledgeable, and skilled individuals to go back to their
communities and help create a new public health and environmental paradigm.

By attending this conference, you will:  gain specific knowledge about what
the State of Ohio is planning to do to implement the new amendments to the
SDWA; learn more about an array of contaminants that many Ohioans are
exposed to in their drinking water; and better understand the connection
between the SDWA and the Clean Water Act and other state and federal policy
initiatives. Most importantly, we will help you bring this information back
to your community with some elements of a plan and some new state and
national expertise from which to draw.

In addition, the conference organizers hope to gain valuable information and
insights from you as we work together to identify the problems facing your
community and to strategize on how to implement effective solutions.

Truly this is an exciting and challenging time. Please join us in Columbus
on Friday, March 27th or in Toledo on Saturday, March 28th.


WORKSHOP  SCHEDULE
8:30	Registration
9:00	Welcome and overview
9:30	Panel: The Drinking Water - Clean Water Connection
10:05	Panel:  The Status of Ohio's Source Water Protection Program
10:40	Break
11:00	Question and answer
11:45	Lunch -- Speaker: Trihalomethanes and birth outcomes
1:00	Panel: Shaping the State and Federal Process
2:00	Break
2:15	Furthering Ohio's Protections  Workgroups focussing on setting the
agenda for Ohio's source water protection programs, drinking water
right-to-know reports, drinking water protection funding levels and
priorities, and related topics
5:00	Closing remarks and evaluation

SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS
Clean Water Action, Clean Water Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council,
Ohio Citizen Action, Ohio Environmental Council, Ohio Public Interest
Research Group, River Network and Rivers Unlimited

PRESENTERS/MODERATORS
Mike Baker, Ohio EPA*
Cynthia Dougherty, Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, U.S.
EPA*
Vicki Deisner, Ohio Environmental Council
Jane Forrest, Ohio Citizen Action
Erik Olson, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
Liz Raisbeck, Washington Director, River Network
Cyndi Roper, Clean Water Fund
Paul Schwartz, National Campaigns Director, Clean Water Action
Jeff Skelding, Rivers Unlimited
Bill Spaulding, Region 5, U.S. EPA*
Dr. Kirsten Waller, Public Health Physician*
*invited

The "Tapping into Cleaner Water"  workshops are made possible with funding
from the George Gund Foundation.

For more information contact:
Cyndi Roper at (517) 337-3133  FAX (517) 337-2833   croper@cleanwater.org
Jane Forrest at (937) 277-7194   FAX (937) 277-7195   jforrest@dayton.net

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REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Register early...space is limited to 75 participants per workshop!

SELECT ONE:

_____ Columbus, OH  (Radisson Hotel Columbus North), Friday, March 27th

_____ Oregon, OH (Maumee Bay Resort and Conference Center), Saturday, March
28th


Name:							

Organization:

Address:

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State:  	  

Zip:	  

E-mail:

Day phone:

Evening phone:

Fax:

Registration fee is $15 per registrant before March 20th and $20 per
registrant after March 20th. Fee covers conference materials, lunch and
coffee breaks. 

Scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance. 

To register, complete this form and mail along with a check or money order
made out to "CLEAN WATER FUND" to: "Tapping into Cleaner Waters", c/o Clean
Water Fund, 4990 Northwind Dr., Suite 210, East Lansing, MI 48823. 

IF YOU CHOOSE TO E-MAIL YOUR RESPONSE TO RESERVE A SPACE, PLEASE INDICATE BY
WHEN YOUR PAYMENT WILL BE SUBMITTED.

For registration inquiries, call Cyndi Roper at (517) 337-3133.



Cyndi Roper
Michigan Director
Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund
4990 Northwind Dr., Suite 210
East Lansing, MI  48823
Phone (517) 337-4447  Fax (517) 337-2833
croper@cleanwater.org


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