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Enviro-Mich message from Cyndi Roper <croper@cleanwater.org>
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FROM WATERSHEDS TO WATERTAPS...GREAT LAKES STYLE!!

Saturday, October 3, 1998, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.*
Mt. Clemens Community Center, 300 Groesbeck Highway
Mt. Clemens, MI

Presented by Clean Water Fund

*A Lake St. Clair drinking water session for citizens will follow the
workshop from 3:30 -5:30 p.m. 

A workshop overviewing the latest programs and strategies to protect our
drinking water sources and the public's health designed for water and land
conservationists, consumers, vulnerable populations, elected officials and
others.

To:	Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio Clean Water Advocates
From:	Cyndi Roper, Michigan Director, Clean Water Fund
Date:	August 31, 1998
Re:	FROM WATERSHEDS TO WATERTAPS workshop 
	(significant expense subsidies are available*)

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.

Clean Water Fund's goal in presenting FROM WATERSHEDS TO WATERTAPS is to
organize for greater public health and watershed protections from dangerous
contaminants in our tapwater, which result from agricultural and urban
runoff, industrial and municipal discharges, mining, forestry and other
activities.  

To help accomplish this, environmental, public health, and consumer groups
are convening for a landmark workshop in the Detroit area -- on Saturday,
October 3rd -- to focus work on the implementation of the new Safe Drinking
Water Act and other related water initiatives designed to protect the source
waters for public drinking water supplies. For more information, please
review the workshop brochure which follows.

The goals of the workshop include: 1) clarifying what new federal and state
resources are available; 2) outlining the environmental and public health
policies that are at stake; and 3) highlighting opportunities for powerful
public participation and mobilization to achieve maximum protections.

The workshops will: 1) help define state and regional policies for source
water assessment and protection; 2)  identify the resources and technical
assistance we need to move our vision into reality;  and 3) train a cadre of
excited, knowledgeable, and skilled individuals to go back to their
communities and help create a new public health/watershed protection paradigm.

By attending the workshops, you will: 1) obtain knowledge about plans to
implement the new source water assessment and protection program; 2) learn
about new right-to-know and public participation measures designed to build
support for drinking water and watershed protection; 3) find out about new
federal pollution prevention funding for protecting the source waters for
public drinking water supplies; and 4) receive an overview and status report
on enforceable measures for watershed clean-up (total maximum daily loads or
TMDLs).

Most importantly, we will help you bring this information back to your
community with elements of an action plan and new state, regional 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.

Please join us on Saturday, October 3rd. For more information, contact Dan
Farough at 810.792.8375. 

*TRAVEL, HOUSING, MEAL AND REGISTRATION SUBSIDIES ARE AVAILABLE ON A FIRST
COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS. ASK DAN FOR DETAILS. 

Saturday, October 3, 1998, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.*
Mt. Clemens Community Center, 300 Groesbeck Highway
Mt. Clemens, MI

Presented by Clean Water Fund

*A Lake St. Clair drinking water session for citizens will follow the
workshop from 3:30 -5:30 p.m. 


>From Watersheds to Watertaps*, Saturday, October 3, 1998

8:15	Registration and continental breakfast

9:00	Opening remarks

9:15	Panel discussion: The Drinking Water - Clean Water Connection

10:15	Break

10:30	New opportunities and tools to protect the source waters for drinking
water supplies

12:00	Lunch and guest speaker

1:15	Protecting water quality in Lake St. Clair: Using this Great Lakes
"connecting waterway" as a model for how source water assessment and
protection tools could work

1:45	Breakout session
A)  Protecting Our Watersheds: New source water protection opportunities
under the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act
B)  Public Participation: New tools for drinking water consumers, watershed
interests and public health advocates

2:45	Closing remarks

* This workshop is made possible through funding provided by the U.S.E.P.A.


INVITED SPEAKERS
Don Elder, River Network, Portland, OR
Rob Moore, Central States Education Center, Champaign, IL
Rae Schnapp, PhD, Hoosier Environmental Council, Indianapolis, IN
MI Dept. of Environmental Quality, Drinking Water and Radiological Division,
Lansing, MI
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Ground Water and Drinking
Water, Washington, DC
Erik Olson, Natural Resources Defense Council Washington, DC
Cyndi Roper, Clean Water Fund, Clinton Township, MI
Paul Schwartz, Clean Water Fund, Washington, DC

Each year, an estimated one  million Americans are sickened by drinking
their tap water. Over one third of U.S. waterways are not safe for fishing
and swimming.

The 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act provided new tools for drinking water
consumers, public health advocates and watershed activists to better protect
drinking water and the natural areas that supply drinking water to consumers
throughout the U.S.

We invite you to attend From Watersheds to Watertaps and find out about:

New right-to-know and public participation measures designed to build
support for drinking water and watershed protection efforts;

New federal pollution prevention funding for protecting drinking water sources;

Source water assessment and protection; and

Enforceable measures for watershed clean-up (impaired and threatened
waters/TMDLs).


"FROM WATERSHEDS TO WATERTAPS"  Registration Form
Please complete this registration form and send it along with a $15 check*
made out "Clean Water Fund." Mail it to: Daniel Farough, Clean Water Fund,
35482 Groesbeck Highway, Clinton Township, MI 48035.

*to cover lunch and break refreshments

Name:

Organization:

Address:

Daytime phone:

Evening phone:

Fax:

E-mail (if applicable):   

TRAVEL, MEAL AND LODGING SUBSIDIES ARE AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST
SERVE BASIS.  
CONTACT DAN FAROUGH AT 810.792.8375 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Following the U.S.E.P.A. funded workshop, Clean Water Fund and Clean Water
Action will convene a separate meeting of citizens concerned about Lake St.
Clair and its tributaries as source waters for area drinking water supplies.

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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