Funding Great Lakes Sewage Infrastructure: Why It’s Critical to Improving Water Quality
Join us for a webinar on Wed., July 25 at noon Central time. Each year, tens of billions of gallons of combined untreated sewage and storm runoff is dumped into the Great Lakes, fouling the water and causing Great Lakes beach closings and swimming advisories. Many municipalities have plans for sewer system improvements to reduce these overflows, but infrastructure improvements are expensive. Federal funding is declining and municipal investment in water and wastewater infrastructure exceeds $100 billion annually.
During the webinar, speakers will discuss why maintaining stable and increased funding for a federal loan program, the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, can lead to cleaner water in the Great Lakes. Webinar speakers include Lyman Welch, water quality program director of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, and Adam Krantz, managing director, government affairs at the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. Join the call to ask questions and hear how you can do your part to improve Great Lakes water quality. Register today to get call-in information and reserve your spot.
*This event is open to the media, but members of the press will be asked to hold their questions until the end of the session.
Information about our guest speakers:
Adam Krantz is Managing Director of Government & Public Affairs at the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA, www.nacwa.org), where he has worked since May 2001. Mr. Krantz manages the Government Affairs staff and advocates on behalf of the nation’s public clean water agencies on an array of issues, including wet weather, infrastructure funding, and an array of other Clean Water Act-related legislative and regulatory clean water issues. Prior to his position at NACWA, Mr. Krantz was an associate editor/reporter at Inside Washington Publishers where his work focused on covering the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s and Congress’s national water quality initiatives. Before entering the environmental arena, Mr. Krantz worked as an attorney in the Washington, D.C. law firm, Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin & Oshinsky on litigation matters.
Mr. Krantz has also served as the President of the Federal Water Quality Association and as Vice President of the Clean Water America Alliance, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit association.
Mr. Krantz has degrees from Columbia University in New York City, the American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., and the University of Chicago. He is a member of both the District of Columbia and Maryland bar.
Lyman Welch is the director of the Alliance's Water Quality program, with a focus on reducing sewage overflows, non-point source runoff, and existing and emerging pollutants. Lyman is an attorney formerly with the Chicago law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt. Most recently, he served as associate director and general counsel of the Mid-Atlantic Environmental Law Center at Widener University Law School in Wilmington, Delaware.
He received his J.D. degree in 1993 from the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. In 1990, Lyman graduated cum laude from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.
Lyman grew up in the Chicago area. He enjoys running and cycling along Lake Michigan.
Wed., July 25
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. CDT
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