Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary: Contemplating its Past and Future

Date and Time
Friday, October 28, 2022 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Field Auditorium, Grainger Hall; and via Zoom


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The Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum's 2022 Symposium is in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The Act remains integral to preserving water quality for human health and recreation, and for the health and productivity of aquatic ecosystems intimately tied to our communities. Three multi-disciplinary panels of leaders from private, public, and non-profit sectors will discuss the value of clean water, how far the CWA's protections extend, and how the 50-year-old statute addresses emerging issues. The symposium will advance expert discussions on the CWA while still engaging all community members in our collective interest in clean water.

From 11:00 a.m. - 12:10 p.m., Kay Jowers, Director for Just Environments at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability and the Kenan Institute for Ethics, will moderate a panel discussion on The Value of Clean Water. Central questions to be addressed:

  • What are the adverse effects of water contamination on human health and ecosystem services?
  • How is access to clean water inequitably distributed?
  • What are some of the CWA’s achievements and failures?

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