Demystifying Aquatic Science Agenda
Demystifying Aquatic Science for Opinion Journalists
Association of Opinion Journalists 2013 Convention
Hyatt Regency Newport
1 Goat Island
October 14, 2013
4:00-4:30 Water Pollution as a Global Change Issue
Art Gold, University of Rhode Island College of Environment and Life Sciences
Kay Ho, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Unable to attend as a result of government shutdown)
Stormwater runoff to inland and coastal waters constitute an often-overlooked aspect of global environmental change, as do so-called “emerging contaminants,” which represent pollutants with perceived health threats but little existing toxicological data. Speakers will discuss these various pollution concerns, how they are assessed, and why they are important.
4:30-5:00 Too Much of a Good Thing: Extreme Weather and Climate Change Adaptation
Coastal cities are facing a daunting planning challenge as extreme weather events place unforeseen stresses upon aging, critical infrastructure ranging from roads to wastewater treatment and fuel storage facilities. The speakers will describe trends in these potentially devastating events and some of the water-related adaptation concerns that follow.
5:00-5:20 Toward a National Water Policy
Gerald Galloway, University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering
The wide-ranging concerns regarding water safety, availability, and management have led some to argue for a national water policy effort. A leading proponent for this approach will describe the goals and status of such a national policy.
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