Water Law for Activists
Saturday, March 25, Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY


Access to clean water is one of the most important environmental and social issues facing our communities.

To support activists working on water protection issues, the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter Water Committee and the Cornell Law School Environmental Law Society are sponsoring a Water Law for Activists symposium Saturday, March 25 at the Cornell Law School in Ithaca. The program is free and open to the public.

The purpose of the symposium is to bring together lawyers and activists working on water law issues in New York to learn from and network with each other. The conference will focus on best ways to support water advocates in our efforts. Draft schedule below. Confirmed speakers include Deborah Goldberg from Earthjustice, Maya van Rossum from Delaware Riverkeeper, Richard Berkeley from the Public Utility Law Project and Richard Lippes from Lippes and Lippes in Buffalo.

Sponsored by Cornell Environmental Law Society and Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter Water Committee

Registration, 9:00 9:30 am

Introductory Remarks, 9: 30 10:00 am

Clean Water Act Issues, 10:00 11:00 am

Challenging Pipeline Stream Crossing Permits, 10:00 10:15

Bringing Citizen Suits under the Clean Water Act, 10:15 10:30

Discussion among Speakers and Audience, 10:30 11:00

Raising Water Contamination Issues in Permitting Proceedings, 11:00 am 12:00 noon

Seneca Lake Gas Storage Permitting Water Quality Issues, 11:00 11:15 am

Landfill Permitting Water Quality Issues, 11:15 11:30 am

Discussion among Speakers and Audience, 11:30 12:00 noon

Buffet Lunch, 12:00 noon -1:00 pm

Water Sovereignty and Rights Issues, 1:00 pm 2:00 pm

Tribal Sovereignty and Water Rights Issues, 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Water Rights and Water Withdrawal Permitting in New York, 1:15 pm 1:30 pm

Discussion among Speakers and Audience, 1:30 2:00 pm

Protection of Water Resources by Water Utilities, 2:00 3:00 pm

Rockland Water Treatment Issues, 2:00 2:15 pm

Hoosick Falls Contamination Issues, 2:15 2:30 pm

Discussion among Speakers and Audience, 2:30 3:00 pm

Activist Roundtable, 3:00 4:00 pm

What is Needed for Better Understanding of Water Law Issues, 3:00 4:00 pm

Water Committee Meeting, 4:00 5:00 pm

For more information, call 917-692-0595 or email annlfinneran@gmail.com.
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