Lake Michigan: Whose Water Is It?

MPC_logo_NO_titleThe Milwaukee Press Club is proud to present another Behind the Headlines in-depth discussion of an important regional issue on Thursday April 25th:

Lake Michigan: Whose Water is it?
An In-Depth Look at the State’s Water Economy

The Waukesha Water Utility needs to buy water, but to purchase it from a municipality that draws water from Lake Michigan will require the consent of a host of Great Lakes governors and Canada. And Waukesha is only the first of a long list of water users—businesses, government, major dairy farms and private residents—who need to tap into the state’s water supply.  What’s the right way to allocate water and where is public policy headed?

MPC’s April 25 Behind the Headlines will feature a lunch discussion with a panel of experts on the issue quizzed by a panel of journalists who cover the topic. Audience questions will follow.

The expert panelists include:

Daniel Duchniak is the General Manager of the Waukesha Water Utility, leading Waukesha’s effort for an allocation of Great Lakes water under an exception to the diversion ban established by the Great Lakes Compact. A registered civil engineer with a Master¹s degree in environmental engineering, Duchniak previously worked for the City of Oak Creek Water and Sewer Utility, City of Racine Water and Wastewater Utility and the City of Franklin.

Eric Ebersberger  is the Water Section Chief in the Bureau of Drinking Water for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Paul Jones is the Executive Chairman of A. O. Smith Corp., a leading global supplier of water heaters and boilers for residential, commercial, and industrial applications and water treatment products. Jones is co-chair of The  Water Council which is working to establish the Milwaukee region as a world hub for water research, economic development, and education.

Kim Marotta is the Director of Sustainability at MillerCoors where she is responsible for implementing MillerCoors sustainable development strategy. Prior to joining MillerCoors in 2004, Marotta practiced law and served as an adjunct law professor.

The Journalists:

Don Behm:  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Susan Bence:  Milwaukee Public Radio environmental reporter

Sean Ryan:  The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee

Each speaker will give a five-minute overview of the topic and then answer questions from the three-person media panel.

Lead Sponsor:  Foley & Lardner LLP

Supporting Sponsors: Manpower

Event Details:

Who:  The public is invited to attend the luncheon

When:  Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 11:30am-1:30pm (program begins at noon).

Where:  The Lake Express High-Speed Ferry Terminal, 2330 S. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee. Free parking available.

How:  The cost is $20 for Milwaukee Press Club members, $25 for non-members, and $15 for students. Seating will be limited. Pre-registration and advanced payments are required and may be done online at Checks may be mailed to the MPC at P.O. Box 176, North Prairie, WI 53153-0176.

Cancellations will be accepted up to 48 hours in advance for full refund. For questions, please contact Joette Richards at the Milwaukee Press Club at or call 262-894-2224.

More information can be found on the Milwaukee Press Club website here:  Lake Michigan:  Whose Water is it?

About The Water Council

The Water Council, the only organization of its kind in the United States, was established in 2009 by Milwaukee-area businesses, education and government leaders. With more than 150 water technology companies in the Milwaukee area, the region’s water industry is a $10.5 billion dollar market and accounts for four percent of the world’s total water business. The non-profit organization is linking together global water technology companies, innovative water entrepreneurs, acclaimed academic research programs and, most importantly, some of the nation’s brightest and most energetic professionals. The Water Council is capturing the attention of the world and transforming the Milwaukee region into a World Water Hub for freshwater research, economic development and education. The Water Council is located in the Global Water Center at 247 W. Freshwater Way, Suite 500, Milwaukee, WI 53204.
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