Many US municipalities confront serious challenges due to aging water and wastewater infrastructure. Reduced funding, stricter environmental standards, emerging threats like climate variability and declining populations have resulted in a “perfect storm” of sorts for many communities in the Great Lakes region. In this backdrop, communities are identifying innovative ways to address this crisis. This panel will present the experience of some of these communities, along with a broader outlook on the challenges and opportunities in building resiliency and making water infrastructure in these communities sustainable in the long-term.
Dr Sridhar Vedachalam, PhD, Director, Safe Drinking Water Research and Policy Program
Mark Fisher, CEO, Council of the Great Lakes Region
Dr Nancy G Love, PhD, University of Michigan, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
John Dickert, President and CEO, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative