From October 26-28, Robert Adler, James I. Farr Chair and Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, will participate in an invitation-only conference on reauthorization of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Participants include congressional staff, current and former high-level EPA officials, advocates for various interest groups, and only a small number of academics who are viewed as experts on the CWA. The meeting will be held at the Wingspread Conference Center (the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed mansion in Racine, Wisconsin built for the Johnson Wax family, which is now owned by the Johnson Foundation and used for meetings designed to lead to the development of key policy initiatives.)
Some of the issues to be considered at the conference include What challenges remain and what changes are necessary to ensure continuing progress in improving water quality?; Recent legal, regulatory, and legislative developments defining “Waters of the U.S.”; How well do current CWA provisions address stormwater and wet weather pollution in urban areas?; and How can the CWA help achieve sustainable water resource management (including, e.g., water conservation, reuse and efficiency)?, among others.