Environmental Protection

Dr. Mike Magee to Speak at WEFTEC09

Dr. Mike Magee, M.D, a veteran health care leader and author of "Healthy Waters: What Every Health Professional Should Know About Water," will deliver the keynote address during the opening general session of WEFTEC.09 in Orlando, Fla.

The opening session will kick off the Water Environment Federation’s 82nd annual technical exhibition and conference, a four-day event that is expected to draw thousands of water quality professionals to the Orange County Convention Center from Oct 10-14.

From 2003 to 2007, Magee hosted "Health Politics with Dr. Mike Magee," a weekly Internet program that covered news and information related to health issues and health care. As host of the program that produced more than 180 segments, he helped viewers understand the big picture of health and the inner workings of the U.S. health care system.

First published in 2005, "Healthy Waters" highlights the facts and figures about water and its enormous impact to our quality of life. Viewing water management as a test of humanity’s ability to handle complex issues in a cooperative and compassionate manner, Magee suggests that water is both an environmental and public health issue. To help spread this message, he began touring the country two years ago and launched the Healthy Waters Initiative, www.healthy-waters.org. The goal of the initiative is to raise awareness about the vital importance of clean water to public health and to generate action on water-related issues.

Dr. Magee’s keynote address will focus on the direct correlation between access to potable water and public health.

The opening session, scheduled for 8.30 a.m. Oct. 12, has been reformatted and will also feature WEF President Rebecca West as well as recognition of WEF award winners and the 2009 Stockholm Junior Water Prize winners.

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