Environmental Protection

Jackson Keynoting WEFTEC Session on Water Management's Future

Marking the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the EPA administrator is scheduled to speak Oct. 1 at the New Orleans conference.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is scheduled to give an Oct. 1 keynote address at a special water leaders session during WEFTEC 2012, the Water Environment Federation's 85th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference. The event takes place at the Morial Convention Center in downtown New Orleans.

The Oct. 1, 90-minute session starting at 10:30 a.m. will discuss more efficient ways to manage water to meet present and future demand, according to WEF. "The water sector is at a crossroads, and the challenges we face are clear. It’s time to reinvent the water utility and adopt a more innovative approach to water management," said WEF Executive Director Jeff Eger. "We are thrilled that Administrator Jackson will be joining us at WEFTEC to lead and help frame this important and timely discussion."

Jackson's keynote will focus on 2012 as the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, as well as the economic importance of clean water and innovation.

WEF's announcement said thought leaders taking part include George Hawkins, general manager of DC Water; Jeff Sterba, president and CEO of the American Water Works Company Inc.; Gretchen McClain, CEO of Xylem Inc.; and Kala Vairavamoorthy, executive director of the University of South Florida's Patel School of Global Sustainability. Visit www.weftec.org for more information about the conference.

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