Water, water everywhere?

As a follow up to the event we wanted to share with you Deb Swackhamer’s summary along with a link to an audio of the Freeman Forum lectures from April 8th, 2008.

Deb Swackhamer’s summary paper (swackhamer08) of the Water lecture program is a spectacular piece of work that underscores the stature of the lecture program series in a way that we’ve never been able to do before. It also illustrates the value of the work that all of us involved in putting together these programs can see in a tangible form.

Thanks for your attendance. We look forward to seeing you next year!


What: Daylong program on state and federal water policy questions
When: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday, April 8
Where: Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis
Who: Rep. Jim Oberstar
Steve Morse, executive director, Minnesota Environmental Partnership
Local experts on water policy and resources
Contact: Jamie Proulx, Humphrey Institute,  (612) 625-9436 , jamie@umn.edu

Rep. Jim Oberstar will headline 2008 Freeman Lecture on U.S. water policy
Minneapolis, Minn. (03/25/08)—Water quality impacts everything—from our food and our health to the environment and the economy. The 2008 Freeman Lecture will focus on the implications and complexities of policy decisions we make about water resources from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Rep. James Oberstar, chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, will deliver the morning keynote address from 9 to 11 a.m. Oberstar’s committee has jurisdiction over America’s inland waterway system, international maritime commerce, U.S. Corps of Engineers’ support of the nation’s water resources, and the federal clean water program. Prior to his election to the 8th district, Oberstar staffed the Congressional committee that drafted the original federal Clean Water Act in 1972.

Steve Morse, executive director of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, will follow Oberstar’s remarks with a luncheon address. The program will conclude with afternoon panel discussions about water policy issues in Minnesota, such as the Great Lakes Compact, regional water access, and the quality of water resources throughout the state.

The Freeman Lecture is free and open to the public, with a nominal charge for lunch ($20 for the general public; no charge for high school and college students). Seating is limited, so pre-registration for the program and lunch is required.