Titled “Regional Water and More,” the conference featured three panels of law and policy experts. One panel concentrated on Ohio, including a possible regional approach to drinking water among the city of Toledo and nearby communities. A second panel discussed the trend toward regionalization of water and sewer systems beyond the Buckeye State, including the new regional authority in the Detroit area. A third panel addressed the rights of recreational paddlers versus private landowners, developments in the legal fight against algae in Lake Erie, and regulation of discharges of pollutants to groundwater under the federal Clean Water Act.
Darren Nichols, executive director of the Great Lakes Commission, spoke at the Great Lakes Water Conference.
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