Utilizing Collaboration to Address the Complexities of Drinking Water

Type: Panel
Theme: Expanding the Community of Geography
Sponsor Groups: Applied Geography Specialty Group, Water Resources Specialty Group, Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/10/2020
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Granite B, Hyatt Regency, Third Floor
Organizers: Kayla Anderson, Yolanda McDonald
Chairs: Yolanda McDonald

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The US boasts one of the safest drinking water supplies in the world. Despite this reputation, numerous challenges face the drinking water industry and must be addressed in order to ensure that the US continues to have access to safe and affordable drinking water. These challenges include policy and governance, regulation, water infrastructure and operations (Lander), water quality, water injustice (McDonald), affordability (Mack), and health outcomes (VanDerslice). Though these challenges occur in different domains, they do not exist in silos. Instead they influence and compound one another and as a result academic, industry, regulatory, and community collaboration is crucial in order to holistically assess and address the obstacles facing the industry. This panel will discuss the various challenges facing the water industry across the United States and highlight how collaboration with stakeholders is currently utilized (and must continue to be utilized) in order to address barriers facing the drinking water industry.

Dr. Elizabeth Mack, Associate Professor, Michigan State University, Dr. Yolanda McDonald, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University, Dr. Paul Lander, Professor of Practice, University of Colorado-Boulder, Dr. Jim VanDerslice, Associate Professor, University of Utah

Kayla Anderson, Graduate Student, Vanderbilt University


Type Details Minutes
Discussant Kayla Anderson Vanderbilt University 15
Panelist Paul Lander Univ of Colorado 15
Panelist Yolanda McDonald Vanderbilt University 15
Panelist Elizabeth Mack Michigan State University 15
Panelist Jim VanDerslice University of Utah 15

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