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Utilizing Collaboration to Address the Complexities of Drinking Water

Type: Virtual Panel
Sponsor Groups: Water Resources Specialty Group, Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group, Applied Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 44
Organizers: Kayla Anderson, Yolanda McDonald
Chairs: Yolanda McDonald


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), workforce (Anderson), water quality, water injustice, accessibility (Gasteyer), public health (Manners), 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 holistically assessing and addressing 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.

Kayla Anderson, Doctoral Student, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Stephen Gasteyer, Associate Professor, Michigan State University
Dr. Paul Lander, Professor of Practice, University of Colorado-Boulder
Judy Manners, Environmental Health Specialist, Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness, Tennessee Department of Health
Dr. James VanDerslice, Associate Professor, University of Utah


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Panelist Jim VanDerslice University of Utah 15 9:35 AM
Panelist Judy Manners Tennessee Department of Health 15 9:50 AM
Panelist Kayla Anderson Vanderbilt University 10 10:05 AM
Panelist Stephen Gasteyer Michigan State University 15 10:15 AM
Panelist Yolanda McDonald Vanderbilt University 5 10:30 AM
Panelist Paul Lander Univ of Colorado 15 10:35 AM

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