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June 4, 2008

Water industry leaders launch Water Policy Institute to address current challenges

Dorothy Lozowski

A consortium of water leaders announced the formation of The Water Policy Institute.  Chaired by former EPA administrator and New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, the Institute will address water-related issues and provide information to the public through its website.  Kathy Robb, a partner in the Resources, Regulatory and Environmental Law practice at the law firm Hunton & Williams LLP, is the founder of the Institute and will serve as its director.
The members of the Institute are water leaders representing water districts, multi-national companies, and energy companies who will discuss and review current challenges affecting both global and local water issues including supply, quality, use, wildlife and agricultural concerns, and climate change.  Members, including BP, Central Arizona Project, and GE Water, will develop white papers on current issues and provide thought leadership on legal and regulatory issues involving water, and collaborate to propose sustainable solutions.  The Institute’s Advisory Panel is comprised of leading water experts, among them scientists, academics, former government officials, NGO professionals and other prominent water leaders.
The Institute’s Advisory Panel members are: Leslie Carothers, president, Environmental Law Institute; Gabriel Eckstein, professor, Texas Tech School of Law; Paul Faeth, executive director, Global Water Challenge; David Freestone, senior adviser, World Bank; Craig Manson, professor, McGeorge School of Law; Tracy Mehan, principal, The Cadmus Group; Mark Van Putten, president, ConservationStrategy LLC; and Robert Stavins, professor, Harvard University.
The Institute is accessible to the public at, which provides information about water issues; a calendar of key water meetings and conferences; news, articles, legislative materials and speeches; and links to regulatory sites.

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