Congressman James E. Clyburn Keynotes SC State's EPI Water Conservation Conference

Monday, May 3, 2010

SC State University’s Environmental Policy Institute (Isaac Williams Lecture Series) will address water conservation issues during their conference entitled: “Water: Critical Issues Facing the Future of Our Essential Natural Resources.” The conference will be held on Monday, May 3, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the K.W. Green Student Center’s Bulldog Lounge.

The conference will inform participants about the increasing demands of global water supplies and the challenges faced by many Americans as society experiences explosive population growth, environmental degradation, lifestyle expectations and an increase in agricultural and industrial use.

Bob Perciasepe, deputy administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., will deliver the conference’s opening address. The keynote speaker of the conference will be SC State alumnus and Sixth District Congressman, James E. Clyburn, ‘61.

The conference will address critical questions related to water supply and conservation such as: What is America’s role in assuring global water supplies, how do we rebuild our nation’s aging and crumbling water-supply infrastructure, and what role may conservation play in reducing our national demand for water?

"We are excited that SC State’s Environmental Policy Institute is engaged in this important role, identifying and examining critical issues facing our water supply,” says Dr. Reinhart Brown, director of SC State’s Environmental Policy Institute. “This conference certainly provides a forum and opportunity to explore critical issues, in greater depth, surrounding our essential natural resource."

The conference will also feature three panel discussions, to include: “Federal, State and Local Responsibility for Clean Water,” “Water Disputes Among the States,” and “Challenges to Safe and Sufficient Water Supplies.”

The sponsors of the conference are SC State University, The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), American Rivers, South Carolina Wildlife Federation, Audubon, Turner Foundation, University of the Virgin Islands, The Nature Conservancy and Conservation Voters of South Carolina.

The conference is open to the public. For more information or to register, visit