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The Water Center, the Environmental Justice Working Group sponsored through SoGES, and the Colorado Water Institute hosted a one-day symposium on water equity and environmental justice on October 18, 2017. The day included stories and dialogue with authors, academics, and citizens about their experiences with the privatization of water, water as a human right, and access to safe water and sanitation for everyone. David Archambault II, Chairman of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, delivered the keynote address on the Dakota Access pipeline conflict. Over 175 faculty, staff, students, and interested citizens participated in the event.

The symposium program is available here.

The sponsors of this event will be contributing to an upcoming issue of Colorado Water that will be focused on water equity and environmental justice topics. Please visit this page in the coming months to view this publication.

Keynote Address

David Archambault II, Chairman of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation
Standing Rock Reservation and the Dakota Access pipeline conflict

Speaker Presentations

Neil Grigg, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University
Water as a Human Right

Kim Lemme, Global Sustainability Manager, Water For People
Water for people: An international tour

Melissa Elliot, Director of Stakeholder Relations, Denver Water
Underpriced, yet expensive: The water industry’s wicked problem

Kelsea Macilroy, Sociology Graduate Student, Colorado State University
How the well went dry: Tracking spatial inequality in groundwater access in the San Luis Valley, Colorado

Michael Wenstrom, Environmental Protection Specialist, US EPA and Diane Russell, Community Involvement Coordinator, EPA
Flint: The federal response – An on-the-ground perspective

Junita Martinez, Board Member, Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association
Historic community water sharing: A story of acequias in Southern Colorado

Hugo Lezama, Civil and Environmental Engineering student and Water Sustainability Fellow, Colorado State University
National Western Center youth water project: Diversifying voices and raising awareness

Bill Timpson, Professor, School of Education, Colorado State University
Peace Studies: Rebuilding post-conflict societies and the role of water

Ellen Wohl, Professor of Geosciences, Colorado State University
An environmental bill of rights for rivers