John M. Olin Conference on Watershed Management

March 20, 2003
Caplin Pavilion

Last year's drought in the eastern United States proved that water supply is a national issue, not one confined to the arid West. The University of Virginia School of Law will host a half-day conference on watershed management March 20 that will look at dealing with water supply and quality issues through integrated strategies. Supported by the John M. Olin Program in Law & Economics, the conference will consider pricing schemes and other market strategies, dispute resolution techniques and new organizational forms for watershed management.

Panel 1: Defining the Issues
(1:45 - 3:15 pm)

Larry Tropea
Executive Director, Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority
"Lessons from the Drought"

Kay Slaughter
Member, Virginia Water Control Board
Senior Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center

"Issues in Regional and State Watershed Planning"

Diane Regas
Director, Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
"Connecting Water Quality and Water Quantity" (tent.)

Panel 2: Shaping Solutions
(3:30 - 5:00 pm)

Don Coursey 
Ameritech Professor of Public Policy Studies, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago 
"Market Solutions to Watershed Management Issues"

Barton Thompson
Vice Dean and Robert E. Paradise Professor of Natural Resources Law, Stanford Law School 
"Watersheds, Natural Capital, and Water"

Leonard Shabman 
Resident Scholar, Resources for the Future
"Mediated Solutions in Eastern Water Management"

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