For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law
206.685.9002

May 3, 2010

Event Series Examines Puget Sound Water Quality

A two-part series investigating water quality in Puget Sound will be held at the UW School of Law on May 6 and 13 in William H. Gates Hall Room 117 from 12:30-1:20 PM..

On May 6, 2010, Dr. Bob Johnston will discuss the scientific issues with regards to US Environmental Protection Agency and Washington Department of Energy regulations. Johnston is a senior scientist who provides technical assistance on marine pollution and ecological risk assessment issues. He is currently the Technical Coordinator of Project ENVVEST, a multi-agency cooperative project with US EPA and WDOE aimed at developing Total Maximum Daily Loads for priority constituents and assessing ecological risks at the watershed scale in Sinclair and Dyes Inlets in the Puget Sound, WA. He also serves as a charter member to the Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel, created to provide independent, nonrepresentational scientific advice to the Puget Sound Partnership on ecological and human health issues for the Puget Sound.

On May 13, 2010, Michael O'Connel, a lawyer at the Law Firm Stoel Rives, will be discussing the legal aspects of industrial stormwater permits in relation to US EPA and WDOE regulations.

The series is presented by GreenLaw, a UW law school student group that promotes student involvement in environmental law through education, outreach, and advocacy.