The Virginia Coastal Policy Center (VCPC) at William & Mary Law School will host its fourth annual conference on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia. With the theme “Living with the Water: Too Much, and Too Little,” the conference will feature industry and government leaders addressing the pressing issues facing Virginia’s coastal areas now and in the future.
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(Those who do will be entered for a chance to win a free bottle of wine from Williamsburg Winery, courtesy of the Virginia Coastal Policy Center.)
The morning session will be dedicated to Virginia’s first Working Waterfront Master Plan. Presentations will focus on working waterfronts and the people who depend on them for their livelihoods, followed by a panel of state legislators discussing how to balance competing interests such as investment in aquaculture with the protection of the history and culture of local coastlines.
In the afternoon, attendees will hear a distinguished panel of leaders discuss the Hampton Roads Sanitation District’s proposed “SWIFT” project to inject treated wastewater into the groundwater aquifer, and how we can potentially address the need for more drinking water while counteracting sinking lands. This first-ever public forum on the proposed project will include the opportunity to hear viewpoints from state and federal regulators and the environmental community, as well as “lessons learned” from the General Manager of the Orange County, California Water District, which has conducted a similar injection project.
The Virginia Coastal Policy Center is a partnership between William & Mary Law School, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and Virginia Sea Grant. Further information and conference registration is available here.
Members of the press who wish to attend all or part of the program should contact Christopher Antoine at [[e|cwantoine]].
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