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KNOXVILLE — To conclude more than a week’s worth of programs on national and regional water issues, a roundtable discussion will be held Tuesday, Feb. 9, to discuss the future of water policy in the region.

The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, 1640 Cumberland Ave. It is free and open to the public.

The recent series of programs, focusing on increasing demands for water in energy production, agriculture and development, have included a documentary film showing, a brown bag book discussion and a lecture by author and activist Maude Barlow. The events have been presented by the Baker Center in partnership with the Tennessee Clean Water Network, the Knox County Public Library and the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment.

Participants in the roundtable discussion will include:

  • Randall W. Gentry, director of the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment; president and CEO of the UT Research Foundation; and director of the Southeastern Water Resources Institute.
  • Dean Hill Rivkin, a UT College of Law distinguished professor who has practiced and taught environmental law for nearly 40 years and litigated a number of Clean Water Act cases throughout the region.
  • Paul Sloan, deputy commissioner of environment at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, who leads the senior management team responsible for safeguarding human health and the environment by protecting and improving the quality of Tennessee’s land, air and water.
  • Renee Hoyas, executive director of the Tennessee Clean Water Network.

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,