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The Sanitary and Wastewater Crisis in Rural Communities Across the US

  • 2253 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

Please join us at a briefing to learn more about the sanitation and wastewater challenges facing rural communities.  Across the country, and especially in rural communities, there are still many Americans who lack basic access to sanitation and wastewater services.  In many cases, these families must resort to unpermitted “straight piping” or deal with failing septic systems that are too costly to maintain.

Researchers from Columbia University will share findings from their recent report on the human rights impacts of lack of access to wastewater and sanitation and policy recommendations to address this problem.  Panelists from rural communities will also be discussing their experiences with lack of access to adequate wastewater and sanitation and how it impacts their community.

BRIEFING: The Sanitary and Wastewater Crisis in Rural Communities Across the U.S.

Thursday, May 9, 2:00 PM

2253 Rayburn

Panelists:

Catherine Flowers, Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice, Alabama

Ralph Pierro II, Allensworth Progressive Association, California

Nina McCoy, Martin County Concerned Citizens, Kentucky

Marie Dockery, Elkhorn Creek Watershed Association, West Virginia

Moderators:

JoAnn Kamuf Ward, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School

Inga Winkler, Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University

We hope to see you there.  Please RSVP here.