Water Week 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014, 11:50 AM to Friday, April 04, 06:00 PM


Download Water Week flyer and schedule (PDF)

Monday, March 31

11:50 AM - 12:50 PM | John Rogers Hall, Price & Turpen Courtroom
Montgomery L. Lair (JD '97)
Attorney, Brewster & DeAngelis
Presentation title: The Fly Ash Disaster in Bokoshe, Oklahoma
Read about the Fly Ash Disaster

Wednesday, April 2

11:50 AM - 12:50 PM | John Rogers Hall, Room 201
Jeri Fleming (JD '06)
Environmental Programs Manager, Oklahoma Conservation Commission
Presentation title: Oklahoma's Water Planning Success

Friday, April 4

10:00 - 11:00 AM | John Rogers Hall, Room 202
J. Berton Fisher, PhD & Krystina E. Phillips
Presentation title: Setting the Maximum Annual Yield for the Arbuckle-Simpson Water Aquifer: An Anti-Mining Precedent

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM | John Rogers Hall, Room 202
Taiawagi Helton (JD '99)
Professor of Law, University of Oklahoma
Presentation title: The Water Rights of Oklahoma's Indian Nations During A Time of Drought

12:40 - 1:30 PM | John Rogers Hall, Room 202
Robert W. Bowcock
Founder, Integrated Resource Management
Presentation title: The Hazards of Chloramine in Our Drinking Water
Read more from Citizens Concerned About Chloramine (CCAC)

3:30 PM
Field trip to Tahlequah and sites along the Illinois River, led by 
Ed Fite, Administrator for the Scenic Rivers Commission.

Students may meet at TU College of Law at 1:30 PM to carpool, or meet at the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission offices at 3:30 PM.  The offices are located at 159 Oklahoma 10, Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74464.

About Water Week

Water Week was created by members of The Energy Law Journal (ELJ) and the Resources Energy & Environmental Law Society (REELS) in recognition that:  “Water is essential to life, making its total economic value immeasurable.  At the same time, it is a finite source, and one for which competition is likely to increase as the US economy grows.” United States Environmental Protection Agency-Office of Water, The Importance of Water to the US Economy 1 (2013). 

Water Week is now an important annual co-curricular component of The University of Tulsa College of Law’s Sustainable Energy and Resources Law (SERL) program, which is most appropriate because “water is an integral element of energy resource development and utilization.” See, United States Department of Energy, Energy Demands on Water Resources:  Report to Congress on the Interdependency of Energy and Water 9 (2006), which documents how increased energy demands affect the value and availability of water, and in turn the supply and price of water affects the viability of energy facilities and projects.

Professor Gary Allison, SERL Director