Water Institute at Purdue Calumet hosts World Water Day Summit

2013-03-21T14:29:00Z Water Institute at Purdue Calumet hosts World Water Day SummitKaren Holland | Secretary at the Office of University Relations at Purdue University Calumet nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | A keynote presentation about water supply planning highlights a World Water Day Summit hosted by the Purdue Water Institute at Purdue University Calumet March 22 on campus.

The event, the theme of which is “The Year of Water Cooperation,” is scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Student Union & Library’s Room with a View.

Keynote speaker Jack Wittman, national director of GeoSciences, Layne Christensen Company, will discuss “First Steps in Water Supply Planning—Indiana SB 132” beginning about 10:15 a.m.

“Understanding the role of water quality, quantity and location as a component of the quality of life for Indiana residents and other Great Lakes areas is critical,” Kay Nelson, Northwest Indiana Forum director of environmental affairs and Purdue Water Institute advisory board chair, said. “The Water Institute serves multiple key roles through its quality research projects involving students as they prepare for their professional careers, while providing outreach and educational venues for the private, governmental and public sectors.”

Nelson will present opening remarks and serve as event host. Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas L. Keon, Chief of Staff for U.S. Congressman Pete Visclosky’s Office Mark Lopez and Purdue Water Institute Director and Purdue Calumet Professor George Nnanna also will offer remarks.

“The work and research that the Purdue Water Institute has been engaged in over the past year is significant for the advancement of our University, as well as for Northwest Indiana and our Great Lakes region,” Nnanna said. “The work of Dr. Wittman is of vital importance to our state. I look forward to being a part of this event and sharing this information with our community members; our towns and cities; and our university students, faculty and staff.”

Purdue Calumet’s World Water Day Summit is free, though advance online registration is encouraged. To register and for the full agenda, visit http://webs.purduecal.edu/pwi/wwd/.

Purdue Calumet’s Student Union & Library is located three miles east of the Indiana-Illinois state line. Motorists from Interstate 80/94 should exit north onto Indianapolis Boulevard and proceed one-third mile to 173rd Street, turn east/right for less than four blocks to the traffic light and north/left into the parking lot. Street signage will be present to help guide visitors.

The Purdue Water Institute (PWI) at Purdue Calumet is an interdisciplinary academic research institute comprised of researchers actively engaged in the development and evaluation of advanced water technologies.

Other information can be obtained by contacting Water Institute Program and Outreach Coordinator Kasandra Tenbarge at (219) 989-8411 or by e-mailing Kasandra.tenbarge@purduecal.edu

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