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The Horinko Group Newsletter: Issue 7, July 2011
Headlines

Early Bird Registration Closes July 31 for Water Resources Summit,
Wildlife Habitat Council Joins as Newest Partner!

The Horinko Group's October 2011 Water SummitRegister online now to take advantage of early bird discounts and save $50 for The Horinko Group’s Second Annual Water Resources Summit, taking place at the University of Maryland on October 25 in College Park, MD – only $100 for government, academia, or NGOs and $150 for private sector groups or trade associations.

Wildlife Habitat CouncilThe Horinko Group would also like to welcome its newest Summit Partner, the Wildlife Habitat Council, the nonprofit, non-lobbying group of corporations, conservation organizations, and individuals dedicated to restoring and enhancing wildlife habitat.

Must Read – David Zetland’s “The End of Abundance: Economic Solutions to Water Scarcity”
The End of Abundance The Horinko Group highly recommends reading David Zetland’s new novel, “The End of Abundance: Economic Solutions to Water Scarcity.” Published by Aquanomic Press, the book focuses on, “the impact of scarcity on our many water uses, how the institutions of abundance fail in scarcity, and how economic ideas and tools can help us direct water to its highest and best use.” Zetland proves to be a very effective communicator writing for an audience with varying degrees of technical and general knowledge of water issues.

The book is available both as a softcover or in PDF format. To purchase a copy or to learn more about this resource, please visit http://endofabundance.com/.

John Cruden of the Environmental Law Institute

Former DOJ Attorney John C. Cruden Named President of Environmental Law Institute
The Horinko Group would like to congratulate John C. Cruden on his selection as the Environmental Law Institute’s (ELI) fourth president. Mr. Cruden comes from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he has served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Environmental and Natural Resources Division since 1995. Mr. Cruden has worked successfully on some of the nation’s most difficult and controversial environmental issues. Mr. Cruden’s strong leadership skills and unmatched track record will be a valuable asset to ELI.

Mekong River Commission (Photo Credit: Lewis and Clark Community College)

Updates from Outside the Beltway
As tensions rise within the District as negotiations around the debt ceiling continue to loom, The Horinko Group is pleased to report that discussions outside the beltway have not been as stagnant. Patrick McGinnis, Water Division Team Leader was fortunate to participate in a number of active dialogues over the past few weeks to help advance the stewardship of our nation’s water resources.

Beginning with River Network’s Annual National River Rally that took place on June 3-6 in Charleston, SC, Mr. McGinnis was impressed with the quality of the workshops and break-out sessions. He stated, “The content was timely, relevant, and rich. This was my first rally. What a unique venue. Participants were not only informed, but also emotionally charged. Overall, it was a great experience for anyone that advocates for stewardship of our water resources. I’ll be returning next year!”

Later on in June, he was invited to participate in the Mekong River Commission visit to the Mississippi River Valley. Officials of the State Department, in cooperation with the Corps of Engineers, hosted the delegation from southeast Asia. The group toured a number of water resources points of interest in the Confluence area just upstream of St. Louis. The visit included stops at the Mel Price Locks and Dam, The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, and the Corps’ Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary.

This past week, Mr. McGinnis met with representatives of the Prince’s Foundation (Prince of Wales), United Kingdom, and US representatives of BP, near BP’s plant in Wood River, IL to learn first hand from community leaders about grass roots community efforts to rebuild local economies and the challenges faced in rebuilding more livable and sustainable communities. A part of the discussion centered on how local communities could best engage the business sector in making the business case for sustainability.

Upcoming Events

The Horinko Group Water DivisionOur Next Free Upcoming Webinar – Clean Water Act Regulation Following Rapanos: Clear As Mud?
July 27, 2011 | 2:15 - 3:45 PM Eastern | Register Now

The Horinko Group’s next free webinar installment is scheduled for July 27 to discuss the Clean Water Act and the Obama administration’s recently proposed joint EPA/Corps of Engineers rulemaking. It will feature insight from both the regulated and regulatory communities regarding if and how the new guidelines will provide regulatory clarity, predictability, consistency, and transparency in the protection of our nation’s water quality.

Expert panelists will be featured from key agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. To register for this free webinar, please visit our website.

Maureen Sullivan addresses the June EPG LuncheonEnvironmental Policy Group (EPG) Luncheon
July 20, 2011 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | Washington, DC
On July 20, the Environmental Policy Group welcomes Shannon Cunniff and Paul Yaroschak from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Chemical and Material Risk Management Directorate. This month’s EPG luncheon, sponsored by Navista, will cover topics from the world of risk management including "Managing Risks from Evolving Chemical Regulations” and "Improving Sustainability in Department of Defense Acquisition.”

The luncheon will be hosted at The Horinko Group offices, located at 2300 N Street NW on the First Floor in the Training Room. To RSVP and attend or to receive future luncheon notices, please contact Isaac Chapman at ichapman@thehorinkogroup.org.

Security and Sustainability ForumSSF Announces Next Installment in Adaptation Webinar Series
Session Two: Adaptations to Protect the Nation’s Food and Clean Water Supply
August 4, 2011 | 1:15 - 2:45 AM Eastern | Register Now for this Free Webinar
The Security and Sustainability Forum (SSF) continues its Adaptation Webinar Series with it’s second installment entitled, Adaptation to Protect the Nation’s Food and Clean Water Supply. The free webinar will focus on the role of adaptation to maintain food and water quality, supply, and security in a changing climate. Participants will hear from moderator Tracy Mehan, Principal with the Cadmus Group, and a panel of global experts including Peter Gleick, co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security.

To register or for more information on the webinar series, visit the Security and Sustainability Forum online at www.securityandsustainabilityforum.org.

River Management SocietyRiver Management Society’s 2011 River Ranger Rendezvous
August 9 - 11, 2011 | Salida, CO | Register Now
Join river rangers and managers for a 2 ½ day course providing hands-on experiences to increase your river handling skills. The event will be held in Salida, CO at the SteamPlant Event Center. Topics include – Tamarisk Removal; Tamarisk and Noxious Weed Removal; River Ranger Minimum Qualifications; Frog Rock Recovery; Browns Canyon River Trip; and Stand-Up Paddle Seminar.

For additional information, contact Andrew Maddox at andrew.maddox@state.co.us or visit the River Management Society online at http://www.river-management.org/.

Pay-for-Performance Workshop: Improving the Cost-effectiveness of Farm Bill Conservation Programs
July 20 - 21, 2011 | Washington, DC | Register Now
Winrock International and its partners are convening a participatory workshop focused on the issue of pay-for-performance conservation, which rewards producers for quantifiable conservation outcomes. The objectives of the workshop are to increase the technical and cost effectiveness of farm bill conservation programs and to develop specific recommendations for incorporating pay-for-performance approaches into Farm Bill conservation programs.

To register and for more information, please visit PEPA online at http://www.uvm.edu/~pepa/.

Spotlight On...

Green Building Law Update

The Blog that Keeps on Giving – Green Building Law Update
In this month’s spotlight, The Horinko Group recommends checking out the Green Building Law Update, published by the Law Office of Christopher W. Cheatham, LLP. This free resource provides the construction and design industries with the latest and greatest information about green building risks and legal developments. Launched in 2008, the blog has served as the forum to discuss green building litigation, regulations, policy and trends.

The blog recently highlighted the US Green Building Council’s launch of LEED Pilot Credit 43: Certified Products. As it notes, this credit is designed to allow “projects to obtain LEED points if at least 10 percent of the non-structural products are certified.” The creation of the certification program could have lasting implications as Cheatham notes, “With many more product and material certifications available for LEED credits, it seems the process of LEED certification will become much more complicated.”

For the entire blog posting or the latest news on similar green building topics, please visit the Green Building Law Update or contact Chris Cheatham, Managing Partner, Cheatham Consulting, LLC, at chris@cheathamconsulting.com.

Featured Column

Excerpt from: "Pharmaceutical Contamination: A (Not So) New Problem for the Nation's Water Supply"
Jill ClevelandBy: Jill Cleveland, Student Scholar, The Horinko Group
The issue of pharmaceutical contamination of the water supply came to the forefront in early 2008 when the Associated Press reported on a study that found measureable amounts of pharmaceuticals in the drinking water of 24 metro areas. But this certainly was not the first time the problem was detected. Pharmaceutical and personal care product (PPCP) contamination has been a growing concern for at least the past decade but the government has largely remained quiet on the topic. While agencies in Europe and Asia have been addressing the problem since the early 2000s, the United States seems to be a few steps behind.

This delayed response partly stems from the rapid growth of the pharmaceutical industry, which has been steadily expanding for the past several years. Any industry undergoing change at this pace would make it difficult for regulators and lawmakers to keep up, but this isn’t just any industry. The products made by pharmaceutical companies are seen as necessities that have shaped the modern world, preserving and extending human life both directly – antibiotic breakthroughs such as penicillin – and indirectly – veterinary medicines that have expanded the food supply. What justification could lawmakers possibly have for increasing regulations or testing requirements that would slow down the release of another potentially life-saving miracle drug? Combine that with the big money that pharmaceutical companies typically bring to the table, and it’s easy to see why the government has taken a back seat on this matter.

Unfortunately, years of under-regulation and limited research are beginning to show some consequences. People have begun to speak out about finding a solution only to be faced with arguments over questions that we don’t have definitive answers to. So, it seems the best thing to do at this point in the process is take a step back and ask ourselves three questions: (1) what do we know? (2) what do we not know? And, (3) what can we do about it?

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