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People & Planet: Environmental health — What’s in our water?

December 9, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

People & Planet: Conversations that Make Connections

Earlier this fall, Ensia kicked off the Troubled Waters series, a nine-month investigation of drinking water contamination across the U.S. We generally consider our water to be safe — and for the most part it is — but as Seattle-based science journalist Lynne Peeples wrote in the lead story for the series, “Across the U.S., drinking water systems serving millions of people fail to meet state and federal safety standards. Millions more Americans may be drinking unsafe water without anyone knowing because limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are too high, the contaminants it contains are unregulated, or their drinking water source is too small to fit under EPA regulations.”

This People & Planet webinar will bring together Lynne along with two Minnesota-based experts: Mae Davenport, Professor, Department of Forest Resources, and Director, Center for Changing Landscapes, University of Minnesota, and Tannie Eshenaur, Water Policy Manager, Environmental Health Division, Minnesota Department of Health. The conversation will be moderated by Todd Reubold, Associate Director, IonE and Publisher, Ensia, to discuss the state of water in Minnesota and beyond. The discussion will tackle questions such as:

  • How concerned should we be with our drinking water in this country?
  • Where are the hotspots for contamination in Minnesota and beyond?
  • Who is most impacted by different drinking water contaminants?
  • How are different systems — including private well water — impacted?
  • What are the most pressing contaminants of emerging concern?
  • What’s being done to ensure everyone has access to clean, safe drinking water?
  • And more – add your questions during registration!


RSVP here via Eventbrite to reserve your ticket and access the Zoom link!


People & Planet is a digital conversation series hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. We’re asking: How did we get here? What can we learn? And where can we go from here?


December 9, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Virtual Event
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