SENR Seminar Series - Enhancing water sector resilience through governance and regulatory reforms

Sridhar Vedachalam, PhD, director of water at the Environmental Policy Innovation Center will present, Enhancing water sector resilience through governance and regulatory reforms on Thursday, April 16, 2020. Join via Zoom at 4:10 p.m. 

About the talk:
The U.S. water sector faces a number of challenges. However, in contrast to the 20th century when the challenges were largely chemical, biological, and physical, the most formidable obstacles ahead are social, economic, and ultimately political. While new technology may still help us make marginal improvements in water quality, contaminant detection and removal, and compliance; sustainable changes to the entire system can only be achieved through institutional reforms, effective governance, and better application of regulatory practices. Dr. Vedachalam will summarize findings from a recent report that captured the insights of water sector leaders and practioners about how to improve health outcomes and address inequity through reforms in the water sector.

Dr. Sridhar Vedachalam is a water policy specialist and currently serves as Director of Water at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank, Environmental Policy Innovation Center. His work hasaddressed nationally relevant issues such as affordability, aging infrastructure, extreme weatherimpacts, financing, and non-point source pollution, and is cited by national, state, and localpolicymakers. An Ohio State alumnus, he conducted postdoctoral research at water institutes at Cornell University and Johns Hopkins University and served as a legislative fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives. Dr. Vedachalam received his PhD in environmental science and holds MS degrees in environmental economics and mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University.