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Water as Part of the Commons

November 18, 2013 1:00 pm Eastern Time


Monday, November 18 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern/Noon Central/11:00 a.m. Mountain/10:00 a.m. Pacific


  • Martha Guzman-Aceves, Office of the Governor, State of California
  • Amy Sapkota, University of Maryland, School of Public Health
  • Steve Wing, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health


Part one of a two-part Creating Common Ground series on water, agriculture, and health, this webinar will examine water as a part of the Commons, a shared resource upon which we all depend and for which we share responsibility. What does using the lens of the Commons mean when looking at water in the context of agriculture, food and health? The first hour of the webinar will feature 3 brief presentations and a Q&A session. For the last 30 minutes our speakers will step off the call and the funder-only discussion will focus on specific projects participants are funding, considering funding and related questions.

Amy Sapkota will discuss some of the public health threats to our water supply associated with agriculture, research in this area, and possibilities for addressing these issues. Her talk will make the links between agriculture, water and public health.

Not only do agricultural practices impact our water supply, but our human sewage systems can impact agriculture. Steve Wing will talk about human sewage waste, how it is applied to agricultural land, health impacts of the application, and why we should be rethinking how we use potable water and deal with waste water.

While there are various challenges at hand, there are some innovative solutions underway. Martha Guzman-Aceves will discuss issues in CA around agriculture, water access, and clean water as well as innovative initiatives at the government and coalition level to address these concerns.

To register, email huyen@safsf.org



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