Whose Water is It Anyway Conference

Brevard College students walking past bell tower

How can the citizens of our County best work together to assure the future of our common interest in a reliable, clean water supply?  How do we use water and what do we need to do to safeguard it?  How do we safeguard our water while protecting our property rights?

On Saturday, November 15, County Government and Brevard College will host a one day conference, open and free to the general public, to examine these and other questions with the help of experts and through the power of open, civil conversation.  The conference will take place at Brevard College’s Porter Center beginning at 9 am.

The overall purpose of the conference is to facilitate discussion and informed decision making.  As indicated by its subtitle “Learn More/Have Your Say”, it has two principal objectives.  First, individual speakers and panelists will offer their expertise and practical experience to present evidence-based information about water issues of concern to our community.  Second, the conference will be organized in such a way as to encourage and expand dialogue among participating citizens about our water resources. There will be question and answer period with speakers and panelists and abundant opportunity for conversation during break periods and over lunch.

The conference will be open to all who wish to attend.  In coming weeks, the Transylvania Natural Resources Council (TNRC), which is taking the lead in organizing the conference, will be conducting an extensive outreach and publicity effort to assure that County citizens are well informed about the conference; its purpose and format; the speakers and panel members who will participate and the opportunities that will be afforded for all citizens to have their say.

For additional information go to the NC Cooperative Extension Service web site and register your interest. If you are interested in being a sponsor of the conference, please contact Peter Chaveas at prchaveas@gmail.com.

Video of the event is available here.