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UMFK to host "Clean Water, is it in our future?" presentation November 5

October 29, 2004

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Kathy Hoppe, a specialist in water quality from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection will be on campus on November 5, at 12:00 noon in Cyr Hall Room 113.

Since the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972 the waters around Maine and our nation have improved dramatically. The days of major rivers catching fire are over, however, we still have waters that are polluted, even water bodies in Aroostook County.

Where is the pollution coming from? What can be done? And will the water be cleaner for our kids or grandkids? Hoppe will talk about these issues and pollution in Maine's lakes and rivers.

Hoppe has worked for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP) for 15 years. While at the MDEP she has worked on a variety of water quality issues and served on national committees. Prior to working for MDEP, she worked as an environmental consultant in Maine and South Carolina.

UMFK assistant professor of environmental studies, Kim Borges-Therien, lead the effort to create an environmental studies program lecture series begun in 2002 that brings environmental professionals to the UMFK campus for the benefit of students and the general public. Hoppe has presented at UMFK in the past as part of that series.

"We are very pleased to bring these environmental professionals to UMFK," said Borges-Therien. "They discuss important regional environmental issues, and they introduce our students and the community to a variety of environmental careers."

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information contact Borges-Therien at 834-7612.