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With the support of the McDougal Family Foundation, the Mott Foundation, and the Alliance for the Great Lakes, the UIC Freshwater Lab is excited to announce:



Freshwater Lab Summit 2017

It’s not the Rust Belt, it’s the Water Belt


Untrouble the Waters is a summit dedicated to bringing mayors, local leaders, and researchers together to envision and launch projects that benefit communities and watersheds alike. Amidst questions of federal intentions about the Clean Water Act and Clean Water Rule; aging infrastructure; and water crises such as algae blooms, lead poisoning, and water shutoffs; the UIC Freshwater Lab invites government officials, academic researchers and community leaders to Untrouble the Waters.


The goals of the summit include:

  • Highlighting water leadership, particularly by women and people of color
  • Creating and supporting a network to address pressing water issues across cities of the Great Lakes basin
  • Exploring equitable water sharing as a means of racial reconciliation and economic development
  • Conceiving projects to enhance water quality, human health, and everyday life
  • Building partnerships among government, academia, and communities


Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Thursday, May 11th, 2017


University of Illinois – Chicago

Student Center East Meeting Rooms

750 South Halsted Street

Chicago IL 60607




The Ink Factory will be using its innovative visual note-taking strategies to help capture all the great ideas generated at the Untrouble the Waters Summit, in order to engage future audiences that also seek to untrouble the waters!

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