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‘What’s In Our Water?’ Panel Discussion Set

WILMINGTON –On the first anniversary of the announcement of GenX in the area’s water supply, the Cape Fear Chapter of Surfrider Foundation is set to host 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday a panel conversation with water quality experts.

The discussion, dubbed “What’s in Our Water?” is slated to explore what has been learned in this first year and what’s next.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions to this free event being held at Union Station Auditorium at Cape Fear Community College. WHQR’s Vince Winkel will moderate.

Panelists include:

  • Jane Hoppin, lead researcher studying the effects of GenX in a sampling of Cape Fear residents. Environmental epidemiologist, associate professor of biological sciences at North Carolina State University.
  • Dana Sargent, campaign coordinator for Cape Fear River Watch’s Clean Water Matters Campaign and president of the board of Cape Fear River Watch.
  • Jim Fletchner, CEO of Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.
  • Larry Cahoon, distinguished teaching professor of biology and marine biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington.
  • Jamie DeWitt, lead of the DeWitt Laboratory in the department of pharmacology and toxicology at East Carolina University.
  • Susanne Brander, faculty, department of environmental toxicology and chemistry at Oregon State University, formerly with the biology and marine biology department at UNCW.

What’s in Our Water? is the final event of the region’s first Clean Water Week from June 1-7. This year’s Clean Water Week explores the threats to clean water posed by emerging contaminants in the Lower Cape Fear and offshore oil drilling.

The five nonprofits offering free events during Clean Water Week include Cape Fear Surfrider, Cape Fear River Watch, Plastic Ocean Project, North Carolina Coastal Federation and Cape Fear Sierra Club.

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