November 16, 2009

Environmentalist and Author John Cronin to Speak on the Future of Water Nov. 17

Event is part of a series on the science, policy, and art of water

John Cronin, internationally renowned environmentalist and co-author of The Riverkeepers with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., will deliver the talk “Brains vs. Brawn: The Future of Water” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Oechsle Hall room 224.

An advocate, lobbyist, legislative and congressional aide, commercial fisherman, author, and filmmaker, Cronin has tackled a wide range of frontline issues, such as Clean Water Act enforcement, disposal practices at Love Canal, fisheries management, and the New York City Watershed agreement. Cronin is known internationally for his work on the Hudson River. He has authored three Hudson River laws and led the investigation of more than 100 water pollution cases.

Cronin serves as director and CEO of Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries and is a co-founder and senior fellow at Pace University Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. For his accomplishments, Time magazine named him a “Hero for the Planet,” and People magazine called him “equal parts detective, scientist, and public advocate.”

This event is part of a series of programs on the science, policy, and art of water. The series is organized by Lafayette College in cooperation with the Nurture Nature Foundation. Support is provided by Lafayette College’s Faculty Innovation Fund and a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for Lafayette’s initiatives in Environmental Studies.

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