Picture of Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch on top of a body of water with an alligator

Event Title

Watershed: Environmental Leadership as the Clean Water Act Turns 50

Host Organization

Bob Graham Center, UF College of Journalism, Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting


October 18, 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the law that would finally regulate the industrial pollution then fouling America’s waters.

In recognition of this watershed moment, the UF College of Journalism, the Bob Graham Center for Public Service and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting have organized a special program featuring a keynote talk by water advocate and South Florida Water Management District Governing Board member Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, followed by a panel for students across UF’s 16 colleges who are interested in environmental leadership.


6 p.m. A Watershed Moment, Then and Now Cynthia Barnett, Environmental Journalist in Residence, UF College of Journalism and Communications

6:10 p.m. Water Leadership in Divided Times Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, water advocate and South Florida Water Management District Governing Board member.

6:30 p.m. Leading on Water Across the Professions A student-oriented panel with Ms. Thurlow-Lippisch; Environmental Engineering Professor Christine Angelini, director of the UF Center for Coastal Solutions; and water law expert and UF Emeritus Professor of Law Mary Jane Angelo. Moderator: Pulitzer Fellow Alan Halaly, Engagement Editor for The Independent Florida Alligator.

Event Date/Time

October 18, 2022; 6-7:15 p.m.

Event Location

Pugh Hall Ocora

What will students learn?

Students will learn about the watershed moment created by the passage of the Clean Water Act, the threats facing our waters today, and the role of environmental leadership in solutions.

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