2007 Annual Conference - The 20th Anniversary of the Environmental Quality Act and ADEQ: Assessing, Protecting and Remediating the State's Water Quality. What Future Challenges?

The one-day conference was held on June 5, 2007 and featured participants with varied expertise and backgrounds to discuss the past, present and future of the EQA and ADEQ.


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Day 1 Conference Program

Registration and light breakfast

Welcome: Sharon Megdal, Director, Water Resources Research Center , The University of Arizona

Opening Remarks: "Environmental Protection in Arizona: How Far Have We Come?” 
Grant Woods, Attorney, Grant Woods PC, former Arizona Attorney General

Keynote: "Political Dynamics and the Water Quality Act" Jack Pfister, 
former General Manager, Salt River Project and Professor, Arizona State University, retired

History of the Environmental Quality Act: Past challenges and the beginning of ADEQ

Nancy Wrona (moderator), Director, Air Quality Division, ADEQ                                                   
Jim Derouin, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP
Roger Ferland, Partner, Quarles & Brady, LLP
Priscilla Robinson, Southwest Environmental Service, retired


Former ADEQ Director Ed Fox (1991-1994)

WQARF: Past, present and future

Tamara Huddleston (moderator), Section Chief Counsel, Environmental Enforcement Section Arizona Office of the Attorney General
Karen Gaylord, Attorney, Salmon, Lewis & Weldon, PLC
Rick Lavis, Executive Vice President, Arizona Cotton Growers Association
Jim Vieregg, Director of Government Relations, Abrams Airborne Mfg., Inc.

Former ADEQ Director Russell Rhoades(1995-1998)


Recognition of Legislative Leaders: 

The Honorable Senator Jake Flake, Arizona Senate District 5 
The Honorable Representative Ray Barnes, Arizona House District 7
Introduction of the Luncheon Keynote: 
Samuel Coppersmith, Partner, Coppersmith Gordon Schermer Owens & Nelson, PLC 
Luncheon Keynote: “The State of ADEQ,”
Stephen Owens, Director, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality

Emerged and Emerging Contaminants: The Past and Future in Water Quality Science                    

Chuck Graf (moderator), Associate Director, ADEQ Coordinator, Arizona Water Institute 
Phil Lagas, Vice President, Brown & Caldwell 
Paul Westerhoff, Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Arizona State University 
David Quanrud, Research Scientist, Office of Arid Lands Studies, The University of Arizona

Emerging Policy Challenges

Joan Card (moderator), Director, Water Quality Division, ADEQ 
Delia Carlyle, Chairman, Ak Chin Indian Community 
Deb Hill, Supervisor, Coconino County Board of Supervisors (D-IV) 
Trevor Hill, President and CEO, Global Water 
David Modeer, Director, Tucson Water 
Sandy Bahr, Conservation Outreach Director, Sierra Club


The Future of ADEQ: Where do we go from here?

(Moderated discussion) 
Patrick Cunningham (moderator), Deputy Director, ADEQ 
The Honorable Senator Carolyn Allen, Arizona Senate, District 8 
The Honorable Senator Tom O’Halleran, Arizona Senate, District 1 
Pat Mariella, Director, American Indian Policy & Leadership Development Center, Arizona State University
Alexis Strauss, Director, Water Division, EPA Region 9 
Karen Peters, Intergovernmental Programs Coordinator, City of Phoenix