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HPU to Host Discussion on Local and National Water Quality

JoAnn Burkholder

Dr. JoAnn Burkholder

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 7, 2017 – High Point University invites the community to hear from two experts who will discuss drinking water quality in the local community as well as recent crises on the national level. The program, a part of HPU’s spring environmental seminar series, will be held 6:30-8 p.m. on March 16 in the Wilson Commerce Ballroom. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. JoAnn Burkholder, director of the Center for Applied Aquatic Ecology and professor of plant and molecular biology at North Carolina State University, will speak on local topics related to water quality. She researches and monitors water quality in the three major potable water supply reservoirs in North Carolina, including the High Point watershed.

Anurag Mantha, a Ph.D. student in civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech University, works as part of the Flint Water Study research team, which helped expose the widespread issue of lead in drinking water in Flint, Michigan, in 2015.

Each speaker will give a presentation, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Anurag Mantha

Anurag Mantha

“The Environmental Studies Program at HPU is excited to be hosting this event. Water quality is an issue that a lot of folks have questions about right now, both locally and across the U.S.,” says Dr. Nicole Hughes, director of environmental studies and assistant professor of biology. “The goal of the environmental seminar series is to bring together experts and members of the community to discuss the environmental issues that impact our lives.”

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