Janet L. McCoy


AUBURN -- Some of the world's leading authorities on rivers will be on the Auburn University campus Friday (June 4) for an international conference on the status of rivers in the United States and India.

The one-day program, International Symposium on Rivers: India and the U.S., will be at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center. The coordinator of the symposium is Kelly Alley, an associate professor of anthropology in AU's Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work.

Alley in 1998 received $135,000 in funding from the U.S. Information Agency to fund a project titled "Facilitating Professional Exchanges to Advance Environmental Jurisprudence in the USA and India." This symposium is one part of her project.

Representatives from the United States and India will exchange information about their work on river basin pollution problems and discuss strategies for grassroots organizing, legal activism, scientific data collection and fund-raising, Alley said.

"The symposium will allow activists from both countries to explore the similarities and differences in their particular environmental problems and provide students and faculty the opportunity to learn about those problems and about how groups are working to solve them," she said.

Program highlights include:

** Grassroots Clean-up Projects 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Panelists include: Chad Pregracke of the Mississippi River Beautification and Restoration Project; Satya Sundari of Orissa, India; Kishan Rao from Andhra Pradesh, India; and Rakesh Jaiswal of Eco- Friends of Kanpur, India.

** Coalition Building for Effective Wastewater and Watershed Management, 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Participants include: Ashok Sharma, minister of Legislative Assembly, Jammu and Kashmir, India; S. N. Upadhyay of the Sankat Mochan Foundation and professor of chemical engineering at Banaras-Hindu University in Vanarasi, India; F. Bailey Green, principle of Oswald Green, LLC and a research engineer member at University of California at Berkeley ; and Mike Swaim, mayor of Salem, Ore.

** Rivers and the Law, 1:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Speakers include: M. C. Mehta of the New Delhi-based Indian Council on Enviro-Legal Action, New Delhi, India; G.N. Chaturvedi of Mathura, India; Sally Bethea of Atlanta-based Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeepers, Atlanta; and Jane Engert, Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide in Eugene, Ore.

** Open Session on Rivers, Wastewater Management and the Law, 3:45 p.m.- 4:45 p.m. The moderators will be Paul and Kristin Seeman, both attorneys from San Francisco.

There is no fee to attend the symposium. However, there will be a luncheon, for which there is a $15 charge. Please register in advance for lunch by contacting Alley at 334/844-2827, by fax at 334/844-2851 or email at In addition, those interested can contact AU's Environmental Institute at 334/844-4132.

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CONTACT: Alley, 334/844- 2827.