ORANGE, Calif., March 13, 2012 – In a partnership with the My Clean Water Act organization, Chapman University is participating in its year-long, nationwide celebration of water conservation and sustainability.  Chapman’s World Water Day event is March 22 and will feature a variety of events—both educational and entertaining—to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the water sustaining legislation.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this global celebration and acknowledgment of the most important resource on our planet and the anniversary of the legislation recognizing that,” said Catherine Clark, Ph.D., associate dean and professor, Chapman’s Schmid College of Science and Technology. “California’s coastal ocean waters have changed and improved in the 40 years since the legislation was enacted – but we need to keep up the message of its importance.”

The Chapman event on March 22 begins at 1 p.m. with a talk by Karen Setty of the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. is a Water Fair on campus featuring booths, handouts, activities and water-related vendors. At 5:30 p.m. is a reception, followed by a movie screening at 6:45 p.m. of Running Dry – Beyond the Brink Following the movie is a panel discussion featuring movie director Jim Thebaut; Dr. William Cooper, Director of the Urban Water Research Center at UCI; Paul Cook, General Manager of the Irvine Ranch Water District; and Dr. Catherine Clark of Chapman.

A live online broadcast of the movie screening and panel discussion will be available on  Submit your questions to the panel @MyCleanWaterAct or on Facebook and participate in real-time Q&A.

The event is free to attend.

My Clean Water Act is a program designed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, while informing the public of the potential water crisis, encourage communities to embrace conservation, and inspire individuals to take appropriate, preservation actions, which underscore a powerful, life-sustaining initiative around water–drinkable, fishable, swimmable water.  The Clean Water Act passed in October of 1972 and established standards for clean water that are still in place today.  It also provided the first effective nationwide enforcement mechanism to ensure that those standards were met.  Although significant progress has been made since 1972, fully one-third of US waterways remain below current standards. More information is at

For more information on Chapman’s World Water Day, contact Brad Agrums at

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