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Dr. Rachel Havrelock



Chicago, IL. March 12, 2017- University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is proud to announce Untrouble the Waters, a two-day conference that brings together all mayors, locals and researchers of all races to come together and bring new ideas that will benefit the Great Lakes water and help keep UIC’s drinking water clean. Without clean lakes, the amount of contaminated water around the community will increase.

This event will take place Wednesday and Thursday, May 10-11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UIC in the Student Center East Meeting Room. Day one will focus on water leadership and day two will allow participants the opportunity to explore topics and engage with experts.

The event is directed by Dr. Rachel Havrelock, Freshwater Lab founder, and it will allow participants the chance to engage in exploring questions regarding issues on lead poisoning, water crises and water shortages. As well as a broad range of workshops will be available to focus on how to enhance water quality and everyday life.

 According to, the United Nations, water was declared the most important issue of the 21st century. “This summit will engage a wide community in thinking about and planning for the present and future of our region,” said Dr. Havrelock. Many are unaware that the Great Lakes supply 20 percent of the world’s freshwater. “It is therefore the time to conceive the region’s water priorities and think about how we will manage and share our fresh water now and in the future,” said Havrelock, also a UIC English professor. For those unable to attend, a Freshwater Lab course will be available for the fall semester of 2017.

 About Freshwater Lab

The Freshwater Lab is an initiative to communicate Great Lakes water issues to the public, create tools to visualize the current state and future scenarios of water sources, engage unaffiliated groups in water planning, and train a new generation of Great Lakes leaders.  As we focus on the Great Lakes basin, we also reach outward to build relationships with water stewards from other parts of the world.