On Friday, March 23, 2012, the Wayne State University Law School, Journal of Law and Society will host a symposium entitled “Michigan In Transition: The Restructuring of Governance Through Privatization and Corporatization."
Of interest to readers of DWSD Update is Panel 2 of the Symposium, which is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m., and will discuss privatization of DWSD.
The second panel will address the possible privatization of Detroit's water and sewage system. Environmental consultant and former assistant director at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Jim Ridgway will focus on how the current system functions. Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner John McCulloch will present the suburban perspective on privatization. Shar Habibi of In the Public Interest will provide insight on competition, valuation and delivery under privatized systems. Alex Beauchamp of Food and Water Watch will contribute with his grassroots expertise of water privatization in Atlanta and Chicago.
The Symposium will be held at the WSU Law School, Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, 471 West Palmer, Detroit, MI 48202. The event is free, but attendance limited to 200 people.
If you're interested, click here to register online or call WSU at 313-577-8032.
- Brown, "Water Privatization Can Help Detroit from Drowning in Debt," Michigan Privatization Report (Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2001).
- Wolfram, "Don't Waste Water Treatment Privatization Opportunities," Michigan Privatization Report (Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2001).
- "The Fiscal Condition of the City of Detroit," Citizens Research Council, April, 2010, p. 60 [discussed here]
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