In Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant’s ongoing effort to educate the public about ways to prevent medicines from getting into our water, IISG Pollution Prevention Program Specialist Laura Kammin will be one of the invited speakers at an upcoming workshop.
The “Emerging Contaminants, Emerging Solutions” panel discussion is organized by Openlands and the Metropolitan Planning Council. It will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at North Banquet Facility at The Centre in Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin, Ill.
Kammin will be talking about IISG’s work in reducing contamination by chemicals known as endocrine disruptor compounds through the use of medicine take-back programs. IISG’s toolkit The Disposal of Unwanted Medicines: A Resource for Action in Your Community helps communities wisely dispose of unwanted medicines by providing background information on the topic, by describing how to hold a successful collection event, by proving materials for public outreach and education, and more.

“This is a great opportunity to discuss solutions to this problem with prominent researchers and water treatment professionals,” Kammin said. “The roundtable helps get the word out about the work that we are doing. There will be many city planners and leaders of municipalities present at the event, so this is an exciting way to connect with people and let them know that we are there to help them.”
Also speaking are U.S. Geological Survey research hydrologist Dana Kolpin, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency toxicologist Carole Braverman, and Fox Metro Water Reclamation District Pretreatment Supervisor Debra Ness.  
For more information on proper disposal practices and collection programs, contact Laura Kammin or go to our website. For more information about the workshop, visit the Metropolitan Planning Council.