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Agenda for SEJ's 25th Annual Conference

Come to the land of weather, water and energy, Oct 7-11 — and prepare to be surprised. We and our host, the University of Oklahoma, will fill your notebook with story ideas applicable to your audience. Choose one of nine fascinating all-day tours: Tallgrass Prairie Preserve and Standing Bear Museum & Education Center; superfund site Tar Creek; Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge; Langston University's world-renowned Institute for Goat Research and Oklahoma State University’s Food and Ag Products Center; Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area; Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation; OU and drilling/fracking in the field; Chickasaw Cultural Center; and National Weather Center's Severe Storms Lab, Storm Prediction Center and Radar Innovations Lab. We've also got video and graphics workshops, sessions on fracking & quakes, climate change & extreme weather, water rights & fights, Native Americans & diversity, ag & soil health, and so much more. Tours are filling quickly, so don't delay — register now for Environmental Journalism 2015 in Norman, Oklahoma. Peruse the full draft agenda, book your hotel or reserve your exhibit space. NOTE: Deadline to book rooms for the sweet conference rate at the Embassy Suites is Sep 20. Photo: Chickasaw Cultural Center, courtesy of the Chickasaw Nation.

Many Along Texas Border Still Live Without Safe, Drinkable Water

"Turn on the faucet. Fill a glass with water. Drink it. Acts so commonplace you perform them without thinking twice. Flora Barraza cannot. Neither can José Garcia, nor the cooks at Los Pasteles Bakery No. 2, nor the elderly at the Epoca de Oro Adult Day Care. Along the Texas-Mexico border, nearly 90,000 people are believed to still live without running water. An untold number more — likely tens of thousands, but no one is sure — often have running water of such poor quality that they cannot know what poisons or diseases it might carry."

Source: Texas Tribune, 03/09/2015

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