The Private Water Network (PWN) is hosting a panel session on influencing policy on nitrate pollution in private wells. Dangerous nitrate pollution has contaminated private drinking water wells and public water utilities in several regions across the U.S., posing a significant threat to people's health. A new report from the Center for Progressive Reform indicates that this problem has reached Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore, an agricultural area that is home to hundreds of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and millions of chickens. On this panel session, Katlyn Schmitt and Darya Minovi will share their insights and recommendations derived directly from the report, Tainted Tap: Nitrate Pollution, Factory Farms, and Drinking Water in Maryland and Beyond.
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Time: 2:30–3:30 p.m. EDT
Darya Minovi (she/her) is a policy analyst at the Center for Progressive Reform (CPR). Her work focuses on using public health research to inform policies that protect human health and safeguard the environment. She also spent a summer as an environmental justice intern with the Natural Resources Defense Council. Minovi received her Master of Public Health in environmental health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2019 and her bachelor of science from the College of William & Mary.
Katlyn Schmitt (she/her) is a policy analyst at CPR. She joined CPR in 2020 to work on environmental policy, enforcement, and advocacy. Before joining CPR, Schmitt spent 4 years working as the legal and policy director for Waterkeepers Chesapeake, where she provided legal assistance to Waterkeepers and advocated for legislative and regulatory priorities in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Schmitt received her law degree from the University of Maryland, with a certificate of concentration in environmental law. She received her bachelor of art from Messiah College in political science.