Water Wednesday #1:  June 21, 2017


When news broke there were toxins in our finished tap waters, we knew the community deserved answers from experts in the leading fields associated with this issue.  We partnered with Cape Fear River Watch to host the very first Community Forum on Genx,  This would later turn into Water Wednesdays.  Over 400 concerned citizens and small business owners attended this gathering.  

Forum Video


John Green, Attorney at Hall & Green, LLP:

John Green, Attorney at Hall & Green, LLP: John has been practicing law in New Hanover county for more than 17 years.  He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, the New Hanover County Fifth Judicial District Bar, and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.

Dr. Susanne Brander, Ecotoxicologist:

Dr. Brander is an assistant professor at UNCW.  Her research integrates the responses of aquatic organisms to endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) across biological scales with a focus on discerning mechanisms of toxicity and linking results of laboratory experiments to ecosystem responses. 

Dr. Lawrence Cahoon, Biological Oceanographer and Limnologist:

Dr. Cahoon is a marine biology professor at UNCW with applied research interests in various aspects of water quality analysis and remediation. He’s interests include evaluating water quality management practices in coastal areas, interactions of water quality with community function in estuarine habitats, and effects of climate variation on coastal features.

Kemp Burdette, Cape Fear River Watch:

Kemp Burdette is the Cape Fear Riverkeeper and works to protect and improve the water quality of the Lower Cape Fear River. He is a Wilmington native who grew up on and in the the water.

Adam Wagner, StarNews Reporter:

Mr. Wagner is a Regional Environmental Reporter covering environmental issues such as beach nourishment, climate change, fisheries, impacts of flooding and interplay between local, state and federal governments for a five-newspaper chain.  He was the only reporter allowed in the closed door meeting between Chemours, CFPUA, and government officials.

Dr. David L. Hill MD, Pediatrician:

David L. Hill, MD is Associate Medical Director of KidzCare Pediatrics, a board member of the North Carolina Pediatric Society, and author of Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro as well as a associate editor of Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5. He is a frequent contributor to Parents Magazine and has appeared on CNN and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. He lives in Wilmington, NC with his wife, three children, and two stepchildren.