Safe Medicine Disposal Symposium

This symposium on Nov. 8 will address some of the issues about pharmaceutical contaminants in wastewater, drinking water and our rivers and lakes.

How did we get into this soup, what other chemicals are in it with us, and what can we do to clean it up?
Join us on November 8, 2007 at the Spreckels Theatre in Rohnert Park for a symposium on:

9:00 AM to 3:30PM
Coffee service
Box lunch provided for $5.00 (including beverage)
Spreckels Theatre
5409 Snyder LN
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Sponsored by Sonoma County Water Agency, Cities of Sonoma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Cotati and Sebastopol, Town of Windsor, Integrated Waste Control and Teleosis Institute. (partial list)
This symposium is about educating ourselves and finding solutions to the challenge of “emerging contaminants”. The persistence of pharmaceuticals in our wastewater is a fact. What is actually “emerging” is the public’s awareness of a long existing phenomenon. How do we, as consumers of pharmaceuticals, prevent the pollution of our waterways? What are individual communities in the Bay Area doing? How are state and federal agencies addressing this issue? What is the role of the pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies? What can non-profits do to help inform their members and the general public? These and other questions will be discussed in an interactive dialogue with all participants at the symposium.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Tim Anderson, SCWA
Registration and Coffee Service
Welcome, Jake Mackenzie, Vice Mayor, Rohnert Park
Program Overview, Rohnert Park Councilmember Tim Smith
Introduction of Keynote, Jake Mackenzie
Keynote by Dr. Ilene Ruhoy, EPA Research and Development, Las Vegas, Nevada
State Initiatives Panel
• Environmental Protection Agency, Luisa Valiela
• Department of Toxic Substances Control, Karl Palmer
• Northcoast Regional Water Quality Control Board, Luis Rivera, Principal Engineer, Assistant Exec. Officer
• Bodega Bay Marine Lab,UC Davis, Nature McQuinn, PhD candidate
• State Senate Rachel Machi, Consultant to Environmental Quality Committee, SB 966 Simitian
Q&A moderated by Jake Mackenzie
Lunch Break – Pick up Box Lunches
Local Community Initiatives

• Bay Area Pollution Prevention Group, Karin North, Palo Alto
• Marin County Environmental Health, Robert Turner
• San Mateo County, Bill Chiang, for Sup. Adrienne Tissier
• Rohnert Park Councilmember Tim Smith
Q&A moderated by Jake Mackenzie
Industry and Non-Profit Initiatives
• Teleosis Institute, Berkeley, Joel Kreisberg DC, MA
• California Pharmacists Association Paul Lofholm, Pharm.D, President-Elect
Q&A moderated by Jake Mackenzie
Concluding Remarks Jake Mackenzie