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Great Lakes Water Conservation Workshop for craft brewers & cheesemakers

Great Lakes Water Conservation Workshop

Great Lakes Water Conservation Workshop‏

ROCHESTER, NY MARCH 26, 2010 – The Great Lakes Water Conservation Workshop is proud to announce that Alfa Laval USA will be the Silver Sponsor for the one-day event, to be held at the Rochester Museum & Science Center in downtown Rochester, NY.

The one-day workshop will be held on Friday, March 26, 2010, 8:30-4:30 at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue in Rochester, NY, and focuses on best practices in water conservation for small and medium-sized craft brewers and cheese companies. This is the first independent workshop designed to bring together craft brewers, cheesemakers, policy makers and nonprofit organizations for education and discussion about water conservation. Registration is $55 for the full day of sessions, including a buffet lunch, until March 1, and $75 per person thereafter; details available online at

“We are thrilled to have the support of Alfa Laval USA,” says Lucy Saunders, workshop organizer. John Berardino, Brewery Manager, and Linda A. Rastani, Tank Equipment Manager, Alfa Laval USA, will share their expertise in cleaning-in-place (CIP) solutions for water savings and safety, with case histories drawn from both the brewing and cheesemaking industries.

Participating brewers include Patrick Conway, president of the Great Lakes Brewing Co. of Cleveland, OH, who will speak on the sustainable use of water in brewery and brewpub operations; and Jason Fox, brewmaster of Custom BrewCrafters, Honeoye Falls, NY, who will discuss wastewater treatment systems.

A panel discussion on the true cost of water, and pricing, includes G. William Page, PhD., AICP, is a Professor in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning, University of Buffalo, SUNY; Michael Wolkoff, deputy chair of Economics at the University of Rochester, and Sammis White, Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and an active participant in the Milwaukee Water Council, an industry/university partnership to solve water problems and create jobs.

Special to this workshop is a discussion of hydrofracturing and risks to water quality, featuring Walter Hang, president of Toxics Targeting, Inc., an environmental database firm in Ithaca, NY. He has worked for more than 30 years as an advocate for environmental health protection. Mr. Hang will be joined by Andrew Byers, a botanist and member of the Shaleshock Action Alliance, and Ron Bishop, a lecturer in chemistry and biochemistry at SUNY Oneonta, who will discuss hydrofracturing practices and how water contamination can occur during the gas drilling process.

Workshop details and registration are available online, at:

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