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An Inside Look at a Battle for Clean Water in the Heartland

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Kris Maher, author of Desperate: An Epic Battle for Clean Water and Justice in Appalachia and a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, talks about the complexities, personalities and mixed outcome of a classic battle between small communities and a coal company. He discusses the area’s history, including the Hatfields and McCoys and Matewan Massacre, the legal process, local culture and much more.

Robin A. Johnson is a governmental relations, public policy and political consultant. He is an expert on government reform issues and has consulted with numerous local governments on consolidation/merger, public-private partnerships and full-cost accounting of public services. Robin has also helped candidates win elections for the U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, state legislature, judiciary and local government. Robin served as a consultant to the Office of Statewide Performance Review in the Illinois Governor’s Office and is former director of the Illinois Center for Competitive Government, a partnership between the Illinois Comptroller’s Office and the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University. Prior to that, he was Director of the Local Government Affairs Division of the Illinois Comptroller’s Office. Robin served on the Board of Directors of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP) in 1999-2000.