Communities from New York to Flint, Michigan and beyond have recently experienced tragic lapses in water quality. Consumer confidence in drinking water is understandably shaken, even though the overwhelming majority of water providers are doing an excellent job of providing high quality drinking water. How can we demystify what goes into water quality testing and so communities can be assured of access to safe drinking water? With the July 1st deadline for water providers to post their 2016 consumer confidence reports, now is the time to discuss how communities can better know their water. Hear from top experts about national trends in water quality testing, monitoring and reporting, challenges faced by utilities with different water sources, common myths about water quality, and best practices in communicating consumer confidence results and community outreach.
Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance (moderator)
Diane VanDe Hei, CEO of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies
Wally Wilson, Chief Hydrologist for Tucson Water
Kelley Dearing-Smith, Strategic Communications Director for Louisville Water
Watersheds don't fall into clear-cut city or county boundaries. To manage these systems, it can take more than one municipality or organization to design a holistic approach. Tackling multi-jurisdictional challenges requires defined goals, responsibilities and funding sources which can be difficult to handle without strong partnerships. What's the ideal recipe for a successful watershed partnership? Ingredients include pinpointing specific geographic areas, targeting stressors and including grassroots organizations, all while steadily evaluating and communicating achievements. Hear from experts who have successfully advanced watershed partnerships through strategic collaboration and goal-setting.
Carol Collier, Senior Advisor for Watershed Management and Policy, Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University
Jason Pierce, Manager of Watershed and Contract Services, Upper Trinity Regional Water District