One Water Webinar: Strengthening Flood Resilience Through Integrated Water Management
December 1, 2016


Speakers include:
o    Steve Hershner, Utilities Director, City of Cedar Rapids
o    Brad Klamer, Senior Planner, Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans

At scales ranging from the neighborhood and city to the watershed and basin, some communities are doing the work of breaking down the silos in water management to increase sustainability and equitably maximize benefits across the community and watershed. So, what does “Integrated Water Management” mean for your watershed and your community? Where has it been used and what are the benefits and challenges? Can it help your community achieve “triple bottom line” (environmental, social and economic) benefits?

Flooding can strike suddenly, having devastating impacts on communities and rarely confining itself to one political jurisdiction. And in many communities around the country, the frequency and magnitude of flooding events is expected to increase as a result of a changing climate, impacting not only businesses and residents located on the floodplain, but in low-lying areas impacted by stormwater. Join us to learn how two different utilities are using integrated water management to tackle flooding challenges and reduce future flood risks in their regions. 

In Iowa, agriculture is a key economic driver and every single county has been affected by major floods.  The Middle Cedar River partnership was formed to focus on preventative measures, disaster resilience, and watershed management in response to the urgent need to address increasing concentrations of nitrates and extreme flood events in the Cedar River. 

Louisiana is no stranger to flooding issues – Hurricane Katrina flooded 80 percent of the city and the homes and businesses of 1 million people in the region.  The city has spent time rebuilding in a deliberate fashion with an eye to the future and an emphasis on green infrastructure – working with water instead of fighting against it. While investments in hard infrastructure have been critical, comprehensive urban water management is an equally important facet of their strategy. 

This webinar is co-hosted by the US Water Alliance and River Network and is the fourth in River Network’s series with the Urban Waters Learning Network on Integrated Water Management that covers multiple examples of how these approaches are taking root across the country. Information about this series and recordings of the first three webinars can be found here.

Register for the webinar here.

One Water Webinar: Accelerating Innovation in the Water Sector
December 15, 2016


Speakers include:

  • Al Cho, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Xylem
  • Karen Pallansch, CEO, Alexandria Renew Enterprises 

It’s often difficult in the water sector to take risks and innovate. For new ideas or technologies, there’s often no way to conduct pilot testing or validation at the appropriate scale, and there’s a critical need to build in redundancy in case of failure, especially for public utilities. Hear from some top water innovators about how they were able to overcome these obstacles to move outside-the-box ideas through the process and make them a reality.

Reister for the webinar here. 

One Water Summit
June 27-29, 2017
New Orleans, LA

From June 27-29, 2017, leaders from across the country will gather at the Intercontinental Hotel in the heart of the French Quarter for a thought-provoking and action-oriented national summit on what it will take to secure a sustainable water future for all. New Orleans is the perfect backdrop for this important solutions-focused conversation about how we value and manage water to foster economic prosperity, community well-being, and environmental sustainability. Thank you to our 2017 host, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, for inviting us to your beautiful city.

We will have more details about registration, programming, and more soon, so stay tuned! In the mean time, sign up for reminders about the One Water Summit 2017 below and be the first to hear about exciting summit plans. We'll see you in New Orleans!