Adria Finch, Innovation Project Manager, City of Syracuse
Christine Knapp, Director of the Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia
As our population becomes more urbanized, the vitality of our growing cities are largely dependent on the sustainable management of water. Water is rapidly growing in strategic importance for cities and their elected leaders, and sustainability has become a key unifying theme for innovative local governments around the world. This webcast will dive into the innovative approaches both the City of Philadelphia and City of Syracuse are taking to advance one water solutions in their regions. From accelerating green infrastructure projects to harnessing the power of data, these cities are taking the next step in holistic water management.
This webinar is part two of a six-part series designed to go more in depth to the recently published One Water Roadmap.
One Water is an integrated planning and implementation approach to managing finite water resources for long-term resilience and reliability, meeting both community and ecosystem needs. Co-sponsored by the Water Research Foundation, this webcast will discuss the various drivers pushing utilities in the direction of One Water, and how they have used the One Water framework to create efficiencies in service delivery, achieve water quality and environmental improvements, and diversify and stretch a community’s water supplies. Two recently published documents, WRF’s Blueprint for One Water and U.S. Water Alliance’s One Water Roadmap, will be showcased as practical tools for utilities seeking to implement a One Water framework. Both documents contain best practices and real-world examples of how diverse utilities are pursuing One Water initiatives.
- Cindy Paulson, PhD, PE, Chief Technical Officer, Brown and Caldwell
- Wing Tam, PE, Assistant Division Manager, Watershed Protection Division, LA Sanitation - City of Los Angeles
- Emily Feenstra, Deputy Director, US Water Alliance-
- Katie Henderson, Research Manager, Water Research Foundation
- 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.
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.
Most Americans take water, and the systems that bring it to and from homes and businesses, for granted. They turn on the tap, and safe drinking water reliably comes out. They flush the toilet, and they don’t have to think twice about how that wastewater will be taken away and safely treated before it is returned to the environment.
But could you Imagine a Day Without Water? Without safe, reliable water and wastewater service? No water to brush your teeth, flush the toilet, grow crops, brew beer, or put out fires. A day without water is a crisis. On September 15, 2016, more than 500 organizations will raise awareness about our critical water infrastructure systems and the need to invest in them so communities never have to imagine a day without 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
Imagine A Day Without Water is a national campaign to engage stakeholders, public officials, and the general public about how water is essential, invaluable, and needs investment. On September 15, 2016, hundreds of organizations across the country will host events, author resolutions, take to social media, and more, to show why water is important to our economies, jobs, communities, environment, and daily lives. There are many ways to participate and to educate your stakeholders and citizens – through events, online engagement, school curriculum, and partnering with organizations inside and beyond the water sector. Everyone has a water story to tell.
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
The launch of the Value of Water Communications Bootcamp at the 2016 One Water Summit was wildly successful, so we're bringing to you for our June One Water Webinar.
Communicating the value of water and the importance of the often-invisible systems that bring it to and from homes and businesses is challenging. Educating and engaging community stakeholders and winning support from public officials for rate proposals and water projects requires a comprehensive communications strategy. Led by Communications Director Abigail Gardner, this webinar guides participants through best practices for developing a strategic communications plan, earned and social media strategies, and message decks, using the Value of Water messaging deck as a model.
The US Water Prize celebrates organizations that are driving game-changing projects, policies, and programs in one water management. To shine a bright light on one water leadership, the Alliance established the US Water Prize in 2011. The Water Prize is the first of its kind program that recognizes outstanding achievement in the advancement of sustainable solutions to our nation’s water challenges. In 2016, the US Water Prize will be awarded during the One Water Leadership summit in Atlanta.
The US Water Alliance and the City of Atlanta will host the One Water Summit 2016 from June 8-10, 2016. The summit will be a tremendous opportunity for networking, learning, and forging partnerships for progress. The One Water Leadership Summit is the nation’s premier gathering of utilities, business leaders, policymakers, researchers, environmental advocates, and community leaders—in short, the best minds addressing the urgent challenges of water sustainability.
The Value of Water Coalition, convened by the US Water Alliance, is part of the leadership team for the fourth annual Infrastructure Week, which will happen nationwide from May 16-23, 2016. Infrastructure Week brings together hundreds of organizations across infrastructure sectors, think tanks, elected officials, policy advocates, and more, that are united behind the importance of investing in and modernizing our nation’s infrastructure.
To learn more about Infrastructure Week please visit infrastructureweek.org.
California is in a time of unprecedented drought, and companies want to know what it means for their business. In this one our webinar, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Ceres, and the U.S. Water Alliance, attendees will learn about the current state of the drought, including where water comes from and how it is managed in the state. Speakers will also highlight how the drought is impacting business operations and financial performance. Through private sector case studies, attendees will also learn how companies are leveraging technologies, partnerships, and innovation to reduce impacts, mitigate risks, and protect freshwater in the state of California.
- Radhika Fox, CEO, US Water Alliance
- Kirsten James, Senior Manager for California Policy and Partnerships, Ceres
- Jennifer Gerholdt, Senior Director, Environmental Program
From May 16-23, hundreds of organizations across infrastructure sectors, the business community, think tanks, elected officials, policy advocates, and more will come together for Infrastructure Week 2016. Infrastructure Week is a coordinated week of events and programming across the country to elevate infrastructure-from passenger and freight transportation to water, electricity and broadband networks-as a critical issue impacting all Americans. Will you join us in educating the nation that #InfrastructureMatters?
To encourage our partners to participate in building awareness about the importance of our nation's infrastructure, the Value of Water Coalition is hosting a webinar featuring Zach Schafer, Executive Director of Infrastructure Week and Emily Feenstra, Deputy Director of the US Water Alliance, to share the campaign's theme, resources, events, and how your organization can engage.
Throughout the United States, efforts are underway to restore and maintain healthy watersheds and high water quality in our streams, rivers, lakes, and coastal waterways. These efforts are built on a common goal of one water stewardship for land and water that is shared by urban, suburban, and rural communities. This work is complicated and requires effective collaboration to forge sustainable, common ground objectives. This webinar will highlight successful examples of municipal and agriculture partnerships to address water quality and productivity concerns. The examples will highlight new approaches to inclusive one water management for the health of our nation’s water ways.
Moderator: Radhika Fox, CEO, US Water Alliance
Featured Regional Case Studies:
- Portland Metropolitan Area
- Bruce Roll, Director of Watershed Management, Clean Water Services
- Madison, Wisconsin
- David Taylor, Director of Ecosystem Services, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District
- Cedar Rapids, Iowa
- Tariq P. Baloch, Water Utility Plant Manager, City of Cedar Rapids
- Adam Kiel, Operations Manager Water Resources, Iowa Soybean Association
- Keith Schilling, Ph.D. Iowa Geological Survey University of Iowa
This webinar is part of a monthly interactive forum for US Water Alliance members that cover hot topics in one water management, and provide an opportunity to engage with Alliance members on topics of common concern.
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From droughts that threaten water supplies to super storms that cripple water and wastewater infrastructure, water leaders are on the front lines of addressing the impacts of climate change on communities across the country. This session will feature innovators sharing how they are utilizing integrated, holistic, and sustainable water management strategies to develop resilient water systems and more sustainable cities.
Moderator: Radhika Fox, CEO, US Water Alliance
- Cedric S. Grant, Executive Director, Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans
- Laurna Kaatz, Environmental Scientist, Planning Division, Denver Water
- Erik Meyers, Vice President, The Conservation Fund
This session is part of the US Water Alliance’s One Water Webinar series that cover hot topics in one water management. These interactive sessions provide an opportunity for US Water Alliance members to engage with each other on topics of common concern.
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