In July, the U.S. Water Alliance named Radhika Fox as the organization’s new president. The alliance, a nonprofit established in 2008, is focused on promoting integrated, sustainable water management. W&WD Associate Editor Amy McIntosh spoke with Fox about her goals for the organization, as well as her thoughts on the state of today’s water climate.
Amy McIntosh: What do you plan to focus on as president of the U.S. Water Alliance?
Radhika Fox: The U.S. Water Alliance is proud to host and staff the Value of Water Coalition, a diverse and growing coalition focused on educating and inspiring the nation about how water is essential, invaluable and needs investment. We recently produced a beautiful and functional educational campaign and communications toolkit with the theme, “What’s the Value of Water?” Continuing to expand the coalition and building on our success is a big priority for me.
Additionally, I look forward to working with the alliance board of directors, members and staff to accelerate the adoption of one-water management approaches through a multifaceted program of network building, national dialogues, policy development and peer exchange. We will build upon the great work of our Urban Water Sustainability and Business Councils. Some issue areas that are of particular interest are the nutrient challenges in the Mississippi River basin, how we meet the water and wastewater service needs in smaller communities, supporting new business models in the water sector and addressing the water affordability challenge.