CWEA-WateReuse Urban Water and Drought Preparedness event draws more than 200 – summary added

UPDATE – An executive summary of the event is available for download here.

The Santa Clara Valley Section of the California Water Environment Association and WateReuse California joined the National Science Foundation’s ReNUWIt Engineering Research Center to host a discussion on the future of the Bay Area’s water system at Stanford University on May 15, 2014.  More than 200 water environment professionals, academics, scientists, and government leaders in the Bay Area attended.

The event featured a stellar speaker line-up, including:

1.       Fran Spivy-Weber – Vice Chair, California’s State Water Board.

2.       Dick Luthy – Silas H. Palmer Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, and the Director of the ReNUWIt Engineering Research Center.

3.     William Croyle – DWR Drought Manager.

4.     David Sedlak – Co-Director of the Berkeley Water Center and Deputy Director of the ReNUWIt Engineering Research Center.

5.       Ellen Hanak – Economist and Senior Policy Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).

6.       Eric Hong – Chief, North Central Region Office, California Department of Water Resources.

7.       David MacIntyre – Water Reuse National Practice Leader, Vice President, Parsons Brinckerhoff.

8.       David W. Smith – Managing Director, WateReuse California.

Here is a list of links to the speakers’ presentations, which are much in demand by those who attended the event:

Redefining “Normal” for California: Adapting To A New Water Resource Reality – William Croyle, DWR Drought Manager

The Fourth Revolution in Urban Water: Creating a Drought-Proof Water Supply for the Bay Area – David Sedlak – Co-Director of the Berkeley Water Center and Deputy Director of the ReNUWIt Engineering Research Center

Drought Response through Integrated Water Management – Eric Hong – Chief, North Central Region Office, California Department of Water Resources

Paying for Water in California – Ellen Hanak – Economist and Senior Policy Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Partnerships – Changing Water Management Challenges & Strategies – David MacIntyre – Water Reuse National Practice Leader, Vice President, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Re-inventing Urban Water Systems for Drought Preparedness – Dick Luthy – Silas H. Palmer Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, and the Director of the ReNUWIt Engineering Research Center

The Future Of Water Recycling In California Re-Inventing Urban Water – Drought Preparedness for the Bay Area – David W. Smith – Managing Director, WateReuse California

Congratulations to the leaders of CWEA Santa Clara Valley Section who had the vision and commitment to bring this event to life on such a critical and timely topic.  As one attendee commented: “I think it is really great for CWEA to be taking a look outside of the ‘wastewater’ culture and seeing where we can build bridges to other water-related areas (recycled water, stormwater, drinking water, etc.).”

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