CWEA Leader in Water Research to Speak at 2016 Clarke Prize Conference

Focus is on Innovations in Water Quality Assessment and Sustainable Water Supply Practices

Water quality and resource experts from across the nation are coming to Southern California to talk about the most groundbreaking research and activities in urban water sustainability during the 2016 Clarke Prize Conference, to be held on Friday, November 4, 2016, in Newport Beach, California, by the National Water Research Institute (NWRI).

Register now to attend this distinguished event, which will include sessions focused on emerging issues in urban water quality, new methods to assess water quality, and addressing challenges to urban water sustainability.  CWEA member Ryan Reinke of Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts will be presenting on “Antibiotics … Resistance is Futile: Presence, Impact, and Treatment and Removal of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Water” with Walter Jakubowski, WaltJay Consulting.

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Joan Rose, Michigan State U., on “Legionella and the Revolution in Water Distribution Microbiology”
  • Channah Rock, U. Arizona, on “Advances in Methods to Assess Microbial Water Quality”
  • David Sedlak, UC Berkeley, on “The Fifth Water Revolution”
  • Pedro Alvarez, Rice U., on “Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment: A Vision to Enable Decentralized Water Treatment and Reuse”
  • Sybil Sharvelle, Colorado State U., on “Public Health Guidance on Implementing Decentralized Non-Potable Water Systems”

NWRI also will honor public health microbiologist Mark Sobsey as the twenty-third recipient of the NWRI Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research.  Sobsey is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He will be presented with a medallion and $50,000 award during the Clarke Prize Award Ceremony and Dinner on November 3, 2016.  More information about the conference and dinner, including sponsorship opportunities, can be found at

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