Water, Energy, Environment. It's difficult to imagine three resources
more essential to Earth itself and the lifestyles we humans pursue.
For years we used these resources without concern, displaying little
anxiety or consideration regarding their future availability. We
just assumed sufficient resources would always be there. The environment
was so vast that development and use would not have an impact. But,
fortunately, in recent years, our faith in the sustainability of
these resources has been shaken. Questions have risen regarding
climate change, population growth, water and energy availability.
Will these three critical resources of our civilization be adequate
to maintain our current lifestyle and future development?
An important, fundamental consideration is the interconnection
among these resources; they do not exist in silos although for simplicity
we frequently manage them as though they do. For example, our industrialized
agriculture demands water, energy, chemicals, and land. Elimination
of one of these resources can have a negative impact on food production.
How important is the interconnection between water, energy and environment?
Is there a best course of action to develop and manage these resource?
Our conference will address the following:
Are we running out of freshwater?
Will improved water management reduce the need for additional
How will the Nation's energy needs be met while managing water
and environmental resources?
What is the role of the energy industry in conserving and recycling
How do we meet the Nation's water, energy and environmental
Is a holistic approach to water, energy, and environmental management
desirable and even possible?
Where else but Alaska, the Last Frontier itself, could AWRA host
a conference on the water-energy-environmental nexus and the future
solutions we need to develop? The dynamic city of Anchorage, Alaska,
surrounded by an abundance of water and energy sources and a near
pristine environment, provides the ideal location for water, energy,
and environmental professionals. This will provide opportunities
to connect, converse, brainstorm and network. Join discussions on
the latest advances, case studies, and challenges with a goal of
finding solutions to these issues. Alaska provides a backdrop of
the challenges and problems facing the other 49 states and other
countries: from the development of water and energy infrastructure
in isolated villages, to integrated water and energy systems in
Anchorage, to the extensive oil, gas, and coal-resources development
providing critical energy resources to the nation.
The conference will address present and future energy, water and
environmental challenges society faces. Benefits of attending this
Learning and discussing the multidisciplinary approaches to
water, energy and environmental resource issues
Opportunity to attend sessions on relevant topics including
hydroelectric, oil and gas, and mining evaluations and management.
Learning from stimulating keynote speakers attuned to the latest
developments in science and policy regarding the nexus of water,
energy and environment.
Networking during coffee breaks, reception, conference luncheon,
after hours, exhibits, etc.
Interacting with exhibitors displaying the latest technologies
Experience the enormous, breathtaking, Alaskan environment on
various field trips
Train to the Future - Preconference 2-day field trip on
the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Fairbanks - proposed
Susitna hydroelectric project, coal mining, low temperature
geothermal, Trans Alaskan Pipeline System, plus more!
City of Anchorage Energy Saving Water Utility Plants
Conference annotated bibliography focusing on water, energy
and environment topics - led by Conference Student Committee
Webinar session for AWRA student chapters across the US on future
water, energy, environment challenges
K-12 Webinar for teachers and students to discuss local water,
Enjoying the spectacular venue of Anchorage in Alaska, the USA's
The Planning Committee looks forward to seeing you in Anchorage!
Michael Lilly Conference Co-Chair
Geo-Watershed Scientific, LLC
John R.(Rick) Giardino, Ph.D.,
P.G. Conference Co-Chair
Geology & Geophysics Department
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX