2017 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference on Climate Change Solutions: Collaborative Science, Policy and Planning for Sustainable Water Management
Oral Sessions



Monday / June 26 / 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Rafael E. Frias, III
President, American Water Resources Association
Black & Veatch Corp., Coral Springs, FL

Lisa Engelman
Conference General Chair
Rockville, MD

Keynote Speakers

Gerald E. Galloway
School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, VA

Monday / June 26 / 10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon

Plenary Panel: Local, Regional and National Scale Adaptation Planning

Upmanu Lall
Columbia University, New York, NY

Zoe Johnson
Resiliency Coordinator, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, Annapolis, MD
Building Resiliency through the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership

Erica Brown
Chief Sustainability Officer at AMWA, Washington, DC
From Adaptation to Resilience: Utility-Driven Developments Over a Decade of Practice

Jordan Fischbach
Water and Climate Resilience Co-director and Policy Researcher, Rand Corp., Pittsburgh, PA
Managing Climate Uncertainty with Robust and Adaptive Strategies

Monday / June 26 / 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 1, 2

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Improvements to the World Bank's Decision Tree for Confronting Climate (and other) Uncertainty in Water Resources Investments - Patrick Ray, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, (co-authors: C. Brown, D. Rodriguez, L. Garcia)
Practical Risk-Based Adaptation Pathways for Water Resources Infrastructure - Eugene Stakhiv, Institute for Water Resources, Alexandria, VA
Developing Climate-Resilient Strategies for Hydropower Generation Using an Risk-Based Approach: The Case of the Magdalena River Basin in Colombia - Santiago Gómez Dueñas, Unesco-IHE, Delft, ZH Netherlands (co-author: K. Gilroy)
Bottom-up Climate Risk Assessment of Reservoirs, Hydro-Energy Generation and River Basin Development Plans (Cameroon, Morocco, Malawi, Nepal, Niger Basin and Solomon Islands) - Johan Grijsen, Independent Consultant, Wimberley, TX

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BMP Performance under a Changing Climate - Jonathan Butcher, Tetra Tech, Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC (co-authors: B. Tucker, T. Johnson, S. Julius, D. Atkinson, S. Sarkar, S. Job)
Stormwater Management under a Changing Climate: A New Guide - Scott Job, Tetra Tech, Research Triangle Park, NC (co-authors: M. Harris, S. Julius, B. Bierwagen, J. Butcher)
Modeling the Sensitivity of Green Infrastructure Performance to Climate Change in Different Urban and Hydroclimatic Settings - Saumya Sarkar, Tetra Tech Inc, Research Triangle Park, NC (co-authors: J. Butcher, T. Johnson, C. Clark)
A Portable Stormwater Runoff Collection and Treatment System for Urban Agriculture and Food Security - Jiajun Xu, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC (co-authors: T. Vu, R. Stephenson, T. Deksissa)

Monday / June 26 / 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 3, 4

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Climate Change Resiliency Planning for Wastewater and Stormwater Infrastructure - Nathan Foged, Brown and Caldwell, Seattle, WA
Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis: Water Security Case Study in the Philippines - Kristin Gilroy, US Army Corps of Engineers, alexandria, VA (co-author: S. Gomez)
Developing a Climate Resilient Water Supply for Lusaka, Zambia - Marc Tkach, Millenium Challenge Corporation, Washngton DC, (co-authors: J. Kucharski, J. Olszewski , R. Chaudhry, G. Mendoza)
Reducing the Vulnerability of Bangkok Municipal Water Supply to Climate Change - Victor Shinde, Water Engineering and Management, Klong Lunag, Pat Thailand (co-authors: R. Koh, V. R. Shinde, M.S. Babel, G. Mendoza)
Prototyping a Fast-Integrated Model to Support Long-Term Adaptation Planning for San Francisco Water - Alexis Dufour, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco, CA (co-authors: M. Haasnoot, L.M. Bouwer, W. van Deursen, C. Brown)

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Toward Resilient Working Landscapes: Building Collaborative Capacity to Address Climate Change Impacts and Stakeholder Needs in the Water-Limited Southwest - Julian Reyes, USDA Southwest Climate Hub, Las Cruces, NM (co-authors: E. Elias, C. Steele, A. Rango)
Enhancing the Relevance of Climate Change to Encourage Climate Change Adaptation - Nancy Turyk, Univ. Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI (co-authors: C. Techtmann, S. Kar)
Continuous Models: Creating Models and Working with Stakeholders Over the Long Term - A. Michael Sheer, HydroLogics, Inc., Columbia, MD
Using Place-based Landscape Visualizations for Stakeholder Communication about Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change - Holly Greenleaf, University of Vermont Department of Plant & Soil Science, Burlington, VT (co-authors: S. Hurley, M. Niles, M. Caswell)

Tuesday / June 27 / 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Concurrent Sessions 5, 6 ,7

Moderator - David Behar
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco, CA

Kavita Heyn, Portland Water Bureau, Portland, OR
Paul Fleming, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle, WA
Emmit Owens, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, New York City, NY
Tirusew Asefa, Tampa Bay Water, Tampa, FL

Comprised of ten of the nation's largest drinking water providers serving nearly 50 million customers, the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA) mission is to collaboratively advance water utility climate change adaptation. Since its founding in 2007, WUCA has developed into a credible voice on climate adaptation issues, and is often asked to provide a decision maker's perspective on the climate challenge to researchers and government agencies investing in the nation's science and resilience. WUCA members are at the forefront of developing and testing new methodologies for assessing climate vulnerability and planning for adaptation.WUCA will present lessons learned from two pioneering efforts that bridge the gap between climate science and robust decisions. These panels will incorporate short presentations, discussion with panel and audience, and exercises that will help participating water resource professionals gain a deeper understanding in aspects of climate change adaptation.This first of two WUCA panels will highlight four innovative assessments conducted by WUCA utilities in collaboration with engaged climate scientists, called the Piloting Utility Model Applications (PUMA). The goal of these assessments was to 'co-produce actionable science' to inform adaptation decisions at these utilities. Water managers will describe how they built collaborative partnerships with regional science consortiums, developed customized climate data and tools for their systems, and the benefits and difficulties of partnering with the scientific and climate services communities. Discussion with the audience will include the value of partnerships in developing climate science, utilizing climate information for adaptation investments, and advancing the national conversation around actionable science and climate services.

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Development of an Extreme Precipitation Dashboard for Water Resource Managers and City Planners - Nancy Beller-Simms, NOAA/Climate Program Office, Silver Spring, MD (co-author: T. G. Houston)
Incorporating the Climate Impact Assessment into 'Community-enabled Lifecycle Analysis of Stormwater Infrastructure Costs (CLASIC)' - Harry Zhang, Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, Alexandria, VA
A New Web-Based API for City-Level Access to NASA Climate Projection Data and Derived Indicators - Andrew Fink, Azavea, Philadelphia, (co-author: J. Cahail)
Quantifying Intensity: Projections of Extreme Met Events in the Mountain West - Page Weil, Lynker Technologies, Boulder, CO

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Improving Drought Planning Capabilities in the Susquehanna River Basin - W. Joshua Weiss, Hazen and Sawyer, Baltimore, MD (co-authors: K. Hoffman, A. McIntyre, B. Pratt, J. Balay, R. Palmer, C. Howells)
Evaluation of Climate Change Impacts on Droughts Using a Coupled Land Surface and Groundwater Model (VIC-MF) in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed - Hyunwoo Kang, Virginia Tech., Blacksburg, VA (co-authors: M. Billah, V. Sridhar)
Simplified Procedure for Revising Coastal Flood Elevations Subject to Non-Linear Sea Level Rise - Kaveh Zomorodi, Dewberry, Fairfax, VA
Effects of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise on Coastal Watershed Hydrology - Xixi Wang, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA (co-authors: R. Li, D. Sample, X. Zhao)

Tuesday / June 27 / 10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon
Concurrent Sessions 8, 9, 10

Moderator - Laurna Kaatz
Denver Water, Denver, CO

Brandon Goshi, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Alexis Dufour, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco, CA

Comprised of ten of the nation's largest drinking water providers serving nearly 50 million customers, the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA) mission is to collaboratively advance water utility climate change adaptation. Since its founding in 2007, WUCA has developed into a credible voice on climate adaptation issues, and is often asked to provide a decision maker's perspective on the climate challenge to researchers and government agencies investing in the nation's science and resilience. WUCA members are at the forefront of developing and testing new methodologies for assessing climate vulnerability and planning for adaptation.WUCA will present lessons learned from two pioneering efforts that bridge the gap between climate science and robust decisions. These panels will incorporate short presentations, discussion with panel and audience, and exercises that will help participating water resource professionals gain a deeper understanding in aspects of climate change adaptation.This second of two WUCA panels will take a deep dive into the challenges of developing adaptive plans and implementing robust decisions within the context of a changing , uncertain climate. Building on the lessons on climate assessment presented in the first panel, three additional WUCA utilities will share how and why each adopted a new planning process to better embrace and prepare for uncertainty and to consider multiple sources of uncertainty in an integrated manner. This panel will also provide examples from national and international case studies of water agencies that are incorporating uncertainty into their long term planning. Following the presentations, participants will engage in an exercise to explore two foundational uncertainty planning challenges:

  • How do you select and combine uncertainties to better address alternative futures to truly and effectively plan for 50 years into the future?
  • Should you, and if so, how should you attempt to prepare for surprises, game changers, or black swans in uncertainty planning? Results will be contrasted to those from a similar exercise recently completed with decision science researchers, which will be presented immediately following the activity.

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Climate Change Solution - The Role of Decision Support Systems (DSS) in Water Management System - Bo Juza, DHI, Lakewood, CO (co-authors: B. Richaud, S. Blake)
Flexible Approach to Risk-Based Planning of Climate Adaption - Applications in The Netherlands and South Florida - Karel Heijnert, Deltares USA, Silver Spring, MD (co-authors: L. Bouwer, M. Haasnoot)
Strategies and Tools for Adaptive, Collaborative Water Management in the Era of Climate Change - David Marmorek, ESSA Technologies Ltd., Vancouver, BC Canada (co-authors: M. Nelitz, C. Murray, C. Alexander, L. Greig)
Reservoir Sediment Vulnerability Assessment Project: Sustaining our Investment in the Nation's Reservoirs - Ariane Pinson, USACE, Albuquerque, NM (co-authors: B. E. Baker, R. D. Marzion, P. S. O'Brien, K. D. White)

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Preparing for Extreme Rain Events: New York City's Cloudburst Resiliency Planning Study - Alan Cohn, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Flushing, NY (co-author: T. Stausgaard Munk)
Modeling the Effect of Climate Change on the New York City Water Supply - Emmet Owens, New York City Dept. of Environmental Protection, Kingston, NY (co-author: Allan Frei)
Dynamic Reservoir Operations for Climate Change Adaptation in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area - Megan Rivera, HydroLogics, Columbia, MD (co-authors: C. Schultz, S. Nebiker, G. Day, B. Wright, D. Sheer)
A Screening Tool to Identify Watersheds Most Vulnerable to Climate Exacerbated Debris Load - A Statistical Approach - Mathini Sreetharan, Dewberry, Fairfax, VA (co-authors: S. Lawler, J. Giovannettone, M. Mampara)

Tuesday / June 27 / 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 11, 12, 13

Moderator - Erica Brown
Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, Washington, DC


Cherie Schultz, Director, CO-OP Operations at the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, Takoma Park, MD
Lisa Ragain, Principal Water Resources Planner from MWCOG, Washington, DC
J. Alan Roberson, Treasurer of the Fairfax Water Board and Executive Director of Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, Fairfax, VA

The Potomac River is the primary drinking water supply source for the more than five million people who reside in the Washington metropolitan area and the million more who commute to the area to work. With a shared water source, the area relies on cooperative planning to evaluate risks and build water supply resilience in an uncertain future. Two regional agencies with water supply planning roles have recently completed complementary efforts, which address different classes of risks but which consider an overlapping set of potential solutions. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) facilitated a regional coordination effort to understand the risks and evaluate potential solutions for upstream spills and 'incidents' which impact water supply infrastructure. The Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB) conducted an evaluation of the ability of potential structural and operational alternatives to maintain supply reliability even during prolonged drought in the face of population growth and the potential impacts of climate change. This panel session will tell the story of this effort through a description of the scientific foundation upon which solutions options were developed, the complex regional coordination that had to occur on several levels (such as governance and financing), and the cooperation between area water utilities, their boards and local and state agencies. Through the presentations and subsequent discussion, the panel will illustrate the multiple benefits of climate resilience planning on a regional scale, as well as the complexities of taking this watershed-based, urban-community approach. By illuminating the process for developing collaborative solutions among multiple stakeholders, while building the capacity for those involved to make climate-informed decisions, the panel discussion will also identify future areas for improved collaboration and address the hurdles and political will needed to move forward with a regional solution that meets multiple objectives.

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Analyzing Hydrologic Time Series Through the Lens of Change Points: Identifying Evidence of Natural Variability in Streamflow Across the U.S. Between 1940 and 2014 - Stephen Shaw, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY (co-author: T. J. Ivancic)
Continental-Scale Estimates of Runoff Using Future Climate Storm Events - Peter Cada, Tetra Tech, Inc., RTP, NC (co-authors: M. Mehaffey, A. Neale)
Insights into Hydrologic Cycle Intensification from Land-Atmospheric Interaction Modeling Framework - Prasanth Valayamkunnath, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (co-author: V. Sridhar)
Hydrologic Extremes And Their Role in Water Resources Management - Venkataramana Sridhar, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (co-authors: M. Billah, P. Valayamkunnath, H. Kang, V. Sehgal, M. Thilakarathne, C. Seong)

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The Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource - Dave Nazy, Washington State Department of Ecology, Olympia, WA
How to Assess the impacts of Climate Change on Water Supply Management, A Case study - Robert Annear, Geosyntec Consultants, Portland, OR (co-authors: K. Heyn, J. Krall, K. Anderson)
Improving Multi-Objective Ecological Flow Management with Flexible Priorities and Turn-Taking: A Case Study from the Sacramento River Basin and San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary - Frank Poulsen, ESSA Technologies, Vancouver, BC Canada (co-authors: C. A.D. Alexander, D.C.E. Robinson, B. O. Ma)
Climate Change Management in West Coast Marine Ecosystems: Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia - Kenneth Schiff, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, Costa Mesa, CA

Tuesday / June 27 / 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 14, 15, 16

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Bringing Climate Science into the State Agency and Industry Conversation: From Large Drinking Water Systems to Private Wells - Rebecca French, Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation, Groton, CT
Public Water System Vulnerability Assessment and Resiliency Plan as a Component of Statewide Water System Planning - David Murphy, Milone & MacBroom, Inc., Cheshire, CT
Addressing Climate Change and Resiliency: Perspectives from Local Water Systems - John Hudak, South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, New Haven, CT
Understanding Synergies (or Barriers) for Adaptation and Resilience Across Scales from State to Region to Local - Christine Kirchhoff, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (co-authors: J. Flagg, C. Mullin)

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Synthesis and Assessment of Potential Climate Change Effects on Water Quality: a Web-Based Resource for Water Managers - Michael Paul, Tetra Tech Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC (co-authors: R. Coffey, J. Stamp, A. Hamilton, T. Johnson)
Synthesis and Assessment of Potential Climate Change Effects on Water Quality: A Review of Current Understanding - Rory Coffey, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Washington DC, (co-authors: M. Paul, J. Stamp, A. Hamilton, T. Johnson)
Relationship Between Invertebrate Communities and Continuous Thermal and Hydrological Measurements in Mid-Atlantic Reference Streams - David Gibbs, US EPA, Arlington, VA (co-authors: J. Stamp)
Assessment of Climate Change Impact on Trophic Diatom and Benthic Macroinvertebrate in South Korea Streams Using Land Surface Model LM3-TAN (Land Model 3-Terrestrial and Aquatic Nitrogen) - SeongJoon Kim, Dept. of Civil, Environmental and Plant Engrg., Konkuk Universit, Seoul, South Korea (co-authors: C. Eon Park, J. Wan Lee, C. Gil Jung, D. Rae Kim)

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Irrigation Efficiency as a Tool for Climate Smart Agriculture - Michael Davidson, Davidson Consultants, Altadena, CA
Vulnerability of Fresh Water Resources in the Ganges Delta of Bangladesh - Sonia Binte Murshed, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State Un, Logan, UT (co-authors: J. J. Kaluarachchi)
Derivation of the Reservoir Operation Rule Curves with Emphasis on the Environmental Needs in Adapting to Climate Change (Case study: Lake Urmia River Basin, Iran) - Ahmad Abrishamchi, Sharif University of Technology, Sacramento, CA (co-author: R. Kaveh)

Wednesday / June 28 / 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Concurrent Sessions 17, 18

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Climate Adaptation Planning in New Jersey - Daniel Van Abs, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
How Do We Build Drought Resilient Drinking Water Utilities? Learning from Californian Utilities' Drought Responses - Amanda Fencl, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA (co-authors: J. Ekstrom, M. Lubell, L. Bedsworth)
Incorporating Climate Resilience and Mitigation Planning into Asset Management for a Water and Wastewater Utility - Laurens Van Der Tak, CH2M, Silver Spring, MD
Developing a Climate Change Adaptation Plan for a New England Water Supply Watershed - Diane Mas, Fuss & O'Neill, Inc., West Springfield, MA (co-author: R. Blodgett)

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Characterizing Adaptive Water Governance Capacity: A Case Study of the Willamette River Basin - Ingria Jones, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (co-authors: E. P. Weber, A. Pakenham-Stevenson)
Regulating Morality on Water Conservation for Climate Resiliency - Yung-Hsin Sun, MWH now Part of Stantec, Sacramento, CA
The Next Generation of Evaporation Pans - Jacob Collison, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Wednesday / June 28 / 10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon
Concurrent Sessions 19, 20

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The Icicle Strategy: Using Collaborative Water Resource Planning, Policy, and Science to Adapt to Future Climate Conditions in Chelan County, Washington - Michael Kaputa, Chelan County Natural Resource Department, Wenatchee, WA (co-author: M. Kaputa on behalf of the Icicle Work Group)
From Community Visioning to Flood Mitigation and Land Development Policy Recommendations: Guiding San Antonio through the Storm - Karen Bishop, San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio, TX (co-authors: J. Refolo, M. Downing, E. K. S. Cavazos, N. Koeninger, K. Knickerbocker, A. Teague)
A Pre-emptive and Adaptive Planning Template for Climate Change Impacts to Water Supply and Water Quality - Kirk Westphal, CDM Smith, Boston, MA (co-authors: S. Wood, D. Johnson)
Preparing for Climate Change Uncertainty in Honolulu (WRF Project 4637) - Kenan Ozekin, Water Research Foundation, Denver, CO (co-authors: L. Williams Stephens, D. Nakano, S. Mukai, N. Matsumoto)

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Climate Science Should Drive Collaborative Federalism to Address Climate Change: Analysis of the Colorado River Basin Supply and Demand Imbalance Study - Selena Sauer, University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, NM
Aligning Actual Water Availability and Growing Seasons with Water Rights and Administration: Key to Effective Climate Change Adaptation in the Western U.S. - Margaret Matter, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Salem, OR (co-author: D. Walker)
Collaborative Adaptive Management in a Prescribed World - David Sale, ECO Resource Group, Bainbridge Island, WA (co-authors: D. Sale, S. Davis)

Wednesday / June 28 / 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 21, 22

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A Framework for Evaluating Alternative Water Supplies: Balancing Cost with Reliability, Resilience, and Sustainability - Chip Paulson, MWH Americas, Inc., Denver, CO (co-authors: K. Henderson, M. Badruzzaman, C. Cherchi, E. Triana)
Embracing Uncertainty as the New Norm: A Risk-Based Portfolio Approach for Urban Water Investment Planning - Chengyan Zhang, Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Washington, DC
Addressing Climate Change Risks to Hydro Power through Resilient Project and Power Systems Planning - Molly Hellmuth, ICF, Chappaqua, NY
The Resilience Dividend: Valuing Co-benefits of Resilience Planning - Jennifer Helgeson, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (co-author: J. Fung)

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If You Think the Weather Out West is Crazy, You're Right! - David Curtis, WEST Consultants, Inc., Folsom, CA (co-author: L.Cunha)
Updating Water Infrastructure Design for Climate Change Adaptation - Glenn Milner, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Concord, ON Canada (co-author: F. Tonto)
Climate Change Analysis, Moving the Mean Forward - Leon Basdekas, Black & Veatch, Denver, CO (co-author: D. Yates)
Water Quality and Extreme Events in the Face of Climate Change: Does Science Supply Meet Demand? - Meghan Klasic, UC Davis, Davis, CA (co-authors: J. Ekstrom, M. Lubell, L. Bedsworth)

Wednesday / June 28 / 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 23, 24

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Mitigating the Impact of Water Consumption on Climate Change in Urban Environments - Tamim Younos, Green Water-Infrastructure Academy, Washington, DC (co-authors: T. E. Parece, K. O'Neill)
Analyzing Water and Wastewater Energy Demands of New Homes in California - Jonah Schein, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC (co-authors: J. Schein, O. Cano, T. Hendrickson, C. Wasser, C. Haack)
Water Reuse: Creating New and Climate Resistant Sources of Water Supply - Justin Mattingly, Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, Alexandria, VA (co-authors: J. Mosher, J. Minton)

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A Preliminary Analysis of Long-Term Root-Zone Trends From Selected CONUS Sites Using an Exponential Filter - Kenneth Tobin, Texas A&M International University, Laredo, TX (co-authors: R. Torres, M.E. Bennett)
A Simple Approach for Converting Seasonal Loads of Nutrients from Watersheds into Daily Loads - Ying Ouyang, USDA-FS, Mississippi, MS (co-authors: Y. Ouyang, J. Zhang, G. Feng, P. Parajuli)
The Codification of Water Ratings: A Case Study - Mike Collignon, Green Builder Coalition, Glen Carbon, IL