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Upcoming Webinars

 

Oregon's First Integrated Water Resources Strategy: Lessons Learned Since Implementation

October 26, 2016 | 1pm ET
Speakers:
Alyssa Mucken, IWRS Coordinator, Oregon Water Resources Department, Kim Ogren, Senior Water Resources Development Advisor Oregon Water Resources Department, Rachel Lovellford, Water Development Coordinator, Oregon Water Resources Department

In 2015, AWRA recognized Oregon's approach to integrated water resources management with its prestigious IWRM Award. Speakers will highlight priority actions taken under the state's Integrated Water Resources Strategy (IWRS), including efforts to designate scenic waterways, quantify future water needs, and develop the suite of tools - both technical and financial - to support place-based water resources planning. The presentation will address successes and shortcomings experienced during IWRS implementation.

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We are currently scheduling webinars for 2017.

The Webinar Task Force is currently seeking proposals for AWRA's 2017 Webinar Calendar. AWRA's webinars have grown in quality and popularity, consistently averaging a 4 out of 5 rating. They have also become a key part of our educational offerings to AWRA members and nonmembers alike, as well as a key element in advancing AWRA's mission, vision and objectives.

We will be scheduling at least one webinar per month, February through October 2017. We are open to format suggestions (one/multiple presenters; a panel discussion; etc.) but will adhere fairly strictly to a 60 minute time limit, including Q&A. We are also open to multi-webinar series proposals.
Popular topics based on webinar survey response:

  • Climate change and water resources
  • Water quality and/or monitoring
  • Infrastructure
  • IWRM
  • Social Media
  • Citizen Science

However, please do not limit yourself to the these topics. The Task Force will consider all suggestions. A list of past webinars can be seen below.

Proposal Deadline: November 7, 2016

Proposal Guidelines:

  • Topic and why it's important, etc. - just a few sentences
  • Exact Title you want used
  • Potential Speakers and contact information
  • Thoughts on Timing - when to be presented, sequence (if a series)

We encourage anyone interested to submit a brief proposal to Michael Campana (aquadoc@awra.org) Christine McCrehin.



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Scenarios, Simulations and Sustainability Science: Future Planning for Complex Systems

Date: September 14, 2016 | 1pm ET
Speaker: Eric Booth, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Agronomy, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Sustaining and improving water resources is difficult because they are part of a complex system, where the needs of humans and ecosystems compete and long-term challenges, such as climate change and land-use planning, have many possible consequences and solutions.

How can we better prepare for the future given this complexity and uncertainty? We can start with scenarios, or provocative and plausible stories that guide numerical simulations of future water quantity and quality conditions. Together, these tools can help us understand how our decision-making today could impact our waters-and the services they provide us-in the future.

This presentation will cover a scenarios project called Yahara 2070, which developed and simulated possible futures for Wisconsin's Yahara Watershed, research funded by the National Science Foundations' Water Sustainability and Climate Program. Learn more at https://wsc.limnology.wisc.edu/

Grand Theft Groundwater! What Would Elvis Do? Implications of the Groundbreaking Mississippi v. Memphis Groundwater Case

Date: August 16, 2016 | 1 PM ET
Speaker: Michael Campana, Professor, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University

Mississippi is back at it after losing the first round of its $1+ billion 'groundwater theft' lawsuit versus Tennessee and its political subdivision, the City of Memphis and its utility, Memphis Light, Gas and Water. This time, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case, the first time SCOTUS has accepted a case that involves groundwater only. The decision rendered by the Court will resonate far beyond the USA's borders, as many water professionals around the world are anxious to see how groundwater management and governance might be influenced. Stay tuned!

Flint Water Crisis

Date: July 13, 2016 | 1:00 PM ET
Presenters: William Rhoads, Min Tang, Christina Devine, all members of the Flint Water Study team at Virginia Tech.

In April of 2014, the city of Flint, MI switched from purchasing water from Detroit, MI, to treating the Flint River water for potable water. Flint residents immediately noticed issues with their water; however, they were repeatedly told by government officials that their water was safe to drink. Flint resident LeeAnne Walters contacted Dr. Marc Edwards and his team at Virginia Tech in late July 2015. The Flint Water Study Team was officially launched in August 2015. Since its launch, the Virginia Tech team has made several trips to Flint to meet with local residents, collect water samples and learn more about the issue. Lab tests were also performed at the team's labs in Blacksburg, VA. This presentation will provide an overview of the Virginia Tech Flint Water Study team's efforts combining ethics engineering, citizen science, laboratory experiments, investigative science and social media to confirm the high lead levels in Flint's water. All results have been posted to: http://flintwaterstudy.org/

ONE DROP Project Burkina Faso - Winner Special Recognition IWRM Award from AWRA

Date: June 15, 2016 | 1:00 PM ET
Speakers: Marie-Anne Champoux-Guimond and Lynda Olivia Rey, One Drop Foundation, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Leveraging water as a creative force for sustainable development, ONE DROP, an international NGO created by founder of Cirque du Soleil Guy Laliberté, started Project Burkina Faso in 2012 in the region of Cascades and Hauts-Bassins. Developed using a systematic approach called The ABCs for Sustainability, the project uses three complementary components: access to safe drinking water and sanitation ("A"), behavior change using social art ("B"), and access to capital/entrepreneurship ("C"). Deployed over five years, this project will improve the living conditions of 100 000 people while fostering community ownership and building local capacities, two strong assets for sustainability.

Use - and Abuse - of Science in Water Resource Policy and Management

Date: May 4, 2016 | 1:00 PM ET
Speaker: Bob Lackey, Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University

These days, scientists in environmental science, natural resources, ecology, conservation biology, water resource management, and similar disciplines are often not trusted by the public and decision-makers to present policy-neutral science. One reason is that scientists advocating personal or organizational positions on ecological and environmental policy issues has become widely tolerated as acceptable professional behavior and is even encouraged by a segment of the scientific community. As a result, the scientific enterprise is collectively slipping into a morass that risks marginalizing the contribution of science to public policy. Public confidence that scientific information is technically accurate, policy relevant, and politically unbiased is central to informed resolution of policy and regulatory issues that are often contentious, divisive, and litigious. Especially, scientists should watch for the often subtle creep of normative science (i.e., information that appears to be policy neutral, but contains an embedded preference for a particular policy or class of policies). Failing to do so risks marginalizing the essential role that science and scientists ought to play in informing decisions on important public policy questions.

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Proactive Flood and Drought Management Volume II: Case Studies from Around the US

Date: April 21, 2016 | 2pm ET
Speakers: L. Donald Duke, Professor of Environmental Studies, Florida Gulf Coast University; Marsha Hilmes-Robinson, Floodplain Administrator, City of Fort Collins, CO; Yung-Hsin Sun, Principal Engineer for MWH

This webinar will introduce and discuss the AWRA Policy Technical Committee report "Proactive Flood and Drought Management Volume II: Case Studies from Around the US," which will be available on the AWRA website prior to the scheduled Webinar. Q&A will follow. PDH credit available upon request. Must attend webinar to receive credit.

Climate Change Adaptation: Wastewater Infrastructure Challenges

Date: March 16, 2016 | 1:00 PM ET
Speakers: Katy Lackey, Research Specialist, Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and Laurens van der Tak, Vice President, CH2M Hill

This webinar is designed to address the considerations and challenges of water and wastewater utilities and infrastructure resilience in various coastal regions. A panel of subject experts and representatives from state and local governments will share their perspectives and experiences. The talks will cover multiple factors affecting the management of risk, critical gaps, and future direction, and the talks will be complemented by the presentation of case studies.

Climate Change Adaptation: Drought Response and Governance

Date: February 24, 2016 | 1pm ET
Speakers: Neal Shapiro, Supervisor, Watershed Section, City of Santa Monica
Roger Pulwarty, NOAA
Kelly Redmond, Regional Climatologist/Deputy Director, Western Regional Climate Center

Continued drought brings into focus western states' vulnerabilities to the changes wrought by global warming. Increased extreme weather events: severe drought, more intense storms, floods, etc. raises urgent needs of developing and implementing adaptation strategies to prepare for more intense and longer period of draught. In this webinar, world renowned expert in climate science and draught will share perspectives and activities in the four-year long Sierra drought. Complex river basin management under climate adaptation context will be addressed. Finally, a case study will showcase a success story of water resiliency planning through development of green infrastructure.

Climate Change Adaptation: Flood

February 3, 2016 | 1pm ET
Speakers: Bruce Mowry, City Engineer, Miami Beach, FL
Jordan Fischbach, Co-director, Water and Climate Resilience Center

Climate change will have substantial impact in areas along the coast and in floodplains - which are the most vulnerable to destruction by sea level rise. The planning and implementation of adaptation strategies will span broad geographical regions and have profound effect on economy, natural resource, and the way of life. This webinar presents management strategies that have been demonstrated to effectively improve the resilience in U.S. coastal regions and cities that prone to flood. Speakers will introduce key factors and solutions developed for Miami Beach and Coastal Louisiana. Further discussion will identify critical gaps and share lessons-learned to improve preparedness.

History of Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment in the United States

Speaker: Donna Myers, Chief, Office of Water Quality, USGS
Oct 6, 2015 1:00 PM ET

Over the last two centuries, major technical and scientific advances have been made in the analysis and interpretation of data produced by water quality monitoring and assessment in the U.S. Join us to discuss the impacts this information has had on drinking water and recreational standards, water quality criteria and laws for the safe disposal of solid and liquid wastes. Q&A to follow. PDH credit available.

Unique Program to Drive Water Quality in the Delaware River Watershed

Speakers: Carol Collier, Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA; others TBA
Sep 15, 2015 1:00 PM ET

Join us to learn how over 50 NGOs and other organizations from across PA, NY, NJ, and DE came together to prioritize improving water quality in the Delaware River Watershed through the restoration and protection of priority landscapes. Their approach involves picking eight strategically targeted clusters of sub?watersheds, developing shared plans that align conservation work within those clusters, and measuring the impact of the work on water quality. Additional speakers to be announced closer to presentation date. Q&A to follow. PDH credit available.

Water Security in 2015: Development in the Nile, Mekong, and Amazon River Basins

Speaker: Jennifer C. Vellieux, Project Manager, Serengeti-Lake Victoria (SELVA) Sustainable Water Initiative
August 18, 2015 1:00 PM ET

This webinar will focus on understanding different scales of water security for the purposes of informed water resources management. Water security is at the center of environmental, social, political, and economic systems at local, regional, national, and international scales. Capturing this complexity and conducting analysis at scale helps to identify water needs, risks, and challenges for different communities so decision makers can respond. The Nile River basin will be presented as a case study, to include the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the Lake Victoria sub-basin.

Integrated Water Resource Planning: Water, Forests, People & Policy

Speaker: Wayne Wright, Sr. Principal, Fisheries & Wetlands Scientist, GeoEngineers
July 16, 2015, 1pm ET

We are already experiencing the migration of animals and humans with climate shifts. The severity and frequency of wildfires, droughts, floods and ocean acidification are increasing. Impacts to our economy, infrastructure and atmosphere have lead us to difficult choices regarding land use and future policy development to better manage our natural resources. This presentation includes a series of graphics, photos and statements reflective of integrated water resource management, with specific reference to forest management, in a changing climate.

Legal, Hydrogeologic and Environmental Aspects of the Underground Injection Control Program

Speaker: Mike Wireman, U.S. EPA, Retired
May 19, 2015 1:00 PM ET

With the recent increase in oil and gas production and uranium mining there has been a significant increase in the number of permitted underground injection control wells, including permits which grant an exemption and allow injection into USDWs. There is an increasing concern regarding the potential for future legacy problems associated with the use of deep aquifers for disposal of waste fluids and the ability to contain the injected fluids in a known portion of receiving formation. Q&A to follow. PDH credit available.

The Oregon Model: Case Studies in Strategic Watershed Council Partnerships and Watershed Restoration Planning

Apr 28, 2015 1:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Tara Davis, Executive Director, Calapooia Watershed Council, Oregon

Oregonians take care of local streams, rivers, wetlands and natural areas through participation in the grassroots "watershed council" model. Community members and landowners use scientific criteria to decide jointly what needs to be accomplished to conserve and improve freshwater resources and habitat locally. The leveraging capabilities and its non-regulatory nature make this model quickly accessible and attractive.

This presentation will share the direct impacts of the model on watershed health, as well as a specific case study from the Willamette Basin that illustrates how diverse partnerships and innovative mechanisms are created for landscape-scale watershed conservation and restoration actions.

Clear Choices Clean Water - An Effective Outreach & Education Campaign to Reach the Masses


Speakers: Jill Hoffmann, President and Principle Owner, Empower Results, LLC and
Lyn Crighton, Executive Director, Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation, Indiana

The Clear Choices Clean Water Initiative is a high-quality social marketing strategy designed to get average citizens to make everyday choices that benefit local lakes and streams. Join us for a strategic session on 'how to get people to care', 'how to get people to respond', 'how to measure your outreach success', and most importantly, 'how to partner with us to launch a Clear Choices program in your area to meet your outreach goals'. The webinar will share insights on how this diverse and effect campaign was created, how it works, and how it can create invaluable metrics for your reporting while engaging the public across many creative and unique outreach mechanisms.

Variations and Climate Change: The Policies and Pipes of Adaptation


Speaker: David Zetland
Variable water flows make it difficult for managers and users to put water to beneficial use. Climate change will exacerbate these variations. In this webinar, we will discuss physical and institutional methods of reducing variation and risk, using examples from around the world. As usual, there will be time for Q&A.

Farms and Rivers: Balancing Between Food Production and the Environment

Speaker: David Zetland
Farmers use most of the world's "developed" water, but their supplies are under strain from climate change, increasing environmental demands, and the need to feed additional billions of people. In this webinar, we will discuss how to reconcile these overlapping forces with market- and regulatory-mechanisms using examples from around the world. As usual, there will be time for Q&A.

Flood Risk and Aging Inland Waterway Infrastructure

Speakers: Don T. Riley and Patrick McGinnis
Join water resources management visionaries Don Riley and Patrick McGinnis as they discuss flood risk and the aging infrastructure of inland waterways. Based on articles from the January 2014 "Future of Water Resources in the United States" issue of Water Resources IMPACT, this webinar will tap the years of experience and knowledge obtained by Riley and McGinnis. This webinar is also a prequel to three panels -- to be presented during AWRA's 2014 Annual Water Resources Conference, November 3-6 in Tyson's Corner, VA -- also based on the January 2014 IMPACT issue. Visit www.awra.org for more information.

Citizen Science

Speaker: Pierre Glynn
Join us to learn more about a conceptual framework -- developed by the National Research Program of the USGS -- that engages Citizen Science to improve the understanding and management of natural resources and environments. Designed to empower individuals to participate in active learning, this approach encourages the public to move beyond thinking about their own immediate local needs and consider possible benefits to a larger community. In addition to providing new opportunities for the public, this approach also encourages community and policy interactions by scientific experts and other stakeholders.

The Emergence of Wastewater as a New Supply

Speaker: David Zetland
Wastewater services have evolved over decades under twin pressures from hygienic and environmental regulations, but new pressures have emerged. Some water-scarce regions see "waste" water as a valuable new source of fresh water. Other regions worry about losing supply to contaminants of emerging concern (e.g., pharmaceuticals, hormones, endocrine disruptors, etc.). This webinar will review the political, economic and regulatory forces affecting wastewater services and communities. We will discuss and share different means of meeting health, safety and environmental goals while maintaining fiscal and operational reliability.

Pricing Drinking Water for Conservation and Fiscal Stability

Speaker: David Zetland
This presentation discussed economic theory and utility practice for pricing drinking water services, specifically the ways of charging for water (flat rate, increasing blocks, water budgets, etc.), how those tariff schedules affect consumer behavior and how payments from different customer classes fit a utility's financial obligations. A robust Q&A is included.

Hydrophilanthropy: The Road to Help (Is Paved With Good Intentions)

Speaker: Michael E. Campana
Lack of political will and money. Fourteen years into the 21st century and that's why billions of people in developing regions have no access to safe drinking water and sanitation (WatSan). Michael discusses WatSan issues, the role of hydrophilanthropy, and concluded with tales from the field.

Water, Irrigation and U.S. Agriculture

Speaker: Noel Gollehon
With the nation's need for additional water supplies never greater, irrigation is increasingly viewed as the water source for other sectors to ease their shortage. This webinar provides a national perspective on the water demands from irrigated agriculture and the potential for conservation to provide water for competing uses. A robust Q&A is included.

Ecosystem Services Webinar Series

These presentations include a primer, as well as an overview of the research effort underway in the consideration of ecosystem goods and services in water resources planning studies and a project to estimate ecosystem service values associated with Sandy-related restoration projects and how those values can be used to assess trade-offs in restoration decisions.

Proactive Flood and Drought Management Webinar Series

A 3-part webinar series based on AWRA's Proactive Flood and Drought Management Case Studies Report. Each webinar archive contains audio and video recordings, in addition to powerpoint presentations.

Integrated Water Resource Management Webinar Series

AWRA's highly rated of 6-part webinar series, based on the organization's seminal IWRM Case Studies Report, is now available in archive form. Each webinar archive contains audio and video recordings, in addition to powerpoint presentations.