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Climate Change Adaptation: Drought Response and Governance
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.
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,
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.
Proactive Flood and Drought Management Volume II: Case Studies
from Around the US
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.
Use - and Abuse - of Science in Water Resource Policy and
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.
ONE DROP Project Burkina Faso - Winner Special Recognition
IWRM Award from AWRA
Date: June 15, 2016 | 1:00 PM ET Speakers: TBD
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Climate Change Adaptation: Flood
February 3, 2016 | 1pm ET Speakers: Bruce Mowry, City Engineer, Miami Beach,
Jordan Fischbach, Co-director, Water and Climate Resilience
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
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
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
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
Speaker: Wayne Wright, Sr. Principal, Fisheries & Wetlands
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
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
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,
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
Variations and Climate Change: The Policies and Pipes of
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
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.
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
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
Hydrophilanthropy: The Road to Help (Is Paved With Good
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
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.