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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.

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Water Security in 2015: Case Studies from the Nile River Basin

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.