Program at-a-Glance | July 19 - 21, 2021

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Presenter affiliations are listed in the session descriptions for each program day. Personal designations are not included in the program.

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Pre-Conference Workshop: Sunday, July 18 | 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

Day One: Monday, July 19 | 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
(All times are U.S. Eastern)

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM | Welcome & Introductory Remarks/Opening Keynote/Early Lunch
  • Scott Kudlas, AWRA President
  • Jim Holway and Sharon B. Megdal, Conference Committee Co-Chairs
  • Opening Keynote: Tanya Trujillo, US Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Introduced by Ted Kowalski, Walter Family Foundation

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM | Afternoon Breakout Sessions 1, 2, & 3

Session 1: Nationwide Land Use and Water Planning: Policy and Practice
Moderator: Erin Rugland

Session 2: Understanding Outdoor Water Use for Growing Western Communities
Moderator: Austin Troy

Session 3: Chasing Unicorns: A New Model for Urban Stream Management
Moderator: Laura Kroeger

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM | Break - Take a walk outside.

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM | Afternoon Breakout Sessions 4, 5, & 6

Session 4: Innovation & Green Infrastructure: Rediscovering Water in the Built Environment through Design
Moderator: Brian Farling, Jones Studio
Extended Time

Session 5: Using Land Use-Water Use Indicators in the American West
Moderators: Jacob Petersen-Perlman and Tamee Albrecht

Session 6: Ensuring One Water Delivers for Healthy Waterways
Moderator: Jennifer Walker

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM | Crowdsourcing Land and Water Dialogues

This time is reserved to continue the conversation from sessions today. Attendees will vote on which sessions they want to continue to discuss, and the top two will be added as Breakout Rooms. You will choose which Breakout Room to attend starting at 4:30 PM. Please note Topic 3 as a stand-alone topic for you to consider.

  • Poll Topic 1: TBD - pending attendee Vote
  • Poll Topic 2: TBD - pending attendee Vote
  • Poll Topic 3: Observations and Findings of the Connecting Land & Water for Healthy Communities Conference Highlights Report
  • Join us for the last session of today to on the Observations and Findings of the Connecting Land & Water for Healthy Communities Conference Highlights Report. During this highly interactive, professionally facilitated session, participants will be asked to consider potential conference findings and observations and calls to action, and to help us crowd source known best practices. The final Observations and Findings report will be a compilation of information shared during all the sessions. It will serve as a touch stone in developing forward matter for the upcoming Journal of American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) Featured Series on the same topic and provide material for one or more articles in AWRA's Water Resources IMPACT Magazine. The highlights will also inform development of an AWRA Land and Water policy. In addition to AWRA's intended uses, the document will be widely available for use by the conference participants in their own organizations and professional disciplines.

    Can't make the session? We still want your contributions. Material developed during the session will be available for new additions based on insights gathered during the day's sessions and comments on material already compiled. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas.

End of Day One

Day Two: Tuesday, July 20 | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(All times are U.S. Eastern)

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM | Morning Breakout Sessions 7, 8, & 9

Session 7: Water Resources and Forest Management Under A Changing Environment
Moderators: Peter Caldwell, Ge Sun, and Travis Warziniack
Extended Time

Session 8: Advancing Water Smart Development & Landscaping with Cross-Sector Collaboration
ModeratorsMarianne Eppig and John Berggren

Session 9: Exploring Impacts and Opportunities at the Climate/Water/Land Use Interface
ModeratorJim Holway

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM | Lunch: Conversation Circle

Please join your colleagues for conversation and networking.

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM | Afternoon Breakout Sessions 10, 11, & 12

Session 10: Changing Institutional Cultures for Land and Water Integration
Moderators: Joanna Endter-Wada and Faith Sternlieb

Session 11: One Water Planning & Collaboration
ModeratorsInge Wiersema and Scott Berry

Session 12: Development and Application of a Hydrologic and Stakeholder Driven Conservation Prioritization Framework with Economic Valuation
ModeratorVicki Taylor

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM | Afternoon Breakout Sessions 13, 14, & 15

Session 13: Assessment of Attitudes and Practice of Land and Water Integration
Moderator: Ray Quay

Session 14: Data Dictates Decisions: Approaches for Evaluating Water Conservation Through Land Use Planning
ModeratorWaverly Klaw

Session 15: A Public Stakeholder Approach for Formation of a Storm Water Utility
ModeratorMike Antos and Michael Sheer

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM | Break - Take a walk outside.

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM | Afternoon Breakout Sessions 16, 17, & 18

Session 16: Community-Driven Solutions to Coordinate Land Use Planning & Groundwater Management
Moderator: Danielle Dolan

Session 17: Water Funds Generating Myriad Benefits for Communities Around the Globe
ModeratorJim Levitt

Session 18: Gila River Indian Community: Sovereignty and Water Policy Connecting Land and Water
ModeratorSharon B. Megdal

End of Day Two

Day Three: Wednesday, July 21 | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(All times are U.S. Eastern)

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM | Sponsor Network
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM | Opening Keynote
Aziza Akhmouch, Head of the Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development division within the Centre for Entrepreneurship
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM | Tribal Lunch Panel, Collaborative Approaches to the Use of Earth Observations in Indigenous Communities
ModeratorsNikki Tulley and Amber Jean McCullum
  • Crystal Tulley-Cordova
  • James Rattling Leaf Sr.
  • Forrest Melton
  • Dawn White
  • Carlee McClellan

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Afternoon Lightning Round Sessions 19, 20, & 21

Session 19: Red Lightning Round - Integrated Management for Ecosystems
Moderator: Katy Lackey

Session 20: Purple Lightning Round - Climate Change Adaptation & Water Supply Planning
Moderator: Sharon B. Megdal

Session 21: Blue Lightning Round - Innovative Research Tools & Methodologies
Moderator: Mary Ann Dickinson

2:30 - 3:00 PM | Break - Talk a walk outside.

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM | Afternoon Breakout Sessions 22, 23, & 24

Session 22: Building Tools for Understanding Regional Planning Governance and Policy Landscapes
Moderators: Rachelle Sanderson and Thomas Douthat

Session 23: Science from the South Platte Urban Waters Partnership
ModeratorWilliam Battaglin

Session 24: Green Stormwater Infrastructure
ModeratorJason Yoho

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM | Closing Panel

  • Jim Holway, Moderator
  • ChiHo Sham
  • Mary Ann Dickinson
  • Joanna Endter-Wada
  • Katy Lackey

Post-Conference Workshop: Thursday, July 22 | 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET


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