2015 AWRA Spring Conference: Water for Urban Areas: Managing Risks and Building Resiliency
Preliminary Program


Welcome to the AWRA's 2015 Spring Specialty Conference "Water for Urban Areas: Managing Risks and Building Resiliency," at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton.

Urban water suppliers have unique challenges associated with fluctuations in economy and population growth; changing climate, water supply and quality conditions; aging infrastructures; and increasing costs and regulatory requirements. In response, many urban water supplies are studying in greater detail traditional and non-traditional water management strategies and approaches to manage the increasing risks and incorporate long-term resiliency within their system.

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Our keynote and luncheon speakers are leaders on the conference theme. Ms. Pat Mulroy will be the conference keynote speaker. Ms. Mulroy is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She also served as the General Manager of Southern Nevada Water Authority from 1993 until February 2014. During her service at SNWA, she led the agency through a period of tremendous growth and long drought period diminishing the city's primary water supply from the Colorado River. Dr. Jay Famiglietti, Senior Water Cycle Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and professor at University of California, Irvine, will be speaking at the conference luncheon on using technology to monitor water resources such as groundwater and snowpack.

During the conference, you will be able to hear from over 60 presenters working and researching topics related to water and wastewater services nationwide and internationally, including topics covering:

  • Approaches and tools to identify and explicitly address uncertainties and risks
  • Connection with other disciplines such as food security, land use, energy and culture
  • Increasing adaptive capacity via demand management, traditional and non-traditional supply augmentation, infrastructure management and operations, and new technology
  • Water law and policy
  • Communicating the value of water

You will also find this conference to be a wonderful opportunity to meet your colleagues in water and wastewater services during informal networking events, in the exhibit hall, and throughout the professional sessions.

Who Should Attend

Among those in the water resources community both nationally and internationally who will benefit greatly from attending the Conference are:

  • Climatologists
  • Consultants
  • Ecologists
  • Economists
  • Educators
  • Engineers
  • GIS Practitioners
  • Hydrologists and Hydrogeologists
  • Information Technology Specialists
  • Legislators and Legislative Staff
  • Local, State, Regional, Tribal and Federal Government Representatives
  • Natural Resources and Watershed Managers
  • NGO's and Community Based Organizations
  • Physical Scientists
  • Policy Makers and Regulators
  • Researchers
  • Sociologists
  • Students
  • Urban Planners
  • Urban Watershed Modelers
  • Utility and Wastewater Managers
  • Water Distribution Professionals
  • Water Law Practitioners
  • Water Resources and Natural Resource Attorneys
  • Water Security Professionals

We encourage you to peruse this preliminary program and begin planning to attend the sessions and events that inspire you. Also consider joining us on the pre-conference field trip to the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility, which is the largest water recycling facility of its kind in the United States and the only treatment facility that produces five different qualities of "designer" recycled water to meet unique needs of commercial and industrial customers.

See you in Los Angeles!

Grace Chen Don Bentley
Grace Chan
Conference Chair
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
Don Bentley
Technical Conference Chair
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA