Thursday, March 28

8:00 AM

Registration Opens

8:30am

Welcome and Keynote Address

  • Melissa Elliott, Raftelis and President-Elect, AWWA

9:00am

SHOW ME THE MONEY: SCALING utility INVESTMENTS IN LOCALIZED STRATEGIES

There is an emerging consensus that public water resource agencies and their communities require significantly increased capital investment to address current water challenges and build resilience in the face of climate change. This session will explore the role of capital in the public water space, in particular how innovative financing can be used effectively to scale up adoption of localized, onsite water solutions; the role of impact investing and philanthropy in risk shifting; and other creative arrangements becoming available to help communities move toward sustainable water strategies while keeping water affordable, equitable, and accessible to all.

Speakers:

  • Ed Harrington, Government Finance Officers Association (Moderator)

  • Eric Letsinger, Quantified Ventures

  • Hank Habicht, US Water Partnerships

  • Tom Entsminger, Texas Water Development Board

  • Peiffer Brandt, Raftelis

10:15 am

morning break - sponsored by Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

10:30 AM

Public Utility Success Stories: leading the infrastructure transformation

Everyone has the courage to go 2nd or 3rd. But pioneers are crucial for proving out new strategies. WaterNow is exploring utility success in addressing water resource management challenges with “One Water,” decentralized innovations. This interactive session will spotlight communities from around the nation that have taken the leap with unconventional approaches and have experienced on-the-ground success worth bragging about.

Speakers:

  • Mary Kelly, Culp & Kelly LLP (Moderator)

  • Caroline Koch, WaterNow Alliance

  • Karen Guz, San Antonio Water Systems, TX

  • Kevin Shafer, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, WI

  • Jaimie Galayda, Tucson Water, AZ

  • Andrew Erdmann, City of Santa Fe, NM

  • Jeff Odefey, American Rivers

11:45 AM

Lunch - Sponsored by rachio

12:35 pm

Breakout SessioNS:

  • TECHSPLORATION: BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN TECH AND WATER AGENCIES - RM 301

    Localized water tech, including things like smart irrigation systems, conservation software, leak detection and more, has the potential to play a significant role in water management – if we can figure out to implement it at scale. At this session, attendees will develop a better understanding of how emerging water management technologies can improve their ability to meet their community’s sustainable water management goals. 

    Speakers

    • Will Sarni, The Water Foundry (Moderator)

    • Chris Klein, Rachio & Chris Thompson, Public Works Director, Spanish Fork, UT

    • Erik Andersen, WaterSmart Software

    • Eric Adler, Flume Technologies

    • Michael Murphy, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

  • A CHANGING TIDE: PUTTING STORMWATER TO WORK FOR YOU - Salon C

    Managing flood risks and stormwater runoff is a growing challenge in American communities. This session will highlight green infrastructure success stories and innovations in stormwater management technology. The session will demonstrate opportunities to address stormwater challenges while keeping water rates affordable and providing new community benefits.

    Speakers:

    • Colin Wellenkamp, Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (Moderator)

    • Paula Connolly, Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange

    • Nicole Beck, 2nd Nature

    • Seth Brown, Storm and Stream Solutions, LLC

1:45 PM

Breakout Sessions:

  • EXPANDING YOUR SUPPLY: The ONSITE REUSE Revolution is here - Rm 301

    From drought in the West to flooding in the Southeast, communities across the U.S. are looking to address water scarcity and increase resilience with onsite non-potable water reuse systems. For the last few years, a National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems has been working to foster a policy environment, and develop model standards and local rules to make it easier for utilities to support wider adoption of reuse systems locally and ensure health and safety. This panel, including some members of the Blue Ribbon Commission, will make the case for treating graywater, black water, stormwater, and rainwater runoff with onsite reuse technologies in all corners of the U.S.

    Speakers:

    • Katy Lackey, US Water Alliance (Moderator)

    • Josina Morita, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

    • Zach Gallagher, Natural Systems Utilities

    • Juan Ontiveros, Utilities, Energy and Facilities Management, University of Texas Austin

    • Prof. Sybil Sharvelle, Colorado State University

  • Land use and water: breaking through the silos - Salon C

    Water and land use planning are often siloed, an issue that creates roadblocks for water leaders trying to solve resource management challenges. This session will showcase efforts to rewrite this narrative as community leaders work across departments to support local economic growth with sustainable, healthy, and reliable water resource management. Attendees will come away with actionable steps to facilitate cross-department collaboration at home as well as tools and resources to implement smart, localized water and land use planning strategies in their communities.

    Speakers:

    • Anne Castle, Getches Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment (Moderator)

    • Chris Sturm, Policy and Water, New Jersey Future

    • Danielle Dolan, Local Government Commission

    • John Berggren, Western Resource Advocates

    • Jennifer Walker, National Wildlife Federation, Texas

2:40pm

afternoon break - sponsored by Hazen and Sawyer

2:55 PM

BRINGING IT HOME: FUNDING THE FUTURE OF WATER

Environmental philanthropy has been funding charitable organizations to address natural resource protection concerns for decades, but their focus on urban water management specifically has been increasing in recent years. Now more than ever, grantmakers are engaged in equity and access issues, green infrastructure, water use efficiency, urban water quality and more. In this session, leading grantmakers will describe opportunities for urban water resource utilities and share their visions, priorities and strategies. Learn how to tap into a better water future together.

Speakers:

  • Cynthia Koehler, WaterNow Alliance (Moderator)

  • Joya Banerjee, SD Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

  • Margaret Bowman, Spring Point Partners LLC

  • Diane Schrauth, Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities

  • Emily Warren, Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation

4:00 pm

Closing & What Happens on Monday

4:30 pm

End of Summit