Thursday, March 28
Welcome and Keynote Address
Melissa Elliott, Raftelis and President-Elect, AWWA
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.
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
morning break - sponsored by Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
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.
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
Lunch - Sponsored by rachio
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
afternoon break - sponsored by Hazen and Sawyer
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.
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