This webinar explored the technological and regulatory obstacles to utilizing re-used, produced, and brackish water. The panel was moderated by Michael Teague, Oklahoma Secretary of Energy & Environment. The panelists: Dr. Jeri Sullivan Graham: New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department's Brackish Water Work Group/Los Alamos National Laboratory; Paul Swaim: Vice President, Senior Principal Technologist and Deputy Global Service Leader for Drinking Water & Reuse, CH2M HILLL; Ken Knox, Senior Advisor & Water Resources Manager, Noble Energy. View, download the presentation slides
The webinar highlighted how utilities, technology developers, NGOs, and citizens are teaming up to reduce municipal consumption of water. The panel was moderated by Dave McGimpsey, host of the Water Values Podcast and Special Counsel, Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP. Panelists were: Robb Barnitt, Founder & CEO, Dropcountr; Jeff Tejral, Manager of Water Conservation at Denver Water; Nicole Seltzer, Executive Director, Colorado Foundation for Water Education. View, download the presentation slides
The webinar examines how scientists use data to understand drought and help policymakers anticipate dry conditions. Panel moderator was Tony Willardson, Executive Director of Western States Water Council. Panelists included Terry Fulp, Lower Colorado Regional Director, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; Michael Strobel, Director, National Water and Climate Center, NRCS; Deke Arndt, Chief, Climate Monitoring Branch, NOAA/NCDC; Rebecca Moore, Engineering Manager, Google Earth Outreach & Earth Engine at Google. View, download the presentation slides
The webinar explored the latest science on forest management practices that may increase water availability and add security to water portfolios. The moderator was Ken Pimlott, California State Forester and Director of CAL FIRE. Panelists included: Alan Hook, Project Manager, Santa Fe Municipal Watershed Management Plan and Water Resources Coordinator, City of Santa Fe; Marcos Robles, Conservation Science Specialist, The Nature Conservancy; Don Boucher, Project Manager, Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project, United States Forest Service. View, download the presentation slides
Sept. 18-19, National Weather Center, Norman, Okla: Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin offered opening remarks before participants dove into roundtable discussions on the scope of (and outlook for) drought in the Southern Great Plains. Other sessions illustrated how the energy sector manages drought and ways the energy industry is using technology to prepare for, manage and recover from drought. A case study on the Oklahoma Panhandle Water Plan also was presented.
Oct. 7-8, Salt River Project Pera Club, Tempe, Ariz.: The meeting opened with a keynote by Sandra Fabritz-Whitney of Freeport-McMoRan on the extensive planning by government and industry that ensures sufficient water is available for residential and industrial use. Then meeting attendees discussed the outlook for drought in the region, innovations in industry and manufacturing that allow more efficient use of water, and other issues. The case study Partnership between Gila River Indian Community & Salt River Project also was presented.
Nov. 13-14, Sacramento, Calif.: Panelists and participants discussed the myriad ways drought affects agricultural production. The meeting included opening remarks by California Gov. Jerry Brown and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, as well as roundtables on topics such as "What is Drought? A Slow-Moving Disaster through the Lenses of Agriculture, Water Management and Science" and "Drought Impacts in the Agricultural Sector." A case study, California’s Approach to Addressing Record Drought, also was presented.
Dec. 8-9, Las Vegas, Nev.: Panelists and participants discussed how drought impacts water providers in Nevada and across the West. The meeting included opening remarks by WGA Chairman and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and panels such as "The Science of Drought," which included Roger Pulwarty, the Director of the National Integrated Drought Information System. The case study, Collaboration in Addressing Drought in Southern Nevada, also was presented.
Jan. 28-29, 2015, Santa Fe, N.M.: Panelists and participants discussed drought's impact on the recreation and tourism sectors in New Mexico and across the West. The meeting included opening remarks by Keith Gardner, Chief of Staff for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, and panels such as "Innovative Approaches to Drought," which included Gordon Briner, the CEO of Taos Ski Valley. The case study, The River Stewards Initiative, also was presented.
This webinar highlighted how solutions tailored to the needs of specific communities couldn be utilized across the region. The moderator was Jason King, Nevada State Engineer. Panelists included: Sharon Megdal, Director of the Water Resources Research Center at the University of Arizona; Jack Berger, Vice President, Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts, owner of Berger Ranches; Frank Belock, Deputy General Manager, San Diego County Water Authority. View, download the presentation slides