The nation’s brightest minds and most committed leaders will come together at the One Water Summit 2017 to
discuss our most pressing water challenges and most promising solutions.
Plenaries gather all summit participants for cornerstone conversations that set the stage for the One Water Summit 2017, with a focus on exploring the big trends and issues facing the water sector, and the power of partnerships to secure a sustainable water future for all.
Opening Plenary:SETTING THE STAGE & SPOTLIGHT ON NEW ORLEANS
In August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent levee breaks flooded most of New Orleans and surrounding parishes, resulting in over 1000 deaths and the costliest disaster in United States history. In the wake of utter devastation, the New Orleans story is one of hope and resilience. Greater New Orleans is rebuilding and transforming itself with an eye to the future, and embraces plans that work with the surrounding water, rather than against it. In addition to over $14.5 billion in hard infrastructure investments, coastal restoration and comprehensive urban water management are equally important facets of the region’s resilience strategy. This plenary session will spotlight the diverse projects and partnerships underway to secure a sustainable water future for Greater New Orleans.
AMERICA'S WATERSHED MOMENTHow we manage water as a nation has a ripple effect on so many aspects of daily life, from the food we eat to the rivers that run through our hometowns. The One Water movement recognizes the choices we make today, set the course for future generations. How do we drive the economy, improve environmental health, and create opportunity for all using the One Water approach? This session will look at the big trends that face our communities—demographic and economic shifts, aging infrastructure, the changed and changing political environment, climate impacts, and growing income inequality—and consider water’s role in fostering a prosperous America. The bold and visionary leaders featured on this Luncheon Plenary will inspire and set the context for One Water Summit 2017.
Closing Plenary:BUILDING THE ONE WATER MOVEMENT
How do we make the One Water approach the new normal? Our closing plenary will challenge us to consider the role we can each play in securing America’s water future. Our closing plenary will feature national leaders discussing how we can work together to build public and political will for investment in sustainable water infrastructure and water resources. Through though-provoking conversation, we will grapple with how to elevate water as a top national priority, with the 45th President, Congress, in statehouses, city halls, and beyond. Our closing session will also celebrate our One Water delegations—we will receive the latest updates from several of 2016 delegations who moved forward with successful initiatives, as well as selected 2017 regional delegations who will share their commitments to action for the coming year. You will hear firsthand about new initiatives being launched across the country, and to get concrete ideas for how to stay connected to the One Water movement long past the summit. This session is not to be missed—be prepared to leave inspired!
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