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.
We know that the success of the One Water movement depends on the creative and disciplined alignment of different stakeholders who push through boundaries, silos, and constraints. The Strategic Dialogues are all about identifying solutions, embracing possibility, and planning effective action. Each Strategic Dialogue is tightly focused around one critical question for America’s water future. Dialogues are dynamic conversations that surface bold and pragmatic solutions. Each of these high-level working sessions will produce a thematic summary of specific action items and recommendations that are ripe for advancement after the One Water Summit 2017.
WHAT ARE THE CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS TO EFFECTIVE AGRICULTURE-MUNICIPAL PARTNERSHIPS TO SOLVE AMERICA'S NUTRIENT CHALLENGE?Across the country, effective agriculture-municipal collaborations are underway to restore and maintain healthy watersheds and high water quality in our streams, rivers, lakes, and coastal waterways. Joint projects, regional pilots, watershed scale planning and monitoring, statewide nutrient strategies, and more are making progress. But the successes don’t match the scope and scale necessary. How do we accelerate what’s working? This session will feature forward looking agriculture and municipal leaders in a laser-sharp focused discussion to unearth the critical success factors to make these partnerships work at a scale more comparable to the water quality challenge before us. These critical success factors will build towards shared policy principles for the next farm bill that will be developed post One Water Summit 2017.
HOW DO WE CULTIVATE A ONE WATER PARTNERSHIP MINDSET BETWEEN REGULATORS AND THE REGULATED?More often than not, One Water innovation happens in spite of (not because of) a supportive regulatory context. Yet, there are also examples of regulators as true partners in driving towards One Water success. How do we cultivate shared understanding amongst utilities, regulators, environmental and community leaders? The aspiration for this off-the-record, “check your assumptions at the door” session is to engage in honest dialogues about what is working, what’s not, and what it will take to build the One Water partnership mindset between regulators, the regulated, and interested partners.
WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST GAINS TO BE REALIZED FROM COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE ENERGY AND WATER SECTORS?For the past 30 years, the energy sector has widely pursued strategies to increase efficiencies and water has been an essential part of the solution. The water sector has been working towards energy efficiency and generation through a range of projects and programs as well. Despite having similar objectives, the two communities have historically worked separately on parallel efforts rather than working together in a coherent, collaborative manner. Both sectors stand to gain from collaboration, as maximizing water efficiency strengthens energy efficiency, and vice-versa. This dialogue features cross-sector exchange between water and energy executives with the goal of identifying concrete and specific collaborative actions that can be taken together.
BIG DATA: A COMING TSUNAMI OR ALL WASHED UP?Big data and smart technologies have generated tremendous excitement in the water industry, promising to transform the productivity and effectiveness of drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater management. Will the adoption of these technologies keep pace with the hype? What concerns do these technologies raise for utilities and consumers? What changes need to take place in the industry to capture value from data while managing new risks from connecting our infrastructure? This panel will advance the debate on how deploying big data solutions might help to secure a sustainable water future. It will also discuss potential policy approaches to assist growth in these arenas and look at successful outcomes through prior demonstrations or collaborations across the public and private sectors.
HOW CAN WE INSTITUTIONALIZE POLICIES AND PRACTICES THAT IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES IN THE WATER SECTOR?Many communities across the country are pioneering promising efforts to leverage effective water resource management and infrastructure investment to improve outcomes for disadvantaged communities. Water utilities, government agencies, community organizations, and private sector actors are deploying a range of approaches to build a more equitable society. From low-income assistance programs, to workforce development and inclusive contracting, to capital projects that revitalize neighborhoods, to restoring watersheds and enriching communities—there are tremendous examples of how water can shape communities of opportunity. We must make sure that these promising programs don’t fade into obscurity when committed staff or leadership change, but instead flourish, grow, and spread. This session will take a closer look at how utilities and government agencies are institutionalizing these efforts at the program, utility, and city-wide scale.
WHAT IS THE SWEET SPOT FOR BLENDING PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INVESTMENT AND EXPERTISE TO SOLVE THE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE CRISIS?In order to bridge the water infrastructure investment gap in the 21st century, all stakeholders need to be engaged and all options for funding and financing need to be on the table. What is the best return on investment for utilities and for the public, when considering public private partnerships. Should private capital be put to work on capital improvement? Should it be directed toward resource recovery or technological advances? Or are there new, innovative approaches to put private capital to work in the United States? This dialogue will seek to determine where private capital is best situated to maximize ROI for investors AND the public with the goal of surfacing actionable lessons that can be deployed.
HOW ARE WATER ASSOCIATIONS ADVANCING THE ONE WATER MOVEMENT?One of the most important elements of the One Water Summit is to foster discussion amongst leaders on how progress is forged. Partnerships and collaboration are essential to drive towards a more integrated and sustainable approach to have we view, value, and manage water. During this strategic dialogue, hear from the heads of leading national water associations about the research, tools, and initiatives they have developed to help advance the One Water movement. Discussion will highlight the unique roles and perspectives each organization brings to the One Water movement, as well as synergies across efforts.
Cvent Online Event Registration Software | Copyright © 2000-2017 Cvent, Inc. All rights reserved.