The weather couldn’t be beat in San Diego this week as we joined our clean water colleagues for the 2016 Winter Conference, Back to the Basics . . . Will Compliance Concerns Derail Efforts to Innovate?
NACWA brought together thought leaders, technology solution providers, and utility representatives to discuss how and whether the Clean Water Act (CWA) can be used to advance innovation to address 21st century water quality challenges that were never contemplated when the Act was drafted. The conference explored regulatory and non-regulatory issues, including drought and climate change that are presenting challenges and also driving utilities to innovate in new ways.
And for the first time, NACWA convened a roundtable on Smart Utility issues, which examined how innovative technologies and the emergence of “big data” are changing the way utilities operate. Throughout the conference, with participation from key EPA staff, we also looked for ways that the clean water community and EPA can work together on all these fronts.
The conference also served to facilitate new partnerships and foster existing ones, and provided a forum for the celebration of our colleagues and the environment. Other highlights include:
- Leisa Thompson, General Manager of NACWA Member Agency the Environmental Services Division of The Metropolitan Council (Met Council) in Minneapolis, Minn., was appointed to NACWA’s Board of Directors.
- NACWA and Water for People signed a memorandum of understanding to make Water for People NACWA’s Charity of Choice.
- NACWA’s National Environmental Achievement Awards were given to 4 individuals for their service to the clean water community and 12 organizations were recognized for environmental excellence.
NACWA thanks all those who attended, participated and helped make this Winter Conference a success. We look forward to seeing everyone in Washington DC in April for Water Week.