Registration Is Now Open for the 2012 Sustainable Water Management Conference

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The American Water Works Association (AWWA) announced today that registration is now open for the 2012 Sustainable Water Management Conference, to be held March 18-21 in Portland, Ore.

The 2012 Sustainable Water Management Conference is now open for registration.

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) announced today that registration is now open for the 2012 Sustainable Water Management Conference, to be held March 18-21 in Portland, Ore.
Partnering on the event are leading water organizations including the USEPA, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Water Environment Federation, and the WateReuse Association. Additionally, the technical program was developed by the American Water Resources Association, the Portland State University Institute for Sustainable Solutions, and the Water Research Foundation.
The four day event, which features two workshops and more than 25 technical sessions, will offer attendees information on the benefits of robust sustainability planning and how it leads to cohesive communities and utility system optimization.

The keynote address will be given by Brian Fagan, author of Elixir. His new book examines the history of water before the Industrial Revolution, specifically how ancient societies viewed water. He will speak about the importance of careful management of water supplies to enable a sustainable future for today’s societies.

The Monday lunch speaker will be Jim Bernau, founder of Willamette Valley Winery. This winery has won numerous awards for their sustainability initiatives and, in addition, Jim's leadership and environmental stewardship has earned him the industry's highest honor - the Founder's Award - for his service.

Finally, the conference will wrap up with an interactive Wednesday Closing General Session featuring a panel of speakers that includes Mark Knudson of Tualatin Valley Water District and Andrew Kirkwood of Sydney Water Corporation.

For more information on Sustainable Water Management Conference and registration details, go to, http://www.awwa.org/2012sustainable.

Media Note: Accredited members of the media may attend the Sustainable Water Management Conference at no charge. However, they are required to register with AWWA Public Affairs. For media registration, please visit the press room at http://www.awwa.org or contact Deirdre Mueller at dmuelleratawwa.org or 303-347-6140.

AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the entire water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.

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