Call for Speakers

Call for Speakers

We are looking for the best speakers involved with water management, policy, or programs who have high-level, dynamic presentations to speak at the Western Water Summit. Spread your knowledge and elevate your visibility by sharing your experience with colleagues. The Summit will consist of four primary tracks (described below) and we’ll expand that to include additional presentations if relevant to the concerns of the Western states.

Presentations will be 30, 45 or 60 minutes long.

Please carefully read the information and guidelines below before submitting your abstract.

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Conference Tracks

Water Reuse
Encompasses policies associated with indirect and direct potable reuse (IDPR and DPR), facility planning and design, water treatment, water-quality management, agricultural reuse, and groundwater management. Presentations in this track will highlight innovative reuse projects and may also focus on topics such as nutrient recovery, aquifer recharge, contaminants of emerging concern, and public education.

The Future of Green Infrastructure
Focuses on green infrastructure for stormwater management and also as it relates to water reuse. The goal of using GI for stormwater management has usually been simply to remove water from the stormwater system by infiltrating it as quickly as possible. Now we’re starting to view aquifer replenishment and capture for irrigation or other uses as equally important goals. Presentations in this track will look at examples of multi-use GI projects.

Soils & Surface Water
Concerns soil stabilization, restoration and generation efforts and their relationship to the larger water quality, carbon sequestration and conservation conversation. Presentations in this track will look at efforts throughout the West, including post-wildfire related projects such as restoration, revegetation and landslide prevention.

Water Law
Delves into new and developing regulations, including the new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, ongoing challenges to the Clean Water Act, regulatory frameworks and permitting processes for water reuse projects, and other issues involving water rights. Topics in this track also include financial and policy issues for stormwater managers, engineers and water utilities; collaboration among MS4-permitted cities, such as pooling resources to develop public education and outreach materials; complying with stringent industrial stormwater permits; and the challenges of convincing ratepayers and public officials of the need for a stormwater utility in an arid environment.

Who Should Submit an Abstract?

    • Water utility managers
    • Municipal and industrial stormwater managers
    • Erosion control professionals
    • Engineering consultants and design professionals
    • Researchers
    • Regulatory personnel
    • Policy developers
    • Water Law Practitioners

General Content Guidelines

The abstract you submit will be the basis for your presentation description in the conference program. If your abstract is accepted, your presentation and paper must match the title and description in your abstract.

Presentations will be selected based on your abstract. Keep in mind these selection criteria when writing your abstract. Will your presentation:

    • Be of interest for professionals involved with water management, policy, or programs?
    • Convey new knowledge or experiences about an aspect of water management?
    • Demonstrate the use of a tool or methodology?
    • Present data on the performance or use of a best management practice or technique?
    • Draw clear conclusions or evaluations that are actionable for the audience?

Please note that presentations promoting proprietary products or companies will not be accepted as part of the Western Water Summit conference program.

Deadline for Submission

The deadline for receiving abstracts is November 1, 2018.
Please note that the Western Water Summit does not cover presenters’ travel expenses or accommodations. However, a discounted registration fee is available for presenters.

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