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Improving Water Infrastructure through Resilient Adaptation

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Sunday, June 16, 2019 to Wednesday, June 19, 2019
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AWRA 2019 Summer Specialty Conference 
Improving Water Infrastructure through Resilient Adaptation
June 16-19, 2019
Nugget Casino Resort, Sparks, NV

Rapid population growth and increased variability of extreme climate events have severely stressed existing and aging water infrastructure of our nation.  Proper management of future risks requires us to reevaluate the resilience of our infrastructure.  The term infrastructure is used in its broadest sense here and includes both physical infrastructure (e.g., reservoirs, dams, aquifers) as well as policy, practices and institutions that govern water management (i.e., policy infrastructure).  Recent extreme events such as the prolonged droughts in California to devastating hurricanes such as Harvey and Irma have exposed inadequacies in both our physical and policy infrastructure.  This realization has spurred a search of innovative ways to improve resilience of our water systems.  Given the large-scale variability of hydrologic systems and their non-stationary behavior, building resilience therefore requires that we adapt to new realities of climate and economic development.

The conference seeks to bring together a diverse multi-disciplinary group of water professionals - both thought leaders and on-the-ground implementers - to disseminate, share and learn about cutting-edge solutions aimed at building resilient infrastructure and improving human adaptation to hydrologic risks.  As with other AWRA conferences, the conference seeks to present excellent networking opportunities and build an exciting conversation around water resources resilience.  Other proposed highlights include - multidisciplinary workshops focused on improving physical and policy infrastructure resilience and proactive adaptation as well as opportunities for students to present their research and network with water professionals in the field.

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