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One Water Leadership Summit to take place in Los Angeles

August 13, 2013

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The U.S. Water Alliance will convene the 4th annual One Water Leadership Summit (formerly called the Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference), in Los Angeles, on Sept. 23-26, 2013. 

The event will focus on modeling "one water success" through integration, capture, conservation and reuse. 

“Integrated water management takes many shapes, seasons, and strategies to succeed,” said Ben Grumbles, president, U.S. Water Alliance, “yet, every smart water manager says it's worth the journey, particularly as fiscal constraints, climate pressures and development opportunities continue to mount.”

In addition to featuring Southern California communities, the summit will also spotlight Atlanta, Ga, Bend, Ore., and New Orleans, La.  Each community will bring a team of leaders to describe their recent successes, ongoing challenges and emerging opportunities toward water sustainability with emphasis on green infrastructure, climate change adaptation, and resource recovery. 

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Keynotes from the U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Wildlife Federation and the private water and energy sectors will describe trends and priority solutions to integrating, adapting and collaborating in an era of climate change and urban growth. New strategies and regulations on water reuse and stormwater management will be explored. International perspectives and experiences will also be shared to enrich the discussion.

This year's OWL Summit will also highlight the energy-water nexus, a key component of water sustainability, with leaders from varying sectors and regions underscoring the need to connect the dots, drops, and watts. Summit participants will learn from nationally-recognized leaders on the latest efforts regarding resource recovery, including nutrients, energy, water and biosolids. 

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