2021 Joint AWRA National Capital Water Symposium
Human Dimension to Resilient and Sustainable Water Management: Promoting Integrated Collaboration 
 April 15-16, 2021
Invited Speakers - Videos




Keynote – April 15

Mustafa Ali


Keynote – April 16

Tom Kennedy


Luncheon Speaker

April 16

Melissa D. Ho


Panel 1

Water Justice and COVID-19

Letitia Carpenter, US Water Alliance


Sydney Collins, Buffalo Sewer Authority


Maureen Taylor, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization


Panel 2

Social Hydrology: A Paradigm Shift Toward  More Resilient Water Resources Management

Dr. Murugesu Sivapalan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Dr. Vikram Mehta - Center for Research on the Changing Earth System (CRCES), Catonsville, MD


Dr. William Shuster - Wayne State University, Detroit, MI


Panel 3

Innovations in water resource management

Dr. Emily Berglund, North Carolina State University


Dr. Peter Grevatt, The Water Research Foundation


D. Jon Freedman, SUEZ’s Water Technologies & Solutions


Panel 4

Green water- infrastructure in circular cities

Anna Shipp, Executive Director, The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia


Dr. Cecilia Tortajada, University of Glasgow, U.K


Karen Firehock,Director and co-founder of the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC)

Topical Session Slides
The wicked water problems of the Navajo Nation and efforts to address them - PDF

Sharon B. Megdal1, Crystal Tulley-Cordova2, Nikki Tulley3, Bidtah Becker4, Karletta Chief5

1Director, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center;  2 Principal Hydrologist, Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources; 3Ph.D. student, University of Arizona Department of Environmental Science; 4 Associate Attorney, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority; 5 Associate Professor and Associate Extension Specialist, University of Arizona

Symposium Presentations
Session 1. Innovations in Water Resource Management
1. Regional opportunities for sustainable uses of stormwater runoff 
2. The art of innovative collaborative ecosystem management 
3. Investigating the agricultural water reuse adoption by U.S. farmers using a Bayesian Network Model  
4. One Water Cities: Ideas and lessons learned from coast to coast 
5. Rethinking water supply-demand studies in Utah  
6. Partnering with water users and leveraging technology to improve water management outcomes in Nebraska  
7. The Water Sustainability Atlas: Leading innovation in water resilience  
8. Roundtable fosters collaboration among the collaborators: The Benefits and challenges of a voluntary water management network  
9. Stormwater masterplanning for climate change/sea level rise adaptation at the Town of Lake Park, Florida  
10. Refining water budgets in small Pacific Island drainage basins: Spatio-temporal variations in runoff coefficients derived from daily rainfall maps 
11. Integrated water resource & optimization platform addresses competing water interests: A California Irrigation District case study  
12. Quantifying irrigated landscape at a statewide scale: California’s approach and results  
Session 2. Advances in Data Management & Emerging Technologies
1. Watershed delineation outcomes based on LiDAR and ASTER geospatial datasets  
2. An experiment of updating more state variables with the assimilation of LAI in a land surface model over the global domain  
3. Reliable drought prediction using long short-term memory (LSTM) recurrent neural network 
4. Flood watch monitoring and observations for a high hazard dam – a Microsoft O365 solution 
5. Comprehensive predictive analytics and causal inference framework for water main breaks with spatiotemporal data 
 6. Evaluating multiple, innovative forecast-informed reservoir operation (FIRO) alternatives at Lake Mendocino in the Russian River Basin 
7. Recent advances in water temperature modelling and climate change for water resources management 
8. Today’s climate resilient stormwater management infrastructure turns to the Cloud 
Session 3. International Research & Global Perspectives 
1. Food-Energy-Water Nexus in the Mekong Basin impacted by anthropogenic activities  
2. Dying Yamuna River in Delhi 
3. The economics of sustainable water supply solutions for Regional NSW, Australia 
4. Water governance and climate change: Perspective SW region in Bangladesh 
Session 4. Social Equity & Human Dimension of Water Management
1. Leveraging sustainable water investments to build social equity and climate resilience  

2. Social equity in climate change adaptation programs: A statistical analysis of participation in the NYS Climate Smart Communities Program

3. Transforming changes in water management with systems thinking: A Decision framework for economic and conservation harmony

4. Human-centered selection of sustainable WASH solutions to challenges on water and sanitation access in underserved communities in the US and abroad

5. Incremental retreat: Leveraging checkerboard buyouts in flood prone neighborhoods

Session 5. Advances in Water Education & Outreach
1. Mobilizing local-level building characteristic data for better water resource planning and floodplain management 
2. Human-centered design for virtual water education – How to create, validate, and launch online programs and events in the virtual Water Education Lab

3. Educating water utility leaders on the need for, approaches to, and funding opportunities for water asset management – a human-centered design approach to virtual water education

4. Bridging the gap of water and land use

5. Hack the Bay: Leveraging citizen science for an innovative approach to Chesapeake Bay restoration
Poster Presentations
1. COVID-19 wastewater surveillance at Siena College: Lessons from the field
2.  Improvements to an urban campus rain garden
3. Estimating future precipitation extremes in Ellicott City, MD: Temporal downscaling, uncertainty quantification, and implementation in urban stormwater infrastructure design
4. In-tree stem water potential innovations
5. Hardness removal from the extremely hard LRGV tap water using electrically conductive concrete
 6. Assessing the Effect of Clean River Projects on the downstream tributaries of the Anacostia River in Washington DC: A case study of Escherichia coli

7. Assessing Priority Pollutant Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Metal Elements in the Downstream Tributaries of the Anacostia River in Washington DC

8. COVID-19 pandemic and water demand

9. Statistical analysis of water demand changes

Read more: AWRA 2021 National Capital Region Symposium

AWRA-NCRS January, 2021 Event: Virtual Workshop

EVENT TOPIC: International Water Resources Development Projects

We invite you to join us on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at an event co-sponsored by the American Water Resources Association National Capital Region Section (AWRA-NCRS) and the University of the District of Columbia.  



Matthew Doyle, Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services

Rachel Conrad, Dulcepamba Ecuador

Emily Conrad, Dulucepamba Ecuador



Tuesday, January 26, 2021
6:00 – 7:15 PM – Presentations
7:15 -8 PM – Speaker breakout rooms and networking
Zoom Conference Call – link sent out with registration



REGISTRATION is only $5 for members and students; $10 for non-members. Tickets will be available online starting on January 6st, 2021.

Event Registration:  https://connect.clickandpledge.com/w/Form/b9c1caa4-20b7-40f4-9c5a-b74947d4fb1d?637456497279829356


Become an AWRA NCRS member today!  


RESCHEDULED:  2020 National Capital Region Virtual Water Resources Symposium
Water Management in the Era of Artificial Intelligence: Digital Solutions & Smart Technology Applications 
 Pre-registration is required and will close by September 25th 
Friday, October 9, 2020
University of the District of Columbia, UDC Student Center
 Click here for Symposium Full Program
Click here for Symposium Booklet of Abstracts
Symposium Presentations
Plenary Session (9:30 am - 12.45 pm)
 1. Artificial and Collective Intelligence in the Water Sector - Video
2. Innovation for Operational Improvements - Video
3. Being Smart About Smart Water Technology -  Video
4. US Army Corps of Engineers Artificial Intelligence (AI) Initiative - Video
5.The Luncheon Talk - Water Security - Video
Session 1 (1:15 pm - 3.00 pm)
EPA Water Reuse Action Plan Panel - Video (all 3 presentations are in one video
Session 2 (1:15 pm - 3.00 pm)
Emerging  Technologies and Data Management Tools - Videos (PPT1  PPT2  PPT3  PPT4
Session 3 (3:15 pm - 5.00 pm)
Microplastics Pollution: Research & Education Strategies - Videos (PPT1  PPT2  PPT3
Session 4 (3:15 pm - 5.00 pm)
Advances in Water Management Systems - Videos (PPT1  PPT2  PPT3  PPT4
Workshop 4 (3:15 pm - 5.00 pm)
Create Your First Online Education and Engagement Program on Water - Videos (PPT1  PPT2
Poster Presentations
1. Real-time Flood Forecast for the National Capitol Region PDF  & Video 
2. Classical and Deep Learning-Based Time Series Forecasting of Drinking Water Quality Complaints in New York City - PDF & Video
3. Spatiotemporal-based Assessment of Drinking Water Quality Problem Using NYC311 Data - PDF & Video
4. Compound Urban Flooding: The Emerging Hazard for Washington DC Metropolitan Area - PDF & Video
5. Investigating the Performance of Satellite-Based Precipitation Producin Simulating Streamflow and Water Quality during Extreme Hydrometeorological Events - PDF & Video
6. Chlorine Removal from Drinking Water by A Polymer Bonded Novel Reducing Agent - PDF & Video

The 8th National Capital Region (NCR) Water Resources Symposium will be held October 9, 2020 at the University of the District of Columbia. This one-day symposium brings together experts from governmental agencies, academia, the private sector, and non-profits to discuss challenges and opportunities for sustainable management of water resources and infrastructure in the region, as well as nationally and internationally.

Read more: Register Today for the 2020 National Capital Region Water Resources Symposium

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