We deepened our One Water for America Policy Framework with the State Policymakers Toolkit.
Developed in partnership with the Council of State Governments, the State Policymakers Toolkit is a resource for state policymakers on the big water challenges of today and real-world state policy successes in action. The Toolkit is being used by dozens of state legislators, governor’s water policy staff, and state agency staff across the country.
The Water Equity Taskforce built equitable water solutions in seven major cities.
The US Water Alliance’s Seven City Water Equity Taskforce is advancing policies and programs to ensure vulnerable populations benefit from water management decisions. Cross-sector learning teams from Atlanta, Buffalo, Camden, Cleveland, Louisville, Milwaukee, and Pittsburgh are collaborating to drive a new era of equitable water management. Three of the Water Equity Taskforce members—Buffalo, Camden, and Louisville—released comprehensive reports on the connections between water management and equity issues in their respective cities. In 2020, we will expand this work through a national Water Equity Learning and Action Network. Stay tuned!
The Future is Now panelists from left: Albert Cho, Xylem; Ted Henifin, Hampton Roads Sanitation District; Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District; Andrew Sawyers, Office of Wastewater Management, Environmental Protection Agency
We hosted the inaugural One Water Leadership Institute, focused on Adaptive Leadership.
The US Water Alliance’s inaugural member-only One Water Leadership Institute took place this summer in Madison, WI. Facilitated by Michael Mucha, Chief Engineer and Director of the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, the Institute brought 40 water professionals from the Alliance member network to focus on the Adaptive Leadership challenges we all face daily. Given the popularity of this Institute, it will be offered in 2020 for Alliance members! Keep an eye out for announcement of dates.
In partnership with the Kresge Foundation, we helped communities build equitable flood resilience.
Flooding is the most common and costly disaster in the United States. The US Water Alliance and the Kresge Foundation convened Water, Equity, and Climate: An Urban Flooding Bootcamp, bringing together learning teams from Chicago, Des Moines, Detroit, Hampton, Houston, Jackson, Philadelphia, Raleigh, and Seattle to co-create strategies for equitable flood resilience. Stay tuned for our findings, expected for publication in Spring 2020!
Finding the We in Water panelists from left: David Beckman, Pisces Foundation; Brenda Coley, Milwaukee Water Commons; Radhika Fox, US Water Alliance; Mami Hara, Seattle Public Utilities
The Value of Water Campaign spearheaded a record breaking Imagine A Day Without Water.
2019 was Imagine a Day Without Water’s largest year yet with over 1,200 participants. Some highlights of the day included the release of bipartisan, bicameral legislation to help low-income families pay for drinking water and wastewater and the support of Colgate in partnership with their brand ambassador Michael Phelps.
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission celebrated Alliance CEO Radhika Fox.
WSSC Water honored US Water Alliance’s CEO Radhika Fox, along with Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, as a champion for equity and affordability at the annual Blue Tie Ball, which raises funds for the Water Fund. Thank you WSSC Water for your leadership!
We deepened partnerships between agricultural and municipal One Water leaders.
Securing our nation’s water and food supplies are inextricably tied and cannot be tackled by any one sector alone. Thirty innovative leaders in agriculture and water gathered with the US Water Alliance at The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread in Racine, WI. Attendees worked together to untangle what makes agriculture-municipal watershed partnerships successful and how to scale this promising approach. The Alliance will release a report on these enabling conditions – from governance frameworks to the business case and benefits – in early 2020.
Our second One Water Leadership Institute featured strategies for effective communication.
This members-only institute, hosted by Valley Water in San Jose, CA, brought together 40 Alliance members to learn best-in-class practices for Strategic Communication. Members learned about crafting communication campaign plans and persuasive messages and about applying those practices to specific challenges they face in their home communities. Given the popularity of this Institute, it will be offered in 2020 for Alliance members! Stay tuned for the dates.
We released the nationally recognized Closing the Water Access Gap National Action Plan.
The US Water Alliance, in partnership with DigDeep, released Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States: A National Action Plan, the most comprehensive report on two million Americans living without access to running water, indoor plumbing, or safe sanitation. Covered by NPR, The New York Times, GQ, MTV, and beyond, the report presents a national action plan for closing the water access gap in our lifetime.