“When we manage water in a relational way, everyone has a stake. Solutions are flawed if everyone isn’t at the table.” – Brenda Coley, Co-Executive Director, Milwaukee Water Commons
“More than community engagement, we need structures for community ownership over decisions.” – Mami Hara, General Manager/CEO, Seattle Public Utilities
From left: Charles Fishman, Brenda Coley, Radhika Fox, David Beckman, Mami Hara
One Water Delegations: Advancing One Water Implementation
The 44 One Water Delegations who attended the Summit are breaking down silos and are pushing for an inclusive water future. At the heart of the One Water Delegations is peer learning and cross-sector collaboration, and 83 percent of Summit attendees indicated benefiting from participation in a Delegation.
Hearing from a broad array of constituents and water leaders from across the country was very valuable to gather ideas and strategies for more effective work." – Summit Attendee
Institutes and Site Visits: Spotlighting One Water Innovations
One Water Summit offers attendees a diversity of opportunities to dig deep into critical issues and promising solutions. Summit institutes and site visits are designed to develop practical knowledge and provide hands-on experience and 81 percent of attendees shared that they learned new ways of implementing One Water policies or practices at One Water Summit.
Thanks to One Water Summit, I learned new ways to use advanced modeling to target watershed restoration strategies, and I learned practical strategies to engage more deeply with diverse communities." – Summit Attendee
A packed room listens to a panel of utility leaders, local government officials, and community organizers at the Climate Resilience, Urban Flooding, and Equity Institute.
Ted Henifin, General Manger of Hampton Roads Sanitation District, addresses the One Water Council as new Council Chair at the One Water Council Strategy Institute.
Kevin Anderson of Austin Water leads a tour of the Hornsby Bend Plant on the Energy, Ecology, and Education: One Water in Biosolids Management Site Visit.
The University of Texas at Austin hosts a tour of the school's facilities for the Campus Water Stewardship: Landscape Design and Water Reuse for Energy Efficiency Site Visit.
Summit attendees explore the Edwards Aquifer caves during the Surface-Aquifer Caves and Native Plants: Water Conservation at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Site Visit.
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment and the Indigenous Cultures Institute co-host the Environmental Stewardship and Indigenous Wisdom at San Marcos Spring Site Visit.
The US Water Prize celebrates outstanding achievement in the advancement of sustainable, integrated, and inclusive solutions to our nation’s water challenges. Awarded this year at One Water Summit, the Water Prize is the preeminent national recognition program for exemplary efforts to secure a sustainable water future for all. Six prizes are awarded annually in the following categories: Cross-Sector Partnership, Public Sector, Private Sector, Nonprofit Organization, Journalism, and Public Official.
Water Bar & Beyond: Integrating Arts and Culture into Water Management
Water and culture are types of infrastructure that make communities sustainable.” – Tracie Hall, Director, Culture Program, Joyce Foundation
The Water Bar showcased how fostering community engagement and embracing culture can bring people together towards a sustainable water future.
ArtPlace America led an interactive workshop on developing artistic strategies for problem solving and artist Ernesto Hernandez Ramirez invited attendees to contribute their own experience to his "Giver of Life" installation.
Beatrice Menase Kwe Jackson led Summit attendees in an Anishinawbe tobacco ceremony to show love, respect, and gratitude for water.
“Relationships are infrastructure.” – David Beckman, President, Pisces Foundation
“It takes a village to run a water utility. We need to recognize that and establish new relationships. And then we need to maintain those relationships.” – Cathy Bailey, Executive Director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works
As I have at past One Water Summits, this year I made some great connections that I literally wouldn't have made at any other event this year." – Summit Attendee