Western Governors’ Association Announces Webinar Series on Western Drought

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The Western Governors’ Association (WGA) announced a series of five webinars addressing western drought. The webinars will be held the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month starting February 11 and ending April 8. All the webinars will commence at 11 am MST and proceed for one hour. The format for the webinars will be a facilitated 40 minute session between the moderator and the panelists with 20 minutes allowed for webinar attendee interaction.

The first webinar, titled Once Marginal, Now Crucial: The Growing Demand for Re-used, Produced, and Brackish Water, delves into “technological and regulatory obstacles” to using these types of water. The webinar is scheduled for February 11, 2015. WGA formally announced the moderator and panelists for the first webinar: the moderator will be Oklahoma Secretary of Energy & Environment Michael Teague; and panelists will be Dr. Jeri Sullivan Graham of New Mexico’s Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department Brackish Water Work Group and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Paul Swaim, a Vice President, Senior Principal Technologist and Global Technology Leader with CH2M Hill.

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The second webinar, scheduled for February 25, 2015, is titled Consumer Outreach and Consumer Technology for Municipal Water Use. This webinar addresses urban water conservation efforts through collaboration amongst water utilities, technology developers, non-governmental organizations, and citizens. The moderator will be yours truly, and I’ll be joined by three terrific three panelists.

The Tip of the Spear: The Horizon for Drought Data, Modeling, and Mapping Technology webinar is slotted for March 11, 2015. This webinar addresses scientific use of data to understand the drought and to assist policy makers.

The March 25, 2015, webinar, Managing Forest Health for Water Resources, seeks to relay the most recent science affecting forest management for water resource needs and relate best practices for securing water resources.

The webinar series concludes on April 8, 2015, with One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Why Variation in Hydrology and Legal Structures Means that Drought Looks Different across the West. This webinar intends to address tailoring solutions to water problems of different communities across the West.

Don’t be left out – register for the WGA’s drought webinars now by clicking here.

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