Keynote Presentations

June 9 - 12 | Exposition: June 10 - 12 | Colorado Convention Center | Denver, CO | USA

Opening General Session: Climate Action in the Real World 

Monday, June 10 | 8:30–10:00 a.m. 

Auden Schendler, Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Aspen Skiing Company 

Climate Change is the problem of our time, but too often we fail to understand it. What does it really mean for our future and our work? And what are the kinds of solutions that matter, versus those that are just token fixes? Auden Schendler has spent his career in the trenches looking for ways to address the problem at scale, and also smaller fixes that cut energy use at the source. He’s had as much failure as success and shares his battles and insights with stories that will help managers find their own meaningful way to participate in the climate revolution.

AEESP Lecture: More Important than Ever: Drinking Water Treatability and Resilience Assessment for Climate Change Adaptation 

Monday, June 10 | 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. 

Dr. Monica Emelko, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo 

Dr. Monica Emelko is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Director of the Water Science, Technology & Policy group at the University of Waterloo. Monica’s research is focused on drinking water supply and treatment. Her work has involved over a dozen utilities and conservation authorities across North America. Monica has acted as a technical advisor to the U.S. National Academies and federal and provincial/state agencies in Canada, the United States, and Australia regarding water treatment and source protection regulations. Over the past 13 years, Monica has co-led the Southern Rockies Watershed Project, evaluating the effects of forested watershed land disturbances on hydrology and water quality, ecology, and treatability. This team was the first globally to describe wildfire effects on drinking water treatability, and among the first cited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for identifying quality-associated threats from climate change to water security. In 2016, Monica was recognized by the Premier for service to the province of Alberta as a first responder during the Horse River wildfire in Fort McMurray. She now co-leads for Water a Canada-wide and internationally-partnered research network of academics, water utilities, government agencies, industrial forestry companies, and NGOs focused on forest management-based approaches for drinking water source protection.

Monday Keynote: The Evolving Challenge of DBPs, and What to Do About It 

Monday, June 10 | 1:00–1:45 p.m. 

Dr. Dave Reckhow, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts 

After more than 40 years, Disinfection Byproducts continue to challenge water utilities.  First, there’s the nagging awareness that most DBPs are still unknown.  Then there is our uncertainty about which of the known DBPs are most toxic. Compound this with long-term watershed changes and increasing demands on water systems and you quickly find yourself in uncharted territory. In the face of such uncertainty, what should we be doing to best protect public health?

Fireside Chat with EPA

Monday, June 10 | 1:00–1:45 p.m.
With an interactive audience discussion moderated by AWWA’s CEO, David LaFrance, this in-depth discussion will cover EPA’s perspective a variety of relevant topics in the water sector.  You will not want to miss this opportunity for discourse with key EPA regulators and the chance to have your questions addressed.

Jennifer McLain,
Acting Director, USEPA, 
Office of Ground Water
and Drinking Water
Andrew Sawyers,
Director, USEPA,
Office of Wastewater

H2Open Forum: Protecting the Source – How Agricultural Conservation and Land Management Help Protect Drinking water

Wednesday, June 12 | 11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Source water protection is a key component to enhancing public health protection and water quality – one that can provide utilities with a significant financial benefit over solely treatment-based approaches. Moderated by David LaFrance, AWWA’s CEO, this lively facilitated discussion will cover a range of source water topics and provide the opportunity to address audience questions about the most important and challenging issues associated with source water protection. 

Christina Burri,
Denver Water
Clint Evans,
NRCS Colorado
Tommie Herbert,
U.S. Forest Service
Jeff Lerner,
Healthy Watersheds
Matt Unruh,
Kansas Water Office

AAEES/AIDIS/AWWA Luncheon: Water and the Foundation: Past, Present & Future 

Wednesday, June 12 | 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. 

Robert Renner, Chief Executive Officer (Retired), Water Research Foundation 

The Water Research Foundation funds, manages, and publishes research on the technology, operation, and management of drinking water, wastewater, reuse, and stormwater collection, treatment, and supply systems - all in pursuit of ensuring water quality and improving water services to the public. Drawing on more than a decade of experience leading The Water Research Foundation, Rob Renner provides his reflections on the impact of the Foundation on the water sector, significant contributions it has made to advance water knowledge, and his vision for the future of the organization. Engage with one of the water sector's most influential leaders in this interactive luncheon event. $50 registration fee – preregistration required