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The City Upstream and Down

Read the final convening report:
"The City Upstream and Down: How Integrated Water Management Can Help Cities Thrive"
 
Statement of Purpose & Objectives

 

Focus on implementing Integrated Urban Water Management in Cities, specifically looking at how cities manage water within their jurisdictions and how they interact with stakeholders within the larger river or lake basin in which they reside.

 

  1. Facilitate sharing of expertise, experience, and ideas regarding Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM);
  2. Establish a common understanding of IWRM, from basin to neighborhood scales, and explore the potential for IWRM thinking, planning, and implementation to help cities manage water resources;
  3. Identify specific tools, practices, and policy ideas that local leaders can use to improve water resources management in their communities; and
  4. Catalyze a cadre of leaders who are inspired to implement IWRM where they live and to guide other leaders in doing the same.
     
Presentations

Jenny Hoffner, American Rivers

Theresa Connor, Water Environment Research Foundation

Steve Moddemeyer, Collins Woerman

Howard Neukrug, Philadelphia Water Department, PA

Kevin Shafer, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, WI

Diane Taniguchi-Dennis, Clean Water Services, Hillsborough, OR, Video 1, Video 2, Video 3, Video 4, Video 5

P. Michael Thomas, Clayton County Water Authority, GA

Vice-Mayor Karin Uhlich, Tucson, AZ

David Brown, Yakima, WA, Video

 

 

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Wednesday, October 28

3:30pm

PLENARY SESSION

Living Room— The House

Welcome to The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread

Roger C. Dower, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread

Mayor John Dickert, Racine, WI

Introductions and Agenda Review

Molly Mayo, Meridian Institute

4:00pm

Concept for the Workshop: An Overview

Jenny Hoffner, American Rivers

What Is “One Water”?

Theresa Connor, Water Environment Research Foundation

Facilitated Discussion: Why IWRM? What Problems Are We Solving With This Approach?

5:30pm

Keynote: One Water as a Path Towards a Vibrant, Healthy City

George Hawkins, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

Concept: Urban political and water leaders can plan for a future

that manages water resources across all sectors (rain, stormwater, drinking water, resource water) and using all infrastructure as water infrastructure. This approach will yield multiple benefits for a wide range of community needs, and can effectively link urban water planning and use to the resource (river) and broader watershed.

Wrap-Up and Preview of Next Day

7:00pm

HOSPITALITY & Dinner


Thursday, October 29

7:00 - 8:45am

Breakfast

9:00am

PLENARY SESSION

Living Room—

The House Practicalities: What Does It Take to Get to One Water?

Overview Presentation, Steve Moddemeyer, Collins Woerman

Setting a Course: Framing the Day’s Program, Jenny Hoffner, American Rivers

10:00am

Getting There: Looking Beyond Traditional Boundaries for Collaboration Opportunities.

Introduction: Gary Belan, American Rivers

Howard Neukrug, Philadelphia Water Department, PA

Kevin Shafer, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, WI

12:00pm

Lunch

1:00pm

PLENARY SESSION

Living Room—

The House Getting There: Creating a One Water Structure

Introduction: Jenny Hoffner, American Rivers

Diane Taniguchi-Dennis, Clean Water Services, Hillsborough, OR

P. Michael Thomas, Clayton County Water Authority, GA

​3:00pm

Break

3:30pm

PLENARY SESSION

Getting There: Working at a Watershed Scale

Introduction: Jeff Odefey, American Rivers

Dave Brown, Department of Water/Irrigation, Yakima, WA

Vice-Mayor Karin Uhlich, Tucson, AZ

​5:30pm

Review & Summary of the Day’s Proceedings, Adjourn

6:30pm

HOSPITALITY AND OPTIONAL TOUR OF WINGSPREAD

Wingspread

7:00pm

DINNER

Remarks from:

Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee, WI

8:30pm

EVENING HOSPITALITY

Living Room—Guest House


Friday, October 30

6:30 - 8:15

Breakfast

8:30am

PLENARY SESSION

Living Room—

The House Recap of Previous Day

9:00am

Translating Ideas into Action: Multiple Steps Toward Implementation

10:00am

Break

10:15am

Translating Ideas into Action: Multiple Steps Toward Implementation (continued)

11:15am

Closing Contributions and Wrap-Up

12:30pm

ADJOURN AND LUNCH BUFFET

Living Room— Guest House Departures from the Guest House



Pre-Event Readings

Resources

IWRM Summary and Conceptual Diagram. Read more.
Basic introduction to the concept of Integrated Water Resources Management.



One Water Summary. Read more.
Short summary of a large technical report which discusses the challenges faced by urban water managers, and how the IWRM framework can be adapted to overcome barriers to integration on the path to “One Water”, or Integrated Urban Water Management.



Yakima River Basin IWRM Plan. Read more.
Factsheet which shows aspects of how a basin-wide IWRM plan has been implemented in the Yakima River watershed.



Practical Approaches to IWRM (OPTIONAL). Read more.
Peer-reviewed literature discussing the practical application of IWRM principles in the real world. This paper acknowledges that IWRM has been difficult to implement in many cases and suggests ways to overcome challenges faced in the past.



Post-Event Readings

Resources

23 Points for Understanding Climate Variability in a Post-Climate Change World. Read more.
Short and simple description of climate variability which clearly demonstrates why it is important to build resilience into systems.



Applying Elements of Resilience for Prioritizations and Decision-Making. Read more.
Identifies and describes eight common elements of resilient systems.



Drinking Water Infrastructure: Who Pays and How (and for what). Read more.
A primer, intended for citizens and advocates, that identifies eight questions regarding local financing of drinking water infrastructure, with emphasis on conservation and efficiency.



Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard. Read more.
Describes a path toward upgrading urban infrastructure through a long-term, incremental increase of Green Infrastructure, modeled after the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.



Hidden Reservoir: Why Water Efficiency Is the Best Solution for The Southeast. Read more.
Clearly explains why water efficiency is the most cost-effective source of water supply to meeting the growing demand for water in the Southeast, and describes nine policies that will generate a cheap and reliable new source of water supply.



Local Water Policy Innovation: A Roadmap for Community Based Stormwater Solutions. Read more.
A guide for local leaders and citizens, which encourages planners and managers to consider 10 vital issues when selecting a locally appropriate plan to manage stormwater.



Pathways to One Water: A Guide for Institutional Innovation. Read more.
A guidebook which describes the concept of One Water, and describes six key elements which contribute to a One Water paradigm. Provides case studies and describes a path moving forward.



Pathways to One Water: Executive Summary. Read more.
A guidebook which describes the concept of One Water, and describes six key elements which contribute to a One Water paradigm. Provides case studies and describes a path moving forward.



Restoring Flows: Financing the Next Generation of Water Systems. Read more.
White paper what was produced from a Wingspread Convening in 2012. It provides a strategy for coalition building that can be followed by local governments, water agencies, and their partners.



The Value of Green Infrastructure. Read more.
Provides a framework for the economic valuation of Green Infrastructure. Describes the specific benefits of different Green Infrastructure practices, and goes on to provide a framework to calculate the dollar value of these benefits.



Steve Arnold, Mayor, City of Fitchburg, WI
Tom Barrett, Mayor, City of Milwaukee, WI
Julie Barrett O'Neill, General Counsel/Green Programs Director, Buffalo Sewer Authority/City of Buffalo, NY
Gary Belan, Senior Director, Clean Water Supply Program, American Rivers
Andrew Berke, Mayor, City of Chattanooga, TN
David Brown, Manager, Water/Irrigation Division, City of Yakima, WA
Theresa Connor, Research Program Director, Water Environment Research Foundation
John Dickert, Mayor, City of Racine, WI
Roger Dower, President, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread
Daniel Duchniak, General Manager, Waukesha Water Utility
George Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, DC Water
Jenny Hoffner, VP, Conservation Strategies, American Rivers
Howard Jacobson, Manager, Utility Operations, Department of Public Works and Utilities, City of Duluth, MN
Michael Lunn, Environmental Services Manager, City of Grand Rapids, MI
Molly Mayo, Partner, Meridian Institute
Mel Meder, Associate, Mayors Innovation Project
Steve Moddemeyer, Principal, CollinsWoerman
Howard Neukrug, Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner, Philadelphia Water
Jeff Odefey, Director, Clean Water Supply Program, American Rivers
Satya Rhodes-Conway, Managing Director, Mayors Innovation Project
James Ridgway, Vice President, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.
Brenda Scott Henry, Director, Environmental Affairs/Green Urbanism, City of Gary, IN
Kevin Shafer, Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Brad Spangler, Mediator and Program Manager, Meridian Institute
Nancy Stoner, Senior Fellow and Water Program Director, Pisces Foundation
Diane Taniguchi-Dennis, Deputy General Manager, Clean Water Services
P. Michael Thomas, General Manager, Clayton County Water Authority
Karin Uhlich, Vice Mayor, City of Tucson, AZ
Jumana Vasi, Program Officer, Environment Program, C. S. Mott Foundation
Zachary Vruwink, Mayor, City of Wisconsin Rapids, WI