Shifting the paradigm to one water management, the U.S. Water Alliance will hold the 5th annual One Water Leadership (OWL) Summit, in Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 15 to 17, 2014. The summit will look at the many ways water unites us and ways we can unite its many silos. As a focal point for the national dialogue on resource recovery and green infrastructure, the OWL Summit has been driving the notion of water as an integrating strategy for the urban environment.
President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Mayor of Sacramento Kevin Johnson, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy are among invited keynote speakers for the event.
"These winners offer approaches that will build resiliency in the face of challenges like the California drought and other climate change impacts," said Ben Grumbles, president of the U.S. Water Alliance.
“A huge piece of climate change revolves around water,” said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy as she addressed more than 300 water leaders at the U.S. Water Prize ceremony hosted April 7, 2014 at the National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The ceremony celebrated four winners: Alliance for Water Efficiency, Chicago; American Water, Voorhees, N.J.; Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati; and Orange County Water District and Sanitation District, California.