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Peter H. Gleick, president and cofounder of the Pacific Institute, will be the keynote Opening General Session speaker at WEFTEC.04, the Water Environment Federation’s 77th Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.
The Opening Session, scheduled for Monday, Oct. 4 from 9:30–11:00 a.m. will be held in the La Louisane Ballroom of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
Dr. Gleick is an internationally recognized water expert whose research and writings address the critical connections between water and human health, the hydrologic impacts of climate change, sustainable water use, privatization and globalization, and international conflicts over water resources.
In 2003, Dr. Gleick was named a MacArthur Fellow. His keynote address will be "The Changing World of Water."
The Opening Session will also feature remarks by WEF President Lawrence P. Jaworski and 2004 Stockholm Water Prize laureate Professor William J. Mitsch; and recognize the 2004 Stockholm Junior Water Prize laureates U.S. winner Brandon Fimple and U.S. finalists Abigail Hines, Balaji Sridhar and Elizabeth Welsh.
In addition, the Federation will present a $25,000 check to Water for People (WFP), an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the long-term impact of increased access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation and health.
"Water for People addresses water needs at the most basic level, touching real lives and providing direct community improvement," said WEF Executive Director Bill Bertera. "As a protector of the global water environment, WEF is pleased to contribute to WFP’s efforts in supplying clean water and improving basic sanitation worldwide."
The program will conclude with a presentation by photographer/author Marjorie Ryerson and musician John Ruskey. Water Music, based upon Ryerson’s best-selling book of the same name, features nearly one hundred of Ryerson’s art photos showcasing water from many regions of the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.