Mar 10, 2010

Steven Solomon to Lead WEFTEC.10 Opening General Session

Author of "Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization" to share water scarcity, sustainable water management insights

Steven Solomon, an esteemed economics journalist and author of "Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization," will deliver the keynote address during the opening general session of WEFTEC.10 this fall in New Orleans.The opening session will kick off the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) 83rd annual technical exhibition and conference, a four-day event that is expected to draw thousands of water quality professionals to the New Orleans Morial Convention Center from Oct. 2 to 6. Through his book "Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization," Solomon offers a narrative portrait of water and the resulting power struggles, personalities and breakthroughs that have shaped humanity from antiquity's earliest civilizations to the world we live in today. Recognizing that freshwater scarcity is one of the 21st century's decisive, looming challenges and is driving the new political, economic and environmental realities across the globe, Solomon will share his insights about the key role water has had in the development of modern societies and the growing issues over scarcity and pollution that could lead to a global crisis unless we adopt more sustainable approaches to water management.Scheduled for Oct. 4, the opening session also will feature 2009-2010 WEF President Paul Freedman, recognition of WEF awards and the 2010 Stockholm Junior Water Prize winners.