Voices from the 2019 One Water Summit
The Water Main caught up water leaders from across the country at the One Water Summit in Austin, Texas. The U.S. Water Alliance hosted the event, which brought together utilities, government, non-profits, artists and more. All to talk about the challenges and opportunities facing the water sector in the U.S.
Steve Fleischli, Water Program Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
Fleischli discussed the importance of green infrastructure, highlighting projects in Los Angeles that clean up "urban slobber" and provide parks for the local community.
Dr. Shannah Tharp-Gilliam, Director of Research & Evaluation, Homewood Children’s Village
Dr. Tharp-Gilliam described the health impacts of flooding in Pittsburgh, PA, and she shared how The Leadership Institute at the Homewood Children’s Village equips residents to become advocates on public health, climate change and other topics.
Ian Taylor, CEO, New Braunfels Utilities
Taylor described the challenge of setting the price of water. He says it’s a balancing act among affordability, equity and conservation—all in a region of central Texas that can bounce between drought and flooding.