New alliance to focus on changing the water paradigm

Imagine a world where water is viewed, managed, and valued as one resource -- a world where the silo thinking that has kept clean water, drinking water, stormwater, and water reuse interests segregated erodes away. What flows out is a movement toward meeting future challenges on a watershed basis, with a focus on sustainability and green cities. Changing the water paradigm -- this is the vision of the Clean Water America Alliance...

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 15, 2008 -- Imagine a world where water is viewed, managed, and valued as one resource -- a world where the silo thinking that has kept clean water, drinking water, stormwater, and water reuse interests segregated erodes away. What flows out is a movement toward meeting future challenges on a watershed basis, with a focus on sustainability and green cities. Changing the water paradigm -- this is the vision of the Clean Water America Alliance.

What: Launch of the Clean Water America Alliance
When: September 24, 2:00-2:30pm
Where: The National Press Club (Zenger Room)
529 13th Street, NW
Washington, D.C.

The Clean Water America Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to explore the complex issue of water sustainability and plan for the future by improving public awareness that advances holistic, watershed-based approaches to water quality and quantity challenges. A broad cross-section of interests have come together through the Alliance to begin an important dialogue on the future with a focus on exploring and analyzing issues of critical importance to the nation's ability to provide clean and safe waters to future generations, offering information and education to citizens and policy-makers on key issues, and recognizing organizations and individuals for innovation and outstanding achievements in the water quality and quantity arena.

The Alliance's diverse board of directors (see listing below) offers a wide array of perspectives and includes leaders from the private sector (including engineering, manufacturing, legal and corporate executives), municipal utilities, state agencies, the environmental and conservation communities and academia -- as well as three former assistant administrators for water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Each has accepted the call to serve not based on current or past organizational affiliations, but because of their strong desire to identify the best possible way to meet future challenges.

The distinguished CWAA Board of Directors has identified several key initiatives to move the organization forward in the coming year. To meet the board, ask questions, and learn more about the Alliance's objectives and initiatives, please join us Wednesday, September 24, 2:00-2:30pm at the National Press Club.

CWAA Board Members
Dick Champion, Chair, City of Independence
Jack Baylis, AECOM
D. Randall Benn, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP (Duke University)
Julius Ciaccia, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Jim Clark, Black & Veatch Corporation
Carol Collier, Delaware River Basin Commission
Mike Cook, U.S. EPA (Retired)
Mohamed, Dahab, University of Nebraska -- Lincoln
Alexandra Dunn, Pace University School of Law
Dick Fox, Camp Dresser & McKee Inc.
John Freedman, GE Water 1
James Hall, Siemens Water Technologies Corporation
John Hattle, Insituform Technologies Inc.
Patrick Karney, CH2M Hill
Dick Lanyon, Metropolitan Water -- Greater Chicago
Charles Logue, Clean Water Services
Vernon Lucy, Infilco Degremont
Steve Mahfood, Nature Conservancy
G. Tracy Mehan, Cadmus Group Inc.
Erik Meyers,The Conservation Fund
Howard Neukrug, City of Philadelphia
Con O'Leary, Central Connecticut State University (Retired)
Bob Perciasepe, Audubon Society
Michele Pla, MPLA-Cleanwater Consulting
Andrew Richardson, Greeley and Hansen, LLC
Beth Sauerhaft, Pepsi-Cola North America
Amy Shanker, Black & Veatch (Retired)
Jim Stahl, MWH Americas Inc.
Rich Sustich, University of Illinois
Neil Weinstein, Low Impact Development Center Inc.
Lajuana Wilcher, English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP

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