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Join the Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable (SWRR) as we meet in New Orleans to discuss how restoration of natural systems relates to resilience in communities.

The Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable (SWRR) is a Federal advisory committee that is a subgroup of the Advisory Committee for Water Information (ACWI) created by the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972.  SWRR meets in Washington DC at least once a year and goes to other locations in the US at least once a year.  For more information about SWRR visit the linked site or click here for a SWRR brochure.  For this meeting, The Water Institute of the Gulf, Tulane University and Florida Earth Foundation host SWRR's first meeting in New Orleans.



Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

From Restoration to Resilience:

Sustainable Water Resources from a Functioning Ecosystem

Thursday, October 26
8:30 AM  Registration and Coffee
9:00 AM  Welcome Remarks: Mark Davis, Tulane University and Justin Ehrenwerth, The Water Institute of the Gulf
9:15 AM  Welcome Remarks: David Berry, Executive Director, SWRR
9:25 AM  Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable Activities & History: John Wells and Robert Wilkinson SWRR Co-Chairs
9:40 AM  Brief Round of Self Introductions 
10:30 AM Briefing on Jean Lafitte National Park Restoration and Pump Station Tour - TBA and Joe Becker, General Superintendent, SWBNO
11:00 Depart for Field Trip
11:30 PM Arrive Jean Lafitte National Park
12:30 PM  Lunch and drive to Pumping Station
2:00 PM Arrive at Pumbing Station
4:00 PM Depart Pumping Station
4:45 PM Arrive back in NOLA
6:00 PM Reception at The Tulane River Center

Friday, October 27
Day Two 
8:30 AM Registration, Coffee and Networking
9:00 AM Welcome and Plan of the Day
9:15 AM Keynote setting the tone for the day:
10:00 a.m.  Panel on State of the Art Water Technologies and Methods - Moderator, Bob Wilkinson, University of California, Santa Barbara

1. Restoration using Natural Systems - Tyler Ortego, CEO, ORA Estuaries

11:00 AM  Break 
11:15 AM  Water resources opportunities from Federal perspective - Moderator
Jim Hagy, Ecologist, US EPA, Tim Osborn, Navigation Manager, NOAA and Kenneth Graham, Meterologist-in-Charge, NOAA; Troy Constance, Director of Planning, USACE (Invited)
12:15 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Breakouts on Water Innovation

  1. The Water-Energy Nexus - Jeff Williams, Director of Environmental Affairs, Entergy
  2. Getting Value from University-Industry Partnerships - Dr. Fan Zhang, University of Southern Mississippi
  3. Public-Private Solutions - Denver Stutler, CEO, Submergent Technologies
  4. The Water Institute of the Gulf- TBA
  5. Innovation in Outreach - Philip Zimmerman, President, Rotary Coastal eClub
  6. Urban Water Management in Cities of the Future -  Clint Willson, Professor, LSU

4:00 PM Breakout session reports and follow-up assignments
4:30 PM  Adjourn  

session reports and follow-up assignments
4:30 PM  Adjourn  



Justin Ehrenwerth
Executive Director

David Berry
Executive Director

Robert Wilkinson
Professor Emeritus
UC Santa Barbara

Mark Davis
Executive Director
Tulane University School of Law
John Wells
Gary Cecchine
Executive Director
Rand Center for the Gulf States
Stan Bronson
Executive Director
Florida Earth
Marianna Grossman
Managing Partner
Minerva Ventures
Jim Hagy
Denver Stutler
Polston Techologies
Philip Zimmerman
eRotary Coastal Club