Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 28
Held on September 18-20 in Reno, Nevada,
the conference had top-notch networking
and education opportunities.
The National Rural Water
Association opened the 2017 WaterPro
Conference in Reno, NV with a ceremony
on September 18. Over 2,000 water and
wastewater professionals from across the
nation assembled for the opening of the
Educational sessions included timely
information on topics including source
water protection, energy efficiency,
sustainable management, water reuse,
drought issues and more.
The opening ceremony included
speeches from Rural Advocate Bettye
Oliver, NRWA President Steve Fletcher,
Nevada Rural Water Association National
Director Cameron McKay and NRWA CEO
Sam Wade. NRWA Sr. Vice President
Steve Wear, Arkansas, began the morning
with an invocation and the pledge
McKay welcomed the attendees to
Nevada and Reno and gave everyone a
brief history of the Reno area, including
some quips from former Virginia City
resident, Mark Twain.
President Fletcher presented awards to
NRWA's sponsors: AquaStore, HD Supply
Waterworks, USA Bluebook and CoBank.
Fletcher, NRWA's director from
Illinois, highlighted National Rural Water's
successes over the past year and spoke
about NRWA's technical assistance
programs, growing state associations
and continued funding for Rural Water
programs in DC.
officially opens the
WaterPro exhibit hall!
"People working together for a
common cause have a tremendous
amount of power," said Fletcher as he
spoke about the incredible amount of
support that Rural Water threw behind
the effort to ensure funding for USDA and
the farm bill. After the President's "skinny
budget" effectively eliminated all funding
to Rural America, Fletcher praised NRWA's
enormous efforts in getting funding back
for Rural Water and Rural America. He was
pleased to announce that funding for 2018
had been restored to the USDA.
Rural Advocate Bettye Oliver spoke
about the resilience of rural people and
their emergency preparedness and
response to so many natural disasters
across the nation. Oliver spoke with pride
Nevada National Director
Cameron McKay welcomes
everyone to Nevada and Reno.
Sr. VP Steve Wear leads
the opening session in the
invocation and pledge of
NRWA President Steve Fletcher
addresses the attendees.
FOURTH QUARTER 2017