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I NTE R N AT IO N A L CO N F E R E N C E R E C A P

Cutting-Edge Solutions to
Wicked Water Problems
Sharon Megdal

Conference co-chairs Dror Avisar
and Sharon B. Megdal.

View of reception area for Cutting-Edge Solutions to
Wicked Water Problems conference.

ON SEPTEMBER 10-11, 2017 AWRA's
international conference "Cutting-Edge
Solutions to Wicked Water Problems"
was held at Tel Aviv University's beautiful
Porter School of Environmental Studies
building. Convened in partnership with
the Water Research Center at Tel Aviv
University, this conference focused on water
problems that are difficult to formulate
and solve. Some examples are overuse
or over-allocation of surface water and
groundwater, impacts of long-term drought
or changing climate, the imbalance between
growing demands for water relative to
supplies, and transboundary water and
wastewater challenges, including pollution.
Different regions face different problems,
but the pathways to solutions often have
common or similar elements. Israel is well
known for its leadership in deployment of
desalination technology, drip irrigation and
water reclamation, which has enabled it to
address the scarcity of natural freshwater
resources. While Israeli water management
has influenced the work of others across
the globe, we must acknowledge that
institutional and governance factors,
along with those related to geographic and
physical variables, shape the policies we
see implemented.

In addition to speakers and attendees
from the United States and Israel, experts
from Mexico, the United Kingdom and
Hong Kong participated. The opening
keynote speakers set the stage. Felicia
Marcus, chair of the California State Water
Resources Control Board, emphasized the
need to look at the whole of the problem(s),
including difficult-to-predict game-

changing influences. Her presentation
underscored a concern water managers
often speak to, namely that it will take
a crisis to spur actions that many have
known were advisable, but difficult to
implement, due to political and cost
considerations. Eilon Adar, professor
in the Zuckerberg Institute for Water
Resources at Ben Gurion University of
the Negev, provided an overview of how
Israel has addressed the wicked problem
of water scarcity. "New" usable water was
created through treating and reclaiming
wastewater and desalinating seawater and
brackish groundwater. Drought conditions
during the early part of this century led to a
renewed look at seawater desalination and
the current situation where the quantity
of desalinated water exceeds 70% of the
quantity for municipal use.
Remarks on "Immigration and
the Water Crisis" by TAU Vice Rector
Eyal Zisser helped provide a regional
geopolitical backdrop to the discussions. At
the closing plenary, conference attendees
continued on page 28

Sorek Desalination Plant field trip participants.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018

President’s Message
The National Water Model Vision
Transforming NOAA Water Prediction: The New National Water Model
Perspectives on the National Water Model
FloodCast: A Framework for Enhanced Flood Event Decision Making for Transportation Resilience
Hurricane Harvey and the National Water Model
Contributions of the Academic Community in Advancing the National Water Model
Turning on the Faucet: Making National Water Model Data Flow
The New Economics of Water: Balancing Urban and Agricultural Water Needs on Colorado’s Front Range
What’s Up with Water: United We Stand, Divided We Fall: States Rights and WOTUS Rule
International Conference Recap
AWRA State Section and Student Chapter News
December JAWRA Highlights
In Memoriam: Ari Michelsen
2018-2019 Richard A. Herbert Memorial Scholarship Opportunities
AWRA Board of Directors 2018 Call for Nominations
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Intro
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - cover1
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - cover2
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 3
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 4
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - President’s Message
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - The National Water Model Vision
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 7
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Transforming NOAA Water Prediction: The New National Water Model
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 9
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Perspectives on the National Water Model
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 11
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - FloodCast: A Framework for Enhanced Flood Event Decision Making for Transportation Resilience
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 13
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Hurricane Harvey and the National Water Model
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 15
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 16
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Contributions of the Academic Community in Advancing the National Water Model
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 18
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Turning on the Faucet: Making National Water Model Data Flow
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 20
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - The New Economics of Water: Balancing Urban and Agricultural Water Needs on Colorado’s Front Range
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - What’s Up with Water: United We Stand, Divided We Fall: States Rights and WOTUS Rule
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 23
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 24
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - International Conference Recap
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - AWRA State Section and Student Chapter News
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - December JAWRA Highlights
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - In Memoriam: Ari Michelsen
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 2018-2019 Richard A. Herbert Memorial Scholarship Opportunities
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - AWRA Board of Directors 2018 Call for Nominations
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - cover3
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - cover4
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