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Another Successful waterPro Conference The event, held September 28-30 in Oklahoma City, featured educational sessions and an exhibit hall. The National Rural Water Association opened the 2015 WaterPro Conference in Oklahoma City with a ceremony on Sept. 28, 2015. Over 2,000 water and wastewater professionals from across the nation assembled for the open of the three-day conference. Co-locating with NRWA this year were the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC). This unique co-location brought together three national organizations that impact and influence the water industry in different ways. All three organizations are leading membership organizations, each headquartered in Oklahoma. The set of circumstances allowing for the three conferences and annual meetings to coincide in Oklahoma City is unlikely to be repeated. Educational sessions included timely information on topics at the intersection of these three organizations, including: hydraulic fracturing, the slowdown of the oil boom on rural economies, source water protection, energy efficiency, sustainable management, water reuse, drought issues and more. NrWa Director from oklahoma, Jimmy seago, and cherokee dancers lead the WaterPro attendees to the exhibit hall Grand opening. 34 FOurtH Quarter 2015 This co-location created a diverse mix of attendees and many networking opportunities. The organizations brought together water professionals, regulators, funding agencies, equipment manufacturers, academics, energy companies and even several state governors from across the United States. The opening ceremony included speeches from USDA Rural Utility Service Administrator Brandon McBride, NRWA President Charles Hilton, NRWA's Oklahoma Director Jimmy Seago, and NRWA CEO Sam Wade. continued on page 36 4-Wheeler winner Chad Coburn from Poweshiek Water Association, Brooklyn, IA. Presenters of the 4-wheeler on behalf of USABlueBook, Kathleen Burandt, President, USABluebook and Jennifer Kirchner, Event Planning Specialist for USABluebook. staff sgt. Nick Jackson, south Dakota, presents the colors.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2015

From the President
Who’s Telling Your Story?
Communications 101
Quality on Tap!
New Affinity Partner Takes the Pain Out of Having a Website for your Town or Water System
You Own Your Dreams
Another Successful WaterPro Conference
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2015