Speakers Announced for Water Research Foundation Conference

Keynote speakers from the NOAA and U.S. EPA will be on hand for the 2018 conference in Atlanta

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The Water Research Foundation has announced the keynote speakers for its 2018 Research Conference on advancing reuse and integrated water. The conference will address the challenges of integrated water management and reuse, and aims to help communities prepare for the future with a comprehensive program offering innovative approaches and creative solutions for managing water resources.

The two keynote speakers are Peter Colohan of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Peter Grevatt of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Peter Colohan is the director of Service Innovation and Partnership for the Office of Water Prediction at the NOAA.

From 2010 to 2016, Peter served as a senior advisor to Obama administration officials on environmental data, climate, water and drought, first as a member of the White House staff in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), then as OSTP’s assistant director for environmental information. Later he served as senior advisor to the NOAA’s chief scientist.

Colohan will speak about climate impacts and the integrated risks to future water management, NOAA’s response, the groundbreaking National Water Model that provides hydrological monitoring and forecasts a year out, and the importance of innovation. Peter Grevatt is the director of the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water at the EPA. He is responsible for the development and implementation of national drinking water standards, oversight and funding of state drinking water programs, and the implementation of source water protection and underground injection control programs to protect public health nationwide.

Prior to joining the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water in October 2012, Grevatt served as the director of the Office of Children’s Health Protection and as the senior advisor to EPA’s administrator for Children’s Environmental Health. He also as held leadership roles in EPA’s national hazardous waste and water quality programs.

Gravatt will speak about trends and challenges in U.S. water and about the resources and findings of the Potable Reuse Compendium by the EPA.  The 2018 Water Research Foundation conference will be held May 6-8 in Atlanta, Georgia.



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