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Wednesday, September 14 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Opening General Session - A Date with Destiny: Charting a New Course for Water

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The combination of historic drought conditions and continued population growth in the western United States has made water an increasingly scarce commodity. Western states have acknowledged that their existing water allocations are insufficient to ensure long-run economic stability and are taking determined measures to protect, procure, extend and maximize their respective water resources. Population growth, aging infrastructure, climate variability, new technology, and a shift in federal involvement in financing water projects have brought us to a pivotal point in water planning. This presentation will discuss a new model to protect, procure, extend and maximize water resources through regional and state-wide investment in:

·        Water Infrastructure Repair and Replacement to protect existing water systems
·        Conservation Technology and Best Practices to extend the water supply
·        Planning to identify the most critical new projects to meet future growth and capture existing water resources

The development of the model plan, as well as, the cost and financing will be presented. This model will then be compared to how other Western States have found solutions to their long term water infrastructure and development problems.

Richard Bay will also be joined by:

·        Tage Flint – General Manager of Weber Basin Water Conservancy District
·        Ron Thompson – General Manager for Washington County Water Conservancy District
·        Gene Shawcroft – General Manager for Central Utah Water Conservancy District

Wednesday September 14, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Garden Room