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Conservation Leadership Partnership Hosts Roundtable on Water Quantity and Infrastructure Financing

Thursday, October 18, 2012

On Thursday, October 18, the Conservation Leadership Partnership hosted a roundtable meeting on water quantity and infrastructure financing at Augusta State University in Augusta, GA. Participants at the roundtable were well informed and engaged, which sparked conversation not only with the presenters but also among audience members.

The 20 attendees ranged from ranchers to municipal officials to academics to regional think tank representatives. Others tuned in to a simulcast webinar and also comprised an interesting mix of organizations, which included several reporters, think tanks, staff from state offices and the National Governors Association. The archived webinar can be found here: http://youtu.be/N2FcK7WxHQA .

The presentations from Mayor Ron Littlefield of Chattanooga, David Reckford of the Flint River Basin Project and Michael Curley, visiting professor at George Washington University, provoked interesting conversations. While much of the conversation focused on rural use and innovations in efficient use of water in agriculture, it also turned to how rural solutions could be applied in urban settings. One topic included the need to eliminate disincentives to water solutions, whether through subsidies or the cost and financing of incorporating green infrastructure.

The next CLP roundtable will be on energy infrastructure financing and will be held in Washington, DC before the end of the year.