Dear AWRA Members and Colleagues,
Many of us live and work in areas hard hit by the continuing social and economic inequities and upheaval in our country. AWRA recognizes the painful reality of systemic racism underlying social and economic inequities experienced by many. This has led to genuine anger and justifiable calls to action. These difficult times are compounded by the ravaging effects of COVID-19. Even the devastating virus wreaking havoc across our nation is disproportionally impacting people of color.
Our hearts go out to those hurt by incidents of injustice and brutality, and to the peaceful protesters put in harms’ way by excessive use of force by the very individuals who took an oath to protect and serve. We will redouble our efforts to listen to those that need to be heard and to continue to provide community, conversation, and connections in a safe, equitable, and supportive environment for all.
AWRA’s members are professionals who have chosen to reach beyond our individual fields to make a difference in water resources management. By tackling the hard questions, AWRA creates opportunities to engage in the vital conversations surrounding water resources management. This commitment extends to the communities in which we live and serve, and to the programs and activities AWRA sponsors. We will continue to find ways to address inequities and injustices in our profession and stand with all who strive to make this country and world a fair, just, and safe place for all, and to correct racial, social, and economic inequities and injustices wherever they exist.