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One Water Newsletter: July 2019
Please welcome our newest US Water Alliance member!

Charlotte County Community Development (FL)

Charlotte County Community Development is a Department of the County of Charlotte, Florida, serving a population of approximately 160,000. The Department's mission is to administer and enforce the County's land development and building construction regulations, the Florida Building Code, and to prepare and implement the County's Comprehensive Plan. The three Divisions of the Community Development Department are the Building Construction, Planning & Zoning, and Special Projects Divisions. 
I Learn more about the Charlotte County Community Development

US Water Alliance and The Kresge Foundation Host Nine City Urban Flooding Bootcamp

Last week, nine cities gathered in Troy, MI at the headquarters of  The Kresge Foundation for a groundbreaking event,  Climate Resilience, Water, and Equity: An Urban Flooding Bootcamp
This initiative is the first of its kind to establish cross-sector learning teams dedicated to building equitable resilience in urban flood management. Utilities, city agencies, local government, community-based organizations and advocates, and environmental groups gathered to learn the latest science on climate change, flooding, and to discuss how to address urban flooding through infrastructural and community-based solutions. 

These nine city teams included  Chicago, IL; Des Moines, IA; Detroit, MI; Hampton, VA; Houston, TX; Jackson, MS; Philadelphia, PA; and Raleigh, NC; and Seattle, WAThe Bootcamp participants are already finding ways to put equity at the center of urban flood resilience. The teams left the Bootcamp with commitments to action, including hosting an educational presentation for other city agencies and advocates, establishing an advisory committee for city flooding led by representatives of vulnerable communities, pitching an equity framework for a city's flood mitigation plan, and much more. 
Stay tuned in the coming months for next steps from this work, including a special  Climate Resilience, Urban Flooding, and Equity Institute at One Water Summit 2019 in Austin, and a report on lessons learned and an equitable resilience framework. 

Our deepest gratitude to The Kresge Foundation for making this initiative possible!
Webinar Recap:  Road to Summit: One Water Delegations in Action Part 1

On July 24th, the Alliance hosted part one of a two part webinar series, "Road to Summit: One Water Delegations in Action." The webinar spotlighted three One Water Delegations and how they are making progress in their regions and watersheds. Panelists included members of the Urban Waters, Texas Hill Country, and Research Triangle Delegations.   Listen to the recording here
Value of Water Campaign Prepares for Imagine a Day Without Water 2019 

On October 23, join the Value of Water Campaign for the fifth annual national day of education and awareness: Imagine a Day Without Water. On this day we ask the question: what would your day be like if you turned on the tap, or flushed the toilet, and nothing happened? Millions of Americans take water service for granted every day, but for many, clean, reliable water isn't a guarantee. 

Over 200 participants have already signed up this year to raise awareness and educate the country about the value of the water infrastructure. To help, the Value of Water Campaign has uploaded a new round of Imagine a Day Without Water 2019 resources. On the Imagine a Day Without Water site, you can find our 2019 messaging framework, new social media graphics, logos, and more. Don't forget to sign up today and help spread the #ValueWater message. I Learn more about Imagine a Day Without Water here
Inaugural Member-Only One Water Leadership Institute Launches in Madison

The US Water Alliance's inaugural member-only  One Water Leadership Institute  took place June 25-26 in Madison, WI. Hosted by the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, the Institute brought 36 water professionals from the Alliance member network to focus on the  Adaptive Leadership  challenges we all face on a daily basis. The Institute was facilitated by  Michael Mucha , Chief Engineer and Director of the  Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, Chair of the US Water Alliance's One Water Council.

Attendees had the opportunity to network with their peers from around the country and strengthen their practice of leadership through the Adaptive Leadership framework. The Framework outlines a systemic, practical set of strategies and tools to help innovative leaders make progress on difficult challenges. 

The second and final One Water Leadership Institute of 2019 will take place November 7-8 in San Jose, CA. Hosted by  Valley Water , the Institute will focus on  Strategic Communications , and Alliance members can attend free of charge. More information soon for Alliance members.
Don't Miss One Water Summit 2019!

One Water Summit 2019 is just around the corner! From Sept. 18-20, Austin, TX will be home to the One Water movement as water sector leaders and stakeholders from across the country gather together to exchange ideas and learn from each other. 

Featuring plenaries, institutes, site visits and a growing body of dynamic speakers, One Water Summit's agenda is not to be missed. Registration is closing soon so register ASAP! I Register for One Water Summit 2019 here
Upcoming One Water Events
  • One Water Summit 2019 September 18-20, Austin, TX I Register here
  • Imagine a Day Without Water 2019 October 23, Across the nation I Learn more
One Water News and Resources
  • Alliance members Black & Veatch and Brown and Caldwell are using the One Water approach to develop a water sustainability blueprint for the town of Winter Haven, FL. I Read here
  • The New York Times used a day of intense Washington, DC flooding to spotlight the vulnerability of cities with aging water systems. I Read here
  • Alliance member Denver Water announced a proposal to replace all lead pipes in their water systems throughout the Denver metropolitan area. I Read here
  • A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that annual flood records will continue to break as tidal flooding increases. I Read here
  • Alliance member NRDC examines the climate connection between warming temperatures and wetter storms. I Read here
  • A WGN Radio segment explains how aging water infrastructure compounds the risk of Legionnaires' Disease. I Listen here
  • NPR explores small towns that are concerned about preparedness for climate-driven flooding. I Read here
  • Fifty years after the Cuyahoga River burning, photos from the National Archive's Documerica Project are resurfacing to show pre-EPA regulation pollution in the 1970s. I Read here