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Water: Importance of Water

Technical Workshop Agenda

Date: September 19, 2012
Location: National Academy of Public Administration (900 7th St NW # 600, Washington, DC 20001)

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7:45 am – 8:30 am
(45 min)

Conference Registration

8:30 am – 8:45 am
(15 min)

Welcome and Overview of Workshop Agenda
(Brian Morrison, Industrial Economics, Incorporated)

1 – Project Overview – The Importance of Water to the US Economy (PDF) (9 pp, 959K)

8:45 am – 9:00 am
(15 min)
Opening Remarks
(Michael Shapiro, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, U.S. EPA Office of Water)
9:00am – 12:00 pm Perspectives on the Economic Importance of Water:  Sponsored Research
Please note that the time allocated to each speaker during this session includes approximately five minutes for questions from the audience.
9:00 am – 9:25 am
(25 min)
The Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy: Background Report
(Brian Morrison, Industrial Economics)
2- EPA's Background Report – The Importance of Water to the US Economy (PDF) (33 pp, 2.6MB)
9:25 am – 9:45 am
(20 min)
The Changing Value of Water to the U.S. Economy:  Implications from Five Industrial Sectors
(Mike Matichich, Principal Technologist and Technology Leader for Financial Services in Water, CH2M-Hill)
3 – Matichich et al (PDF) (23pp, 401K)
9:45 am – 10:05 am
(20 min)
Lessons from Short-term Supply Disruptions:  Providing Confidence and Context to FEMA's Methodology
(Craig Aubuchon, Analysis Group, and Kevin Morley, Security and Preparedness Program Manager, American Water Works Association)
4 – Aubuchon & Morley (PDF) (21 pp, 1.41MB)
10:05 am – 10:25 am
(20 min)
Water Use and Agricultural Production:  A County-Level Analysis of the Continental United States
(Andrew Zaeske, Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics, Umeå University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
5 – Zaeske (PDF) (13 pp, 463K)
10:25 am – 10:40 am
(15 min)
10:40 am – 11:00 am
(20 min)
Applications of Embedded Resource Accounting to U.S. Water Resources
(Benjamin Ruddell, President, Ruddell Environmental, and Assistant Professor, Polytechnic Department of Engineering, Arizona State University)
6 – Ruddell (PDF) (24pp, 1.71MB)

11:00 am – 11:20 am

(20 min)

Determining Water Values with Computable General Equilibrium Models
(Elizabeth Fadali, Research Associate, and Kimberly Rollins, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Nevada, Reno)
7 – Rollins et al (PDF) (17 pp, 889K)
11:20 am – 11:40 am
(20 min)
Urban Growth and Water
(Anita Chaudhry, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, California State University, Chico)
8 – Chaudhy & Barbier (PDF) (12 pp, 725K)

11:40 am – 12:00 pm

(20 min)

Does a Water Economy Exist?  The Impact of the Availability of Water on Employment in U.S. Metropolitan Areas
(Craig Aubuchon, Analysis Group)
9 – Aubuchon (PDF) (18 pp, 404K)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch and Lunchtime Speakers

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm

(15 min)

The National Water Census
(Eric Evenson, Coordinator, National Water Census, U.S. Geological Survey)
10 – Evenson (PDF) (21 pp, 2.5MB)

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm
(15 min)

The Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy:  A Perspective from the USGS Science and Decisions Center
(Carl Shapiro, Senior Economist, Energy and Minerals, and Environmental Health and Co-Director, USGS Science and Decisions Center)
11 – Shapiro (PDF) (13 pp, 1.5MB) 
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm The Economic Importance of Water:  Independent Perspectives
Please note that the time allocated to each speaker during this session includes approximately five minutes for questions from the audience.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
(60 min)

Primary Sector:  Agriculture and Energy Resources 

  • Darryll Olsen, Principal, The Pacific Northwest Project
  • Glenn Schaible, Resources and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Energy Resources

  • Eric Fry, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Peabody Energy
  • Curtis Stanley, Senior Principal Consultant for Soil and Groundwater Management, Shell Oil Company

 12 – Olsen (PDF) (12 pp, 1.2MB) 
 13 – Schaible (PDF) (15 pp, 685K)  
 14 – Fry (PDF) (14 pp, 3.6MB) 
 15 – Stanley (PDF) (16 pp, 302K)

2:00 pm –3:00 pm
(60 min)

Secondary Sector:  Electricity and Public Water Supply
Electric Power

  • David Asti, Senior Manager, Corporate Environmental Policy, Southern California Edison
  • Vincent Tidwell, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories, U.S. Department of Energy

Public Water Supply

  • Aurel Arndt, General Manager/Chief Financial Officer, Lehigh County Water Authority
  • Chris Rayburn, Director of Subscriber and Research Services, Water Research Foundation

16 – Asti (PDF) (14 pp, 737K)
17 – Tidwell (PDF) (14 pp, 3.8MB)
18 - Arndt (PDF) (7 pp, 516K)

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
(15 min)
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
(75 min)

Tertiary and Quaternary Sectors
Strategic Planning and Investment

  • Clay Landry, Managing Director, WestWater Research
  • Steve Maxwell, Managing Director, TechKNOWLEDGEy Strategic Group

Sustainable Water Resource Management         

  • Terry Cheek, Environmental Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Tennessee Valley Authority         
  • Venkatesh Uddameri, Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering Department, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • H. Carlton Haywood, Executive Director, Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin

19 – Maxwell (PDF) (16 pp, 751K) 
20 – Cheek (PDF) (16 pp, 2.1MB)  
21 - Uddameri (PDF) (17 pp, 937K)
22 - Haywood (PDF) (8 pp, 510K)

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
(60 min)
Plenary Discussion: Paths Forward
5:30 pm Closing Remarks and Adjournment
(Brian Morrison, Industrial Economics, Incorporated)

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