Water Conference 2012

Water: An Indispensable Resource

November 8 & 9, 2012

Day One Presentations:

Welcome and Opening Remarks – Bob Stephens – City of  Springfield, Mayor

Regional Water Resource Update
Gail Melgren – Missouri State University, The Leadership Project, Director; Tri-State Water Resource Coalition, Executive Director
Roddy Rogers – Tri-State Water Resource Coalition, President; City Utilities of Springfield, Manager of Water Treatment and Supply

International Water Issues: An Overview
Aaron Salzberg – U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science Affairs, Special Coordinator for Water Resources

Panel: State of Missouri Drought Response, 2012
Dru Buntin – Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Deputy Director
Chris Klenklen – Missouri Department of Agriculture, Administrator
Steve Sturgess – Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Public Drinking Water Branch, Chief

Water Use Trends
(See white paper, Declining Residential Water Usage)
Matthew Lueders – Missouri American Water Company, Planning Engineer

Missouri Department of Natural Resources Key Initiatives Update
Darrick Steen – Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Office of the Director, Agriculture and Business Liaison

Panel: The Economics of Water Supply and Drought as Seen Through the Lens of Agriculture
Anson Elliot – Missouri State University, Department of Agriculture, Head
Abner Womack –University of Missouri at Columbia, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics; Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, Co-Founder

Managing Corps of Engineers Water Resources in the 21st Century: Trends and Hot Button Issues
Scott Gard – Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, Planning Assistance to States, Project Manager

Panel: Southwest Missouri Drought Response, 2012
Paul Crabtree – Barton County Farmer, Southwest Missouri Irrigation Association, President
Frank Kartman – Missouri American Water Company, President
Pete Rauch –  City of Monett Public Utilities, General Manager
Roddy Rogers – City Utilities of Springfield, Manager of Water Treatment and Supply
Fred Schlegel – Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division of Environmental Quality, Southwest Regional Office, Environmental Engineer

Day Two Presentations:

Southwest Missouri 16 County Regional Water Demand Study: Projections to 2060
Mike Beezhold – CDM Smith, Senior Planner
Chad Dulaney – US Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, District Water Resource Manager
Ryan Mueller – Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Water Resources Center, Director

Missouri and Tri-State Region Drought: Past, Present and Future
Pat Guinan – University of Missouri, Assistant Professor, Climatology; State of Missouri, State Climatologist; Missouri Climate Center, Director

Case Study: North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission (East Locust Creek Reservoir)
Craig Davis – Spencer Fane Britt & Browne, LLP, Project Solutions and Real Estate Development Group, Partner
John Holmes – Allstate Consultants, Civil Engineer
Brad Scott – North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission, East Locust Creek Reservoir, General Manager

Kansas Water Marketing Program
Tracy Streeter – Kansas Water Office, Director

Case Study: The 2011 Drought in Texas and Responses to Drought
Tom Gooch – Freese and Nichols, Water Resource Planning, Vice-President

Proposed Regional Assessment of Groundwater Availability of the Ozark Plateaus Aquifer System
Joe Richards – U.S. Geological Survey, Hydrologist

Regional Community Case Study: Cassville, Missouri
Steve Walensky – City of Cassville, Public Works Director