National River Rally 2010: An Event You Don’t Want to Miss!

Join us for our National River Rally May 21-24!
Author: Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel

River Network’s National River Rally 2010 is taking place in Snowbird, Utah and you don’t want to miss out on this unparalleled opportunity for concentrated and focused learning, extensive networking, and the inspiration and celebration you need to recharge. This year we’re offering over 80 workshops on a variety of critical topics, including our Warming Watersheds track focusing on climate justice, freshwater resiliency through water efficiency and low impact development, and the water-energy connection.

For more information and to register, visit our National River Rally website.

In addition to offering dozens of workshops led by experts from across the country, River Rally is a place to network with your peers, meet with potential funders and kick back and relax. We are taking full advantage of all that lovely Utah has to offer by planning nearly a dozen field trips where you can choose to paddle the Jordan River, fly-fish the Provo or tour three urban river restoration sites, just to name a few of the field trip options.

Our Warming Watersheds track will kick off with a four-hour intensive workshop called Building Green Cities with Green Plumbing Programs: Water Heating, Distribution and Conservation, led by Gary Klein, Managing Director of Affiliated International Management, LLC. Here’s the workshop description:

Water heating is typically the 1st, 2nd or 3rd largest energy use in a home. This workshop will put the magnitude of hot water use in perspective and explore the various components of typical hot water systems. Water heaters, faucets, showers, appliances, piping layouts, pipe insulation and drain water heat recovery will be addressed. Particular attention will be paid to the interactions among the components, so that the system as a whole provides the desired performance while saving water and energy.

Gary Klein has been intimately involved in energy efficiency and renewable energy since 1973. Recently completing 19 years with the California Energy Commission, Gary has a passion for hot water: getting into it, getting out of it and efficiently delivering it to meet customer's needs. In December 2008, Gary came out and trained watershed leaders on the water-energy connection at River Network’s Winter Training 2008 in Nashville, TN.

Nia Robinson from the Environmental Justice Climate Change Initiative will be conducting a workshop titled The Human Affects of Carbon Politics, where she will introduce participants to the principles behind Climate Justice and provide an EJ perspective on global warming issues and how policies to address climate change affect communities of color.

Another stand out workshop from our Warming Watersheds track is Integrating Energy and Water Conservation, by Shahid Chaudhry who is the Water-Energy Efficiency Program Manager at the California Energy Commission (CEC). Under Shahid’s lead, the CEC has implemented water-energy pilot programs, partnering water utilities with energy utilities to explore ways to maximize water and energy savings through water-oriented approaches such as combined rebates for clothes washers and smart water metering. Here’s a description of Mr. Chaudhry’s workshop:

This workshop will explore the impacts of climate change on California's water supply system, as well as proposed mitigating measures and the energy implications of these efforts. Participants will learn how California came to value the intrinsic connection between water and energy, and the policies that have been put in place to simultaneously protect the state's water resources, reduce energy consumption and address the challenges of climate change.

I’m also really excited about the workshop Low Impact Development Protects Water Supply, where Noah Garrison from NRDC will share their study showing how low impact development strategies can deliver huge water and energy savings while keeping pollutants our of rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.

In addition to our Warming Watersheds track, there are also tracks on the following topics:

  • Successful and Sustainable Organizations
  • Wetlands
  • Western Issues
  • Partnerships & Diversity
  • Technology
  • Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Clean Water Act for Beginners
  • Agriculture and Industry
  • Fundraising
  • Political Strategies
  • People Power
  • Stormwater
  • Restoration
  • Outreach and Communication
  • Human Health

There are also a lot of other great Warming Watersheds workshops in addition to those I mentioned above. Here’s a rundown of our entire Warming Watersheds track:

Building Green Cities with Green Plumbing Programs: Water Heating, Distribution and Conservation
Level: All
Day/Time: Friday ~ 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Water heating is typically the 1st, 2nd or 3rd largest energy use in a home. This workshop will put the magnitude of hot water use in perspective and explore the various components of typical hot water systems. Water heaters, faucets, showers, appliances, piping layouts, pipe insulation and drain water heat recovery will be addressed. Particular attention will be paid to the interactions among the components, so that the system as a whole provides the desired performance while saving water and energy. Presenter: Gary Klein, Affiliated International Management, LLC


Human Affects of Carbon Politics
Level: All
Day/Time: Saturday ~ 9:30am - 11:30am
Track: Warming Watersheds
This session will discuss the work of environmental justice groups and how climate change makes engaging disadvantaged communities even more essential to our work. Presenter: Environmental Justice Coalition for Water


Integrating Energy and Water Conservation
Level: All
Day/Time: Saturday ~ 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Track: Warming Watersheds
This workshop will explore the impacts of climate change on California's water supply system, as well as proposed mitigating measures and the energy implications of these efforts. Participants will learn how California came to value the intrinsic connection between water and energy, and the policies that have been put in place to simultaneously protect the state's water resources, reduce energy consumption and address the challenges of climate change. Presenter: Shahid Chaudhry, California Energy Commission


Water Utilities Face Climate Change
Level: Intermediate
Day/Time: Saturday ~ 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Track: Warming Watersheds
There are laws that govern all waters within states. This workshop will make the connection between water laws specifically in the western states and their affects on water availability, variability and sustainability. Hear from water utility representatives on how both laws and a changing climate are requiring them to manage our water more carefully. Presenter: Shanika Whitehurst, U.S. EPA


Low-Impact Development Protects Water Supply
Level: Intermediate
Day/Time: Sunday ~ 9:00am - 10:30am
Track: Warming Watersheds
As global warming threatens our water resources, communities are faced with a need to respond quickly and economically to water supply shortfalls. Low Impact Development (LID) is a land planning and engineering design approach to stormwater management that evolved as a means of reducing the pollution and other problems generated by runoff from urban development. LID practices that infiltrate runoff to recharge groundwater or capture runoff for reuse can increase access to reliable sources of water while reducing the energy consumed and global warming pollution generated by its supply. This workshop will discuss LID’s benefits and ways to advocate for requiring its implementation. Presenter: Noah Garrison, Natural Resources Defense Council


Water Efficiency is Water Supply
Level: Intermediate
Day/Time: Sunday ~ 11:00am - 12:30pm
Track: Warming Watersheds
Rivers are running dry. Increasing population, booming growth and climate change are putting unprecedented stresses on our communities’ rivers and streams. Participants will learn about proven and cost-effective water efficiency policies that are the cheapest, fastest and most reliable source of water supply that can keep water in our rivers.
Presenter: Betsy Otto, American Rivers


Breaking Barriers to Water Harvesting & Reuse
Level: Intermediate
Day/Time: Sunday ~ 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Track: Warming Watersheds
Interested in learning more about water harvesting and the various methodologies for water reuse? You will learn how to create strategies and use these methods to protect rivers and watersheds. Strategies covered include influencing policy decisions and facilitating the passage of reuse legislation. This session is targeted towards advocates working primarily in the Western U.S. Presenters: Wendy Wilson, River Network and Paul Paryski


How Watershed Groups Will Solve Climate Change
Level: All
Day/Time: Sunday ~ 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Track: Warming Watersheds
River Network is embarking on a nationwide strategy to engage grassroots river and watershed groups in solving the climate crisis by connecting water and energy to protect our water resources. Participants will learn key information on climate change its anticipated and the connections between water and energy. Presenter: Wendy Wilson, River Network

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