Denver: Project WET USA Announces The 16th Annual Water Education Conference August 7-9, 2013

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Here’s the announcement from their website. Here’s an excerpt:

The Project WET Foundation—publisher of the most complete water resources education materials available and leader in the field of water education in the United States and around the world—is inviting everyone with an interest in our most precious natural resource to join us in beautiful Denver, Colorado for the 2013 Project WET USA Conference.

The 2013 Project WET USA Conference will offer five conference strands, a full array of speakers, pre-conference field experiences and dedicated networking opportunities…all within easy reach of some of the best fishing, hiking, biking and other outdoor recreation anywhere.

The 2013 Project WET USA Conference begins on Tuesday evening with an opening night dinner, keynote speaker and reception perfect for networking and continues through Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with presentations, keynote speakers and vendors.

Tuesday evening’s keynote speaker will be Tom Cech, Director of the One World, One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship.

Here’s a post from Matt Bond writing for the Project Wet Blog. Here’s an excerpt:

The mere fact that you’re reading this blog means you’ve self-identified as someone interested in water education. If you’re like me, you’re even a water geek. And hopefully, as water educators, we’re all interested in telling the entire story of water. As the subject of water rises in public consciousness, and in political and social circles, the importance of educating youth about water is all the more critical. It’s just as important for students to know where their shower water comes from and where it goes as it runs down the drain as it is to understand the reason ice floats. But how do we do that if we don’t really know ourselves?

That’s where utilities come in, whether they are governmental or private, urban or rural, small or large. Or, whether they manage potable, waste or storm water. They can all help tell the parts of the story that are hardest to see. The parts underground, behind walls. The smelly parts, too.

In Colorado alone, there are more than 2,000 public water systems. According to the EPA, there are approximately 155,000 across the nation. Add to that the more than 16,000 wastewater facilities, and there’s probably an expert within easy reach of every school, environmental learning center or community educator—no matter where you are. If I’ve learned one thing in my 20 years in the water industry, those experts are proud of what they do and would like nothing more than to share that with you and your students.

More education coverage here.

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