AU water resources conference to feature experts on water issues, drought

AUBURN – Scientists, industry leaders and government officials are gathering at Auburn University June 14 -15 to seek solutions to growing problems with the availability, quality, protection and utilization of the nation’s water supply. They will be discussing also the current drought and what methods, such as irrigation, can help combat the problem.

“There are no alternatives for a safe, adequate water supply,” said AU President Ed Richardson. “Auburn experts are providing the leadership and research needed to turn water quality and quantity challenges into economic, environmental and health benefits for the people of Alabama and the Southeast.”

The conference, “Bridging the Gap Between Science, People and Policies,” at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center is being hosted by the AU Water Resources Center, part of AU’s Natural Resources Management & Development Institute.

Speakers include Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project; Peter Jutro, deputy director for science and policy at the National Homeland Security Research Center, Environmental Protection Agency; Joel Hansel, regional human health criteria expert and water quality standards coordinator at the Environmental Protection Agency; and Doug Wilson, executive director of the Georgia Water Planning and Policy Center. A complete list of speakers is available at

More information about the AU Water Resources Conference can be found online at

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