Water Summit at the White House

Tuesday, March 22, 2016, is World Water Day. Starting in 1993, the United Nations General Assembly set aside March 22 as an international day of observance of water issues and a forum to present solutions.  In observance of World Water Day, the White House is holding a Water Summit.

The Summit will bring together multiple researchers, government officials, non-governmental organizations and other private stakeholders for a forum on the state of water technologies and resources.  These stakeholders set major water resource stewardship goals to support more accessible, secure, and sustainable water resources.

The Water Summit, scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. Eastern, can be viewed by live-stream webcast at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/live/white-house-water-summit  

In addition to this forum, the White House Water Summit will also feature approximately 15 displays of technologies and research results designed to assist in protecting this vital resource as well as educate the public on the importance of this precious resource.

The National Science Foundation is sponsoring several of these displays, with the rest covered by different agencies and private groups.  The NSF displays are:

  1. A demonstration by Jason Dionne of FloDesign Sonics of sound-wave technology for the separation and removal of particulates from water,
  2. An interactive augmented reality sandbox exhibit to help teach the public about watersheds, lake sciences, and environmental stewardship by Louise Kellogg and colleagues, and,
  3. A children’s interactive book series on water topics from NSF’s Long Term Ecological Project (LTER) presented by one of the authors, Diane McKnight.

It is my privilege to represent NSF for part of the Summit, and I am excited to learn how many of the discussed technologies and missions will benefit researchers in the Food-Water-Energy Nexus Space. Please join us with the live webcast as NSF celebrates World Water Day at the White House Water Summit.

By Brandi Schottel, PhD, science analyst for Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS), Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems of the Engineering Directorate, National Science Foundation

Pictured above is Brandi Schottel on her way to Water Summit activities at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Credit: NSF 

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