Water Infrastructure Events & Resources

Water Infrastructure Events & Resources

Below is a list of upcoming meetings, events, and resources related to water infrastructure. If you have an event or resource you’d like included, please email latia@freshwaterfuture.org.



6/15/2018: Allied Media Conference

Join us for the 20th annual Allied Media Conference: June 15 – 17. Held every summer in Detroit, the conference brings together a vibrant and diverse community of people using media to incite change: filmmakers, radio producers, technologists, youth organizers, writers, entrepreneurs, musicians, dancers, and artists. The conference features over 300 hands-on workshops, panels, film screenings, Detroit tours, art and music events, strategy sessions, karaoke, bowling, collaborative art and more.

The conference provides focus in the form of tracks, practice spaces, and newtork gatherings. A Track is a series of sessions connected by a shared theme.   A Practice Space is a hands-on open studio space dedicated to a creative practice. A Network Gathering is a day-long mini-conference convened by a local or national network on the Thursday of the AMC.

Where: Wayne State University – Student Center and various other campus buildings

For more information on AMC 2018 featured Tracks, Practice Spaces, and Network Gathering, click here.


7/10/2018: One Water Summit

Join hundreds of top water leaders in the Twin Cities for One Water Summit 2018. It is the premier national conference focused on sustainable, integrated, and inclusive approaches to managing water, our most precious natural resource. From inspiring plenary sessions, skills building institutes, interactive workshops, mobile tours, and unparalleled networking opportunities. Get additional information on the agenda, speakers, and program.

When: 7/10/2018 – 7/12/2018

Where: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis (1300 Nicollet Mall)

For pricing information and registration, click here. 

7/20/2018: Great Lakes Relay

The Great Lakes Relay is an annual event sponsored by the Lakeshore Striders Running Club, that started in 1992. The relay is a three day long event (July 20 – 22, 2018). The race benefits Michigan Special Olympics. The course is approximately 270 miles. On behalf of the Great Lakes Relay, the Lakeshore Striders Running Club has made previous donations totaling over $100,000 to the following charities: MSO, MITCA, Turning Point, Oakland University, Hoeft State Park, North Higgins Lake Park, Mio/Ausable Schools, Grayling Schools, Rogers City Schools, and scholarships to HS Senior CC Runners.


10/16/2018: Healing Our Waters (HOW) Great Lakes Restoration Conference

Each year Healing Our Waters–Great Lakes Coalition brings together a diverse group of more than 400 people from throughout the Great Lakes region to attend the Great Lakes Restoration Conference. This year’s conference provides a 2-day forum for participants to learn about current Great Lakes Restoration issues, network at the largest annual gathering of Great Lakes supporters and activists, and develop strategies to advance federal, regional and local restoration goals.

We’ll add details and registration information as they’re announced.

Reports & Resources

Environmental Justice Work Group Report

In the wake of the Flint Water Crisit, the EJWG was created and charged “to develop and provide recommendations to the Governor that improve environmental justice awareness and engagement in state and local agencies. You can read their report here.

US Water Alliance – One Water Roadmap: The Sustainable Management of Life’s Most Essential Resource Report

The roadmap highlights the bold approaches that water utilities, businesses, agricultural groups, and municipalities, are implementing to build a secure water future for all. The roadmap is organized around six arenas for action where we are making progress: Reliable and Resilient Utilities, Thriving Cities, Competitive Business and Industry, Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Social and Economic Inclusion, and Healthy Waterways.  Read their report here. 

Bipartisan Policy Center’s Safeguarding Water Affordability Report

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Water Task Force has explored some of the unique challenges and opportunities facing our nation’s water and wastewater sectors. This paper dives into one of the most vexing problems for water systems in the United States: how to price water services to fully cover costs and maintain affordability for customers who already struggle to pay their bills. Read the report here. 

American Rivers: Protecting Drinking Water In The Great Lakes Report

American Rivers partnered with the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center to begin researching how the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is being implemented in Great Lakes states, focusing first on Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Critical questions raised in the community such as “How do we ensure that our water is safe? Is it a federal, state, or local issue? Or do all levels of government play a role? What can I do as a resident to educate myself on this issue?” All these questions and more are addressed in this report, read it here. 

All About Water 2.0 Slides

Here some slides from our recent All About Water 2.0: Infrastructure Through the Water Access and Health Lens Convening.

Peter Hammer: Addressing Public Health & The Drinking Water Crisis: Race, Rates and Infrastructure 

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