• October 26, 2016

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    10/26/2016 08:30 AM 10/26/2016 05:30 PM America/New_York FLC Tech Focus: Water Innovation Virtual Forum Description of the event Virtual – http://wivf.federallabs.org/ The FLC’s Water Innovation Forum is a one-day event that expands upon the issues presented during the White House Water Summit, March 22, 2016. As part of the FLC’s new Tech Focus initiative, the Virtual Forum provides the opportunity for federal labs to showcase their water-relevant R&D and ready-to-license technologies to industry professionals in an easy-to-access online setting. Attend the event - http://wivf.federallabs.org/ false MM/DD/YYYY

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About the FLC Water Innovation Virtual Forum

The FLC’s Water Innovation Forum is a one-day event that expands upon the issues presented during the White House Water Summit, March 22, 2016. As part of the FLC’s new Tech Focus initiative, the Virtual Forum provides the opportunity for federal labs to showcase their water-relevant R&D and ready-to-license technologies to industry professionals in an easy-to-access online setting.

Why You Should Attend

Do you have valuable input or technologies that can address some of the water-related issues our world is facing? Or, are you looking for resources to meet your water technology needs? If so, the Water Innovation Virtual Forum is one event you don’t want to miss!

Designed to foster connections between water industry representatives and federal laboratory professionals, the forum will give attendees the opportunity to work together in real time to:

  • View federally developed water technologies and resources
  • Hear from water policymakers
  • Discuss water-related R&D needs on both national and global levels.

Accessible from anywhere with internet access, the Virtual Forum is FREE to attendees and requires no downloads to your computer—making it one of the most convenient conferences you’ll attend this year.


10 a.m. EST, 7 a.m. PST
Welcome Remarks
Speaker - Paul Zielinski, NIST, FLC Chair

FLC Chair and Director of the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Paul Zielinski opens up the Water Innovation Virtual Forum with discussions on the significance of the FLC’s Tech Focus initiative and the technology transfer activities taking place to tackle the issues surrounding this year’s theme—water.

10:05 a.m. EST
Keynote Address
Speaker - Dr. Bruce Rodan, Assistant Director, Environmental Health, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Speaking on behalf of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Dr. Bruce Rodan offers OSTP’s outlook on the importance of addressing water issues by forging alliances between the public and private sectors and exploring promising water technologies. With a wealth of experience in environmental, health and sustainability science and technology, Dr. Rodan’s expertise on how to meet this global challenge offers Forum participants an insider’s perspective on best practices and strategies contributing to water-related efforts.

10:15 a.m. EST
Introduction to the FLC and The Water Council
Speakers - Kathleen Graham: EPA, FLC Executive Board; Dean Amhaus: President and CEO, The Water Council

FLC Executive Board members Aaron Sauers of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) and Kathleen Graham of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) join Water Council President and CEO Dean Amhaus to explain each of the co-hosting organizations’ missions, activities, and partnered efforts to foster water technology commercialization activities among federal laboratories and the water industry to solve the plethora of water-related challenges that face our society.

10:45 a.m. EST
Drinking Water Session
Moderator - Dr. Peter Grevatt: Director of Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, EPA
Speakers - Lisa Ragain: Principal Water Resources Planner, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; Kevin Morley, Manger, Federal Relations, American Water Works Association; Kurt Vause: Special Projects Director, Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility

Highlighting our afternoon session on drinking water will be the USEPA’s Dr. Peter C. Grevatt, Director of the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW). Dr. Grevatt will discuss the current state of our nation’s drinking water infrastructure and delivery, as well as water system operations, maintenance and security (physical/cyber), and drinking water contamination treatment strategies. Whether you’re familiar or not with current USEPA drinking water protection development and implementation strategies, this session will offer several opportunities for Forum participants to contribute their thoughts on this hot topic.

12:15 p.m. EST
Watershed Management Session
Moderator - Dr. Philip Hoffman: Deputy Director of the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, NOAA
Speakers - Cary Talbot: Associate Technical Director and Program Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Sujay Kaushal: University of Maryland

Hear from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) agency representatives and academic researchers discuss the current practices and technologies used for watershed management in the areas of flood control, runoff, storm water, nutrient control, and water quality. Speakers will delve into technology need areas where current practices can be improved with the help of water industry insights and partnerships.

1:45 p.m. EST
The Water Council Session
Moderator – Karen Frost: Director of Small Business Development, The Water Council
Speakers – Dr. David Garman: Director and Chief Technical Officer for ICE, Associate Vice Chancellor for Water Technology Research & Development, Founding Dean of the School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Everglades Foundation – George Barley Water Prize – specific participant TBD.

3:00 p.m. EST
Water Availability Session
Moderator - Howard Reeves: Research Hydrologist, USGS
Speakers - Steve Evett: Acting Lead of Water Resources, USDA; Jack Kiefer: Senior Associate, Hazen and Sawyer

Hear from water availability and sustainability experts from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and representatives from Hazen and Sawyer, a renowned engineering firm committed to providing safe drinking water, as well as controlling water pollution and its effects on the environment. This session’s range of industry and government speakers will share their perspectives on agricultural production and irrigation, relevant water sensor technologies that can help farmers efficiently conserve water during periods of drought, and the National Drought Resilience Partnership.

4:30 p.m. EST
Water Treatment Session
Moderator - Sally Gutierrez: Director, Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development and Support Program, EPA
Speakers - Adel Hagekhalil: Assistant Director, City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation; Dr. Joseph Cotruvo: Joseph Cotruvo and Associates

As the last session of the Forum, participants will want to linger for a final surge of lively discussions and strategy on water treatment topics such as water reuse and reclamation, alternative sources (e.g., brackish water), and wastewater treatment. The EPA’s Director of Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development and Support Program, Sally Gutierrez, will lead the discussion on these important topics and ideas for improving current practices through the introduction of new technologies to the field. Joining Gutierrez will be City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation and water environmental health consultant representatives.

6:00 p.m. EST
Closing Remarks
Speakers - Aaron Sauers: FNAL, FLC Executive Board


Keynote – Senior White Staff, possibly a congressional Water Committee chair (John Holdren, OSTP, invited)

Drinking Water

  • Drinking water infrastructure and delivery
  • Contamination, disinfection and, treatment
  • Water system operations, maintenance, and security (physical/cyber)

Watershed Management
  • Flood control
  • Runoff
  • Storm water
  • Nutrient control
  • Water quality

Water Availability
  • Agricultural production and irrigation
  • National Drought Resilience Partnership
  • Sensors for snowpack, groundwater, stream flow, and soil moisture
  • Water conservation and efficiency
  • Modeling and forecasting

Water Treatment
  • Water reuse and reclamation
  • Alternative sources (e.g., brackish water)
  • Wastewater treatment

Meeting Organization and Delivery

The main agenda will focus on defining the problem rather than individual technology pitches. These sessions will have prominent speakers from government, academia, and industry. Each session will have a moderator who is a known figure in the area who can also serve as a keynote speaker. The speakers will define and discuss:

  • Challenge/national problem in the area discussed.
  • Current state of technology and technology needs – this should be multi-agency focused, not a description of an individual technology solution.

The Forum will allow for audience interaction during the main presentation of the topic sessions (rather than surfing the Internet). Concurrent with speakers, moderated content will be offered:
  • Problem set wiki platform
    • Allow audience to comment and refine the problem set.
    • Offer “like” capability to build consensus around ideas and inform technologists.
  • Technology poster session
    • Start with a sort/list of FLC lab technologies from the database to seed things.
    • Allow industry and academic partners to self-identify technologies that address the problems.
  • Arrange for interactive chat during the speakers that accompanies the problem set and technologies. Labs could identify experts to be available technology as part of poster.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to register for the Virtual Career Fair in order to participate. Once the fair is live on 26th October, you can access the event by logging in and entering the username and password created at registration.
No, you do not need any additional software to attend. Simply register for the event and visit this page on 26th October, 2016.