America’s Water Initiative Webinars

Sciens Webinars: Rethinking Water

How Will We Pay for Aging Water Infrastructure in the USA?

Jan 28, 2021

Rethinking our Nation’s Water Infrastructure

Nov 19, 2020 | » Watch Video

Clean tap water is no longer a given. Across the United States, in major cities and small towns, drinking water is contaminated by industry, aging infrastructure, and weakening government oversight. According to the National Academy of Sciences in 2015, the same year the Flint crisis began, there are 21 million people in the US served by water systems that violate health standards. In this Webinar, we bring pioneering speakers from various sectors to share with us how they view the Water Crisis and the extent of the long-term economic and social impact.

Columbia Water Center’s State of America’s Water: Present and Future Webinar Series

Co-Sponsored by CUAHSI

The need for a coordinated, national, integrative examination of the future sustainability of the nation’s water in the face of changing climate, new energy technologies, agricultural trends, environmental impacts and social values, is in many ways self-evident.

The Columbia Water Center’s State of America’s Water: Present and Future project aims to promote both literacy as to subject, but also to engage public and private sector decision makers and the financial community in understanding the dimensions of the issues.

See videos of past webinars.

Presenters in the webinar series addressed the following:

  1. Past: Assess how the variations in climate, energy development and national/global economics over the last century influenced changes in water use and its valuation across the continental USA;
  2. Present: Trends affecting water availability, withdrawal and use of surface water and groundwater by various sectors;
  3. Future: Evolution of water use and supply while explicitly considering the capacity expansion of water and energy and urban infrastructure and potential re-allocation of cropping patterns, relative to global climate change, energy and economic scenarios, and prescribed water rights/allocation mechanisms and ecological needs.

Past Webinars

America’s Water: Infrastructure in Peril – What to Do, How to Fix It, and How to Finance It

David Brancaccio|May 11th, 2016

url Join American Public Media Marketplace’s David Brancaccio, national experts, and journalists for the first in a timely H2O Catalyst series of interactive town hall broadcasts that explores the nation’s imperiled water systems.

Bring your voice and participate with leaders in finance, water infrastructure, and policy in a virtual, interactive town hall to learn the latest news, information, and share ideas about how the nation can respond to its grand water infrastructure challenge. Read more…


America’s Water Webinar–James P. Dobrowolski

James P. Dobrowolski|February 19th, 2016

jpdColumbia Water Center’s State of America’s Water: Present and Future Webinar Series Co-Sponsored by CUAHSI “Are USDA-NIFA National Water Priorities Meeting Their Mark?” March 1, 2016 at 12pm EST Dr. James P. Dobrowolski is a watershed scientist and National Program Leader for Water and Rangeland and Grassland Ecosystems Programs. Read more…



America’s Water Webinar Video –James Shortle 

James Shortle|November 30th, 2015

image_normalPollution runoff from America’s farms is one of our nation’s most serious water challenges. Join us for a discussion with James Shortle, noted agriculture and environmental economics professor at Penn State University on how we can innovate policy to address nutrient pollution from agriculture. Watch here…