The Urban Water Institute partners with local entities to organize symposia on water-related issues for industry, government, faculty and students. Invited regional and national experts present on areas of interest at the K-State Olathe and Manhattan campuses and on video streamed to regional partners.

Israeli Experts Present International Water Management Seminars at KU and K-State 

Tuesday, September 9, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Spooner Hall, University of Kansas, 1340 Jayhawk Boulevard, Lawrence, KS

Wednesday, September 10, 9:00  - 11:00 a.m., Great Plains Room, K-State Olathe, 22201 W. Innovation Drive, Olathe, KS

Two seminars presented by experts in water technology, strategic water resource planning, and desalination will be presented at each university.

Strategic Planning with a Focus on Desalination Projects   

--Presented by Michael Saide, Head of the Strategic Planning Section, Israeli Water & Sewage Authority

Using New Technology and Innovation to Ensure Water Quality, System Efficiency and Security

--Presented by Oved Cohen, Deputy Manager Operations & Maintenance, Hagihon-Jerusalem Water Utility

The seminars are made possible by collaboration between the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, the Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest, the Kansas Water Office, Kansas State University, and the University of Kansas.  The Urban Water Institute is pleased to participate in hosting the seminars.


Speakers' bios

Background documents for discussion

Register for K-State seminar September 10

Kansas Waters: Research and Communication-Data to News
September 26, 2014

The Kansas Waters seminar is presented jointly by the Biofuels and Climate Change: Farmers' Land Use Decisions Research Team and the Kansas Natural Resource Council at the University of Kansas.  Registration is free but required.  Please contact Alyse Zadalis with any questions.

More information and registration   

59th Annual Midwest Ground Water Conference
September 30-October 2, 2014

The 59th Annual Midwest Ground Water Conference will be held Tuesday, September 30 to Thursday, October 2, 2014, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Lawrence, Kansas. William Alley, a former chief of the USGS Office of Groundwater, will provide the keynote address, "Fracking and Sustainability: Major Challenges in Earth Science Communication." The meeting consists of a field trip September 30, Water Resources of the Kansas River Alluvial Aquifer, followed by one and a half days of technical sessions (both oral and poster) on October 1 and 2. Sessions include Groundwater Modeling of Aquifer Systems, Groundwater-Surface Water Interaction, Groundwater and Energy Production, Groundwater Management, Aquifer Characterization, Groundwater Quality, and Karst Hyrogeology. Rex Buchanan, the Interim Director of the Kansas Geological Survey, will give a talk on "Induced Seismicity" following the evening banquet October 1. A special session on the High Plains Aquifer will be held on Thursday morning, October 2. 

Learn more and register  

Questions may be directed to Donald Whittemore, Kansas Geological Survey, 785.864.2182.

Weigh In: How Can Engineering Professionals Engage the Community and K-12?
August 25, 2014

The Urban Water Institute and K-State Olathe hosted the Joint Engineering Council and KC STEM Alliance in a roundtable discussion on community service and school outreach. Representatives of the JEC engineering associations and the College of Engineering were present to discuss outreach and service with members of Greater Kansas City K-12 STEM outreach organizations.

 Discussion topics included:

  • Developing an educational foundation for K-12 students interested
    in engineering
  • Sparking the interest of students of all ages in the engineering profession
  • Lessons Learned: best management practices for engineering organizations in community service, public relations, and school outreach

The Joint Engineering Council  is comprised of representatives from professional engineering associations across the KC Metro area. 

Kansas Water Authority Quarterly Meeting hosted by the Urban Water Institute
August 21 - 22, 2014

The Kansas Water Authority met at K-State Olathe to continue review of the Draft Vision for the Future of Water in KansasAgenda

A Social following the first day's proceedings was sponsored by Urban Water Institute Industry Advisory Board members George Butler Associates Architects and Engineers and Black & Veatch.

2014 Dialog on Sustainability
July 19, 2014
Where: College of Engineering, Rathbone and Fiedler Halls, Manhattan

"Communication and Sustainability: How to Communicate Effectively to Advance Sustainability Initiatives" is the title of the ninth annual Dialog on Sustainability held Saturday, July 19, in Rathbone and Fiedler halls at Kansas State University.

Hosted by the Consortium for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability and its partners, administrative leadership of the consortium was provided by the university's Center for Hazardous Substance Research in the College of Engineering.

This year's dialog focused on effective communication of sustainability concepts and ideas. The audience included youth from many European countries, undergraduate students from U.S. universities working on sustainability research projects, leaders and members of environmental organizations, environmental professionals and other communities.

All attendees were invited to share input, ideas and information on their sustainable activities. In addition to presentations and dialog, displays, posters, and exhibits were available.

Program details and additional information

Understanding Climate Change and the Implications for Kansas City:  Impacts, Vulnerabilities and Possible Adaptations
March 31, 2014
Where: K-State Olathe

Considerable evidence exists that the climate for our planet is changing, with system modeling indicating that additional change is in the pipeline.  Mid-America Regional Council and the Urban Water Institute hosted a presentation by Professor John Harrington, Jr., Department of Geography at Kansas State University, to provide updated information on the nature of global climate change, along with local examples of climate variation.  The date for the presentation was set to occur soon after release of findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR5 Working Group II on Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability.

Following the presentation, for further discussion, Dr. Harrington was joined by panelists:

  • Doug Kluck, Central Region Climate Services Director, NOAA
  • Ed Peterson, Johnson County Commissioner
  • Stacy Hutchinson, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Kansas State University Urban Water Institute

The presentation slides are available here.  Contact Joan Leavens, Urban Water Institute Program Coordinator, for more information.

Seminar on water sustainability in a changing world presented at K-State Manhattan

A seminar, "Water Sustainability in a Changing World," was presented by Dr. Jerald Schnoor in Fiedler Auditorium at Kansas State University on 
October 7.  The seminar was co-sponsored by the Department of Chemical Engineering, Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment, the Consortium for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability and the Urban Water Institute.

"Water sustainability is very important in Kansas, and this lecture will be of interest to many faculty and students at K-State," said Larry Erickson, professor of chemical engineering and director, Center for Hazardous Substance Research at Kansas State University.

Dr. Schnoor is Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering, professor of civil and environmental engineering, professor of occupational and environmental health and co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research at the University of Iowa.  He is editor-in-chief of Environmental Science and Technology, a recipient of the prestigious Clarke Prize, a national award recognizing significant contributions to the area of water research and technology and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.  He was selected to lead the Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council by Governor Chet Culver in 2007; the Council developed a report on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

View the lecture.