August 6-7, 2018
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon


Water is the foundation of life. But across the globe, water quality is being compromised as communities struggle with population growth, climate change, industrial and agricultural pollution, and other pressures. Ensuring a safe supply of this precious resource is a growing need worldwide, a need that could become the source of increasing geopolitical conflict. This workshop will bring together scholars from a diversity of disciplines — including academic faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers — whose work is directed toward maintaining, preserving, and improving clean and sustainable sources of water for human use. 

Call for Abstracts 

Abstract for poster presentations are being accepted through July 25, 2018. Submissions must follow the abstract template and guidelines to be considered. Download the abstract template, review the guidelines, and use the template to create your abstract.


There is no cost to attend this workshop, but advance registration is required.

Keynote Address — Monday, Aug. 6

"Urban Water Supply Re-invention for Dry Cities"

Public reception 6 to 7 p.m. and keynote address 7 to 8 p.m. 
Construction & Engineering Hall, LaSells Stewart Center
Free and open to the public

Richard G. Luthy
Silas H. Palmer Professor, Department Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure 
Stanford University


Abstract: The old ways of coping with the West's water needs—overdraft of groundwater, stream depletion, and greater imports—will no longer meet the demands of the 21st Century.  The solution to the challenge of urban water security will comprise a combination of conservation, desalination, stormwater capture, water reuse, and water banking. These “taps” of new urban water, including potable reuse, will help dry cities in California and elsewhere achieve more sustainable and resilient water futures.  This presentation will highlight advances in pilot demonstrations and systems management that point the way towards more resilient water supplies for dry cities.

Bio: Dick Luthy is the Silas H. Palmer Professor of Environmental Engineering at Stanford University.  He directs the NSF Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt) that seeks more sustainable solutions to urban water challenges in the arid west.  His area of teaching and research is environmental engineering and water quality with applications to water reuse, stormwater use, and systems-level analysis of our urban water challenges.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Academy of Distinguished Alumni—Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley, and a Fellow of the Water Environment Federation.

Workshop Program — Tuesday, Aug. 7

7:45-8:30 Registration and continental breakfast

8:30-10:30 Morning Session – Global and Regional Issues Related to Clean Water

  • Aaron Wolf, Professor, Department of Geosciences: "Conflict and Cooperation over Shared Waters"
  • William Jaeger, Professor, Department of Applied Economics: "Society’s Water Challenges Call for a Multidisciplinary Systems Approach"
  • Paul Mayer Ecologist, EPA Lab: "Identifying Clean and Sustainable Water Solutions Through Modeling, Mesocosms, and Muddy Boots"    

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:45 Breakout Session

11:45-12:30 Discussion

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3 Poster Session

3:15-4:45 Afternoon Session: Water Quality – Treatment Technologies and Human Health 

  • Molly Kile, Associate Professor, School of Public Health: "Sustainable Control of Water-Related Disease: The Intersection Between Water Quality, Water Quantity, and Human Behavior"
  • Meghna Babbar-Sebens, Associate Professor, Civil & Construction Engineering: "Smart Water Systems for Management of Water Safety"
  • Tyler Radniecki, Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering: "Green Infrastructures for Stormwater Treatment – Early Lessons from the Construction and Operation of the OGSIR Facility"

About the Clean and Sustainable Water Technology Initiative 

Oregon State University launched the Clean and Sustainable Water Technology Initiative in 2018 with a $3.28 million gift from Jon and Stephanie DeVaan. At the core of this venture is a collaborative community of faculty and students, working together to solve one of the one of the Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st century. This effort builds on the university’s strengths, to help make Oregon State a national leader in clean and sustainable water technology solutions.

Leading the initiative is Lewis Semprini, distinguished professor of environmental engineering. Several College of Engineering scholars are recognized nationally and globally for innovative research on water systems. They specialize in improving access to clean water, treating wastewater, strengthening upstream processes, and improving the infrastructure needed to manage water sustainability. 


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