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"Best Practices for Stakeholder Engagement in Water Resources Planning"

Posted: 12/20/2008

University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center Ballroom
Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Water Resources Research Center at The University of Arizona, the Morris K. Udall Foundation, and the Arizona Water Institute will be co-hosting a conference entitled Best Practices for Stakeholder Engagement in Water Resource Planning on March 17, 2009.

We all have a stake in our water future. What should water planners, managers and policy makers be doing to ensure that our needs and concerns are heard, understood and addressed? The 2009 conference will examine this question and provide some answers. Planners and decision makers will talk about their goals, frustrations and successes with stakeholder engagement. Stakeholders will tell us about their experiences getting their voices heard. Engagement professionals will share the knowledge gained from years of practice. We will also learn about new technologies, innovations, and cutting-edge research applied to a range of water planning challenges. In addition, participants will have a chance to get involved in facilitated workshops on special topics. Posters will be on display and a dedicated poster session will allow time for questions and answers.

Betsy Rieke, former Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science and Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, will present the opening keynote address on her experiences with major water negotiations. As luncheon speaker, Grady Gammage will share his thoughts on the challenges facing Arizona's water planners and stakeholders.

Registration will open on January 7, 2009. Early bird registration is $55.00.
A preliminary agenda, registration and the call for posters information can be found on our web site at Registration fee waivers will be available.

Please contact Susanna Eden ( or Sharon Megdal ( for more information.

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