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Water in a Changing World: A Comparison of Midwest and European Approaches

Sponsored by:
European Union CenterWater
Illinois State Water Survey
University of Leeds
Prairie Research Institute
Midwest Climate Center
Office of Sustainability

Conference date and location:
April 17, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
I-Hotel and Conference Center
1900 S. First Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820

There is no cost to attend the workshop, but registration is required.
Registration is now closed. For additional information, please contact George Czapar at gfc@illinois.edu.

About the Conference

Water@leeds is the largest university-based water research center in the UK.  A team of scientists from the University of Leeds will participate in a workshop to compare different approaches to address climate uncertainty and the impacts on water resources.  Format will feature short presentations followed by a panel discussion on the following:


8:30 AM

George Czapar, Illinois State Water Survey

Robert Easter, President Designate, University of Illinois

8:45 AM

Current and future estimates of water resources
Moderator: Bryan Endres, Agricultural and Consumer Economics/EU Center

UK perspective of water resources
Joseph Holden
, Head of water@leeds

Water and climate change in Illinois
Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey

Water supply planning
Al Wehrmann, Illinois State Water Survey

Targeted water management policy
Nick Brozovic, Agricultural and Consumer Economics

10:15 AM


10:45 AM

Regulatory and legal outlook
Moderator: Brian Anderson, Illinois Natural History Survey

Land management strategies in the UK
Paul Kay, University of Leeds

Water needs, standards, and sustainable development
Jody Endres, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

Water Framework Directive in the EU
Ben Gillespie, University of Leeds

Nutrient standards in the Midwest
Mark David, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

12:15 AM


1:00 AM

Urbanization and water
Moderator: Momcilo Markus, Illinois State Water Survey

Urban water resources in the UK
Rebecca Slack, University of Leeds

Water supply planning
Tim Loftus, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Flood risk mitigation
Sally McConkey, Illinois State Water Survey

Storm water management to reduce erosion
Prasanta Kalita, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

2:30 PM


3:00 PM

What do industry and agriculture need from the research community?
Moderator: Beth Hall, Midwestern Regional Climate Center

Water footprinting in the UK
Martin Tillotson, University of Leeds

Effects of carbon sequestration on water resources        
Ed Mehnert, Illinois State Geological Survey

Effects of hydraulic fracturing technology on water resources in the UK
Rob Mortimer, University of Leeds

Planning for drought
Clare Augustine, Monsanto

4:30 PM

Bill Shilts, Executive Director, Prairie Research Institute