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2012 NWRI Clarke Prize Conference

"Research and Innovations in Urban Water Sustainability"



Date: November 2, 2012

Location: Hyatt Regency Newport Beach - Newport Beach, California



Click on the image to download the conference program.

About the Conference


The 2012 NWRI Clarke Prize Conference, organized by the National Water Research Institute, highlighted “Research and Innovations in Urban Water Sustainability.” Held on November 2, 2012, the conference featured presentations and panels from the NWRI Clarke Prize Laureates and representatives from local water and wastewater utilities that focused on identifying, developing, and managing sustainable water supplies in the urban setting.


The crowning event of the conference was the Clarke Prize Award Ceremony and Lecture, where we honored bioremediation expert Pedro Alvarez of Rice University with the 2012 Clarke Prize for excellence in water research. Alvarez was selected as the 2012 recipient because of global leadership and contributions to enhancing water resource sustainability through water pollution control. The prize consists of $50,000 and a medallion. He was the nineteenth Clarke Prize recipient.


There were over 135 attendees at the conference, representing consulting agencies, government agencies, manufacturing firms, water and wastewater utilities, universities, and others.


In addition, during lunch, NWRI presented the fifth NWRI Award of Excellence to the Orange County Sanitation District for the successful completion of its 10-year Secondary Treatment Program.


Click here to download a PDF of the Conference Program (1.76 MB).




Conference Sponsors


NWRI Fellowship Recipients Kari Varin (second from left) and Doug Call (third from left) were acknowledged during a lunch program at the 2012 Clarke Prize Conference.  Also pictured: Jeff Mosher, NWRI and Sharon Walker, UC Riverside.   Learn more about the Fellowship Program.

NWRI Member Agencies


NWRI Corporate Associates


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Conference Presentations (Slides and Video Links)


Click here to access all the videos on the Clarke Prize Conference video website. To watch individual presentations on video, click on the links below.  Please contact the NWRI Communications Manager for assistance.


(From left) Jeff Mosher of NWRI (Planning Committee Member) and Deven Upadhyay of Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Conference Presenter).




Jeff Mosher, National Water Research Institute


Opening Presentation 


Water Management: Challenges and


Deven Upadhyay, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California



Session 1: Sustainability through Wastewater

(From left) Bruce Logan of Penn State University and Bruce Rittmann of Arizona State University spoke on topics in "Water and Energy."

IRWD’s Biosolids and Energy Recovery


Paul Cook, Irvine Ranch Water District


Recovery of Nutrients

James Barnard, Black & Veatch


Producing Energy, Not Biosolids, through Anaerobic Domestic Wastewater Treatment

Perry McCarty, Stanford University


Session 2: Water and Energy


At the conference, the NWRI Award of Excellence was presented to the Orange County Sanitation District for its Secondary Treatment Program.  (From Left) Jeff Mosher of NWRI; and Bob Ghirelli and Jim Ruth of OCSD.

Using Photosynthetic Microorganisms to Generate Renewable Energy Feedstock

Bruce Rittmann, Arizona State University


Microbial Fuel Cells Meet Salinity Gradient Energy

Bruce Logan, The Pennsylvania State University


Session 3: Sustainable Environmental Management

Owens Valley Watershed Management


Marty Adams, Los Angeles Department of Water

and Power



Session 4: New Water Sources

Conference attendee Walter Weber of the University of Michigan asks a question during a panel session.  Also pictured: conference volunteer Elizabeth Hiroyasu of UC Santa Barbara.

Improving Recycled Water Production

through Technologic Improvements

Shivaji Deshmukh, West Basin Municipal Water



Trends in Indirect and Direct Potable Reuse

George Tchobanoglous, University of California,



Seawater Desalination

Menachem Elimelech, Yale University


Session 5: Urban Water Sustainability


(From left) Moderator Pedro Alvarez of Rice University and Conference Presenters Joan Rose of Michigan State University, Mike Markus of Orange County Water District, and Jerry Schnoor of the University of Iowa.


Maximizing Performance of Surface Water Recharge Facilities to Sustain Groundwater Basin Yield

Mike Markus, Orange County Water District



Great Lakes 100 Year View: Water Quality, Climate, and Health

Joan Rose, Michigan State University


Water Quality Forecasting Using Cyber-

Enabled Networks: The Clear Creek Intelligent

Digital Watershed

Jerry Schnoor, University of Iowa

Pedro Alvarez of Rice University received the 2012 Clarke Prize for excellence in water research. As part of the award, he presented the annual Clarke Lecture.  Click here for more photos from the Clarke Prize.


2012 Clarke Prize Award Ceremony and Lecture


Clarke Prize Award Ceremony Honoring Pedro Alvarez

Featuring Jeff Mosher, Menachem Elimelech, James Irvine Swinden, Toni Smith, Pedro Alvarez and Sylvia Ballin


CLARKE LECTURE - Convergence of Nanotechnology and Microbiology: Emerging Opportunities for Disinfection and Integrated Urban Water Management

Pedro J.J. Alvarez, Rice University





Rhodes Trussell of Trussell Technologies served as both a moderator of Sessions 2 and 3 at the Conference and a member of the Conference Planning Committee.

Conference Planning Committee

Trussell Technologies, Inc.