2014 NWRI Clarke Prize Conference
Audience members at the 2014 Clarke Prize Conference. More than 140 individuals attended, representing universities, government agencies, consulting firms, water and wastewater utilities, and other organizations.
"Research and Innovations
in Urban Water Sustainability"
- Videos and Presentation Slides from the 2014 Conference and Award Ceremony
- PDF of the 2014 Conference Program (2.2 MB)
- About the Clarke Prize Recipient: David Sedlak
- Photos from the 2014 Award Ceremony
- About the Clarke Prize
- Official Conference Registration Website
- Clarke Prize Supporters
|Click image to download the program (PDF).|
About the Conference
The 2014 NWRI Clarke Prize Conference brought together scientists and experts from across the water community to discuss the most innovative research and technology developments happening today in urban water sustainability.
Held on November 7, 2014, in Huntington Beach, California, the conference featured presentations by the NWRI Clarke Prize Laureates, representatives from local water and wastewater utilities, and academics from the US and abroad. The talks focused on managing and advancing sustainable water treatment technologies.
The result was an extended discussion on water resources that included theoretical concepts, basic science research, practical applications, and case studies. The highlight of the event was the Clarke Prize Award Ceremony and Lecture in honor of David L. Sedlak, Ph.D., Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California, Berkeley, and the twenty-first recipient of the NWRI Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research.
Sedlak received the Clarke Prize medallion and a $50,000 cash award in recognition of his pioneering research on how urban water infrastructure is managed. His advances have included implementing water reuse and reducing the discharge of emerging contaminants such as pharaceuticals and personal care products. Sedlak's work has served as the foundation for major policy and technical initiatives to reduce the effects of these contaminants and protect public health.
More than 140 people attended the conference, representing universities, consulting firms, government agencies, manufacturing firms, water and wastewater utilities, and others.
The Clarke Prize Conference would not be possible without the support of our NWRI Member Agencies, Corporate Associates, and Clarke Prize Sponsors. We gratefully recognize:
Henry Phan and Temitayo Abegunde of United Water chat with student Stacia Dudley of University of California, Riverside, during a break between water science presentations.
NWRI Member Agencies
- Inland Empire Utilities Agency
- Irvine Ranch Water District
- Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
- Orange County Sanitation District
- Orange County Water District
- West Basin Municipal Water District
NWRI Corporate Associates
- Black & Veatch
- Carollo Engineers, Inc.
Urs von Gunten of Eawag (Switzerland) chats with Donald Phipps and Grisel Rodriguez of Orange County Water District (Fountain Valley, California) during lunch.
- Hazen and Sawyer
- Kennedy/Jenks Consultants
- Trussell Technologies, Inc.
Clarke Prize Sponsors
- Clean Power Capital
- RMC Water and Environment
- STW Resources Holding Corporation
- United Water
- Water Planet Engineering
To watch individual presentations on video, please click on their respective links below. The videos are also available on our NWRI YouTube channel.
|Jeff Mosher of NWRI welcomed participants to the 2014 Clarke Prize Conference.|
Jeff Mosher, National Water Research Institute
Morning Keynote Presentation
Management of Micropollutants in the Urban Water Cycle: The Swiss Approach
Urs von Gunten, Eawag (Switzerland)
Session 1: Planning for Sustainable Water Supplies and Water Resources
|Kala Vairavomoorthy, Dean of Patel College of Global Sustainability at University of South Florida, spoke about research on creating sustainable water and energy management systems.|
Transitioning to Sustainable Communities
Kala Vairavamoorthy, University of South Florida
Water Sustainability Initiatives in California
Frances-Spivy-Weber, California State Water Resources Control Board
Research in Direct Potable Reuse
R. Rhodes Trussell, Trussell Technologies, Inc.
Clarke Prize Laureates share lunch with conference attendees, including NWRI Fellows and graduate student volunteers. Pictured here, from left: Chen Chen, Meny Elimelech, Phil Singer, Pedro Alvarez, Stacia Dudley, and David Sedlak, the 2014 Clarke Prize recipient.
Afternoon Keynote Presentation
Water is Life and Is to Be Celebrated
Nancy Rabalais, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium
Session 2: Addressing the Challenges of Urban Water Sustainability
Alternative Strategies for Urban Water Sustainability
P. Joseph Grindstaff, Inland Empire Utilities Agency
|Joe Grindstaff of Inland Empire Utilities Agency answers questions after his presentation on "Alternative Strategies for Urban Water Sustainability."|
Proliferation of Multidrug-Resistant "Superbugs" in Activated Sludge Treatment Plants
Pedro J.J. Alvarez, Rice University
Session 3: New and Innovative Sustainable Technologies
Forward Osmosis: Progress and Challenges
Menachem Elimelech, Yale University
Energy and Water: Extracting Energy from Salinity Gradients Using Waste Heat
Bruce Logan, Pennsylvania State University
Nanomaterial Behavior in Complex Environments
Mark R. Wiesner, Duke University
|David Sedlak (left) of University of California, Berkeley, received the 2014 Clarke Prize for excellence in water research. Morton Irvine Smith (right) presented the award to Sedlak on behalf of the John Irvine Smith and Athalie R. Clarke Foundation.|
2014 Clarke Prize Award Ceremony and Lecture
Clarke Prize Award Ceremony
Honoring David L. Sedlak
Richard Luthy, Stanford University, and Morton Irvine Smith
2014 Clarke Prize Lecture:
Delivering the Fourth Water Revolution
David L. Sedlak, University of California, Berkeley
Conference Planning Committee
|Clarke Prize Laureates at the Twenty-First Annual NWRI Clarke Prize Award Ceremony and Lecture, held on November 7, 2014.|
- Shivaji Deshmukh, Assistant General Manager, West Basin Municipal Water District
- David Furukawa, Chief Scientific Officer, National Center of Excellence in Desalination (Australia)
- Jeff Mosher, Executive Director,
National Water Research Institute
- Bruce Rittmann, Director, Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology, Arizona State University
- Roy Spalding, Professor of Agronomy and
Horticulture, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
- George Tchobanoglous, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Davis
- R. Rhodes Trussell, Chairman and CEO, Trussell Technologies, Inc.
- Michael Wehner, Assistant General Manager, Orange County Water District
- Clarke Prize Conference Registration Website
- 2013 Clarke Prize Conference details
- NWRI Clarke Prize nomination procedures
- Email the Clarke Prize Coordinator