2016 NWRI Clarke Prize Conference
"Research and Innovations in Urban Water Sustainability"
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- About the Conference
- About the 2016 Clarke Prize Recipient: Mark Sobsey
- Photos from the 2016 Award Ceremony
- About the Clarke Prize
- Official Conference Registration Website
- Clarke Prize Supporters
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Jeff Mosher, National Water Research Institute and Water Environment and Reuse Foundation, and Doug Owen, Water Environment and Reuse Foundation
Session 1: Emerging Issues in Urban Water Quality
Legionella and the Revolution in Water Distribution Microbiology
Joan Rose, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Antibiotics … Resistance is Futile! Presence, Impact, and Treatment and Removal of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Water
Walter Jakubowski, M.S., WaltJay Consulting, and Ryan Reinke, Ph.D., Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
Session 2: Addressing the Challenges of Urban Water Sustainability
The Fifth Water Revolution
David Sedlak, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment: A Vision to Enable Decentralized Water Treatment and Reuse
Pedro J.J. Alvarez, Ph.D., P.E., Rice University
Public Health Guidance on Implementing Decentralized Non-Potable Water Systems
Sybil Sharvelle, Ph.D., Colorado State University
Keynote Address: USEPA Drinking Water Research in 2017 and Beyond
Christopher A. Impellitteri, Ph.D., National Risk Management Research Laboratory
Session 3: New Methods to Assess Water Quality
Advances in Methods to Assess Microbial Water Quality
Channah Rock, Ph.D., University of Arizona
Water Quality Assessment for Direct Potable Reuse
Rhodes Trussell, Ph.D., Trussell Technologies, Inc.
Application of Bioassays for Monitoring Chemicals in Water from a Human Health Standpoint
Daniel Schlenk, Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
|Mark Sobsey, Ph.D., of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received the 2016 Clarke Prize for excellence in water research.|
2016 Clarke Prize Lecture:
Water for Everything and the Transformative Technologies to Improve Water Sustainability
Mark D. Sobsey, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The 2016 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 4, 2016, in Newport Beach, California, the conference featured presentations by the NWRI Clarke Prize Laureates, representatives from local water and wastewater utilities, and academics from various universities. 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 Mark Sobsey, Ph.D., Kenan Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and the twenty-third recipient of the NWRI Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research.
With a career spanning over 45 years, Sobsey has been an international leader and pioneer in the fields of public health microbiology and environmental virology, with a focus on water, sanitation, food, and hygiene. Early on, he developed an innovative filtration technique to selectively concentrate viruses from water. Known as the MDS filter, it was found to be more effective than conventional filters (which involved extensive, complex procedures to filter and coagulate microbes from large volumes of water) and, ultimately, helped develop a better understanding of the occurrence, concentration, and public health significance of viruses in the environment. The results of his research led to the development of the EPA's Groundwater Treatment Rule, which standardized practices in the U.S. to detect and control the presence of microbial pathogens (particularly viruses) in well water. Prior to this rule, the leading cause of waterborne disease was outbreaks from groundwater. His work on the development of filter techniques to concentrate and examine viruses in groundwater has become the standard for the water industry.
More than 120 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:
Julian Villa and Serge Haddad of Los Angeles Water and Power (LADWP) chat 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.
- CDM Smith
- Hazen and Sawyer
- Kennedy/Jenks Consultants
- RMC Water and Environment
- Trussell Technologies, Inc.
- Water Planet, Inc.
Conference Planning Committee
- Menachem Elimelech, Professor and Chair of the Chemical Engineering Department, Yale University
- Joan Rose, Professor and Chair in Water Research, Michigan State University
- Jeff Mosher, Senior Advisory, National Water Research Institute, and Director of Research Programs, Water Environment and Reuse Foundation (WE&RF
- Jerald Schnoor, Professor and Chair in Engineering, University of Iowa
- George Tchobanoglous, (Committee Chair, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Davis
- Michael Wehner, Assistant General Manager, Orange County Water District
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