Tri-State Water Coalition annual water conference in Springfield Nov. 8-9

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Missouri State University and Tri-State Water Coalition will present "Water: An Indispensable Resource" on Nov. 8-9 at the Doubletree Hotel, located at 2431 N. Glenstone in Springfield. The conference will give water professionals, community leaders, and the general public, an opportunity to learn about water supply issues at a global, state and regional level.

According to Gail Melgren, executive director of the Tri-State Water Resource Coalition and director of The Leadership Project at Missouri State, the conference is a vital opportunity to discuss the importance of water resources, including supply, long-term planning, conservation and threats to the water supply.

"People cannot live without water and communities cannot thrive without it, yet we take it for granted because it has always been cheap and easily available," Melgren said. "The drought this year has helped bring the importance of water into sharper focus."

The conference topics include:

* International water conflicts, strategic interests, and partnerships.

* 2012 drought response

* Management of Corps of Engineers lakes in the 21st century

* Economics of water supply and drought in through the lens of agriculture

* Southwest Missouri population growth and water demand projections for 2060

* Kansas water marketing program

* Drought case studies from Texas

* Tri-State Water Resource Coalition update

* North Central Missouri Regional Water Supply District case study

* Water use trends

Registration can be completed online or by calling (417) 836-6660 or (877) 678-2005. The cost for regular attendees is $115 per person for both days and $75 per person for one day. Elected officials may RSVP for free. For more information, contact Melgren at (417) 766-9499.

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