Water Policy Summit

Our water needs and challenges are ever changing. Water policy protects the interests of a wide range of community stakeholders. From groundwater management to water safety, water policy is a critical issue for both individuals and businesses, and deserves a dedicated forum. How we manage water resources today will determine the success of our tomorrow.

Water Policy Summit | Coastal Resiliency | April 6-7, 2017

About the Summit

The University of Alabama is the home of the National Water Center. The second annual Water Policy Summit will be held in Tuscaloosa, Alabama April 6-7, 2017 at the National Water Center and the Bryant Conference Center. It is a first-of-its-kind facility that leverages the ubiquitous data, robust science, and societal drivers to support informed policy making on water resource issues from the national to the local scale.  The Water Policy Summit will bring nationally recognized experts together.  The summit will include focused sessions on various topics such as water policies, water law, climate change, hydrology, assessments and much more.  The theme of this year's summit is Coastal Resiliency. Panels will address issues that involve coastal water policy, coastal science, ground water, climate change, adaptation and resiliency, and hydrologic extremes. Continuing education credit will be offered to engineers, geologists, and attorneys. 

While the shoreline accounts for less than 10 percent of the land area, approximately 39 percent of the US population lives on or near it, and there is a growing trend of people migrating towards the coast. In addition to potentially impacting ecologically sensitive regions, coastal populations are also susceptible to storms and other hydro-meteorological extremes. The second annual Water Policy Summit focuses on the science, adaptation resiliency and other societal and policy implications of our coastline in a changing climate.  

Poster Presentations

This year, the Water Policy Summit planning committee is pleased to accept poster presentation submissions. If you are interested in presenting a poster on your water research, refer to the Water Policy Summit Poster Presentations page for instructions and submission information.

Sponsorship Information

Sponsor the Water Policy Summit and you will play a part in supporting this important discussion about the future of our water resources.

Download Information and Registration Form for 2017 Water Policy Summit Sponsors