Opening Session

Opening Sessions

Monday, January 24, 2022 – 11:00 AM

Join us on Monday morning for our 2022 Annual Conference & Exhibit Opening Session. The Opening Session convenes attendees at the start of the Conference to hear from NEWEA’s President about their platform and the progress made during their yearlong presidency and from WEF leadership on the latest WEF initiatives and programming. Following these presentations, the Conference Keynote will speak, with time allotted for audience Q&A. We look forward to announcing our 2022 Keynote as the Conference approaches.


Tuesday, January 25, 2022 – 11:00 AM

The Future of the Clean Water Act— What Do the Next 50 Years Hold?

For the 50 years since the passage of the Clean Water Act, the world has changed dramatically. From an era of rivers that literally caught fire, we have collectively created a world where Americans can expect their rivers, lakes, and oceans to be clean and safe. It has been a half century of real, meaningful improvement and the clean water industry has much to be proud of.

There are still, of course, improvements to be made, and new approaches and technologies are being developed as we speak. Today, we face a critical need for infrastructure investment, emerging contaminants, and other real challenges. Most professionals in this industry have a sense of what is to come in the immediate future, but beyond the near-term, what new challenges and opportunities might we face? This panel discussion will offer attendees insights into what the next 50 years of the Clean Water Act might look like. What disruptive changes will technological advances bring? What will the regulatory focus be? What skills will we need to enhance or develop to meet new challenges?

Panelists will include a regulator, utility representative(s), and a futurist, among others. Each will offer their perspective and outlook for the long-term of the clean water industry. Through a guided conversation as well as audience questions, we will dig into the issues that matter most to clean water professionals to inform and inspire.

All registered attendees are invited to attend.