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Pre-Conference Virtual Session


 Contract Documents Update – Progressive Design-Build and

Short-Form Contract for Small Projects

Matt Skidmore, Black & Veatch

Included in all Annual Conference registration fees, is attendance at this online pre-conference technical session - planned to help make sure that you earn the 6.0 continuing education hours that you need. Attend this session to gain useful information, and get a jump on earning your conference CEUs. It is also beneficial to have a common topic to start a conversation as you meet new people on-site. The date and time for this session are still being determined and will be announced to all conference registrants once it is available. Non-Conference attendees will be able to register for this online session for a fee.


Opening Session

Buildling Community Ownership of Water for Value and Resiliency


Britt Sheinbaum


Monday, November 13, 2017, 7:40 a.m. - 9:05 a.m.

Ballroom C


In Denmark water consumption has decreased by nearly 40% since 1980 while the country’s GDP has increased by 75% during that same period.  In Israel 80% of wastewater is recycled.   Water in the canals and ponds around Dutch cities like The Hague and Amsterdam is so clean that citizens are encouraged to find their local swimming hole through a swimming water app.  These nations have made a strong domestic water management policy a cornerstone of their national security model, a byproduct of which has been a strong national economy.


Water supply may not be the biggest threat to national security – how a country handles water will dictate its chances for surviving and thriving.  When undervaluing water conservation and treatment a community ignores a latent security risk by creating a vulnerable supply, as well as the untapped potential for economic growth and development.


 This presentation will explore lessons learned from the Danish, Dutch, Israeli, and other models and how they can be applied to local communities in the United States. Many municipalities do not have adequate funding or staffing to drive attention to water issues and need support in developing campaign strategies for public acceptance of water projects.  By examining success stories, the water and wastewater community can develop solutions to the information gap and push the national dialogue on water to a place of higher prominence.


About Britt Sheinbaum

As the daughter of a U.S. diplomat, Britt was born and raised abroad for the first 15 years of her life on island nations in Africa and Asia, spending most of her time in, on, or near water. With a B.A. in International Relations she answered an ad in the Washington Post that led to 9 years in the wastewater industry as a Staff Liaison at the Water Environment Federation (WEF). A trip to Israel and the West Bank in the spring of 2013 convinced her to go back to school for a Masters degree at Tel Aviv University in International Conflict Resolution & Mediation where she concentrated on water issues.


Britt is now a certified North Carolina Superior Court mediator and is pursuing a second graduate degree from Oregon State University in Water Conflict Management & Transformation.  She works as an Environmental Peacebuilding Researcher & Writer for a global initiative led by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and is a Graduate Fellow with the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Cape Fear River project.  Britt is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Creative Migration, an international arts NGO. She and her husband Hank, a First Mate on an ocean-going tugboat, live in Wrightsville Beach where she continues to spend most of her time in, on, or near water.



Technical Sessions


Monday, November 13

9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Tuesday, November 14
8:00 a.m. - 5:10 p.m.


Each day will feature 4-5 concurrent tracks of 30 minute sessions on the topics of Water, Wastewater, Collection & Distribution, Policy & Management, and Special Topics. Monday afternoon includes a session dedicated to topics of interest to Students & Young Professionals, and Tuesday afternoon features a session by the NC AWWA-WEA Water Resources Committee discussing severe weather events.


Each day features breaks in the schedule for lunch and refreshments in the exhibit hall.


A detailed breakdown of the sessions is available on pages 20-26 of the Annual Conference Brochure.

Wednesday Forum

Alternative Project Delivery in North Carolina


Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 9:00am -11:00 am

Room 306 A,B,&C


Presenters will include owner, engineering consultant, and contractor professionals with alternative delivery experience in North Carolina. Significant time for panel and audience discussion is planned. 


It is anticipated that 2.0 continuing education units (CEUs) will be available for the Wednesday Forum. Final CEU approvals will be available closer to the conference and printed in the Conference Program distributed on-site. You must be present for the ENTIRE forum in order to receive credit.


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