Jun 20, 2016

GWREF Offers Funding Opportunity

Grants cover travel expenses to State Water Sustainability Planning Summit

Florida, GWREF

The Ground Water Research & Education Foundation (GWREF) is accepting applications to provide grant funding to cover travel expenses for qualified applicants, who wish to participate in the State Water Sustainability Planning Summit: The Groundwater Connection Sept. 11 to 14. The event will take place in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with the Ground Water Protection Council’s Annual Forum and National Rural Water Assn. WaterPro conference. 

"Long-range planning is critical for assuring efficient use of surface and groundwater resources without undue reliance on available surface or groundwater," said Ben Grunewald, GWREF managing director. "While the Ground Water Protection Council has no position regarding a ‘right way’ to plan for water sustainability in the country, our member state agencies have growing concerns regarding the increasingly competitive demand for all water resources. We believe that sharing experiences will create avenues to improve water sustainability planning."

Selected applicants will be invited to be a part of the proceedings of the two-day event. Participants will be expected to take an active role in the sessions, which are designed to highlight innovative initiatives and to address areas where the survey results (gathered from the questionnaire that is part of the application) show the greatest needs for assistance. The conference will also focus on areas pertaining to the challenges of developing and implementing water sustainability planning.

The questionnaire will help identify areas where the needs of water users—such as agriculture, energy production, power production, municipal and industrial supply—would provide insight to the planning process and identify where these topics should be included in session development.

Applications are due by June 30, 2016. They can be submitted online by completing the questionnaire here.

Questions can be directed to Ben Grunewald, managing director for the GWREF at [email protected]. For more information about the GWPC Annual Forum's Water Sustainability Planning Summit, visit www.gwpc.org/events.