The Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable brings together participants from diverse sectors – federal, state, corporate, non-profit, and academic – to advance knowledge and support the decision-making needed to sustain the quality and availability of the nation's water resources. In the large context of sustainability, water plays a central role and many government and private organizations have responsibility for or interest in water resources. All aspects of our society, economy and ecosystem are highly dependent on these resources. No organization addresses the full spectrum of water resource topics and it was this fragmentation of responsibility as well as the commonality of interest that led to the formation of the SWRR.
The roundtable has hosted multi-stakeholder meetings on indicators, innovative initiatives, and research needs from December 2002 through the present in California, Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. About 500 people from over 200 organizations have participated in these meetings. In addition, SWRR has helped to organize other meetings on water with the National Council on Science and the Environment, the Water Environment Federation and others and provided panels of speakers for those forums. SWRR members have also published numerous articles on the roundtable’s work and related topics.
The roundtable was created as a subgroup of the the Advisory Committee on Water Information, a Federal Advisory Group that advisers federal agencies on topics related to water resources and water quality. www.acwi.gov
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