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Webinar | The Hidden Element: Water's Vital Role in Economic Recovery 

Event Details:

Thursday, September 17, 2020
11:30am - 1:00pm PDT

COVID-19 has highlighted—and accelerated—several long-standing problems plaguing our nation’s infrastructure, including governance, investment, and technological challenges. However, infrastructure does not have to be a hurdle; it can power our recovery. Within the infrastructure discussion, water is one of the most overlooked systems nationally, even as it has remained vital to our public health, environment and economy. This webinar will explore the frequently hidden—but foundational—role our water infrastructure can play in a COVID-19 recovery. 

Thank you for joining the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment on September 17 for a webinar featuring experts from Stanford, the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, and the Water Foundation. This moderated conversationexplored national strategies that can both improve our water infrastructure and promote a stronger economic recovery. Topics included policy objectives, funding and financing considerations, and people-centered issues around access and affordability, along with other areas of interest identified by event attendees.


Newsha Ajami; Director of Urban Water Policy, Water in the West Program, Stanford University

Joseph Kane; Senior Research Associate and Associate Fellow, The Brookings Institute

Alesandra Nájera; Program Officer, Water Foundation

Hannah Northey; Reporter, E&E News

>> Read the follow-up blog by Newsha Ajami & Joesph Kane 

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