Water Program director Martin Doyle will moderate the roundtable at the 2017 Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum in Aspen, Colorado, May 30–June 2. The 2017 forum will explore the past, present, and future of groundwater, depletion of which has led to stream flow losses, saltwater intrusions, land subsidence, and impaired water quality. Technological advancements in groundwater monitoring, modeling, and treatment are providing new understanding into how unique groundwater systems operate, and innovative management practices are beginning to offer lessons about sustainable groundwater management. This year’s roundtable of experts from multiple sectors will examine emerging groundwater topics, ranging from new measurement techniques developed by private industry to novel groundwater markets in Nebraska to new regulations in California.
The Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum--an annual, collaborative initiative between the Nicholas Institute and the Aspen Institute--gathers dozens of thought leaders to discuss domestic water challenges in the 21st century. The participants are leaders from industry, finance, government and academia, including representatives from water utilities, agriculture, food, and technology companies, investors, and entrepreneurs.