Steven Solomon, an esteemed economics journalist and author of Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization, will deliver the keynote address during the Opening General Session of WEFTEC 2010 this fall in New Orleans, La. The opening session will kick off the Water Environment Federation’s 83rd annual technical exhibition and conference, a four-day event that is expected to draw thousands of water quality professionals to the New Orleans Morial Convention Center from October 2-6, 2010.
During his career as an economics journalist, Solomon has written articles for The New York Times, BusinessWeek, The Economist, Forbes, and Esquire. He has also been a regular commentator on NPR’s Marketplace, and has appeared as a featured guest on the late Tim Russert’s CNBC show, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, Bloomberg TV, CBS Evening News, and many other news shows. Through his book, Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization, Solomon offers a narrative portrait of water and the resulting power struggles, personalities, and breakthroughs that have shaped humanity from antiquity's earliest civilizations to the world we live in today.
Recognizing that freshwater scarcity is one of the twenty-first century's decisive, looming challenges and is driving the new political, economic, and environmental realities across the globe, Solomon will share his insights about the key role water has had in the development of modern societies, and the growing issues over scarcity and pollution, that could lead to a global crisis unless we adopt more sustainable approaches to water management.
Scheduled for Monday, October 4, 2010 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, the opening session will also feature 2009-2010 WEF President Paul Freedman, recognition of WEF awards, and the 2010 Stockholm Junior Water Prize winners.
With a world-class technical program of 111 technical sessions and 35 workshops, WEFTEC is the largest conference of its kind in North America and offers the best water quality training and education available today. Also recognized as the largest water quality exhibition in the world, the WEFTEC exhibition provides attendees with unparalleled access to more than 900 exhibiting companies and the latest in water quality developments, research, regulations, solutions, and cutting-edge technologies.
Housing and online registration for WEFTEC 2010 will open on Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Full details about the conference, the opening general session, and related events will be available at www.weftec.org.
Formed in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF and its Member Associations proudly work to achieve our mission of preserving and enhancing the global water environment.