Indiana Water Summit

Managing regional and local water supplies and insuring a sustainable and resilient future for Indiana depend upon the cooperation of dozens of stakeholder organizations, public officials and state policy makers, as well as individual citizens.

About the Summit

The Indiana Water Summit is an apolitical and inclusive annual forum developed to examine the complex interests and issues that face our water supply. The Summit’s subject matter seeks to remain consistent with and build upon current legislative actions in order to provide a broad planning perspective, weaving together diverse topics that together demonstrate the interdependency of water issues and the science behind the state of the waters.

The overarching goal of the Summit is to lay the framework for state- and regional-level water planning. Topics are selected to align with relevant university research, as well as the current water needs and challenges facing all sectors of water users (agriculture, industry, utility, community quality of life, etc.) and the set of strategies outlined in the Indiana Water Roadmap. The format of the Summit includes a combination of national and local speakers; a review of best practices, case studies, and lessons learned; interactive elements; and an influential keynote address. The Summit is supported by many partners and individuals – learn more about supporting the Summit here.

Summit Schedule

The 4th Annual Indiana Water Summit returns this year on August 9 and 10, 2021.

We will host a hybrid event with both in-person and virtual attendance options. For those looking forward to in-person networking and on-site activities, the Summit will again return to the historic Athenaeum in downtown Indianapolis.

August 9 will be a half-day, afternoon event (1-5 pm), hosted in partnership with the Indiana Finance Authority. We will talk about the Central Indiana Water Study, what it means for our water resources over the next 50 years, and how such efforts can guide regional water planning.

August 10 will be a full day event (8:30 am – 5:00 pm) covering a broad range of integrated water topics, featuring local and national speakers, group discussions, and hands-on input activities to help shape future statewide water cooperation. And for those joining us in-person, we’ll again have a networking happy hour gathering with live music in the Rathskeller Biergarten at the conclusion of the program.

Save the date for August 9 & 10, 2021 and sign up using the button below to be notified when registration opens. More details coming soon!

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Topical Forums & Roundtables Schedule

The Summit leadership is planning to offer a few topical discussion events between annual Water Summits in order to continuing advancing key strategies identified in the Indiana Water Roadmap. Sign-up here to stay informed about details of these casual, couple-hour events!

Support the Summit

Become a Water Investor

Everyone has a role to play! You can help us insure the Water Summit’s success and affordability by becoming part of this Water Investors group. The Summit offers three standard levels of giving to support specific program elements as well as welcomes individualize giving. No donation is too small or too large to be a Water Investor. All Water Investors are equally recognized and appreciated. All donations are tax-deductible and will be utilized specifically for the Indiana Water Summit and its related efforts. to Indiana’s water future.

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How is Water Summit being funded and organized?

The first few years of the Indiana Water Summit have been made possible by generous support from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust as well as potential Summit sponsors known as Water Investors (see below for more information on how to get involved).

A Program Steering Committee made up of high-level state and local leadership (state legislators, local public officials, agency heads, etc.) as well as key social and technical organizations (large utilities, agriculture, industry, professional organizations, universities, philanthropic CEOs, non-profit directors, etc.) are helping to guide the vision and insure diverse and relevant topics are addressed.

A Working Committee made up of a broader group of partners (chambers of commerce, aggregate neighborhood associations, development community representatives, etc.) and technical staff from cities/towns, consulting firms, researchers, agency staff, and other related professionals, as well as the staff from the White River Alliance who provide backbone support, are working on agenda development, guest speakers, and other related tasks.