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 Indiana Water Summit is typically held in mid-August. Pre-Water Summit related forums, roundtables, and educational events are held throughout the year. To stay current on Water Summit related activities please follow our e-newsletter – sign up here.

“RAIN OR SHINE” the 2020 Indiana Water Summit will deliver compelling discussions and learning opportunities. Pending COVID-19 circumstances, Summit events will occur virtually or in person.

AUGUST 12, 2020 | 1-5 pm
Our first-ever Regional Planning Forum. This half-day workshop style event will feature national-level speakers sharing their insights into getting regional water planning done – the pitfalls, advantages, and necessity. Also hear from some of Indiana’s regional water leaders, take a look at the unique features of Indiana’s water regions, and discuss Indiana’s specific planning needs.

AUGUST 13, 2020 | 8:30-5 pm
A diverse gathering of industry and community leaders aimed at building widespread understanding about competing water needs, the status of Indiana’s water resources, and the best-practice strategies needed to guide Indiana’s water future. Interactive sessions, speakers, and panels will feature national, state, and regional experts across the full spectrum of water users, researchers, and policy makers.

Check out the draft Agenda here.

Topical Forums & Roundtables Schedule

The Summit leadership is hoping to offer a few topical discussion events leading up to the 2020 Water Summit. Some of the key strategies identified in the Indiana Water Roadmap warrant a more detailed discussion than the main Summit agenda allows. Some hot topics for 2020 roundtables may include:

  • the intersection of agriculture and climate change
  • local wetland and floodplain protections
  • widespread adoption of green infrastructure

Stay tuned for details about these casual, couple-hour events! The schedule and format of these will depend upon Covid-19 precautions.

Sign-up for our e-news here to stay informed about upcoming forums or roundtable discussions.

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.