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Groundswell: Conference on Groundwater Innovation
June 16, 2014 - June 18, 2014
Groundswell conference on groundwater is about creating shared value for groundwater communities, researchers and technical innovators. From theme, to format, to speakers, to outcomes, this three-day conference is all about innovation.
The broad agenda is as follows:
Day one: a variety of lectures and presentations that reflect the three main themes of the conference. Conference participants will have the opportunity to participate in Q and A sessions, network, and explore the trade show with the latest technical innovations.
Day two: participatory workshops that are geared toward solutions to First Nations groundwater issues and opportunities.
Day three: field visits to state-of-the-art University of Guelph research sites and visits with local communities to explore local groundwater issues. These tours will provide attendees with an up-close and personal insight into groundwater issues and engage with groundwater innovators who are working to ensure sustainable and healthy groundwater sources.
All three days of the conference will encourage participants to work together to identify and engage with strategies to overcome groundwater issues facing Aboriginal communities and other Ontarians who source groundwater.
1. People and Governance Innovations – including ways that people have been innovative in cross-community collaboration for water management, policies, and regulations, and lessons from First Nations and rural communities
2. Technological Innovations – showcasing innovative technology and processes both large and small
3. Ecosystem Resilience Innovations – understanding surface water, ground water interactions, sources and movement of contaminants and adapting to the uncertainty of climate change with limited resources require innovative approaches and are critical to long term resilience of communities