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Reclamation Presence March 12-17, 2012, at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France

Reclamation had an active presence at the 6th World Water Forum (WWF), an event that was held in Marseille, France, from March 12-17, 2012.  The WWF is held every three years and has become the largest gathering in the world of international water resource professionals; this year’s WWF supposedly brought together over 35,000 people.   The host nation usually focuses on their areas of special interest and the French in this year’s Forum focused on solutions for water and sanitation, working to achieve access to water and sanitation throughout the world for all people.

John Tubbs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, led the Department of Interior delegation, which included four employees from the Geological Survey (USGS) and four from Reclamation.  All of the Interior Department employees were members of the U.S. delegation, led by the State Department, contributed in a variety of areas, and helped man the Reclamation and USGS booths in the U.S. Pavilion (PDF - 248 KB). Of particular interest at this WWF was the special two-hour panel discussion on “Water in the American West” that was co-sponsored by Reclamation, the Army Corps of Engineers and others.   John Tubbs participated on the panel along with the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, the U.S. Commissioner of the IBWC, a senior official of the Nature Conservancy, and two state senators , representing the States of Montana and Washington.  A special report (very large 100 MB PDF file on non-Reclamation site) was prepared for Water in the West panel event is available here.  John Tubbs (PDF -196 KB) was also active in a variety of other panel events and meetings, representing the Department in Ministerial -level events, and representing Reclamation in a meeting with China’s Minister of Water Resources, Chen Lei.

The Reclamation attendees included:  Richard Ives, Director, Native American and international Affairs Office,  Washington DC; Timothy Randle, Manager, Sedimentation and River Hydraulics Group, Technical Service Center (TSC), Denver ;  Jeanne L. Major, Civil Engineer, Water & Environmental Group,  TSC, Denver; and Subhrendu Gangopadhyay, Civil Engineer, Water & Environmental Group, TSC, Denver. 

The three TSC technical specialists all made technical presentations at the WWF which can be obtained from the following links.  Mr. Randle’s presentation was entitled “Establish Regionally-defined Principles and Practices:  Technical Aspects of Stream Restoration” (PDF - 17 MB); Ms. Major’s presentation was entitled “New Initiatives for Managing a Portfolio of Dams:  Risk Management, Preparedness, Dam Safety, and Emergency Response” (PDF - 11 MB); and Dr. Gangopadhyay’s presentation was entitled “Incorporation of Climate Change into Reclamation’s Water Management Activities" (PowerPoint - 9 MB). 


Contact:   International Affairs Office

Last Updated: 4/28/15