The Indianapolis-based White River Alliance will Sunday kick off a two-day event designed to examine issues facing the state’s water resources. The inaugural Indiana Water Summit in downtown Indy will feature topics meant to inform water policy discussions in Indiana.

Jill Hoffmann, executive director of the White River Alliance, says some of the topics that will be discussed at the event include regional water planning and coordination, the costs and risks to water infrastructure, and the state of Indiana’s waters today. The summit, she says, aims to lay the foundation for the long-term planning of Indiana’s water management needs.

"The Indiana Water Summit provides an opportunity to increase our collective understanding of statewide water resources and to learn from other communities," said Jill Hoffmann, executive director of the White River Alliance. "Our goal here is to inform public officials, policy makers, industry leaders, and individual citizens about the ways we can improve and protect our waters and be prepared to respond to future needs."

The summit will also feature a keynote address from Charles Fishman, author of “The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water." The event will have a kick-off event Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Indiana State Museum and an action forum Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the J.W. Marriott hotel.

You can learn more about the Indiana Water Summit by clicking here. Hoffman also wrote more about the summit in today’s Perspectives article, which you can read here.