LAS VEGAS – Brian Richter, an international authority on river conservation and director of The Nature Conservancy’s Global Freshwater Program, will be the opening session keynote speaker for the 4th Annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition, Wednesday, Oct. 5, in Las Vegas.
At The Nature Conservancy, Richter’s program promotes sustainable water management with governments, business and local communities. He has consulted on more than 120 river projects worldwide, focusing on the challenge of sustaining healthy rivers and lakes while meeting human needs for water and energy.
His global expertise makes him highly sought by international corporations and investment banks seeking insight on watershed management issues. As the developer of the Indicators of Hydrologic Alteration software, his technical and analytical tools are used by water managers and ecologists worldwide.
Richter has published many scientific papers on the importance of ecologically sustainable water management in international journals. Richter, along with water policy expert Sandra Postel, authored the book “Rivers for Life: Managing Water for People and Nature.”
Last year’s WaterSmart Innovations conference and exposition drew nearly 1,100 participants from 40 states and nine nations. It also featured more than 130 professional sessions and an expo hall with 100 exhibitors.
The Southern Nevada Water Authority is presenting WaterSmart Innovations 2011 in partnership with the Alliance for Water Efficiency, American Water Works Association, Audubon International, California Landscape Contractors Association, California Urban Water Conservation Council, the U.S. EPA’s WaterSense Program, Green Plumbers USA, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, International Center for Water Technology, International Code Council and Irrigation Association.