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The Torch – May 10, 2023

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Next Generation Water Summit Highlights Women in Water

Water reuse and conservation are critical for the next generation to continue to live in the western US. The Next Generation Water Summit (NGWS) is proud to showcase the role women are playing to reshape our water use.

Women in Water

“The Next Generation Water Summit is a valuable event for Santa Fe to keep us informed and focused on saving and reusing water”, said Christine Chavez, Manager for Water Conservation for the City of Santa Fe. “Additionally, it is highlighting careers in water that are possible for the next generation of professionals. Now is a great time to get into the water profession”, she continued.

“I am honored to be with a group of such esteemed women and peers to speak again at the Next Generation Water Summit”, stated Michelle Maddaus, President of Maddaus Water Management Inc. “I am passionate about water, as I believe the future of water conservation is the future of civilization itself. The ability for our population, our technology, and our economy to grow are all dependent on the availability of water and there has never been a better time to get involved in the water world.  Water management, climate change, and data driven solutions are inextricably linked; together they impact our ability to create a safe and sustainable planet”, she concluded.

A few of the other women actively participating at this year’s Next Generation Water Summit:

  • Laura Allen – Co-Founder, Greywater Action
  • Amanda Hatherly – Sr. Manager Workforce Development and Training, RHA
  • Carol Ward – Deputy Assistant Director Water Planning & Permitting Division, Arizona Department of Water Resources
  • Carol Romero-Wirth – City Councilor, City of Santa Fe, NM
  • Laureen Blissard – Technical Director, Green Builder® Coalition
  • Martha Davis – Former Assistant General Manager for policy development, Inland Empire utilities agency and board member of Mono Lake committee.
  • Paula Kehoe – Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and Chair of the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-Potable Water Systems
  • Regina Hirsch – Founder, Watershed Progressive
  • Stacy Timmons – Associate Director, Hydrogeology Programs New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
  • Rep. Melanie Stansbury – United States Representative, New Mexico

“The intent of the Next Generation Water Summit is to bring together the best and the brightest in water conservation and water reuse for the urban environment to assist in mapping out possible future solutions,” said Doug Pushard, co-founder of and co-chair of the Next Generation Water Summit. He continued, “This year, we are proud to have a great representation of women in water participating in the NGWS”.

Next Generation Water Summit logoThe Next Generation Water Summit will feature over 25 different live sessions from speakers around the U.S., in addition to an on-demand library of educational offerings. All sessions will be viewable online and available for up to 30 days after the Summit. The NGWS is hybrid this year, offering both in-person as well as virtual attendance. Additionally, there will be educational and fun activities prior to the event and live tours post-event.

Early bird pricing ends May 15, 2023. To register or for more information, please visit

Hosts of the Next Generation Water Summit are the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce; Green Builder® Coalition; City of Santa Fe; KUELWater, and the Santa Fe Area Homebuilder’s Association. The Presenting sponsors for this year’s NGWS are PNM and AVANGRID. Sustaining sponsor is Pattern Energy. Keynote sponsors are Bernalillo County, Santa Fe County, Environmental Defense Fund, EMA, Las Campanas Water Cooperative, and the Water Finance Exchange. The education partner is Santa Fe Community College, and the national media partner is Green Builder® Media.

About the Next Generation Water Summit
The Next Generation Water Summit brings together the building and development community, water reuse professionals and water policymakers in a collaborative setting to share best practices and learn about innovative water conservation and water reuse techniques that can be used to comply with water conservation restrictions spreading across the southwest.


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