The Water Data Forum is a virtual webinar series presented by the Cleveland Water Alliance, Water Environment Federation, and Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub. These interactive web sessions engage a cross-sector of experts in an exploration of utility, private sector, and research approaches to collecting, managing, and measuring water data for impact.

Upcoming webinar:

November 2022 | TBA
Moderator: TBA
Panelists: TBA
Topic: Smart Water Equity: Data-Enabled Affordability, Justice and Sovereignty
Host: Max Herzog | Cleveland Water Alliance Program Manager

Coming soon:



Prior webinars:

September 19, 2022
Moderator: Julianne Jones, Water Environment Federation
Panelists: Amanda Hering, Baylor University; D. Andrew Ferguson, Argonaut; Nicholas Passarelli, DC Water; and Laureline Josset, Columbia University
Topic: Water Education: STEM, Youth Empowerment and Workforce Development
Host: Max Herzog | Cleveland Water Alliance Program Manager

July 28, 2022
Moderator: John Billota, Water Resources Center, University of Minnesota
Panelists: Donna Friedman, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District; Lilit Yeghiazarian, University of Cincinnati; and Joseph Wartman, University of Washington
Topic: Smart Stormwater: Data-Driven Response to Flooding, Erosion, and other Natural Hazards
Host: Laura Rankin | Cleveland Water Alliance Content Marketing Specialist

May 31, 2022
Moderator: Elkin Hernandez, DC Water
Panelists: Zdenko (Cello) Vitasovic, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; and Scott Parker, KC Water (Kansas City, MO)
Topic: People, Process, and Technology for Understanding the Value-Based Path to Improved Performance
Host: Felicia Oentoro | Cleveland Water Alliance Project Coordinator

March 30, 2022
Moderator: Max Herzog, Cleveland Water Alliance
Panelists: Ting Lu, Clean Water Services, OR; Adam Hobson, In-Situ, IN; and Ed Verhamme, LimnoTech, MI
Topic: Innovations in Water Quality: The Real-Time Revolution
Host: Max Herzog | Cleveland Water Alliance Program Manager

October 26, 2021
Moderators: Jeremy Boren, GrayMatter; and Elkin Hernandez, DC Water
Panelists: Nina Kshetry, Ensaras, Inc.; and Kemell Kassim, GrayMatter
Topic: Finger on the Pulse: Next-Generation Asset Health Monitoring for Smart Utilities
Host: Max Herzog | Cleveland Water Alliance Program Manager

September 30, 2021
Moderator: Max Herzog, Cleveland Water Alliance
Panelists: Barb Horn, Barb Horn LLC; Brandon P. Wong, Hyfi; Mark App, Great Lakes Data Watershed; and Whitnye Long-Jones, Organic Connects
Topic: Open Watersheds: Innovations in Community Water Data
Host: Max Herzog | Cleveland Water Alliance Program Manager

August 11, 2021
Moderator: Anthony Aufdenkampe, LimnoTech
Panelists: Anthony Castronova, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI); Dwayne Young, EPA Office of Water; Peter Colohan, Duke University; and R. John Dawes, Chesapeake Commons
Topic: Realizing Interoperable Water Data Across Sectors
Host: Samantha Martin | Cleveland Water Alliance Communications Manager

July 22, 2021
Moderator: Elkin Hernandez, DC Water
Panelists: Pablo Calabuig, GoAigua, Inc.; Tim J. Sutherns, Eramosa Engineering, Inc.; and Prabhushankar Chandrasekeran, Stantec
Topic: Managing Your Pipes: Data-Driven Distribution Network Optimization
Host: Max Herzog | Cleveland Water Alliance Program Manager

June 29, 2021
Moderator: Dr. Frank E. Muller-Karger, Marine Biodiversity Observation Network
Panelists: Dr. Steven Greb, GEO AquaWatch; Dr. Kate Fickas, Utah Department of Environmental Protection and Utah State University; Dr. Leif Olmanson, University of Minnesota; and Dr. Christine Lee, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Topic: Innovations in Remote Sensing for Water Quality
Host: Max Herzog | Cleveland Water Alliance Program Manager

May 12, 2021
Moderator: Elkin Hernandez, DC Water
Panelists: Mark Montgomery, Cyberspace Solarium Commission; David Travers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Jim McCarthy, National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, National Institute of Standards and Technology; and Michael Arceneaux, Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center (WaterISAC)
Topic: Driving Digital Security Across the Water Sector
Host: Max Herzog | Cleveland Water Alliance Program Manager

April 20, 2021
Moderator: Dr. Derek Kauneckis, Desert Research Institute
Panelists: Dr. Grace Wilson, University of Minnesota; Dr. Chris Jones, University of Iowa; Dr. David Mulla, University of Minnesota; and Dr. Brent Dalzell, USDA-ARS
Topic: Cultivating Regional Resilience: Water, Data, and Climate Challenges at Scale
Host: Max Herzog | Cleveland Water Alliance Program Manager

March 15, 2021
Moderator: SeMia Bray, Cray Consulting Group, Inc.
Panelists: Eric Schwartz, Blue Conduit; Dr. Christine Boyle, Xylem, Inc.; Greg Landel, City Taps; and Letitia Carpenter, US Water Alliance
Topic: Smart Water Equity: Big Data for Environmental Justice
Host: Max Herzog | Cleveland Water Alliance Program Manager

February 16, 2021
Moderator: Elkin Hernandez, DC Water
Panelists: Theresa Bruton, DC Water; Jim Cooper, Arcadis; Guy Meiri, IOSight; Dr. Sunil Sinha, Virginia Tech; and Tim Sutherns, Eramosa
Topic: Data-Driven Asset Management: Efficiency and Risk Reduction for Smart Utilities
Host: Max Herzog | Cleveland Water Alliance Program Manager

January 19, 2021
Moderator: Rebekah Eggers, IBM Global Markets, Energy, Environment & Utilities
Panelists: Alex Margevicius, Cleveland Water, City of Cleveland; Mason Hall, Fortune Brands Global Plumbing Group (Moen); and Blake Oatey, Oatey Company
Topic: Smart Water for the Smart Home
Host: Max Herzog | Cleveland Water Alliance Program Manager