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ASCE/EWRI to Host Resources Congress
June 25, 2004

The world’s water supply has been described as the oil of future centuries. Ready availability of clean, fresh water is dwindling fast, according to a United Nations analysis, posing a serious threat to public health, political stability and the environment. The U.N. estimates that in Iraq, for example, unclean water may claim more lives during the war than bombs and bullets. Meeting the growing demand for safe, clean water is a problem that confronts both the developing world and urbanized, industrial nations.

To provide engineers and allied professionals with the technical knowledge they need to address this issue, the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is sponsoring the 2004 World Water & Environmental Resources Congress, Critical Transitions in Water & Environmental Resources Management: Understanding the Past – Shaping the Future, in Salt Lake City, June 27 through July 1. Engineers, biologists, economists, policy makers, government officials and industrial managers will convene at the conference, which will examine past goals and practices for water resources and the environment; build on past successes and accomplishments; and identify areas for improvement.

The congress will feature the best presentations from the more than 1,000 submissions the 2004 EWRI Congress Steering Committee and EWRI Councils Committees received. Seven symposia, technical sessions including 275 presentations in 14 tracks, and six short courses and workshops will also be part of the congress. Technical and social tours will also be offered at the Congress. For more information, or to register, contact Joan Buhrman at

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