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2013 NWRI Clarke Prize Conference

"Research and Innovations in Urban Water Sustainability"

Date: November 15, 2013

Location: Island Hotel, Newport Beach, California


About the Conference

Click on the image to download the conference program.


The 2013 NWRI Clarke Prize Conference brought together leading scientists and experts from all across the water community to discuss the most innovative research and technology developments happening today in urban water sustainability.


Held on November 15, 2013, in Newport Beach, Calif., the conference featured presentations by the NWRI Clarke Prize Laureates, representatives from local water and wastewater utilities, and academic researchers that focused on planning, managing, and advancing treatment technologies for sustainable water supplies and resources.


The result was a broad mix of talks on theoretical concepts, fundamental research, practical application, useful experience,

and real-world challenges and needs.


The highlight of the event was the Clarke Prize Award Ceremony and Lecture, where we celebrated the Twentieth Anniversary of the Clarke Prize and honored civil and environmental engineer Dr. R. Rhodes Trussell of Trussell Technologies, Inc., as the 2013 recipient of the NWRI Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research.


Trussell received the Clarke Prize because of his extraordinary accomplishments in using fundamental scientific principles and current research findings to solve the most challenging water quality problems and improve the designs of new water treatment plants and technologies. The Clarke Prize consists of $50,000 and a medallion.


Over 180 people attended the conference, representing universities, consulting agencies, government agencies, manufacturing firms, water and wastewater utilities, and others.



Clarke Prize Supporters


The Clarke Prize Conference would not be possible without the support of our NWRI Member Agencies

and Clarke Prize Sponsors.  We gratefully recognize:


As part of the Twentieth Anniversary Celebration of the Clarke Prize, NWRI presented its Member Agencies with an appreciation gift (featuring the Clarke Medallion).  Seen here is Jeff Mosher of NWRI with Jim Herberg, General Manager of the Orange County Sanitation District (Herberg was also a conference speaker).

NWRI Member Agencies


Clarke Prize Sponsors




Conference Presentations (Slides and Videos)


To watch individual presentations on video, please click on their respective links below. The videos are also available on our NWRI YouTube channel.



NWRI's Clarke Prize Laureates shared a special lunch with student volunteers who assisted at the conference.  Seen here is 2013 Clarke Prize recipient, Rhodes Trussell (left), and 1996 Clarke Prize Laureate, Walt Weber (center), with two engineering students from the University of California, Irvine.


Conference Welcome

Jeff Mosher, National Water Research Institute


Keynote Presentation  


Two Visions of the Fourth Revolution

in Urban Water

David Sedlak, University of California, Berkeley


Session 1: Managing Sustainable Water Supplies and Water Resources


Biofouling and Microbial Control: Insights

from Nanotechnology

Pedro Alvarez, Rice University

David Sedlak of UC Berkeley asks a question during Q&A.  Sedlak was also the conference keynote speaker.


The Effects of Climate Change and Energy Development on Water Resources

Jerald Schnoor, University of Iowa


LA’s Water Reliability 2025

James McDaniel, Los Angeles Department

of Water and Power


Session 2: Advances in Treatment Technologies for Sustainable

Water Supply Development


Municipal Water Treatment: Recent Advances

and Drivers for Change

Vernon Snoeyink, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

An expert on environmental nanotechnology, Mark Wiesner, Professor at Duke University (and the 2011 Clarke Prize Laureate), spoke about "Nanomaterial-Enabled Advances for Membrane Water Treatment."

Nanomaterial-Enabled Membranes

for Water Treatment

Mark Wiesner, Duke University


Advanced Membrane Systems

for Contaminant and Energy Challenges

Amy Childress, University of Southern California


Session 3: Planning for Sustainable Water Resources


Innovative and Sustainable Projects

James Herberg, Orange County Sanitation District

Joan Rose of Michigan State University (and 2001 Clarke Prize recipient) moderated the first conference session on "Managing Sustainable Water Supplies and Water Resources."


Valuing Improved Reliability from

Locally Developed Water Sources

J.R. DeShazo, University of California, Los Angeles


Reinventing Stormwater Infiltration

to Enhance Urban Water Supplies

and Protect Recreational Waters

Alexandria Boehm, Stanford University


2013 Clarke Prize Award Ceremony and Lecture


Award Ceremony Welcome

Jeff Mosher, National Water Research Institute

Rhodes Trussell of Trussell Technologies in Pasadena, Calif., received the 2013 Clarke Prize for excellence in water research. As part of the award, he presented the annual Clarke Lecture.  Click here for more photos from the Clarke Prize.

Twentieth Anniversary Celebration:

Tribute to Mrs. Athalie R. Clarke

James Irvine Swinden, Joan Irvine Smith

& Athalie R. Clarke Foundation


Twentieth Anniversary Celebration:

Recognizing Our Supporters

Featuring Jeff Mosher, James Irvine Swinden,

and NWRI Member Agency representatives


Clarke Prize Award Ceremony

Honoring Dr. Rhodes Trussell

Featuring Jeff Mosher, Vernon Snoeyink, James Irvine

Swinden, Charlotte Smith, and Rhodes Trussell


2013 Clarke Prize Lecture:

How Safe Is Safe in the Treatment of Drinking Water for the Public?

R. Rhodes Trussell, Trussell Technologies, Inc.




Conference Planning Committee

Clarke Prize Laureates at the Twentieth Annual NWRI Clarke Prize Award Ceremony and Lecture, held on Nov. 15, 2013.

National Water Research Institute

Horticulture, University of Nebraska, Lincoln