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On behalf of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Environmental & Water Resources Institute, I am pleased to invite you to the 2009 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in Kansas City, Missouri, May 17-21, 2009.
The Congress Steering Committee has produced an intellectually and professionally stimulating annual Congress program. The agenda includes outstanding technical presentations to further your professional development, and numerous committee meetings and enjoyable social events to bring together old friends and new acquaintances.
The World Environmental & Water Resources Congress is an important annual opportunity for professionals in the environmental and water fields to convene and focus on topics of the day. This year’s technical program focuses on the Great Rivers of the World and the engineering challenges of balancing environmental and development issues while achieving a sustainable future. It is imperative that those working on the front lines - at the environmental/water engineering nexus - share insights from research and practical experience in the field to generate best solutions for the future on issues such as river system management, environmental challenges, watershed management and restoration, dam safety, hydraulic structures, and so much more.
This Congress provides an opportunity to meet and share ideas in the only U.S. city to be named one of five international “Destinations to Watch” in 2009. Kansas City’s culinary scene, downtown renaissance, and overall affordability are cited as major reasons for KC’s ranking as a top pick. An energetic city forged by a rich history, Kansas City is brimming with activities to keep visitors entertained - swinging jazz, eclectic cuisine, one-of-a-kind museums, a thriving arts scene, and fantastic shopping. Part of the city’s charm lies in its beauty, with an impressive network of boulevards, spacious parks, and, of course, exquisite fountains. The city’s signature food - mouth-watering BBQ - can be savored at more than 100 establishments. Its unique museums include the world-class Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and the American Jazz Museum. And the city is passionate about the arts with outstanding symphony, ballet, theater, and opera companies.
Please join us in this charming city, which truly depicts the harmony that can be achieved between the environment and water resource development. We know you will professionally benefit not only from the technical program, but also from Kansas City’s unique social experience.
William H. Espey, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
General Congress Chair