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The Horinko Group Newsletter: Issue 1, Jamuary 2012


The Horinko Group Opens Doors for Welcoming Reception
March 22, 2012 | 5:00 - 7:30 PM EST | Washington, DCWater Resources Action Project
The Horinko Group (THG) is hosting a Welcoming Reception at its Washington, DC offices on the evening of March 22 for the Water Resources Action Project (WRAP). The reception is intended to raise awareness and build support for WRAP, a volunteer, non-profit that seeks to improve public health for underserved communities in the Middle East through greater water stewardship.

WRAP sponsors, designs, and implements the installation of rainwater harvesting systems at schools throughout the region, complemented by a strong educational component. WRAP recently completed its second project at the underprivileged, special needs Afaq School in East Jerusalem. The gathering will include a presentation on the group's past and current efforts by WRAP founding member and THG's Water Division Director, Brendan McGinnis.

Please RSVP via email to Isaac Chapman at

To learn more about WRAP, visit their website at

Ready for Download: Agricultural Water Usage Webinar Recording
Agricultural Water Usage WebinarThe video recording and downloadable slide deck from The Horinko Group's February 16 webinar, Agricultural Water Usage: Trends, Indicators, and What It All Means, is now available on our website. The webinar featured Dr. Noel Gollehon, Senior Economist with the Resource Economics, Analysis, and Policy Division at USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, as he presented an unbiased, data-driven examination of one of our nation's most water intensive practices - agricultural irrigation.

To listen to the webinar recording and download a PDF of the presentation visit our website at

The Horinko Group's next webinar will take place on May 17, 2012 from 1:30-3:00pm EST to explore water usage as it relates to biofuel production. Stay tuned to our website and next month's newsletter for a complete description and presenter lineup.

AGree Releases In-Depth Analysis of U.S. Farm Policies and ProgramsAGree: Transforming Food and Ag Policy
The agricultural policy initiative, AGree, recently released a new publication entitled, Farm Program History and Policy Considerations, that analyzes U.S. Farm Policies and Programs. Written by former Chief Economist for the Senate Agriculture Committee, Stephanie Mercer, the background paper distinguishes between the intentions behind existing programs and how they actually operate.

The paper also identifies and analyzes several current policy scenarios and "outlines the need and opportunities for change within federal farm policy...based on interviews with a panel of top agriculture policy experts."

The report is available to download from AGree's website at

TechKNOWLEDGEy's 2012 Water Market Review is Now Available 2012 Water Market Review
Steve Maxwell, author of The Future of Water and founder of TechKNOWLEDGEy Strategic Group, has just released his 2012 Water Market Review. This year's report provides an updated overview of challenges and opportunities tied to the global water market, including key drivers, trends, and developments. Maxwell's ability to clearly deconstruct the water outlook in a comprehensive, yet concise format makes this a worthwhile read.

To download a PDF copy of the full report, visit

NGRREC Seeks Watershed-Water Quality ScientistNational Great Rivers Research and Education Center
The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) is seeking qualified applicants for a research scientist position in the area of watershed science and water quality. Applicants must be associate professors (or equivalent) to be considered for the twelve-month, full-time position.

The application deadline is March 30, 2012. To download the full employment announcement for this position, visit To apply, visit

Upcoming Events

Vita Nuova Free Webinar: Promoting Innovative Environmental Technologies - EPA's New "Path Forward" Strategy
March 30, 2012 | 12:00 - 1:15 PM EST | Free RegistrationVita Nuova's Sustanability Webinar Series
On March 30, Vita Nuova will host the next installment of its free Sustainability Webinar Series entitled, Promoting Innovative Environmental Technologies - EPA's New "Path Forward" Strategy. Featured presenter Walter Kovalick, former Director of EPA's Technology Innovation Office, will discuss newly emerging technologies that hold the promise of addressing environmental problems more cost-effectively, while encouraging new companies and promoting economic development. Marianne L. Horinko, President of The Horinko Group and former EPA Acting Administrator, will moderate and provide opening remarks.

To read the full announcement and register, visit Vita Nuova's website at

SSF Webinar: Public Health Adaptations in a Changing Climate
Session Five | March 22, 2012 | 1:15 - 2:45 PM EST | Free Registration
Security and Sustainability ForumThe Security and Sustainability Forum (SSF) has announced its next free webinar, Maintaining Economic Vitality in a Changing Climate, to explore successful local and national approaches in maintaining business continuity and jobs while responding to extreme weather events, energy impacts, and other potential threats to national systems.

This webinar features a panel led by Jeb Bruggman, Founder of ICLEI - Local Government for Sustainability, an association of over 1,220 local government members committed to sustainable development. This is the fifth and final webinar installment in SSF's series on Adaptation and Security in a Changing Climate.

For additional info and registration, please visit SSF's website at

National Waterways Conference's 2012 Legislative Summit National Waterways Conference
March 26 - 28, 2012 | Washington, DC | Registration
The National Waterways Conference 2012 Legislative Summit will be held from March 26 - 28 at the Madison hotel in Washington, DC. This year's summit will feature officials from the Congressional and Executive branches as they offer information about 2012 policy and program expectations. The summit will feature panelists from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers including Steve Stockton, Director of Civil Works; Major General Michael Walsh, Deputy Commanding General, Civil and Emergency Operations; and Mark Mazzanti, Director, Programs Integration Division.

For additional information and to register, visit

UN World Water Day 2012UN Water's World Water Day 2012
March 22, 2012 | Coordinated by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization
The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization's International will recognize World Water Day 2012 at its Headquarters in Rome, Italy. World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. This year's theme is Water and Food Security.

To join the World Water Day 2012 campaign on Water and Food Security and find out more visit their website at!

In The Spotlight

2012 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
March 13 - 25, 2012 | Washington, DC | Film Schedule
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's CapitalThe Horinko Group encourages you to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Environmental Film Festival by attending a film showing in the Nation's Capital. The festival runs from March 13 - 25, and features 180 documentary, narrative, animated, archival, experimental and children's films selected to provide fresh perspectives on environmental issues facing our planet. The special theme for this year's festival focuses on the critical relationship between health and the environment. The Festival will close with a selection from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet, which captures the history of the environmental movement in the United States.

For additional info and the complete schedule, visit

Featured Column

Excerpt From:Impact of Rural Water Infrastructure on Economic Development
Robert Stewart By: Robert Stewart, President, Rural Community Assistance Partnership
In rural communities across America the availability of an adequate and safe drinking water supply is mostly taken for granted. After years of investments by local communities, supplemented by funding programs such as those operated by USDA Rural Development and the EPA’s State Revolving Funds (SRF), most rural communities are now served by community water systems. However, new regulatory requirements, increasing water resource limitations, population growth, and under-investment in maintaining and improving water and wastewater infrastructure threatens to undermine the gains made over the last fifty years. Some might wonder why much attention should be paid to the fate of rural community water systems...

To read the remainder of the featured column, visit

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