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JUL 2017

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Los Angeles is, of course, plagued with water scarcity problems and questions about its iconic river. "Los Angeles' own history sprang forth from the epic diversion of water from the north for cities and agriculture, and today the Los Angeles River is both a barrier and a seam stitching together the sprawling megalopolis," said Wong. "Efforts to revitalize that river's edge, combined with the evolution of the working industrial waterfronts all along the coast, are today key springboards for L.A.'s future." New York City presents a high-level example of the importance of water and wastewater resiliency in the face of emergency. "New York is one of the leading harbors in the world, also enabled by a revolutionary water infrastructure during its early days," Wong said. "Surprised and stunned by the impact of Hurricane Sandy, its future lies not only in coping with the stresses of aging water and transport infrastructure, but also in better preparation for the acute shocks of climate change." The last city in the tour will provide a glimpse into a city's infrastructure that AECOM sees as an international model. "The final stop of the series takes us to Hong Kong, which is an exemplar of how to embrace its waterfront identity over the past 40 years," Wong said. "The city has developed some of the world's most impressive infrastructure, including undersea tunnels, typhoon-resistant rail bridges, territory- wide treatment conveyance systems, and storm and slope management that continues to evolve." End Of The Tour As something of a grand tour, hitting some of the world's most prestigious waterfront cities, the inaugural Imagine 2060 program has an ambitious agenda and an even loftier, overarching goal: to change the way the world thinks about water and wastewater infrastructure. While it might not be realistic to expect such diverse cities to change overnight nor for attendees to influence their own cities' infrastructure on a revolutionary level, 2017: At The Water's Edge certainly marks a step in the right direction. "As the program and conversation evolve, we hope for participants to be inspired by the enabling relevance of all forms of water, as resource, as place, as identity," Wong said. "We hope that attention to the quality of our most precious resource is recognized as an enabler not only of a healthy, mobile, connected community, but also of a competitive, investible, sustainable city." n 30 wateronline.com n Water Innovations INFRASTRUCTUREPLANNING Post-Hurricane Sandy, New York City Transit employees pump water out of the Cranberry Street Tunnel, which carries trains between Brooklyn and Manhattan underneath the East River. (Credit: Flickr/ Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York) Peter Chawaga is the associate editor for Water Online. He creates and manages engaging and relevant content on a variety of water and wastewater industry topics. Chawaga has worked as a reporter and editor in newsrooms throughout the country and holds a bachelor's degree in English and a minor in journalism. He can be reached at pchawaga@wateronline.com. About The Author New York City presents a high-level example of the importance of water and wastewater resiliency in the face of emergency.

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