WEBINAR: Protecting Drinking Water Sources through Collaborative Planning and Management

ORIGINALLY AIRED June 21, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET



Chi Ho Sham, Ph.D.
Independent Consultant

Dr. Chi Ho Sham is currently an independent consultant who has been working on drinking water and source water protection, water quality assessment, watershed management, underground injection control, and natural resources management issues for over three decades. He is a strong advocate of implementing the “One Water” framework to develop innovative solutions for the water community. He is an active volunteer of the American Water Works Association and was its President from 2021 to 2022. Furthermore, he serves on planning and advisory committees of the American Water Resources Association conferences, the Metro Vancouver’s Liquid Waste Management Plan Review/Update, The Water Research Foundation, and the Ground Water Protection Council’s Aquifer Storage and Recovery-Managed Aquifer Recharge Workgroup. Chi Ho holds a B.A. in geography from the University of Regina, Canada. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in geography (with focus on hydrology) from the University at Buffalo.


Source water protection (SWP) is often referenced as the front-line barrier in the multiple barrier approach to protect drinking water. Spatial variabilities associated with geography, history, ecosystem dynamic, land use, and policy make SWP a highly site-specific process that reflects the inherent diversity of natural waters and the areas from which they are derived. Water utilities spend millions of dollars each year on SWP with the goal to maintain a reliable and quality water supply. Because water systems do not generally own the land from which their source waters originate, nor do they have control over the water bodies from which they withdraw their source waters, SWP specialists know that they cannot get the job done alone. Therefore, they engage other partners and looking for collaborative opportunities to find viable solutions. The webinar will identify some of these collaborative opportunities to tackle a range of SWP challenges.

Learning Objectives

  1. To gain a better understanding of the goals, objectives, and challenges associated with source water protection
  2. To learn about collaborative opportunities to work with water utilities and other organizations to protect drinking water sources
  3. To build bridges between different professional organizations with similar goals and objectives to leverage each other's strength

Webinar Recording & PDH Certificate

Included with your webinar registration is access to a recording of the program and a fillable certificate to self-report your Professional Development Hour (PDH)/Continuing Education Credit (CEU). Your certificate will be available to download and a link to the recording of this webinar will be sent within a week of the live program from [email protected]. The recording is exclusively for you, the registrant of the webinar. They are not to be shared or forwarded.


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