WEBINAR: Science and Policy-making: Where Rubber Meets the Road

Originally aired September 11, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

PDH credit available to all attendees; contact membership@awra.org to request your certificate.

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The webinar will give viewers a window into how science is used in water resources policy making at the federal level. While the focus of the webinar is on how science is used in congressional decision-making--using California drought legislation as an example--other examples will include brief overviews of use by executive branch natural resource agencies and in a particular case, by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Learning Objectives

Participants of this webinar can expect to receive:
  1. Foundational knowledge of how science is used in policy and decision making in all 3 branches of the Federal Government.
  2. More in-depth knowledge of the congressional decision-making process(es).
  3. A brief view into the use of aquatic science in California drought legislation included in the 2016 Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act).


Betsy Cody
Cody Research & Consulting

Cody is a long-time AWRA member and has served in multiple leadership roles, both at the national and state section level. She is currently AWRA 2019 President-Elect. After an extensive career in the public sector, including 28 years at the Congressional Research Service as a water policy expert, she has launched her own firm. Here she assists clients with legislative research and analysis and strategic thinking. Known for her strong research, writing, analytic, and communications skills, she specializes in western water resource and federal land management. She is also experienced in nonprofit youth sports organizations, grassroots organizing, and local government. She holds an M.S. in Public Affairs focused on Natural Resources Management and Policy from Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; B.S. Urban Design/Land Use Planning, Lewis & Clark, Portland, OR. 


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