Interior Department scientists present nature-based solutions for water management during World Water Week conference
Date: Friday, September 2, 2022
STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tanya Trujillo attended the World Water Week international conference in Stockholm this week to showcase the Biden-Harris administration’s all-of-government approach to tackling the climate and drought crises and collaborating with global leaders on hydrologic science and drought resilience efforts.
President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act have created historic investments in the U.S. government’s ability to address these urgent global issues.
Throughout the week-long conference, Assistant Secretary Trujillo participated in collaborative meetings with global leaders who shared successful stories of managing water shortages and climate extremes, while also determining the potential for scalability. During her meetings, Assistant Secretary Trujillo highlighted the Biden-Harris administration’s focus on using the best available science and nature-based solutions for water management, as well as efforts to ensure historically marginalized communities benefit from the Department’s drought mitigation efforts.
Assistant Secretary Trujillo delivered remarks at the Women in Water Diplomacy Network meeting, aimed at supporting women’s leadership and improving gender equity in high-level decision-making in transboundary water governance.
Assistant Secretary Trujillo, along with experts from the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Geological Survey, participated in panels to present on domestic and international drought resiliency efforts to mitigate and adapt to prolonged drought conditions. Panelists outlined innovative science-based tools to address the ongoing megadrought and discussed ongoing scientific cooperation with countries facing similar conditions. They also presented precise measurement and efficient water methods to sustain people and ecosystems through publicly accessible evapotranspiration data to build climate-resilient communities.