September 17, 2020 from 2:30 PM–4:00 PM

The Hidden Element: Water’s Vital Role in Economic Recovery

Hosted by Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

COVID-19 has highlighted—and accelerated—several long-standing problems plaguing our nation’s infrastructure, including governance, investment, and technological challenges. However, infrastructure does not have to be a hurdle; it can power our recovery. Within the infrastructure discussion, water is one of the most overlooked systems nationally, even as it has remained vital to our public health, environment, and economy. This webinar will explore the frequently hidden—but foundational—role our water infrastructure can play in a COVID-19 recovery.

Please join the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment on September 17 for a webinar featuring experts from Stanford, the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, and the Water Foundation. This moderated conversation will explore national strategies that can both improve our water infrastructure and promote a stronger economic recovery. Topics will include policy objectives, funding and financing considerations, and people-centered issues around access and affordability, along with other areas of interest identified by event attendees.


  • Newsha Ajami – Director of Urban Water Policy, Water in the West Program, Stanford University
  • Joseph Kane, Senior Research Associate and Associate Fellow, The Brookings Institution
  • Alesandra Najera, Program Officer, Water Foundation
  • Hannah Northey, Reporter, E&E News