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UD’s Narvaez passes gavel as American Water Resources Association president

The University of Delaware’s Martha Narvaez passed the presidential gavel at the 2016 American Water Resources Association (AWRA) annual conference held Nov. 13-16 in Orlando, Florida.

The incoming president will be Rafael Frias III, client director for global water business at Black and Veatch in Coral Springs, Florida.

While serving as the association’s 51st president in 2016, Narvaez helped to achieve several AWRA goals.

This year, AWRA successfully restructured its membership, a result of a multi-year effort and increased the number of webinars offered while continuing to host its hallmark annual conference (Orlando, Florida) and specialty conferences (Anchorage, Alaska, and Sacramento, California).

The association led its second annual AWRA National Leadership Institute for State Leaders.

AWRA has also transitioned IMPACT, the association’s bimonthly magazine, to an exciting new format through the hard work and dedication of the staff and board members creating a valuable water resources publication.

One of Narvaez’s top priorities for this year was to strengthen the relationship between the national association and state sections. With the support of many board members, AWRA has been represented at numerous state section meetings and continues to strengthen those relationships.

While serving as president, Narvaez attended state section meetings in North Carolina, Delaware, Montana, Georgia, Alaska, and the Mid-Atlantic sections at the 2016 AWRA Mid-Atlantic Conference in Wilmington, Delaware.

Narvaez will serve as past president of AWRA in 2017.

Narvaez is a policy scientist with the University’s Water Resources Center in the Institute for Public Administration and School of Public Policy and Administration, and has also served as founding president of the Delaware state chapter of the AWRA and co-founder of the UD student section of the AWRA.

Established in 1964, the AWRA has over 2,100 members and has sponsored 120 symposia over the last 52 years in the U.S. and abroad with over 30,000 attendees. AWRA publishes the Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) with an impact factor ranking in the upper third of peer publications. 

The Delaware Water Resources Center is one of the 54 National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) supported by the U.S. Department of Interior at land grant universities in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and the island territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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