Through The Noise
February 26, 2016
Melissa Meeker of WateReuse on Conserving, Reusing, and Making Smarter Choices with Our Water
Through the Noise #148
Melissa Meeker // Executive Director // WaterReuse Association
“You could be drinking dinosaur pee,” Melissa Meeker points out at the start of today’s episode. Executive Director of both the WateReuse Association and WateReuse Research Foundation, Melissa Meeker has decades of experience working with water in the public and private sectors. One of the Association’s main objectives – and struggles – is educating the public about the range of possibilities for reusing water and that there is no such thing as “new water.” Water is necessary for everything and we need to use it more effectively.
Melissa is a seasoned water executive with more than 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, with a broad range of expertise that includes regulatory issues, policy development, and executive management. She previously served as executive director of the South Florida Water Management District and as deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, with responsibility for overseeing statewide water and environmental restoration policy.
WateReuse is internationally-recognized as a thought-leader on alternative water supply development. It is the go-to organization for applied research, policy guidance and educational tools on water reuse as well as the principal influencer of public opinion, lawmakers and policymakers on policy and projects related to water reuse.