(DENVER) -- Tracy Mehan, the American Water Works Association’s executive director of government affairs, will highlight the importance of collaborations between farmers and water managers to assure good water quality during a keynote address at the Soil and Water Conservation Society's annual meeting on Monday, July 29 at 8:45 a.m. in Pittsburgh. Over the past several years, AWWA, the largest association of water professionals in the world, has emphasized the importance of collaboration between the water community and agricultural producers to reduce nutrient runoff and better protect source waters. “As executive director of government affairs for AWWA, Mehan has been at the forefront of advocating for partnerships between agriculture and communities. We are excited for Mehan to share his knowledge and experiences as the nation seizes this watershed moment to bridge the urban and rural divide.” said Clare Lindahl, CEO of the Soil and Water Conservation Society With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, 10 percent of conservation funding has been established for source water protection, which is a total of $4 billion over the next 10 years. AWWA encourages water utilities and farmers and ranchers to partner to use the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s available funding and programs to protect source water. “I have come to appreciate the importance of precision farming, nutrient management, forest cover and a wide variety of best management practices deployed at scale across the landscape,” said Mehan. “Most importantly, I have learned the importance of active engagement with America’s farmers, livestock and woodlot owners to protect our nation’s precious water resources.” The event will be held July 28-31 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, close to the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers. Mehan's keynote will take place in Grand Ballroom 1. ### About AWWA Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 51,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life. About Soil and Water Conservation Society With more than 3000 members around the world, the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization that serves as an advocate for conservation professionals and for science-based conservation practice, programs, and policy. The SWCS mission is to foster the science and art of natural resource conservation. We work to discover, develop, implement and constantly improve conservation practices and systems that sustain the productive capacity of the land while protecting environmental quality. We pursue our mission through a combination of research, education and advocacy aimed at promoting state-of-the-art conservation practices and science-based conservation policy.