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National Water Resources Association Code of Conduct 

The National Water Resources Association is non-profit organization with a vision to achieve sustainable water supply for all beneficial uses in an economical and environmentally responsible manner. NWRA members proudly provide clean water to millions of people, irrigate millions of acres of farmland and contribute billions of dollars to the U.S. economy.  In an effort to ensure member safety and the ability to effectively advocate for water users NWRA holds its members, staff, volunteers, and sponsors to the highest professional standards. 
Member safety is a top priority for NWRA and behavior that is harassing, threatening, demeaning, or discriminatory will not be tolerated. In addition to protecting member safety, appropriate behavior is also critical to safeguard the integrity of NWRA and the role it serves as an advocacy and educational organization. NWRA is judged, in large part, by the individual and collective performance of its members. NWRA members and supporters must act in a manner that merits public trust and confidence. 

NWRA is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. Actions, words, jokes, or comments based on an individual’s sex, race, ethnicity, age, religion, or any other legally protected characteristic will not be tolerated. Unacceptable behaviors include, but are not limited to:

  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.
  • Physical, written, or verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, staff member, service provider or other meeting guest.
  • Actual or threatened violence toward any individual or group.
  • Conduct endangering the life, safety, health or well-being of others.

Examples of unacceptable behaviors include: verbal comments related to gender, sex, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, staff member, service provider or other meeting guest.

Any NWRA member, conference participant, sponsor, or staff member who violates this Code during the course of a NWRA sponsored event, is subject to penalty, up to and including removal from the program and or the association. NWRA cannot control behavior or actions that occur outside of NWRA events. However, it reserves the right to respond to actions that violate NWRA’s code of conduct.

By attending an NWRA event participants agree to abide by the NWRA Code of Conduct and understand that they may be removed as a participant if they violate any of these rules. 
Concerns regarding potential violations of this Code should be directed to NWRA Executive Vice President, Dale Nellor at, or to the NWRA board president at


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