On August 10-28, 2015, Mongolian water engineer Munkh-Erdene Luvsan traveled to the United States to participate in the International Visitor Leaderships Program (IVLP) focused on “Water Resources Management in the U.S.” L.Munkh-Erdene is a lecturer at the School of Public Health at the Mongolian National University of Medical Science.
The IVLP is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. This short-term professional exchange was designed to accomplish following objectives:
- Provide an overview of water resources management in urban and rural areas of the United States and the impact it has on food security and healthy ecosystem maintenance;
- Examine water legislation and regulation and their significance in industry and agriculture;
- Explore how local, state, and federal government, NGOs, industry, academia, and private citizen groups influence water resource management; and
- Discuss legal rights, cross-border water challenges, and conflict resolution strategies employed to resolve water allocation and conservation issues.
The highlight of L.Munkh-Erdene’s visit was familiarizing with the Rock Green Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility that provides advance wastewater treatment for the city of Hillsboro, portions of Beaverton, Aloha, and Washington County. He also adds, “I was very glad to visit to the National Tropical Botanical Garden at the Kau’ai Island which had been created by humans. It is so huge and wonderful world where people can understand what we can do, protect, and create for our future.”
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