2017 International Conference - Cutting Edge Solutions to Wicked Water Problems
Oral Presentations


The Presenter of each paper is in BOLD type immediately following the paper title. Co-authors are then listed in parentheses.  All abstracts in a session can be accessed using the Session Title link.


Sunday / September 10 / 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dror Avisar
Dror Avisar

Conference Co-Chair
Director, Water Research Center
School of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Exact Sciences
Tel Aviv, University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Joseph Klafter
Joseph Klafter

President, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Sharon Megal
Sharon B. Megdal

Conference Co-Chair
Director, Water Resources Research Center
The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Opening Plenary Session Keynote Speakers

Eilon Adar
Eilon M. Adar

Alain PÖHER Chair of Hydrogeology and Arid Zones
Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sede Boqer Campus, Israel

Felicia Marcus
Felicia Marcus

Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board
Sacramento, CA

Sunday / September 10 / 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon
Concurrent Sessions 1, 2, 3

Moderator – Mark Anderson
US Geological Survey, Rapid City, SD

A New Era for Land and Water Change Monitoring, Assesment, and Protection (LCMAP) Project with Application for Water Resource Management - Mark Anderson, US Geological survey, Rapid City, SD, USA (co-author:  T. R. Loveland)
Geospatial Assessment of Source Water Quality Vulnerabilities - Noah Garfinkle, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Champaign, IL, USA (co-authors:  E. Jenicek, N. Bartholomew)
The Development and Demise of the USDA National Water Quality Program in the United States - Carl Evensen, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, USA
Risk Assessment of Drought Hazards Based on Water Resources Vulnerability in Guangdong Province, China - Yongqin David CHEN, Department of Geography and Resource Management, Shatin, Hong Kong, People’s Repubic of China (co-author:  D. Hua)

Moderator – Shad Nelson
Texas A&M University, Kingsville, TX

Alternative On-Farm Orchard Designs in Citrus Irrigation Management that Improve Water Savings for Flood and Drip Irrigation Systems - Shad Nelson, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, TX, USA (co-authors:  C. R. Simpson, M. Setamou, B. Turner, J. Gonzales, S. Telagamsetty)
Literature Review:  Evaluating the Utility of Hydretain for Plant Survival and Resistance to Drought - Michael Davidson, Davidson Consultants, Altadena, CA, USA
Bringing out the Best in Digital Farming with Precise Irrigation Management - Zohar Gilad, Netafim, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Palestinian Wastewater: the Scramble for a New Resource - Jeanne Perrier, ART-Dev, Université Montpellier, France

Moderator – Richard Rushforth
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Enhanced Water Resource Decoupling in the Jordan Basin Riparians: The Case for Sharing Best Practice - Michael Gilmont, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (co-authors:  N. Tal, M. Bundokji)
A Holistic Water Solution For Underserved & Refugee Communities - Rhett Larson, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, USA (co-author:  Richard Rushforth)
Reuse of Grey Water for Non-Domestic Uses in Jordan - Sharon Megdal, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA (co-authors:  A. M. Ghrair, O.A. Al-Mashaqbeh)
Groundwater Markets as Tools for Drought Risk Management, Resource Conservation, and Environmental Goals - Nicholas Brozovic, Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, Lincoln, NE, USA (co-author:   R. Young)

Sunday / September 10 / 13:30  – 15:00
Session 4 – Parts 1 and 2

Moderator – Doron Markel
Unit Head for Monitoring and Management of Lake Kinneret
Israel Water Authority

This session will cover the challenges facing the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) Watershed and it multiple users.  The Sea of Galilee is the largest freshwater lake in the Middle East is suffering from low inflows due to drought and upstream water utilization.

Moderator – Sharon B. Megdal
Director, Water Resources Research Center
The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

A water crisis has California in headlines across the country, but the untold story is that a water shortage is dogging all of the states in the Colorado River Basin. Beyond the Mirage: The Future of Water in the West reveals new technologies and challenges old ideas.

The screening of the film will be followed by discussion of the parallels between the wicked water problems of this Middle East region and the Colorado River Basin, which supplies water to approximately 40 million people in the Western United States.  As time permits, participants will engage in open dialogue of Wicked Water Problems generally.  Parts of the documentary were filmed in Israel in October 2015.

Moderator – Hadas Mamane
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

The Removal and Breakdown of Chemotherapy Drugs Derived from Hospital Wastewater Using Based Ozone AOP Technology- a Pilot Scale Project at Tel-HaShomer Hospital, Israel - Dror Avisar, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel (co-authors:  H. Mamane, H. Chikurel)
Treatment of Hospital Wastewaters by Membrane Bioreactor and Electrochemical Oxidation Processes - Antonin Azais, INRS ETE, Ville de Québec, QC, Canada (co-authors:  P. Drogui, Y. Ouarda, B. Tiwari, R.. D. Tyagi, G. Buelna)
Application of Nanostructured Solar Photocatalytic Membrane Reactors (PMRs) for Water Treatment - Hadas Mamane, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel (co-authors:  I. Horovitza, L. Lozzic,  D. Avisar)

Moderator – Kira Russo
Global Water Policy Consulting, Flagstaff, AZ

The Prospects of Desalination for Export in the Mexico-U.S. Border Region : A Survey of Mexican Opinion - Nicolas Pineda-Pablos, El Colegio de Sonora, Hermosillo, SON, México (co-authors:  R.G. Varady, M. O. Wilder, S. Mumme, R. Figueroa-Mimbela, A.A. Zuñiga)
Understanding Israeli Water Customer Preferences for Online, Feedback Technologies - Amir Cahn, SWAN Forum, Tel Aviv, IL, Israel
The Management of Hydro-diplomacy - Kira Russo, Global Water Policy Consulting, Flagstaff, AZ, USA
Marsh Restoration through Thin Layer Dredged Material Placement - Geoffrey Goll, Princeton Hydro, LLC, Ringoes, NJ, USA (co-authors:  M. Gallagher, M. Paist-Goldman, B. Berkeley)

Monday / September 11 / 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon
Concurrent Sessions 7, 8 and Special Session on Regulation

Moderator – George Wells
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Enhanced N bio-kinetics Driven by Peroxide Addition to Secondary Effluents Bio-Filtration: Linking Function-Structure by N-mass Balance and Metagenomics - Liron Friedman, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel (co-authors:  D. Avisara, H. Cikurelc, M. Jekeld, K. Chandrane,  H. Mamane)
Onsite Remediation of Dairy Farm Sewage by Aerated Bioreactor and Halophyte-Zeolite Treatment Wetlands - Ezra Orlofsky, MIGAL Galilee Research Inst., Qiryat Shemona, Israel (co-authors:  S. Chernoivanov, A. Cohen, M. I. Litaor)
Complete Nutrient Removal, Phosphorus Recovery, and Energy Production via Microbial N2O Generation from Wastewater - George Wells, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA (co-author:  H. Gao)
Locating Hidden Water Leaks and Condition Assessment of Pipes Using Fixed Remote Monitoring System Based on Acoustic and Pressure Sensors - Oded Fruchtman, Aquarius-Spectrum, Netanya, IL, Israel

Moderator – Jenia Gutman
Soil Conservation & Drainage Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Holon, Israel

Subsidiarity in International Water Resources Cooperation: A Path Forward? - Jacob Petersen-Perlman, Water Resources Research Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA
The Integrated Watershed Management in Israel - Stumbling Forwards - Jenia Gutman, Soil Conservation & Drainage Division Ministry of Agriculture,  Holon,  Israel (co-authors:  B. Yaacoby, E. Ettinger)
An East-West Conveyance to Provide a Cost Effective Solution for Supplying Desalinated Water to Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority – Chris Breeds, SubTerra, Inc., North Bend, WA (co-author: Clive Lipchin)
Three Colorado Rivers: The Hydrologic, Legal, and Economic Allocations of Water in a Transboundary River Basin - Richard Rushforth, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, USA (co-author:  B. Ruddell)
SPECIAL SESSION PANEL:  Do Structures for Regulation Matter?

Moderator – Professor Emeritus Uri Shamir,
The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

Felicia Marcus, Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board, USA
Tamar Shor, Senior Deputy Director for Regulation, Israeli Water and Sewage Governmental Authority, Israel
Regulator from Australia (to be confirmed)
Regulator from Europe (to be confirmed)

This panel will present and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different regulatory frameworks for sustainable management of water and sewage in the context of their social, political and legal systems.  Regulators from Australia, Europe, USA, and Israel will address how their respective regulatory framework affects water utilization and explore how well the water and sewage sectors are positioned to meet future challenges. 

Monday / September 11 / 13:30 – 15:00
Concurrent Sessions 9, 10

Moderator – Elisabeth Jenicek
US Army Corps of Engineers, Champaign, IL

Urban Water and Sewage Management: Efficiency Indices and Optimal Size - Nava Haruvy, Netanya Academic College, Netanya, Israel (co-authors:  S. Shalhevet, S.Madhala Brick)
Do Water Meters Reduce Domestic Consumption? - Chad Staddon, University West of England, Bristol, Bristol, UK
Water Intensity to Support Resilient Army Installations - Elisabeth Jenicek, US Army Corps of Engineers, Champaign, IL, USA (co-authors:  N. Garfinkle, M. Kodack)
Collaboration in Drought Management - Judi Gladstone, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle, WA, USA

Moderator – Eylon Shamir
Hydrologic Research Center, San Diego, CA

Arizona Water Banking Authority - Its impact in Supplementing Water Supplies in Arizona - Mark Taylor, Westland Resources, Tucson, AZ, USA
Effective Water Banking--The Kern County Experience - Richard Luthy, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA (co-authors:  C. M. Stip, S.R. Dahan, R. Abdulnour)
Case Study in the Development and Implementation of a Successful Groundwater Management Plan for a Large Groundwater Basin: Chino Basin Optimum Basin Management Program - Mark Wildermuth, Wildermuth Environmental, Lake Forest, CA, USA
The Value and Skill of Seasonal Forecasts for Water Resources Management in Arid Environment, an Example from the Santa Cruz River Basin, Southern Arizona - Eylon Shamir, Hydrologic Research Center, San Diego, CA, USA

Monday / September 11 / 15:30 – 17:00
Concurrent Sessions 11, 12

Moderator – Noam Levy
Neotop Water Systems Ltd, Tel Aviv, Israel

Preserving Lake Kinneret as a Strategic Water Source Considering the Climate Change - Doron Markel, Israel Water Authority, Rosh Pina, Israel
The Next Generation of Evaporation Pans - Jake Collison, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA (co-author:  D. Llewellyn)
The TopUp Ball System Solution to Water Losses Via Evaporation and Harmful Algal Blooms - Noam Levy, Neotop Water Systems Ltd., Tel Aviv, Isr, Israel (co-author:  A. Rejwan)
Trophic State Evaluations for Selected Lakes in Yellowstone National Park, USA - Woodruff Miller, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA

Moderator – Juan Solis
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

Improving Rangeland Management Models with Ecohydrologic Connectivity - Benjamin Turner, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, TX, USA (co-author:  S. Nelson)
Reduction of ET Depletion through Management of Tamarix and Inland Saltgrass in the Southwestern United States - Juan Solis, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, USA (co-authors:  A. S. Bawazir, R. Luthy, B. Tanzy, N. Khandan)
Hydrogeology Online Monitoring System in Arid Salt Marsh - Carmit Ish Shalom, Dead Sea Drainage Authority, Neve Zohar, Israel (co-authors:  I. Freeman, E. Farber)
Proximal Sensing of Soil Moisture Content Under Structural Crust by Millimetre Wave Scatterometry - Alon Eliran, Tel Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, TLV, Israel (co-authors:  E. Ben-Dor, A. Yahalom, N. Goldshleger)

Monday / September 11 / 17:00 – 19:00

Closing Plenary Session
Red Sea – Dead Sea Project

Sharon Megal
Moderator – Sharon B. Megdal

Conference Co-Chair
Director, Water Resources Research Center
The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ


Oded Fixler
Oded Fixler

Senior Deputy Director General RSDS Project, Joint Chairman - JAB
Ministry of Regional Cooperation, Tel Aviv Israel

Eng. Abu-Hammour (Invited)
RS-DS Project, Joint Chairman JAB
Secretary General, Jordan Valley Authority
Ministry of Water and Irrigation
Amman, Jordan

Closing Remarks

Dror Avisar
Dror Avisar
Conference Co-Chair
Director, Water Research Center
School of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Exact Sciences
Tel Aviv, University, Tel Aviv, Israel

The conference will close with a discussion of what is truly an example of a cutting-edge approach. Come hear about the implementation of the multi-faceted and collaborative Red Sea-Dead Sea Project, which is centered on the construction of a desalination plant in Jordan.