Located just south of the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia
Rivers, Portland, Oregon is an ideal place to find your community,
conversations, and connections around water resources. From November
5-9, 2017, join us at the Red Lion, Jantzen Beach for AWRA's 52nd
Annual Conference. Catch up with your water colleagues over drinks
at one of Portland's 50+ breweries, the Portland metro area's 2500+
coffee shops, or the Willamette Valley's 500+ wineries. Sample the
fares of Willamette Valley farms at one of its 20+ farmers markets.
Stroll alongside the Willamette at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park
and check out all 11 of Portland's downtown bridges.
The conference itself will feature the work of our colleagues nationwide,
as well as Pacific Northwest issues, such as management of water
in the Columbia River Basin-home to international, interstate, tribal,
recreation, navigation, hydropower, water supply interests. The
Columbia River has been described as a river lost (Harden, 1996),
a river loved (Watson, 2012), and the organic machine (White, 1995).
The Sahaptin name is "Nch'i-Wana" or "Great River"
(Lang & Carriker, 2000), while Lewis and Clark called it "The
Great River of the West" (Holbrook, 1990).
At the end of the Oregon Trail, you will find one of the most agriculturally
diverse places on earth. An intellectually diverse conference awaits
you as well. Expect to see special sessions focused on groundwater
policy, advances in technology and modeling techniques, resiliency
in the face of extreme events, climate change implications for surface
water and groundwater hydrology, tribal protection and use of water
resources, environmental justice challenges, ecosystem needs, the
impact of investment on water management, compacts and water-sharing
arrangements, market-based solutions, the emerging role of state
water plans in integrated water resources management, hydrophilanthropy,
This year's keynote speaker will help tie our work in the water
world to some broader global investment trends.
For the first time we will have our own artist in Residence, with
April Waters sharing her talents and oil paintings with us throughout
the event (See AprilWaters.com for artwork samples). Additional
conference highlights include: pre-conference field trips, a Young
Professionals Career Night, Fun Run, Awards Luncheon, Tech-focused
lightning talks, Exhibitor Booths, and a Student Poster Session.
We'll plan to see you there!
Annual Conference Co-Chair and Technical Program Co-Chair
Oregon State University
Annual Conference Co-Chair and
Technical Program Co-Chair
Oregon Water Resources Department