2017 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference
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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, and more.

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!


Michael Campana

Michael Campana
Annual Conference Co-Chair and Technical Program Co-Chair
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR

Brenda Bateman

Brenda Bateman
Annual Conference Co-Chair and
Technical Program Co-Chair
Oregon Water Resources Department
Salem, OR