2017 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference
Call for Abstracts
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Abstracts submission deadline: May 8th, 2017

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Introduction

The 2017 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference returns to The Rose City (known to the glitterati as 'Portlandia' or 'Rip City') after a four-year hiatus and promises water resources professionals a magnificent venue amidst the scenic and culinary splendor of the Pacific Northwest. Where better to engage in community, conversation, and connections than on the banks of one of North America's most iconic rivers, the spectacular Columbia, at the Red Lion Hotel on the River at Jantzen Beach?

Conference co-chairs Brenda O. Bateman [Brenda.O.Bateman@oregon.gov] of the Oregon Water Resources Department, Michael E. Campana [aquadoc@oregonstate.edu] of Oregon State University and the entire Planning Committee are committed to providing attendees with an experience that will be not only intellectually stimulating but also most enjoyable. We will have our own 'Artist-in-Residence', April Waters, and if that's not enough, how about an all-day UAV (drone) workshop on Sunday, November 5th! We'll have at least one Lunch 'n Learn event. More to come, too!

Why This Conference is Important

"May you live in interesting times." While simultaneously a curse and a blessing, this statement is never more true than today. All conferences strive to be relative and timely, but this AWRA event will set a new standard for relevance.

Today, our nation is facing challenges that encompass deteriorating infrastructure, climate change, drinking water quality, environmental alteration, endangered species, and water conflicts, among others. Scientific rigor and substantive discourse are values that are being dismissed and ridiculed at the national level.

What does this mean for our precious water resources - and their protection, governance, management, and sustainable use? What role will our water resources community play? Come to Rip City in November 2017 and join the conversation.


Brenda Bateman

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

Michael Campana

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