2017 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference
Networking Events

Monday / November 6

Student Attendee Conference Orientation
4:45 PM - 5:15 PM

Led by Michael Campana
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Past President, American Water Resources Association
Technical Director, AWRA

This conference session is open to students and other first-time professional conference attendees. The goal of the session is to teach students how to "design" their own conference experience and learn proper networking techniques that will offer the opportunity to experience all that the AWRA National Conference has to offer. Additionally, each session attendee will be asked to spend a moment or two and describe what expectations each has from the conference and the moderator will assist in realizing these expectations.
There is no charge for this orientation.

Conference Opening Networking Reception
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

All registered conference participants are invited to attend the Opening Networking Reception. Come greet old colleagues and make new friends. The Poster Session participants will be at their posters to answer any questions during the reception.
Additionally, AWRA is pleased to announce the arrival of a silent auction, in support of AWRA's Richard A. Herbert Memorial Scholarship Fund. Taking place during AWRA's opening reception, the auction features artwork, books, water-themes and other items donated by our members, speakers, and exhibitors. Walk through, bid, and support a good cause!

This event is included in the Registration Fee. Additional tickets may be purchased on site at the AWRA Registration Desk. The cost of an additional ticket is $40.00.

Tuesday / November 7

Lunch & Learn
High and Dry: Meeting the Challenges of the World's Growing Dependence on Groundwater
Bill and Rosemarie Alley
12:00 Noon - 1:15 PM

During Tuesday's Lunch 'n' Learn, celebrated authors Bill and Rosemarie Alley will reprise their 2013 Annual Conference appearance by sharing their new book, "High and Dry: Meeting the Challenges of the World's Growing Dependence on Groundwater". Join us for their lecture, Q & A, and book signing.

A Special Evening in Portland
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Oregon AWRA Water Celebration
The Oregon Chapter of the AWRA would like to invite you to a water celebration on Tuesday, November 7 from 6-10pm in downtown Portland. The Oregon Chapter of AWRA is celebrating new partners and creative approaches in the water world.
Some highlights of the event…

$32 includes transportation, dinner, and a drink ticket*
*Additional drinks available for purchase.

A big thank you to all of our partners for their contributions - including a $500 contribution from Wolf Water Resources to help us promote clean water in the Willamette.

Tuesday Event Flyer - Special Evening in Portland

Wednesday / November 8

AWRA Awards Luncheon
12:00 Noon - 1:15 PM

Speaker - Brenda Lennox
President, American Water Works Association, Denver, CO

AWRA takes a moment during this annual event to recognize leaders and members in the field of water resources. In addition to presenting these awards, this year we will also welcome our guest speaker from the American Water Works Association (AWWA), a national association comprised of 52,000 individuals, water and wastewater utilities, and service providers. With a Human Resources background, AWWA's 2017 President Brenda Lennox has an eye on workforce development and the future of the water industry. She will share a few of the initiatives AWWA has launched to train and develop future water professionals.

This event is included in the Registration Fee. All Conference participants are invited to attend. Additional tickets for accompanying guests may be purchased on site at the AWRA Registration Desk. The cost of an additional ticket is $45.00.

Student & Early Career Professionals Night:
Panel of Professionals Discussion and Networking
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Moderators: Adell Amos and Kim Ogren
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR and Oregon Water Resources Dept. Salem OR

Our Young Professionals / Student event is open to all students, even non-conference participants, free of charge. A panel of water professionals will reflect on their experiences in the water industry and take Q&A, followed by a speed net-working social event and hors d'oeuvres reception. Participants are welcome to bring resumes!

Thursday / November 9

AWRA 5K Fun Run
led by Bill Battaglin
6:30 AM - 8:00 AM

All registered participants are welcome to join "really-past-President" Bill Battaglin on a beautiful, casual, and entertaining run/walk. This running/walking tour will take in sites along Hayden Bay including the ill-fated Lotus Isle Amusement Park. Distance will be approximately 5 Km.

A donation of $20 is asked for this event (and swag will be provided), the proceeds of which will go to the AWRA Richard A. Herbert Scholarship Fund. Please sign up prior to the conference using the web site, or find Bill on Monday. Run/walk will start at the hotel lobby. Please be ready to go by 6:25 AM.


Lunch & Learn

Integrated Modeling, Climate Change, and Water Policy in the Willamette Basin

Adell Amos (U. of Oregon) and William Jaeger (Oregon State U.)

12:00 Noon - 1:15 PM

The Willamette River Basin is a water-rich region, but with a warming climate and increasing socio-economic pressures that may not always be the case. The Willamette Water 2100 (WW2100) Project examined how climate change, population growth, and economic growth will alter the availability and use of water in coming decades, using the example of the Willamette River Basin (WRB), Oregon. The model developed for this purpose has high spatial and temporal resolution and includes detailed representations of economic and biophysical subsystems. The goals of the study were twofold: 1) to understand where and when water scarcity may arise, and to recognize the factors contributing to, and those that could potentially mitigate, future water scarcity; and 2) to assess the importance of representing a high level of system detail to gain insights into emerging water scarcity. The primary tool used in WW2100 wais a modeling framework developed at Oregon State University called Willamette Envision. This framework integrateds hydrologic, ecological, and human economic-systems submodels in the context of drivers such as climate change, population increase and income growth. The general approach employed in WW2100 can be used in basins around the world.

Networking Opportunities held throughout the Conference

AWRA Conversation Corner
Open throughout the conference and free of charge to everyone!

The American Water Resources Association's mission is to foster communication across all disciplines involved in the water resources community thereby creating lasting connections which will help forge solutions to our nation's ever increasing water resources challenges. AWRA along will set aside a space - "Conversation Corner" - to engage your colleagues in meaningful dialogues. Internet connections will also be available to check email.

AWRA Employment Opportunity Board
Open throughout the conference and free of charge to everyone!

  • Is there an opening at your place of employment? You can place an announcement on the Board.
  • Are you currently seeking a new job? You can put a copy of your resume on the Board and have some for distribution.