AWRA 2011 Annual Water Resources Conference
Preliminary Program
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47th Annual Water Resources Conference

November 7-10, 2011 ~ Albuquerque, NM


The Conference Planning Committee has been hard at work on the Preliminary Program.  We had an overwhelming response to our call for abstracts, with over 350 submissions!  More than half of all abstracts were submitted to Special Sessions, which were proposed and organized by water-resources professionals spanning a broad spectrum of organizations and interests.  We’re excited about the Special Session concept because it allows you to directly inform the conference planning process by telling us what topics are most important for discussion right now.  Topics addressed by Special Sessions at this year’s conference will include: climate change, remote sensing, Welcome to Albuquerqueinstream flows, surface-water quality modeling, groundwater vulnerability, resource interdependencies, green infrastructure, water resources management, water marketing, and many more.

The Conference Planning Committee includes Laura Bexfield (U.S. Geological Survey), Claudia Borchert (City of Santa Fe), Michelle Henrie (Land and Water Law), Kelly Isaacson (Daniel B. Stephens & Associates), Jesse Roach (Sandia National Laboratories), and Mark Stone (University of New Mexico).  Thanks to their efforts, we’ve assembled a strong Conference Program, which includes:

  • High-quality Technical Program, with almost 300 individual oral presentations, ten panel discussions, and a poster session
  • Keynote address by Cynthia Barnett, author of Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis
  • Awards Luncheon keynote address by Charles Fishman, author of the Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water
  • Pre-Conference (November 6) Field Trip exploring the surface water and groundwater resources of the City of Santa Fe
  • Two pre-conference workshops: one on the USGS-developed SPARROW Decision Support System and another on Integrated Water Resources Modeling.
  • A Student Career Night that will provide students the opportunity to hear from professionals with a variety of backgrounds

The Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Albuquerque, conveniently located within walking distance of local restaurants and with easy access to major transportation corridors including the Rail Runner train to Santa Fe and the Rapid Ride bus to the University area. 

Have a look at the Preliminary Program and make your travel plans to join us for the Annual Conference in Albuquerque!

Stephanie Moore
Stephanie J. Moore
Daniel B. Stephens & Associates
Conference Chair