2016 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference: Water - Energy - Environment
Oral Sessions
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Opening Plenary Session

Monday / April 25 / 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM


Welcome and Opening Remarks

Martha Corrozi Narvaez
President, American Water Resources Association
Water Resources Agency, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Michael R. Lilly
Conference General Chair
GW Scientific, Fairbanks, AK

 

Keynote Speakers

Water
Melinda Dalton
, USGS Water Availability and Use Science Program, Norcross, GA
The USGS National Water Census: Do We Really Know How Much Water is Available?

Energy-Hydropower
Wayne Dyok,
H2O EcoPower, Anchorage, Alaska
Developing Hydropower Responsibly

Energy - Fossil Fuels (Oil and Gas, Coal)
Richard Haut
, Program Director, Energy Production, Houston Advanced Research Center, Houston, TX
Drilling Down - Fossil Energy and Water, How Well Do they Mix?

Environment
Richard Roos-Collins
, Water and Power Law Group PC, Berkeley, CA
More Sooner - Needs for Sustainable Renewable Power


Monday / April 25 / 10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon
Plenary Panel Session

 

Moderator: Corrie Feige
Director, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas, Anchorage AK

Panelists:

Melinda Dalton, USGS Water Availability and Use Science Program, Norcross, GA
Wayne Dyok, H2O EcoPower, Anchorage, Alaska
Richard Haut, Program Director, Energy Production, Houston Advanced Research Center, Houston, TX
Richard Roos-Collins, Water and Power Law Group PC, Berkeley, CA

The Plenary speakers will follow the Open Plenary session with a moderated panel discussion, covering topics they addressed earlier in the morning and questions from the panel moderator. Please join us for this discussion with opportunities to ask questions and contribute to the conversation starting off our conference technical program.

 

Monday / April 25 / 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 1 and 2

Moderator - Raquel Granados-Aguilar
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

The Water Intensity of Coal Mining in the United States: A Basin-Level Evaluation - Emily Grubert, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Water Assessment for Coal Mines in Logan County West Virginia - Faith Martinez, University of Texas-Austin, Austin, TX (co-author: M. E. Webber)
The Impact of Coal Mining and Natural Gas Extraction on Water Quality and Quantity: North Fork of the Gunnison River, CO - Taylor Rowley, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (co-authors: R. Granados-Aguilar, A. Price, J. R. Giardino, C. Carter, A. Fedotova, N. Regmi)
Usibelli Coal: A Continuing Alaskan Success Story - Richard Sivils, Usibelli Coal Mine Inc., 100 River Road, Healy, AK

Moderator - Ryan Toohney
U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, AK

Delineation and Parameterization of Glaciated Basins for Watershed Modeling - Roland Viger, U.S. Geological Survey, Boulder, CO (co-author: A. Van Beusekom)
Extension of the USGS Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System to Simulate Glacier Dynamics - Ashley Van Beusekom, U.S. Geological Survey, Boulder, CO (co-author: R. J. Viger)
Impact of Wetlands Mapping on Parameterization of Hydrologic Simulation Models - Roland Viger, U.S. Geological Survey, Boulder, CO (co-authors: G. R. Evenson, Q. Wu)
Hydrologic Model Calibration Using Multiple Calibration Data Sets: Case Study in the Pipestem Creek Watershed in the Prairie Pothole Region of North Dakota, USA - Lauren Hay, U.S. Geological Survey, Lakewood, CO (co-authors: R. Viger, P. Norton, S.Markstrom, J. LaFontaine)


Monday / April 25 / 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 3 and 4

Moderator - Brent Petrie
Petrie & Associates, Anchorage, AK

National Hydropower Topics and State Fish and Wildlife Agencies' Roles - Monte D. Miller, Division of Sports Fish RTS, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Anchorage, AK
Discharge, Stage, and Ice Variability on the Susitna River, Alaska - Jon Zufelt, HDR, Anchorage, AK
Simulation of Climate Change Effects on Hydropower Lake Inflows in a Mountain Basin, South Island, New Zealand - Brian Caruso, U.S. Geological Survey, Lakewood, CO (co-authors: S.Newton, R. King, C. Zammit)

Ecological Risk Assessment for Large-scale Hydropower in Alaska - Corinne Smith, The Nature Conservancy of Alaska, Anchorage, AK (co-author: J. Miller)

Moderator - Ryan Toohey
U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, AK

Flood Frequency Estimation for Alaska: Updated Data and Methods Simplify Estimation and Improve Error - Janet Curran, U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, AK (co-authors: N. Barth, A. Veilleux, R. Ourso)
Evaluation of Remotely-sensed data for Development of the National Hydrologic Model in Alaska - Jessica Driscoll, U.S. Geological Survey, Albuquerque, NM (co-authors: L. E. Hay, R. J. Viger, A. Van Beusekom)
Hydrologic Landscape Classification to Estimate Bristol Bay Watershed Hydrology - Parker J. Wigington, Hydrologist and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Water Resources Association (co-author: M. J. Todd)


Tuesday / April 26 / 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Concurrent Sessions 5 and 6

Moderator - David Burnett
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Assessment of the Migration Potential of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids in Northeastern Nevada - Greg Pohll, DRI, Reno, NV (co-authors: J. Chapman, K. Pohlmann, R. Plume, R. Parashar, S. Rybarski, R. L. Hershey, W. Fereday, M. Reeves, J. M. Thomas)
Continuous Water Chemistry Monitoring in the Marcellus Shale Region of the Susquehanna River Basin - Dawn Hintz, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Harrisburg, PA (co-author: G. Markowitz)
A Water Budget Analysis Applied to the Fracking Industry - Roger Ruggles, Lafayette College, Easton, PA (co-author: M. Marchese)
Water and Unconventional Energy: Dependent Resources a Look at Current Issues in Water Usage, Fluid Waste Disposal, and Induced Seismicity Related to Hydraulic Fracturing - Jim Bradbury, James D. Bradbury, PLLC, Fort Worth, TX

Moderator - Roland Vigor
U.S. Geological Survey, Boulder, CO

Advancing Tools to Understand and Adapt to Hydroclimatic Variability and Change in Alaska and Hawaii - Julie Vano, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, CO (co-author: M. Clark)
Calibration by Hydrological Response Unit of a National Hydrologic Model to Improve Spatial Representation and Distribution of Parameters - Parker Norton, U.S. Geological Survey, Rapid City, SD (co-authors: L. Hay, J. LaFontaine)
Towards Improved Streamflow Simulation in Gaged and Ungaged Areas Using a Multi-Model Synthesis Combined with Remotely-Sensed Data and Estimates of Uncertainty - Jacob Lafontaine, U.S. Geological Survey, Norcross, GA (co-author: L. E. Hay)
Evaluating the Aggregate Hydrologic Effects of Wetlands Across Watershed-Scale Hydrologic Models with Contrasting Wetland Representations - Grey Evenson, ORISE c/o US EPA, Cincinnati, OH (co-authors: L. E. Hay, H. E. Golden, R. J. Viger, P. Norton, S. L. Markstrom, R. S. Regan, C. R. Lane, M. K. Vanderhoof, E. D'Amico)

Tuesday / April 26 / 10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon
Concurrent Sessions 7 and 8

Moderator - Stephen D. Richardson
GSI Environmental, Austin, TX

Adapting to Reuse of Oil and Gas Produced Water in South-eastern New Mexico: Resource Assessment Challenges, Treatment Processes, and Policy Changes for Reuse - Enid J. Sullivan Graham, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM (co-authors: A. C. Jakle, F. D. Martin)
Challenges of Water Supply for Oil-Field Development In a Semi-Arid Region: The Bakken Case in North Dakota - Michael Hove, ND State Water Commission / Office of the State Engineer, Bismarck, ND (co-author: J. Patch, W. M. Schuh)
Wetland Functionality in Response to Energy Exploration and Production Operations - Erin Kinney, Houston Advanced Research Center, The Woodlands, TX (co-authors: S. Glenn, R. Bare, B. Neish, L. Chen)
Do Roads Associated with Oil and Gas Development Facilitate Amphibian Disease Through Changes in Water Quality or Other Disturbance? - William Battaglin, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO (co-authors: M. Reeves, M.Perdue)

Moderator - Ryan Toohey
U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, AK

Impact of Shrub Willow (salix L.) as Bioenergy Feedstock on Water and Air Quality - Philippe Vidon, SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, NY (co-authors: A. Bressler, T. Volk)
Boreal Deciduous Trees are a Large and Overlooked Sink for Snowmelt Water - Jessica Young, U.S. Geological Survey, Fairbanks, AK (co-author: W. R. Bolton)
Agricultural Land Transition in the American West: Ecological Impacts and Implications - Monica Hubbard, Boise State University, Boise, ID
A Distributed Electrical Conductivity Monitoring Network in New Hampshire - Mark Green, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH

Tuesday / April 26 / 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 9 and 10


Moderator - Erin Kinney
Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), The Woodlands, TX

Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) Waterways Program: Development, Execution, and Data Archiving - Mark McBroom, Michael Baker International, Anchorage, AK
Hydrologic Studies on the Sagavanirktok River and Applications to North Slope Energy Development - Horacio Toniolo, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK (co-authors: J. Keech, K. Irving, T. Tschetter, D. Vas)
Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on the Hydrologic Connectivity of Arctic Systems - Erica Betts, PDC Inc. Engineers, Fairbanks, AK (co-author: D. L. Kane)
Integrating High Resolution Digital Terrain Model Data With Interpolated Channel Bathymetry in a 2-D Surface Water Model to Develop Detailed Flood Inundation Maps of the Colville River Delta, Alaska - Garrett Yager, Michael Baker International, Anchorage, AK

Moderator - Jeff Conaway
U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, AK

Linking Aquatic Biogeochemical Spatial and Temporal Heterogeneity to Active Layer Dynamics and Hydrological Processes Within the Yukon River Basin - Ryan Toohey, U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, AK (co-authors: E. Mutter, P.F. Schuster, N.Herman-Mercer)
Spatial and Temporal Trends in Water Quality, and the Relationships to Land Cover and Climate Change in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, Alaska - Matt McMillan, Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, AK (co-authors: R. Dial, M. G. Loso, J. Geck, J. Depasquale)
Energy Structure Planning With the Considerations of Carbon Footprint and Water Footprint - Ya-Han Yang, National University of Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (co-authors: Shu-Kuang Ning)
Preferential Transport of Conservative Solutes in Boreal Soils Overlying Permafrost: an Example from Nome Creek, Alaska - Joshua Koch, U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, AK (co-authors: R. C Toohey, D. M Reeves)

Tuesday / April 26 / 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 11 and 12

Moderator - Richard C. Haut
Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), The Woodlands, TX

Panelists:

David Burnett, Texas A&M University, Global Petroleum Research Institute, College Station, TX
Stephen D. Richardson, GSI Environmental, Austin, TX
Erin Kinney, Houston Advanced Research Center, The Woodlands, TX
Jeri Sullivan Graham, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

This session will focus on the application of cutting edge research in oil and gas operations crucial to the water-energy-environment nexus. The session will focus on regional diversity and perspectives from various ecosystems. Oil and gas shale development relies on multi-stage hydraulic fracturing to maximize the economic viability. Finding alternatives to fresh water use, maximizing the reuse of all produced water and using appropriate fluid formulations are cost effective practices that will be presented. Oil and gas development practices that protect fragile environments are available that will address regulations. Guidance for sampling of water sources in areas of oil and gas shale development for various regions will also be discussed.

Moderator - Brent Jokela
Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility, Anchorage, AK

Ship Creek Heat Exchanger Project: Recovering Waste Heat from Power Generation in a Potable Water System - Todd Carroll, Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility, Anchorage, AK
Shasta Lake Water Resources Investigation: Balancing Resource Needs Through Physical Infrastructure Solutions - Thomas FitzHugh, MWH Global, Bellevue, WA (co-authors: M. Paasch, D. Bertrand)
Dry Cooling Technologies in the 'Water-rich' Susquehanna River Basin - Michael College, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Harrisburg, PA


Wednesday / April 27 / 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Concurrent Sessions 13 and 14

Moderator - Christopher C. Estes
Chalk Board Enterprises, LLC

USGS Water Availability and Use Science Program - Melinda Dalton, Water Availability and Use Science Program, U.S. Geological Survey, Norcross, GA
Adaptive Water Governance and the Water-Energy Nexus - Robin Kundis Craig, University of Utah Law, Salt Lake City, UT
Water and Energy Nexus: Case Study of Potential Water Availability Effects of Mexico's Energy Reform in the Rio Grande/Bravo Basin - Carlos Galdeano, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (co-authors: S.Sandoval-Solis, M.A. Cook, R. L. Teasley, M.E. Webber)
The China Mega-City Water Fund - Andrew Fang, Kieser & Associats, Kalamazoo, MI and Hao Li, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China (co-authors: M. Kieser, T. Zimnicki)

Moderator - Monte Miller
Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Anchorage, AK

Circumventing Climate Change Carnage for California Chinook - Stephanie Theis, MWH Americas, Sacramento, CA (co-authors: J. Hannon, K. Marine, C. Moyle)
Water-fish-climate Nexus in the Arctic Coastal Plain, Alaska: Processed Based Hydrological Modeling to Assess Changes in Surface Water Connectivity - Anne Gaedeke, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK (co-authors: A. Liljedahl, C. Arp, R. Daanen, B. Jones, V. Alexeev, L.Cai, M. Whitman)
Protecting Lake Levels on Three Trophy Coastal Cutthroat Trout Lakes in Southeast Alaska - Jason Hass, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Juneau, AK

Wednesday / April 27 / 10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon
Concurrent Sessions 15 and 16

Moderator - Yung-Hsin Sun
MWH Americas, Inc., Sacramento, CA

Agricultural Preferences in Water Rights in the Eastern United States - Jesse Richardson, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
A Technoeconomic and Policy Analysis of the Water Market in Texas - Margaret Cook, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (co-authors: C. Galdeano, R. L. Teasley, S. Sandoval-Solis, M. E. Webber)
A Technoeconomic Analysis of Using Geothermal Energy for Brackish Groundwater Desalination in Texas - Catherine Birney, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (co-author: M. E. Webber)
Water Utility Affordability Indicator for Rural Alaskan Communities - Barbara Johnson, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK (co-authors: J. M. Little, J. Baek, C. Wright)

Moderator - Brett Jokela
Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility, Anchorage, AK

Impact of Roads and Traffic on Water Quality in Atlanta Metropolitan Area - Jun Tu, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
Feasibility of Water Efficiency and Reuse Technology As Demand-Side Strategies for Urban Water Management - Bruk Berhanu, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (co-authors: M. Blackhurst, P. Jaramillo, M. J. Kirisits, D. Carlson)
Effect of Sodium Derived from Different Sources on Water Extractable Dissolved Organic Carbon and its Biodegradability in Urban Soils Across Four US Cities - Katelyn Lazar, Texas A&M, College Station, TX (co-authors: B. Beauchamp, J. Aitkenhead-Peterson)
The Preliminary Study for Distributed Reclaimed Water Supply System in a City - Hsu-Hui Wen, National University of Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (co-author: S. Ning)


Wednesday / April 27 / 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 17 and 18

Moderator - Yung-Hsin Sun
MWH Americas, Inc., Sacramento, CA

Understanding the Embedded Energy in the Water System - Kate Zerrenner, Environmental Defense Fund, Austin, TX
Utilizing Adaptive Capacity and Collaborative Governance Frameworks to Understand Water System Vulnerabilities. - Anna Pakenham Stevenson, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Sustainable Management of Irrigation and Energy Water Infrastructure System - Thushara Krishanthi De Silva Manikkuwahandi, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Moderator - Ryan Toohey
U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, AK

Develop Flow Duration Curve Using Short-term Hydrologic Records - Zhenxing Zhang, Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign, IL (co-authors: H. V. Knapp; L. Keefer)
A Multi-Decadal Analysis of Cold Region Hydrological Model Performance and Challenges at the Caribou - Poker Creeks Research Watershed - Keith Musselman, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, CO (co-authors: M. Clark, A. Endalamaw, W. R. Bolton, B. Nijssen)
Analyzing Peatland Discharge to Streams in an Alaskan Watershed: An integration of End-member Mixing Analysis and a Water Balance Approach - Michael Gracz, University of Minnesota, Fritz Creek, AK (co-authors: M. F. Moffett, D. I. Siegel, P. Glaser)
Hydrograph Separation of a Sub-arctic Glacial Watershed, Interior Alaska - Tiffany Gatesman, Water and Environmental Research Center, University of Alaska - Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK (co-authors: T. A. Douglas, A. K. Liljedahl, T. P. Trainor, A. Gaedeke)

Wednesday / April 27 / 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 19 and 20

Moderator - Jon Zufelt
HDR, Anchorage, AK

Basin-Scale, Multi Sector Approach To Energy Development, Climate Change and Land Use Impacts - Carol Collier, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Climate Change, EO 13690, and Water Resource Management and Resiliency - Jacques Annandale, AWR Engineering, Alaska Water Resources, Anchorage, AK (co-author: T. Boothby)
Water Shortage, Uncertainty of Water Supply and Socio-Economic Implications - Jad Ziolkowska, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK (co-author: R. Reyes)

SESSION 20: Informational Session - How to Publish a Great Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

Moderator - Parker J. Wigington
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the American Water Resources Association

Jim Wigington, JAWRA Editor-in-Chief, will present insights and practical steps to successfully publishing in water-related technical journals. Topics will include: defining the scope and content of a paper, who should be an author or coauthor, selecting a journal, effective writing, wise use of figures and tables, navigating the peer review process, and ways to make your journal article more visible. Ample time will be allotted for discussion of these and related topics.