Open throughout the Conference
Free of charge to everyone!
AWRA Conversation Corner
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
- 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.
- All current jobs listed on the AWRA website Career Page will
be printed and displayed on the board.
Monday / November 4
Student Attendee Conference Orientation
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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
This event is included in the Registration Fee. All registered
conference participants are invited to attend the Opening Networking
Reception. Come greet old colleagues and make new acquaintances.
Also, the Poster Session participants will be at their posters to
answer any questions during the reception.
Additional tickets may be purchased on site at the AWRA Registration
Desk. The cost of an additional ticket is $30.00.
Tuesday / November 5
AWRA 5K Fun Run
6:30 AM to 8:00 AM
All pre-registered participants are welcome to join us for a beautiful,
casual 5K Fun Run! The run will follow a course that will take in
sights near the hotel.
There is no charge for this event but please sign up prior to
the conference using the Conference Registration Form. (Please
meet in hotel lobby at 6:15 a.m.)
Lunch 'n Learn:
'Too Hot To Touch' - An Early Afternoon with William and Rosemarie
12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM
does 'Yucca Mountain' mean to you? To many, it conjures a number
of things, many of them unfavorable. A nondescript ridge along the
western boundary of what used to be called the Nevada Test Site:
government incompetence; DoE SNAFU; good science; bad science; political
payoff; 'Screw Nevada' bill; boondoggle; policy; gravy train; NIMS;
politics; advances in hydrogeology; waste storage; NIMBY; 10,000
You probably get the picture. But whether you do or not, the book
Too Hot to Touch by William M. (Bill) Alley and spouse Rosemarie
Alley is must reading. It chronicles the problem of high-level nuclear
waste (HLW) and the USA's attempt to find a resting place for HLW
and related waste, an issue the legendary J. Robert Oppenheimer
once characterized as 'unimportant'. If only
Bill, former Chief of USGS's Office of Groundwater, and Rosemarie
will join us for a presentation and Q&A on HLW and related issues.
They will cover the science, the policy, the relationship between
the two, future prospects, and lessons learned. Painful though it
may be, theirs is a tale well worth hearing, as it relates to technical
issues and policy in general. WaterWonks in particular will find
much fertile ground.
A grab-and-go lunch will be available for purchase. Copies of their
book will be available for purchase after their talk. (The Alleys
also plan to attend the conference opening Networking Reception
on Monday evening.)
Jazz it up with BOY & BEAN
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Join the party! Come gather with us for a fun evening of great
food, great company and great LIVE music by a local group, Boy and
Bean. A cash bar will be available stocked with local wines and
beer. Sign up now to enjoy the evening in the company of your colleagues
while overlooking stunning views of the Columbia River. The event
is conveniently located at the conference site, the Red Lion Hotel
on the River - Jantzen Beach, so no need to board a bus, take a
long walk or find a taxi. Just relax and enjoy! ~ Don't forget to
pack your dancing shoes; you're going to need them!!
The cost for this evening of fun, good food and music is $38.00
until Oct. 14 and $45 afterwards.
Wednesday / November 6
AWRA Awards Luncheon
12:00 Noon - 1:15 PM
This event is included in the Registration Fee. Annually
the American Water Resources Association recognizes those persons
who have achieved excellence in water resources research, management,
and education. .
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 $40.00.
Student Career Night:
Panel of Professionals Discussion and Speed Networking
5:15 - 7:00 PM
Sponsored by the AWRA
Oregon State Section and Ann
Campana Judge Foundation
Join us for Student Career Night - an exciting opportunity for
undergraduate and graduate students to explore water-related careers.
The session will focus on a wide variety of career options in both
the non-profit and for-profit sectors. It will benefit both students
just starting to explore their career options and those ready to
join the workforce. Students will learn about experiences and opportunities
that are available in various water resources vocations and will
learn how water, as a career, is evolving. Discussion topics geared
toward water resources will include:
- Career options
- Growth industries and emerging fields
- Graduate degrees - pros and cons
- Entry level expectations and more!
The session will be presented in two parts. First, a panel of professionals
will discuss the substance of what they do and describe their work
environment. Following the panel discussion, students will have
the opportunity to meet and network with professionals spanning
a breadth of water resources careers in AWRA's 5th Annual Speed
Networking event that will allow students to quickly meet and network
with a variety of professionals from various water resources disciplines.
Students will be paired with a professional member and will have
2-3 minutes to meet each other and to talk about their interests,
professional aspirations, and career goals. Unlike "Speed Dating,"
the objective of Speed Networking is to expand one's professional
network so as to maximize one's ability to refer colleagues to each
other. Students will receive practical experience in meeting and
talking with water resources professionals from a variety of fields,
and will have the chance to exchange business cards. Students will
be rotated every 2-3 minutes until they have had the opportunity
to meet 10 or more professional members!
Following the Speed Networking session, a 30 minute-closing social
will allow students and professional members to further develop
their new connections.
Food and beverage will be provided at this event.
A New Day in the Klamath River Basin -
Adjudication, Drought, Science, and the Rule of Law
7:15 - 8:30 PM
Philip C. Ward, Director, Oregon Water Resources
Department, Salem, OR
Doug Woodcock, Field Services Administrator, Oregon Water
Resources Department, Salem OR
On Wednesday evening, November 6, conference participants
will enjoy a unique Twilight Briefing, featuring up-to-the minute
news from the Klamath River Basin. On March 7, 2013, the State of
Oregon completed its Adjudication of the Klamath River Basin, representing
38 years of work to determine the validity of 730 claims to the
use of surface water in Basin. This Adjudication was followed immediately
by a declared drought in the Basin, and a call for water by the
senior most water users: the Klamath Tribes, the Bureau of Reclamation,
and local irrigation districts. With a corps of watermasters, scientists,
and policy-makers focused on the Basin, the Oregon Water Resources
Department began for the first time in 2013 to deliver water to
senior users in the Klamath, according to Oregon water law.