Welcome to Portland
We're returning to Portland for AWRA's Annual Conference! Yes, we will again rendezvous on the banks of the fabled Columbia River at the Red Lion Hotel on the River at Jantzen Beach, 5-9 November. With almost 300 abstracts received, 70 oral sessions, posters galore, workshops, and other special events we are confident that the buzz generated and information produced by the 2013 meeting will be replicated once again.
Sunday preceding the conference will feature three events unique to the Pacific Northwest: a drone workshop on the banks of the Columbia River, a field trip to Clean Water Services' renowned Landscape Conservation Program in the Tualatin River Watershed, and a field trip to historic Willamette Falls in Oregon City.
Monday's plenary will commence with a look at current events, re-affirming our commitment to science, transparency, and inclusivity in the management of our treasured water resources. With five concurrent sessions and 17 topical (special) sessions throughout the week, this conference will address emerging issues related to technology, flowing waters, future risk, public policy, and more. Back by popular demand, "lightning talks" will give participants a fascinating glimpse into the newest web-based and field-based technologies in the water resources arena. In addition, look for sessions designated as "The Road to Brasilia: Preparation for the 8th World Water Forum." The 8th World Water Forum will convene in March 2018 in Brazil and AWRA will host discussions and presentations in the areas of water and energy, climate change adaptation, and integrated water resources management.
The 2017 conference committee has developed a program with a focus on students,
young professionals, and the young at heart. A fun run along the
Columbia River will get your heart pumping before the Tuesday sessions.
The student competition and the FREE young professionals speed networking
event are also returning to Portland. Water as portrayed in art
and photography will be on display (oils and photography) on Monday
and Tuesday of the conference. April Waters, conference artist-in-residence
will exhibit her oil paintings of water scenes in the Pacific Northwest.
Photographers Timothy Palmer (a guest speaker), Kevin Coulton and
Gary Whitton will be displaying their photography as well. And,
AWRA's main social event will take place in downtown at the newly
opened Portland Food Hall, featuring Portland's famous food carts
and local beverages.
During Tuesday's Lunch 'n' Learn, celebrated authors Bill and Rosemarie Alley will share 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. During Thursday's Lunch 'n' Learn, Professors Adell Amos and Bill Jaeger will present findings from a multi-year NSF-grant project Willamette Water 2100. See what some of the brightest lights in Pacific Northwest water predict our region will look like in the year 2100.
Portland awaits - looking forward to seeing you there!
Annual Conference Co-Chair and
Technical Program Co-Chair
Oregon Water Resources Department
Annual Conference Co-Chair and Technical Program Co-Chair
Oregon State University