On behalf of the entire AWRA conference planning
committee I want to welcome you to the 2014 AWRA Summer
Specialty Conference on Integrated Water Resources Management
- From Theory to Application. Building on the dialogue
that was initiated in the inaugural IWRM conference held in Snowbird,
Utah in 2011, Integrated
Water Resources Management: The Emperor's New Clothes or Indispensable
Process?, the program for this conference was developed
to see how IWRM was being implemented to address water resource
problems across the United States and the world.
Owens River and the Sierra Nevada
Why is it important to attend this conference?
Growing demand for adequate supplies of fresh water requires
that our water resources be managed as efficiently as possible
to ensure the sustainability of both societal and natural systems.
IWRM holds promise as an approach to better manage this critical
resource, and while it has not yet become the standard of practice,
growing numbers of organizations are adopting IWRM principles
as the approach that will be used to address their water resource
challenges. This conference will provide an opportunity to learn
about advancements in the practice of IWRM, the tools that have
recently been developed to aid in implementing IWRM, and to discuss
how well IWRM has worked (or not worked) in addressing water resource
What will you learn at this conference?
The presentations and discussions at this conference will focus
on how IWRM is being applied to address a wide range of water
resource management issues, featuring some of the largest and
most challenging water resources management efforts in the United
States. The conference will feature 27 technical sessions on issues
associated with implementing IWRM, including: water quality, flood
management; regional planning, economics, groundwater, utilities
management, agriculture, ecosystems, and more.
Some of the conference highlights are:
Monday morning's keynote presentation will feature
Mr. Randy Fiorini, Chair of the Delta Stewardship Council,
and Dr. Peter Goodwin, Lead Scientist for the Delta Stewardship
Council. They will address the science and politics of restoring
and managing the Bay Delta system, one of the largest IWRM efforts
in the United States.
Tuesday morning's keynote presentation will
also feature two distinguished speakers: Dr. Levi D. Brekke
and Mr. Gary B. Bardini. Dr. Brekke is with Water Resources
Planning and Operations Support at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation,
where he focuses on reservoir systems analysis, technical team
coordination, and research on climate information applications.
Mr. Bardini is Deputy Director for Integrated Water Management,
at the California Department of Water Resources, where his primary
responsibilities include implementing Integrated Regional Water
Management, coordinating DWR's efforts related to climate change,
updating and implementing the California Water Plan, promoting
and facilitating the efficient use of water, overseeing DWR's
flood management and dam safety programs, and implementing the
FloodSAFE California initiative.
There will be a Special Session on how Environmental
Justice can be incorporated into IWRM practices, as well as
a trio of Special Sessions discussing the nexus between IWRM-WASH
Panel discussions will address IWRM efforts
in the American River Basin and Planning Wildcards, such as
Climate Change, Population Growth and Emerging Ecosystem Issues.
If this weren't enough, we will also have a
premiere of the film "Water and Disadvantaged Communities
of the Eastern Sierra," followed by a panel discussion
led by the film's creator.
Finally, for those of you able to spend an extra
day in the Reno area, on Sunday there is a pre-conference technical
field trip of the Truckee River, from mouth to source. This
will provide participants with an opportunity to see the broad
range of services that a river provides, and why the river needs
to be managed in a holistic manner to be able to sustainably
provide these services.
AWRA conferences always have ample opportunities for networking
and interaction in a congenial atmosphere and the 2014 Summer
Specialty Conference is no exception. We are employing our highly
successful "Ask Me About" program which invites attendees
to discuss topics of mutual interest with other attendees.
The 2014 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference on Integrated Water
Resources Management will meet at the Nugget Hotel and Casino
in Reno/Sparks, NV. Known as the Biggest Little City in the World,
Reno is located at the base of the Sierra Nevada and is within
an hour's drive of both Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake. Reno is an
outdoor recreational mecca, near to thousands of biking and hiking
trails, over 50 golf courses, lakes that are perfect for fishing,
sailboarding, and boating, and the entire length of the Truckee
River, which runs right through the center of Reno's downtown,
which features a whitewater kayak park. Reno is served by Reno-Tahoe
International Airport, located minutes from downtown, and has
over 300 days of sunshine per year.
We look forward to meeting each of you in Reno this June and
July as we continue AWRA's tradition of fostering "Community,
Conversation and Connections" between and among professionals
working in the developing field of Integrated Water Resources
|John C. Tracy
General Conference Chair
University of Idaho
| Michael E. Campana
Technical Program Chair
Oregon State University