"Ask Me About
Monday / May 12 - Wednesday / May 14
What is the "Ask Me About
How does the "Ask Me About
" program work?
Conference attendees wear "Ask Me About
ribbons on their nametags. During conference breaks, lunches,
and networking sessions, attendees are encouraged to initiate
conversation with anyone wearing "Ask Me About
ribbons. The "Ask Me About
" ribbons function
as conversation icebreakers, resulting in interesting and fun
discussion among conference attendees.
How do I participate in the "Ask Me About
Pick up an "Ask Me About
at the conference registration desk. Fill in the blank on your
ribbon with a word(s) that provides a clue to your work, background,
or professional interests. Attention-grabbing, witty, interesting,
yet professional ribbon content is highly encouraged.
Wear your "Ask Me About
on your nametag throughout the conference.
Engage in conversation with conference attendees
by explaining your "Ask Me About
For the benefit of the novice conference attendees,
experienced attendees should share conference tips, provide
professional advice, and facilitate networking with others.
Student Presenter Competition
Monday / May 12 - Wednesday / May 14
Through the "Outstanding Student Presentation Award,"
AWRA recognizes exceptional student contributions to this Conference.
Conference presentations are an important aspect of professional
development and AWRA seeks to encourage and support student participation
at its meetings, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Significance and originality of the material will be fundamental
in evaluating the student presentations, which will be judged
by the session attendees. There will be an Oral and a Poster winner.
Each winner will have their biographical sketch and photo published
in an upcoming issue of AWRA's Water Resources IMPACT magazine
and put on the AWRA website.
Opening Networking Reception
Monday / May 12
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 $35.00.
Tuesday Evening Networking Dinner
Tuesday / May 13
6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
On Tuesday join us for a relaxing evening with live music and
food at Snowbird's quaint El Chanate Restaurant and Arcade. Enjoy
a bounty of authentic Mexican and non-Mexican flare cuisine offered
at several food stations including a fresh salad station, chips,
salsa and guacamole, a variety of quesadillas, and personal sized
nacho plates, assorted tacos and hot queso dip. Other items will
include wings, chicken tenders and ribs. Wet your whistle in the
Cantina and experience the finest of tequila selections and other
beverages. The Arcade provides pool tables, air hockey, video
games and more for those with a competitive spirit. Weather permitting,
there will be seating on the outdoor patio of the restaurant with
flaming fire pits to keep you warm in the crisp spring mountain
air. For your listening enjoyment, wander by the foyer for some
live music by The Ricochets, an acoustic duo offering a medley
of familiar folk, bluegrass and Americana favorites.
The cost of this event is $30.00.
AWRA Conference Luncheon
Wednesday / May 14
12:00 Noon - 1:15 PM
"3DNHD - The Plan for the Future"
A panel moderated by David Maidment, University of Texas, Austin,
Come join your colleagues for a delicious lunch and listen to
panelists, led by Dr. David Maidment, as they discuss the future
of 3D NHD. LIDAR data describing the land surface elevation are
available for about one third of the United States and the USGS
has a plan for national coverage. The existing NHD and NHDPlus
datasets contain 2D features having (x,y) coordinates and some
elevation attributes. The emergence of LIDAR creates the potential
for producing a true 3DNHD with features having (x,y,z) coordinates
describing the shape of the river channel and its floodplains
or riparian zones. There are many benefits that would flow from
a 3DNHD, including better definition of flood risk, and greater
understanding of environmental flows. There are also significant
technical challenges in producing a 3DNHD. This panel will discuss
the need for a 3DNHD and how a plan might be evolved for creating
such a dataset.
This event is included in the Registration Fee. Additional
tickets may be purchased on site at the AWRA Registration Desk.
The cost for each additional ticket is $40.00.