No conference proceedings will be produced for this conference. However, the presenters' abstracts are available for viewing at the Oral Presentations link below (linked to the title of the session they appear in).
Welcome to St. Louis, the Gateway to the West and home of the
11 time World Series Champion Cardinals. America's heartland
is the perfect venue for our conference on Agricultural Hydrology
and Water Quality. Please take time to enjoy the sights of downtown
St. Louis during your stay. The Jefferson National Expansion
Memorial Park and the Gateway Arch are short walks from the
conference hotel. You can take a tour of the Anheuser-Busch
brewery, the Missouri botanical garden, and the award-winning
St. Louis zoo. On the riverfront, you can explore the mighty
Mississippi in a 19th century paddle-wheel boat, the Tom Sawyer,
or try your luck at a number of casinos.
Thanks to a great response to our calls for special sessions
and abstracts, we have assembled an exciting technical program.
Dr. Cathy Kling, an agricultural economist from Iowa State University
will kick off the conference with a plenary talk on economic
and policy options for water quality issues in agricultural
watersheds. There will be three to four concurrent sessions
per time block on timely topics such as legacy phosphorus management,
climate change impacts on agriculture, biofuels and bioenergy
crops, the two-stage ditch, irrigation, artificial drainage,
watershed modeling, nutrient trading, emerging contaminants,
and many more. At Wednesday's lunch, Dr. Wayne Honeycutt, the
Deputy Chief for Science and Technology for the USDA NRCS, will
present some potential solutions for the water quality and hydrology
challenges faced by U.S. agriculture. For students, Keith Goyne
has planned a speed networking session with professionals and
a student paper and poster competition. Patrick McGinnis has
developed an exciting field trip along the Great Rivers Confluence
Reach of the Mississippi on Sunday and a sunset birding and
kayaking expedition on the Mississippi for Tuesday evening.
In closing, I want to acknowledge our technical program co-chairs, Tony Buda and Jon Schoonover, for their substantial work developing a fantastic technical program. The AWRA staff deserves special recognition for all of their behind the scenes efforts in planning and delivering an outstanding conference. Lastly, I want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to participate in this conference. In this era of electronic communication, face-to-face interaction with our colleagues is a highly valued commodity. The AWRA community prides itself in delivering conferences that elevate the national and international conversation on water resource management and foster connections among old and new friends alike. I'm excited to get started!