2013 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference - Agricultural Hydrology and Water Quality II
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Aerial View of Farmland along a RiverNo 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).


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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!

Karl Williard Chris Martinez
Karl W.J. Williard
General Conference Chair
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, IL
Phone: (618) 453-7478
Email: williard@siu.edu
williard@siu.eduu
Anthony R. Buda
Technical Program Co-Chair
USDA-ARS
University Park, PA
Phone: (814) 865-6623
Anthony.Buda@ars.usda.gov
Jon E. Schoonover
Technical Program Co-Chair
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, IL
Phone: (618) 453-7468
jschoon@siu.edu