AWRA 2012 Summer Specialty Conference
Preliminary Program
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Immediately prior to this conference and at the same location will be another AWRA Specialty Conference focused on Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Water Resources
Sessions will be offered on Wednesday that will bridge the topic areas of both of these related conferences. Please consider the session topics of both conferences as there may be relevant topic areas in each.

You can attend one conference or both (for a small additional fee): 3 days or 4 to 5 days the choice is yours to participate in a truly interdisciplinary conference setting.

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Riparian Ecosystems IV: Advancing Science, Economics and Policy
June 27-29, 2012, Denver, CO

DenverThe mile high city of Denver, Colorado serves as host to the 4th AWRA Riparian Conference, "Riparian Ecosystems IV: Integrating Science, Economics and Policy".  This conference is scheduled back to back with the AWRA specialty conference on “Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Water Resources II: Research, Engineering, and Community Action” June 25-57, 2012.

The Riparian Conference will bring together, scientists, policy makers, and economists to discuss the very latest national and global issues concerning the management and sustainability of riparian ecosystems.  It will serve as a forum for the exchange of timely topics such as riparian ecosystem responses to flooding, the influence of bio-energy production on riparian function, the impacts of climate change on riparian ecosystem sustainability, and the effects of green house gas emissions in riparian ecosystems.  The mix of topics will provide networking opportunities that stimulate discussion regarding the technical, economic and socio-political aspects of riparian systems.  The objective of the conference is to improve our understanding of the latest sound science, discuss future scientific needs, and plan for policies to promote riparian sustainability into the future.  Cross over between the two conferences will create a week of unprecedented informative exchange among disciplines equally concerned with emerging contaminants that threaten human and environmental health and with the critical riparian and water resources that sustain human and environmental health.

Conference Expectations

Riparian ecosystems are dynamic environments and respond to a growing human influence.  Throughout 2011, man-made and environmental disasters affected every region in the Nation.  Hurricanes, droughts, floods, fire, climate and land-use change influenced natural riparian systems.  These disturbances also affected those who live, work and play within the very elastic boundaries of rivers, streams and floodplains.  The timing is ripe for a conference that will focus on natural disturbance effects, as well as human influences on riparian ecosystems.  The Conference Planning Committee  has developed a program that will:

  • Be a forum for the exchange of timely topics such as riparian ecosystem responses to flooding, the influence of bio-energy production on riparian function, the impacts of climate change on riparian ecosystem sustainability, and the effects of green house gas emissions in riparian ecosystems.
  • Provide networking opportunities that stimulate discussion regarding the technical, economic and socio-political aspects of riparian systems.
  • Create an awareness of the need for sound science and policies to promote riparian sustainability through the future

Join us for an unforgettable and informative conference!

Bill Battaglin Judith A. Okay
Conference Technical Chair
Riparian Ecosystems IV: Advancing Science, Economics and Policy
Venue: The shared location for this June 25-29 2012 event will be at the Sheraton Denver Downtown in Denver, Colorado, a vibrant city with abundant opportunities for fine dining, shopping, culture, recreation, and sports (yes, the Colorado Rockies will be in town that week). The Denver International Airport is approximately 23 miles from the hotel.