2020 Virtual Annual Water Resources Conference Planning Committee

We are excited to announce that AWRA will hold its 2020 Annual Water Resources Conference as planned this November 9-11, 2020, though with major changes due to extraordinary circumstances. We will be 'meeting' completely VIRTUALLY.

This was not an easy decision. The AWRA Board and the Florida Planning Committee worked together to assess the pros and cons of pivoting to a virtual meeting -- taking into account health experts' projections, state and federal guidelines, news reports, and myriad travel restrictions still facing many water resources professionals. Given our number one priority is the health and safety of all AWRA conference attendees, our staff, and the surrounding community, we have decided to play it safe and go virtual for 2020.

The Planning Committee, led by L. Donald Duke of Florida Gulf Coast University, and Roger Copp of Water Science Associates, seeks to present another milestone conference for others to emulate. We plan an excellent array of content and thought leadership. Our multidisciplinary approach guarantees a suite of technical presentations that will satisfy the seasoned professional and student alike. AWRA's commitment to Community, Conversation and Connection will guide our efforts.

Conference Co-Chairs

Don Duke, Ph.D., P.E.
The Water School, Department of Ecology and Environmental Studies
Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Myers, FL

Roger Copp
Senior Water Resources Modeler
Water Science Associates
Tampa, FL 33606

Technical Program Committee

Michael E. Campana, PhD
Technical Director, AWRA
Professor of Hydrogeology & Water Resources Mgmt.
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR

Teresa E. Thornton, M.S., Ph.D.
Co-Founder, President, and CEO GET WET!
Senator George Mitchell Center, University of Maine
Orono, ME

Finance Chairs

Walt Reigner

Black & Veatch
Lakeland, FL

Samuel Palermo
Principal Water Resources Engineer
Boynton Beach, FL

Student Activities Committee

Allison Lewis, Student Activities Chair

Water Engineer
Tampa, FL 33607

Chris Martinez, Student Outreach/Coordination Chair

Activities/Field Trip Chair

Pattie Gertenbach
LEED Green Associate and Senior Associate
DeLand, FL

Committee Member

Rabia Ahmed
Principal Economist/Managing Partner
Greene Economics LLC
Lynnwood, WA


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