Virtual Summer Conference

AWRA 2021 Virtual Summer Conference

Connecting Land & Water for Healthy Communities

REGISTRATION IS OPEN: July 19 - 21, 2021 | Virtual


Photo Credits: Satellite image (1) Colorado River Basin Delta [Esri, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, i-cubed, USDA FSA, USGS, AEX, Getmapping, Aerogrid, IGN, IGP, swisstopo, and the GIS User Community]; Group table image (2) Arizona Growing Water Smart February 2020 [Diego Trejo]; Canal image (4) Central Arizona Project (CAP) Canal, near Dixileta Avenue and I-17, Phoenix AZ [DougVonGausig]

Join us for our first-ever virtual AWRA Specialty Conference titled AWRA 2021 Summer Land and Water Specialty Conference. This conference will bring together stakeholders across multiple disciplines, types of organizations, and professions to address the design, integration, and implementation of the programs necessary to better connect land and water planning and policy.

Although this conference will be virtual, AWRA will uphold our long commitment to outstanding technical content and unparalleled opportunities for Community, Conversation, and Connections, the hallmark of AWRA meetings.

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Virtual: Participation details will be announced soon.

Registration & Deadlines

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Why Attend?

This conference aims to bring together stakeholders across multiple disciplines and types of organizations and professions to address the design, integration, and implementation of the programs necessary to better connect land and water planning and policy. The management of land and water are intimately related, yet these connections are not adequately recognized, and the individuals working in these interrelated areas are often disconnected. How we use our land determines the demand for water, impacts water quality, and can impact water availability and aquatic ecosystems. Likewise, water is critical to the sustainability, resilience, and quality of life in our communities.

This specialty conference will bring together practitioners and researchers across the intersecting areas of water management, land planning, natural resources policy, and related technical and design professions. Sessions will be multi-disciplinary and will focus on understanding the integrated nature of our challenges, goals, and programs. Topics will include:

  • land and water aspects of water supply,
  • water demand management,
  • stormwater management,
  • wastewater treatment,
  • community planning and design,
  • conservation, and
  • integrated “one water” approaches.
With a focus on the relationships among water resources management, utility operations, and land use planning and design, attendees will come away with a new understanding and strengthened personal networking connections across the disciplines and professions critical to water and community sustainability. We look forward to your participation.

Also, a special free edition of the March/April 2021 Water Resources IMPACT Magazine is now available as a companion to this Virtual Summer Conference. Guest editor, Mike Antos of Stantec says, "Arguably, managing water separately from land was one of the great missteps of the 20th century. Turning our eyes to past practices, and recognizing the role watersheds play in the health of the environment and our communities, we see that land and water must be managed together as integrated social-natural systems." Access the full issue here.


If you actively engage in our community, your career and organization will benefit. We offer multiple opportunities for engagement via conferences, social media, webinars, committees and publications.