2022 Spring Conference Topics

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AWRA will continue to hold this conference in-person as planned with strict safety and health protocols in place to continue our commitment to keep conference participates and AWRA safe. We cannot confirm there will be a hybrid component to this conference at this time. When submitting a Call for Topical Sessions and Workshops, please submit these knowing you are making a commitment to be in-person. If circumstances change in the local area (i.e. similar to the overwhelming spread of COVID-19 in Orlando and the health crisis that followed), the AWRA Board of Directors will assess the situation as it unfolds and may choose to make different choices at this time.

In the world we live in today, there is an inherent and permanent risk of being exposed to COVID-19 in your daily life. Trips to the grocery store, getting gas, picking up your children from school, and seeing family and friends are among the risks we take daily to live a normal and productive life. AWRA seeks to normalize how the AWRA community can gather in-person to fulfill our mission of community, conversation, and connection in the water resources community. Our safe and healthy protocols in place are the best practices of in-person gatherings today. The restrictions that are in place are the current standards, and protocols may change closer to the conference date. UPDATED: January 10, 2022


Aging water infrastructure
Water conservation
Adaptation and resilience in water infrastructure
Sustainable groundwater development
Managed aquifer recharge
Strategies for alternative water supplies
Forecast informed reservoir operations
Natural infrastructure and nature-based solutions
Green infrastructure

Environmental/Water Justice and/or Equity

Environmental water management
Social-environmental justice and/or water governance
Water allocation decision-making
Access to clean water

Climate Risk

Sea level rise and coastal water resources
Saltwater intrusion into coastal aquifers
Floods, droughts, forest fires
Compounding extremes and impacts of multiple hazards
Multi-hazard resilience planning - climate risk, seismic, landslide, wildfire
Climate and water quality
Food-Energy-Water nexus
Climate change adaptation
Adaptation to water extremes

Biohazards and Public Health Risk

COVID-19 and water safety
Water-borne diseases
Heavy metals in drinking water
Contaminants of emerging concerns
Adaptation and resilience for water infrastructure
Water conservation\
Engineering design of climate resilient water infrastructure

Climate, Water, and Energy Nexus

Climate and ecosystems
Improving agricultural water use
Cross-sector water transfers
Multi-objective water resources planning and management

Regional Themes

Saltwater encroachment
Sea level rise and coastal flooding
Delta and estuaries
Droughts and flash droughts in the Southeastern US
Transboundary water issues and governance
Sustainable groundwater management
Extreme climate events

Water Technology and Innovation

Digital twins
Innovative tools and software for water management
Big data and machine learning applications in water resources

Communication and Engagement

Public and community engagement
Inclusive water governance
Social media and innovations in risk communication

Social Value

Water markets
Alternative water supplies
Water policy and governance
Environmental water rights and management
Water-informed land use planning and smart growth
Land conservation practices and management
Monetizing benefits for funding and financing of resiliency planning
Communication, collaboration, and partnership
Federal judicial rulings of water conflicts

Ecosystem and Environmental Risk

Environmental crime
Natural disasters
Environmental hazards
Biodiversity loss
Ecosystem degradation
Water quality
Eutrophication and harmful algal blooms
Soil and water conservation
Reservoir risk and operation

Wastewater Management and Water Reuse & Recycle

Recycle and reuse of water
Wastewater as water supply
Nutrient removal and recycle
Sustainable resource management and recovery
Treatment of contaminants of emerging concerns
Energy conservation in wastewater

One Water

Conjunctive water resources management
Sustainable water development
Aquifer depletion and managed aquifer recharge
Water reuse
Surface water-groundwater interactions


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.

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