Annual Conference

Annual Water Resources Conference

November 3-7, 2019

Join us in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah for the AWRA 2019 Annual Water Resources Conference and take part in a technical program with a depth and scope that has earned a reputation as one of the most diverse and inclusive conferences in water resources management.

Conference Location

Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel

150 West 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA

Conference Deadlines

OPEN: Call for Student Paper/Posters Competition. Due August 6, 2019
September 3: Super Saver Registration - Now just $595 for members!
October 13: Hotel Room Block - Book your reservation with the Sheraton to receive the conference rate of $139/night plus taxes/fees (single/double).
October 15: Early Registration
CLOSED: Call for Topical Sessions and Workshops
CLOSED: Call for Abstracts

Need your organization's support to participate? Use our Justification to Attend Letter template. If you are traveling outside the United States and need a Letter of Invitation, please email

Conference Description

Praised by attendees year-after-year, AWRA's Annual Conference is an immersive experience, providing attendees with innovative, practical, and applied water resource management solutions, management techniques, and current research. Attendees will hear:

  • lessons learned from the implementation of multidisciplinary projects,
  • best practices discovered in the design and application of water resource management,
  • implications of water policy decisions, and
  • research into current and emerging issues.

Hosted by AWRA's Utah State Section, the conference also promises to provide multiple opportunities to explore and appreciate the unique water resource aspects of this beautiful city and state.

Workshop (Limited to 12 attendees)

Using Multiobjective Evolutionary Algorithms to Support Water Resources Planning: Water utilities undertaking long term planning must consider conflicting performance goals, e.g. trying to reliably meet growing demands, maintaining aging infrastructure, while avoiding costly new infrastructure and minimizing harm to the environment. Using traditional planning approaches, the utilities may only be able to develop and test a few alternative portfolios, and these few may not achieve the best performance or balance possible in the competing objectives. Multiobjective Evolutionary Algorithms (MOEAs) are an emerging decision support tool that can overcome the limitations in portfolio development and provide quantitative information about the tradeoffs between competing objectives, leading to insights about a water supply system and high-performing, innovative sets of planning decisions. Attendees of this workshop will:

  1. Learn what an MOEA is.
  2. Identify how it can be used in different ways- brief case study reviews.
  3. Participate in in-depth, hands-on, interactive session on fictitious but realistic western water utility to see how it can be used for long term water supply planning – (majority of workshop).
  4. Describe how MOEAs can support complex decision tradeoff analysis.
  5. See how visual analytics can help analyze difficult problems.

Field Trips

Registration for the conference field trips is open - click here for details. Space is limited so register early and add these field trips to your conference registration! Attendees can tour the Utah Water Research Laboratory, one of the most well respected facilities of its kind, or visit the Wasatch Drain Tunnel to learn about its water storage and treatment systems for Snowbird Ski Resort and Little Cottonwood Canyon. 

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