Summer Conference

Improving Water Infrastructure through Resilient Adaptation

June 16-19, 2019

Nugget Casino Resort, Sparks, NV

Hotel reservation discount cut-off date: May 29, 2019 (recently extended!)
To reserve your hotel room click here.


Just announced! AWRA is hosting a Student Poster Competition on June 18 from 1:30 - 3:00 PM. Submit your abstract by May 1, 2019. Undergraduate and Graduate students are encouraged to present - learn more. 

Whether your organization has been looking at resilience and adaptation for years or is just starting to explore how it can support your mission, the conference will expand your knowledge and understanding and connect you to practitioners and policy-makers who are also seeking to improve and share.  In Nevada, we will confer about what engineering solutions and policy conditions are needed for improving water resources resilience of our nation, we will discuss what has or hasn’t worked as we have tried to adapt to water related risks, and what innovative data and tools are being developed and used to support our efforts to improve resilience and adapt to new water realities.

Early Registration Discount Deadline: May 28, 2019

                                                  Early – May 28, 2019               On-Site – After May 28, 2019             
                                              Member / Non-Member                Member / Non-Member

Full Registration                       $550 / $700                                       $650 / $800
One day Registration                 $300 / $425                                       $400 / $525
Student Registration                  $250 / $300                                       $300 / $350

Keynote Speaker

Wade Crowfoot was appointed California Secretary for Natural Resources by Governor Gavin Newsom in January 2019, bringing more than 20 years of public policy and environmental experience to the office, with expertise in water, climate and sustainability issues. He most recently served as chief executive officer of the Water Foundation and led its transition into an independent organization early in 2017. Prior to joining the foundation, he served in Governor Jerry Brown’s Administration as deputy cabinet secretary and senior advisor to the Governor, leading the administration’s drought response efforts. He previously served as West Coast regional director for the Environmental Defense Fund and a senior environmental advisor to then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.


Plenary Speakers

Dan Cayan is a Research Meteorologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Cayan’s work is aimed at understanding climate variability and changes over the Pacific Ocean and North America and how they affect the water cycle and related sectors over western North America, with focus on California.  Cayan has contributed to a series of California climate vulnerability and adaptation assessments, including serving as lead editor for scientific contributions to the Fourth California Climate Change Assessment, released in 2018.   He is also involved with programs to deliver improved climate information to decision makers: the California Nevada Applications Program (CNAP), sponsored by the NOAA RISA Program and the Southwest Climate Science Center, sponsored by the US Geological Survey, Department of Interior.

Michael Dettinger is a senior research hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Water Resources Mission Area (Water Cycle Branch), a resident scientist at the University of Nevada Reno, distinguished visiting researcher at the Desert Research Institute, and a research associate of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Dettinger has monitored and researched the hydrology, climates, and water resources of the West for over 35 years, focusing on regional water resources, watershed modeling, causes of hydro-climatic variability and extremes (including atmospheric rivers and droughts), and climate-change influences.


Jason King retired from the Nevada Division of Water Resources in January of 2019 after working for the Division for more than 27 years and served as State Engineer for his final 9 years.   As State Engineer, he oversaw the appropriation, management and regulation of both groundwater and surface water in the driest state in the Nation.  King has negotiated on Nevada’s behalf on numerous interstate water disputes, was a member of the State Environmental Commission, the Colorado Salinity Control Council and served on Governor Sandoval’s Drought Forum.


Timothy Brown conducts applied research at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Reno, Nevada. His primary academic interests include wildland fire-climate-weather connections; the wildfire environment; applications development for wildland fire management planning, decision-making and policy; and the interface between science and decision-making. He is Director of the Western Regional Climate Center and the Program for Climate, Ecosystem and Fire Applications (CEFA) at DRI. He is graduate faculty in the University of Nevada, Reno Atmospheric Sciences Program and quandom Adjunct and current Affiliate at the Monash University School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, Science Faculty in Clayton, Victoria, Australia.

Jeanine Jones is the California Department of Water Resources’ Interstate Resources Manager. She has previously been CDWR’s Drought Preparedness Manager, and still works extensively on drought. Jones represents CDWR on the Colorado River Board of California and Western States Water Council, where she is current Chair. She is a registered professional engineer in California and Nevada.

Armin Munévar is a global technologist for Integrated Water Resource Management for Jacobs Engineering and firm lead for climate change adaptation and water resources planning. Mr. Munévar is responsible for developing and implementing frameworks for evaluating impacts on water resource systems, assessing vulnerabilities, developing adaptation strategies, and helping clients achieve sustainable water management. 

Field Trip

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Truckee River Watershed Tour: From the headwaters of Lake Tahoe to the terminus of Pyramid Lake - $20.00
The Truckee River is one of Nevada’s most significant natural and cultural resources, delivering 80% of all drinking water to residents in the Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County areas, also providing agricultural water from the mountains... AND it's the only significant source of water to Pyramid Lake, a sensitive and valuable "desert terminus lake."  The river also provides a rich source of habitat for many species of plants and wildlife. Geographic named this annual migration event as one of North American's two greatest natural wildlife phenomena.


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