President's Message, March 2020
It's March and my mind automatically turns to March Madness. Not just the NCAA basketball
tournaments, but the time of year when everything
seems to be popping. For AWRA staff and conference
planning volunteers it’s a mad-dash to ensure our
members and other attendees have the best experience
possible at our upcoming 2020 Geospatial WaterTechnology Conference in Austin, Texas (March 23-26, 2020). I do hope you’ll join us. It promises to be a
fantastic opportunity to hear from our colleagues around
the country about cutting-edge technology devoted
to understanding, analyzing, and sharing information
about complex systems critical to water resources
management. Please check out the in-depth program
assembled by our terrific planning committee and
register for the conference if you haven’t already done
so. We’ll also be paying tribute to David Maidment for
his outstanding technological contributions to the water
resources community. A full day Maidment Symposium
sponsored by CUAHSI (Consortium of Universities
for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc.) will
immediately follow the AWRA specialty conference.
Meanwhile, our conference volunteers from the
Florida AWRA state section are hard at work generating
interest and coordinating details for the AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference November 9-12 in Kissimmee, Florida. The location
offers terrific opportunities for field trips, special
sessions, and of course family vacations for those able
to stay a little longer or arrive early. Keep your eyes open
for the Call for Abstracts coming out soon!
As always, I hope you’ll reach out to your AWRA State Sections and Student Chapters and become engaged
with them as well as AWRA national. We’ve reinstituted
regular check-in calls with both and hope that we can
build an even stronger network to share information and
ideas in these critical times. Some of our sections have
fantastic events planned. Please contact us for more
information on how to reach or start a state section or
student chapter. These are great ways to share your
work and get new input from the work of others. Our
publications, JAWRA and Water Resources IMPACT Magazine, of
course, are another great way to share your research, as
are our webinars.
We are also working hard on some association
basics, including updating and improving our website,
our membership notification and renewal processes,
and smoothing out technological and organizational
glitches as we evolve as an organization. All hopefully will
contribute to better experiences for you, our members.
I hope everyone will enjoy this edition of IMPACT.
A special thank you to our guest editors, Venkatesh
Merwade and Lilit Yeghiazarian, for gathering articles
and working closely with our technical editor Michael
Campana to put together another great edition. I want
to thank all those involved in IMPACT's production for
your hard work behind the scenes, including our topnotch
AWRA staff. A shout-out also goes to our terrific
2020 Geospatial Water Technology Conference planners.
They have done a wonderful job putting together
the conference program and getting ready for the
conference in Austin, TX March 23-26, 2020.
I hope to see everyone in Austin later this month.
hope I can count on your continued support as we lay
the foundation for a great year. And good luck to all with
the madness that is March. (I myself have my eyes on the
UofO women’s bball team).
We always appreciate hearing from you. Please feel free to correspond with me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Betsy Cody is the 2020 president of AWRA.