2016 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference: Water - Energy - Environment
Networking Events

"Ask Me About…" Program

Monday / April 25 - Wednesday / April 27

What is the "Ask Me About…" program?

"Ask Me About…" is AWRA's way of encouraging fun and informal networking between conference attendees.

How does the "Ask Me About…" program work?

Conference attendees wear "Ask Me About…" ribbons on their nametags. During conference breaks, lunches, and networking sessions, attendees are encouraged to initiate conversation with anyone wearing "Ask Me About…" ribbons. The "Ask Me About…" ribbons function as conversation icebreakers, resulting in interesting and fun discussion among conference attendees.

How do I participate in the "Ask Me About…" program?

  • Pick up an "Ask Me About…" ribbon at the conference registration desk. Fill in the blank on your ribbon with a word(s) that provides a clue to your work, background, or professional interests. Attention-grabbing, witty, interesting, yet professional ribbon content is highly encouraged.
  • Wear your "Ask Me About…" ribbon on your nametag throughout the conference.
  • Engage in conversation with conference attendees by explaining your "Ask Me About…" ribbon.
  • For the benefit of the novice conference attendees, experienced attendees should share conference tips, provide professional advice, and facilitate networking with others.

Student Presenter Competition

Monday / April 25 - Tuesday / April 26

Through the "Outstanding Student Presentation Award," AWRA recognizes exceptional student contributions to this Conference. Conference presentations are an important aspect of professional development and AWRA seeks to encourage and support student participation at its meetings, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Significance and originality of the material will be fundamental in evaluating the student presentations, which will be judged by the session attendees. One winner will be selected. The winner will have his or her biographical sketch and photo published in an upcoming issue of AWRA's Water Resources IMPACT magazine and put on the AWRA website.

Water - Energy - Environment Nexus Webinar

Monday / April 25
12:15 PM to 1:20 PM (Alaska)
(Eastern (4:15-5:20), Central (3:15-4:20), Mountain (2:15-3:20), and Pacific (1:15-2:20)
Maximum number of participants: 100

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This event will be held online and sponsored on the Alaska section, AWRA, Webex Webinar site. The on-line session will be open for students and professionals and will help discuss key issues related to the main conference theme "Water - Energy - Environment". Various AWRA Student Section Chapters will help lead discussions on the relevant issues in their regions. There is no cost for this event and sign-up space is limited. To learn more, contact Taylor Rowley, and Raquel Granados-Aguilar.

Opening Networking Reception

Monday / April 25
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

This event is included in the Registration Fee. All registered conference participants are invited to attend the Opening Networking Reception. Come greet old colleagues and make new acquaintances. Also, the Poster Session participants will be at their posters to answer any questions during the reception.

Additional tickets may be purchased on site at the AWRA Registration Desk. The cost of an additional ticket is $35.00.

Alaska Section, AWRA Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday / April 26
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM

The Alaska Section, AWRA, will hold its annual business and membership meeting during lunch on Tuesday. The meeting is open to all interested conferences attendees. There are no costs associated with attending the meeting.

AWRA 5K Fun Run / Walk

led by Bill Battaglin and Robin Beebee
5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

There is no charge for this event which will be sponsored by local businesses
But a donation of $20 is encouraged which will go to the AWRA Richard A. Herbert Scholarship Fund

All registered participants are welcome to join "really-past-President" Bill Battaglin on a beautiful, casual, and entertaining run/walk during following the last sessions on Tuesday the 26th. This running/walking tour will take in sights of Anchorage and the Cook Inlet and will be approximately 5 Km. We ask for a suggested donation of $20 for this event (and swag will be provided), the proceeds of which will go to the AWRA Richard A. Herbert Scholarship Fund." Please sign up prior to the conference using the web site, or find Bill on Monday. Run/walk will start at the hotel lobby. Please be ready to go by 5:10 PM.

Wild Salmon Center
Trout Unlimited
Susitna River Coalition


A "Fish First" Future for Alaska: Balancing Energy and Fish through Low Impact Hydropower Development in Alaska

Tuesday / April 26th
5:30 to 7:30 pm

Cost: Free

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Join us for an evening session on Tuesday, April 26th, for salmon appetizers and a robust discussion about the importance of striking a balance between fisheries and energy needs for Alaska's future. This session will be sponsored by AWRA, Trout Unlimited, Wild Salmon Center, The Susitna River Coalition and the Alaska Section, AWRA. Alaska is a state defined by its fisheries. Salmon are the crown jewel of Alaska and thrive due to vast reaches of unaltered water resources and pristine habitat. Hydropower also plays an important role in Alaska's past and energy future. Projects throughout Alaska demonstrate that hydropower and fisheries can coexist. Panelists will represent different sectors of the conversation around fisheries conservation and hydropower development to help inform a discussion about hydropower and fisheries policy in Alaska. There is no cost for this event.

AWRA Conference Luncheon

Wednesday / April 27
12:00 Noon - 1:15 PM

Luncheon Speaker:
Jerad Bales
U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA

"The Water-Energy Nexus: A Geosciences Perspective"

Come join your colleagues for a delicious lunch and some more networking and hear a talk by Jerad Bales of the U.S. Geological Survey.

This event is included in the Registration Fee. Additional tickets may be purchased on site at the AWRA Registration Desk. The cost for each additional ticket is $40.00.


Local Field Trip: Eklutna Water Treatment Facility and Ship Creek Energy Recovery Station

5:00 to 8:30 pm


Price: Free / Limit 20 People


Note: A sign-up sheet will be available at the registration desk during the conference. Please sign up by Wednesday noon.

The Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility invites you to top off the conference with a local field trip Wednesday evening to visit the Eklutna Water Treatment Facility and Ship Creek Energy Recovery Station and see the new innovation in place and being developed to optimize the water treatment and energy costs for the utility operations. View additional details >>>