2015 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference
Oral Presentations

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Monday / November 16 / 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks


John C. Tracy
AWRA President
Idaho Water Resources Research Institute
Boise, ID

Laurel Stadjuhar
Conference Chair
West Sage Water Consultants
Denver, CO

Keynote Speaker

Water for the Anasazi: How the Ancients of Mesa Verde Engineered their Water Supplies


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Kenneth R. Wright

Kenneth R. Wright

President and Chief Engineer, Wright Water Engineers, Denver, CO

Keynote Speaker


"Insight into the Continuing Crisis on the Colorado River"

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Jim Lochhead

Jim Lochhead
Denver Water CEO/Manager
Denver, CO

Monday / November 16 / 10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon
Concurrent Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Moderator - William A. Battaglin
U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO

powerpointEmbracing Uncertainty: Climate Adaptation in Action - Laurna Kaatz, Denver Water, Denver, Co (co-author: K. Raucher)
powerpointWater Utility Regulatory Challenges Due to Climate Change: Defining the Challenges at the Science-Policy Interface - Keely Brooks, Southern Nevada Water Authority, Las Vegas, NV (co-authors: K. Heyn, L. Kaatz, K. Raucher)
powerpointClimate Change and Water Management in Eastern States: Overcoming Barriers to Innovation in Regulated Riparianism - Beth Kinne, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY and Lara B. Fowler, Penn States Inst. of Energy and the Env., Penn State University, University Park, PA
powerpointMoving the Climate Conversation Forward - Karen Raucher, Stratus Consulting, Boulder, CO (co-authors: L. Kaatz, K. Brooks)

Moderator - Kevin Reidy
CWCB, Denver, CO


Lyle Whitney, Aurora Water Conservation Division, Aurora, CO
Beorn Courtney, Element Water Consulting, Denver, CO
Peter Pollock, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, MA
Stuart Feinglas, City of Westminster, Westminster, CO

Land Use and Water Planning integration activities have significantly increased over the last few years in Colorado. Historically, this has been a "taboo" topic characterized as anti-growth and something that should always remain in parallel silos. Unfortunately, Colorado's population is set to nearly double by 2050 to between 8.6 to 10 million people while facing a looming 600,000-1,000,000 acre feet supply-demand gap by 2050. This panel of experts will discuss the various activities happening in Colorado that are shaping current and future integration between these planning disciplines.

  • Drew Beckwith, Western Resources Advocates: In 2013, the Land Use Leadership Alliance hosted an eight week training to bring land use and water planners together. Various representatives from 5 municipalities in the Denver Metro area came together to learn how to better integrate these two disciplines in order to reduce the water needs of future development. Drew Beckwith from Western Resource Advocates will discuss results from the training program, its successes, and future efforts for 2015 and beyond.
  • Lyle Whitney, Aurora Water: Aurora Water is bridging the gap between land use and water planning. They have created their LUAM model, short for the Land Use and Management model. This is designed to bring together water and land use into an integrated model that will help Aurora Water and the City of Aurora Planning department plan out their shared future in managing the city's water and land use resources.
  • Beorn Courtney, Element Water Consulting: Sterling Ranch is the first and only development that is participating in the Colorado Water Conservation Board's Precipitation Harvesting Pilot program. As a new community development, they have designed it to be a sustainable 21st century community integrating rainwater harvesting, stormwater management (green infrastructure), water conservation and land use planning.
  • Peter Pollock, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy: Colorado Water and Growth Dialogue: The Colorado Water and Growth Dialogue is a project that brings together experts in land use planning, water supply and demand planning, land development and public policy to work on the issues of integrated land use and water planning. The Keystone Policy Center, an objective and independent facilitation organization, convened and is managing this project. The purpose of the Colorado Water and Growth Dialogue is three- fold: first, to demonstrate how much water can be saved through the integration of water and land use planning for homes and neighborhoods that will be developed or redeveloped in the future; second, to develop a consensus-based set of recommended water-saving strategies for communities that can be incorporated into their planning that recognizes the uncertainties of how and where people in the future will want to live; and third, to develop and disseminate an implementation plan for these recommendations that includes a demonstration of real water savings that can be achieved through strategic land use planning decisions while still meeting the current and future needs of the community.

Moderator - Chuck Henning

Storing Water in California: Benefits and Economic Costs of Groundwater Recharge - Debra Perrone, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (co-author: M. Rhode)
Communicating about California Drought using a Strategic, Social Communications Approach - Doug Parker, University of California, Oakland, CA (co-author: F. Kearns)
Groundwater in California: Transition from Voluntary to Mandatory Management - Owen Kubit and Shay Overton, Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group, Clovis, CA
The Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency's Long-Term Reliable Water Supply Strategy - Adrianne Carr, Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency, San Mateo, CA (co-authors: M. Hurley, N. Sandkulla)

Moderator - Sara Larsen
Western States Water Council (WSWC), Murray, UT


Tony Willardson, WSWC Executive Director, Murray, UT
Pat Lambert, Western Federal Agency Support Team (WestFAST) Liaison Officer (USGS, Murray, UT
Joan Card, EPA Regional 8 Senior Policy Advisor, Denver, CO
Jennifer Gimbel, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior (Water & Science), Washington, DC/ or Tom Iseman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, Washington, DC
Jean Thomas, USFS, Water Rights Program Manager, Washington, DC/ or Chris Carlson, USFS, National Groundwater Program Leader, Golden, CO

Creating a robust, collaborative framework for addressing water issues between state and federal partners is of paramount importance. There is a dynamic tension between the primacy of the states' administration of their waters, and the regulatory role of federal agencies. Each has its own constitutional or statutory authorities, missions and responsibilities. It is important to recognize that there are many examples of successful, mutually beneficial interactions between state water resource agencies and their federal counterparts. There are also tensions and overlaps in jurisdiction between multiple parties that can and have led to conflict where not successfully arbitrated, with a number of examples where discussions have failed to result in a satisfactory resolution of issues, between federal and state agencies. Often, a breakdown in communication is to blame. There is an apparent lack of a robust, well-accepted framework for discussions wherein productive negotiation can take place between sovereign entities. This special session will provide an overview of the dynamics and psychology between state water administrators, often co-regulators, with federal water agencies. Case studies where successful negotiation has produced positive results will be presented. This panel will also highlight cases where principles of cooperation have either broken down, or situations where a framework for productive negotiation was not readily available. Ultimately, this special session puts forward a vision of strengthened communication, cooperation and collaboration, through existing means, as well as new venues where they don't currently exist but are needed.

Moderator - Mark E. Eiswerth
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

The Total Economic Value of Improving Water Quality by Reducing Nutrients in Utah's Lakes and Streams - Nanette Nelson, University of Wyoming-WYSAC, Laramie, WY (co-authors: J. Loomis, P. Jakus, M. J. Kealy)
Valuing the Non-Agricultural Benefits of Flood Irrigation Return Flow in the Upper Green River Basin - Spencer Blevins, University of Wyoming Agricultural and Applied Economics, Laramie, WY (co-authors: K. Hansen, G. Paige, A. MacKinnon)
Valuing Improved Water Clarity in Lake Tahoe - Kimberly Rollins, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV (co-author: M. H. Taylor)
Water-Based Payments for Ecosystem Services: Old Lessons for New Programs in Colorado and Wyoming - Mark Eiswerth, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO (co-authors: K. Hansen, M. Laituri, G. Paige)

Moderator - Dennis McGrane
McGrane Water Engineering, Boulder, CO

powerpointFlood Control in a Coastal Alabama Watershed with SWMM - Enis Baltaci, Auburn University, Auburn, AL (co-author: L. Kalin)
powerpointUpdating Soil Hydraulic Properties under Changing Land Use/ Land Cover for Improved Hydrologic Prediction - Guleser Sufraci, Auburn University, auburn, AL (co-author: L. Kalin)
Predicting the Influence of Redevelopment on Stormwater Quality and Quantity in Denver Neighborhood - Lisa Cherry, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (co-authors: D. Mollendor, B. Eisenstein, T. Hogue, J. E. McCray)

Monday / November 16 / 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Moderator - John Stednick
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

The Combined Effects of Climate Change and Forest Disturbance on Hydrology in the Rio Grande Headwaters - Melissa Valentin, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (co-author: T. S. Hogue)
powerpointSouthwest Forest Management for Water Quality - Savannah Tjaden, Northern Arizona University, Boise, ID
powerpointHydrological Effects of Wildland Fires across the Contiguous United States: Field Evidence and Modeling Results - Ge Sun, USDA Forest Service, Raleigh, NC (co-authors: D. W. Hallema, P. V. Caldwell, S. P. Norman, E. C. Cohen, Y. Liu, S. G. McNulty)
powerpointTrends in Accumulation and Melt of Seasonal Snow in Rocky Mountain National Park - Glenn Patterson, Colorado State University, Allenspark, CO (co-author: S. R. Fassnacht)

Moderator - Jerry Kenny
Platte River Recovery Implementation Program, Kearney, NE

Individual presentations by:

Jerry Kenny, Platte River Recovery Implementation Program, Kearney, NE
Background and Overview of the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program

Sira Sartori, Headwaters Corporation, Lakewood, CO
Water for the Birds: The PRRIP Water Plan

Chad Smith, Headwaters Corporation, Kearney, NE
Delivering Science for Decision Making: The PRRIP Adaptive Management Plan

Panel: Successes and Challenges of the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program: A Panel Discussion


Alan Berryman, Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, Berthoud, CO
Kevin Urie, Denver Water, Denver, CO
Harry LaBonde, Wyoming Water Development Board, Cheyenne, WY
Don Kraus, Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District, Holdrege, NE
Tom Econopouly, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Lakewood, CO
Brock Merrill, Bureau of Reclamation, Casper, WY
Bill Taddicken, Rowe Sanctuary, National Audubon Society, Gibbon, NE

Members of the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program's (PRRIP) Governance Committee, Water Advisory Committee, and Technical Advisory Committee will discuss their role in the PRRIP, the PRRIP's relation to their agency's work, the roll stake-holder involvement and collaboration has played in the PRRIP, their perspective on the PRRIP's successes during the first eight years of its first 13-year increment, the upcoming challenges they see as the PRRIP completes the first increment, and their vision for the PRRIP's future. Panel members will be drawn from PRRIP representatives of the states of Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska; federal partners such as the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Reclamation; upstream and downstream water users such as the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, Denver Water, the Wyoming Water Development Board, and the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District; and conservation groups such as the National Audubon Society. Dr. Jerry Kenny, the executive director of the PRRIP, will moderate the panel discussion.

Moderator - Chris Sanchez

Many Objective Analysis to Optimize Pumping and Releases in a Multi-Reservoir Water Supply Network - Rebecca Smith, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO (co-authors: J. Kasprzyk, E. Zagona)
Reuse of the Missouri River and What it Means for Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado - John Kaufman, Centennial Water & Sanitation District, Highlands Ranch, CO
Sustainable Water Supply and Development of Renewable Sources - Pranay Sanadhya, MWH Americas, Denver, CO (co-author: C. Paulson)
CWCB's Rotational Leasing Fallowing Pilot Program - Background and Overview of Colorado's First Approved Pilot Project - Craig Lis, Martin and Wood Water Consultants, Inc., Golden, CO (co-author: L. K. Martinsson)

Moderator - Chip Paulson

Building a Robust Decision Analysis Framework for Water Supply Planning Under Uncertainty: Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Practice - Leon Basdekas, Colorado Springs Utilities, Colorado Springs, CO
Searching Large Decision Spaces with Optimization for Long Term Robust Solutions in Water Supply Planning under Uncertainty - Enrique Triana, MWH, Fort Collins, CO (co-author: N. Stewart, J. Stibrich)
Employing Visualization Analytical Techniques to Communicate Results of a Complex Water Supply Planning Study to a Variety of Decision Makers, Stakeholders, and Members of the Public - Neil Stewart, MWH Global, Denver, CO (co-authors: L. Basdekas, C. Paulson)
Using High Performance Computing to Support Water Resources Planning--A Demonstration of Real-Time Analytic Facilitation for Colorado Basin Planning - David Groves, RAND Corporation, Boulder, CO (co-authors: R. Lempert, D. May)

Moderator - Melanie Thornton
WSU, Pullman, WA

Planning a Sustainable Future for Clayton County - Lori Visone, Brown and Caldwell, Huntsville, AL (co-author: J. Poff)
Tools for Targeting Water Retention Projects in the Red River Basin of Manitoba, Canada - Jason Vanrobaeys, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Morden, MB, Canada (co-authors: Z.Yu, M. Cordeiro, P. Michiels, S. Hamalainen, H. Wilson)
Using Collaborative Tools for Flood Mitigation and Operations Support in the Bow River Basin - Casey Caldwell, HydroLogics, Inc., Louisville, CO
A Framework for Improved Water Supply Forecasts in the Colorado River Basin - Gi-Hyeon Park, Riverside Technology, Inc., Fort Collins, CO (co-authors: G. Day, S. Carney)

Moderator - Brenda Bateman
Oregon Water Resources Dept., Salem, OR


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Alyssa Mucken
, Oregon Water Resources Dept., Salem, OR
David Christensen, Washington Dept. of Ecology, Olympia, WA
Gail Cowie, Georgia Environmental Protection Div., Atlanta, GA
James Eklund, Colorado Water Conservation Board, Denver, CO

States are in various stages of developing their water plans, designed to help meet a variety of environmental and consumptive needs over the next several decades. Some states have a long history of developing and utilizing these water plans. Others are just beginning. Despite their wide-range of experience in this arena, states share a common challenge: incorporating a variety of perspectives into the finished product, in a way that is meaningful and useful. The process and culture around these plans greatly affects how they are structured, what they contain, and how they are used. Panelists will describe how the states are inviting stakeholders and partners to enter this dialogue. In some states--Washington, for example--tribes have a prominent voice, and participate in the planning and implementation process as "co-managers." In other states, such as Colorado, the needs of neighboring states are a major factor, given the interstate compacts and agreements already in place. Throughout the U.S., federal partners have a strong voice, because of the land and infrastructure they manage, as well as the water quality and environmental regulations they administer. Some voices are less vocal, but can play a valuable role nonetheless. States are making room at the table for environmental justice communities--those traditionally underrepresented in the decision-making process; California is one such example. Finally, states are experimenting with organizing and implementing the flow of information and communication as part of this process. Some have set a statewide framework that combines basin assessments with planning at regional or watershed levels, as in the case of Georgia and Oregon. State officials who are responsible for the development of modern and practical state water plans will share some of the highlights of their recent work, and how and when these plans serve as communications, governance, and policy tools. For instance, state water plans serve as an effective vehicle to communicate the need for policy shifts, program improvement, project development, coalition building, and funding. This session will be a moderated discussion, giving the audience an opportunity to compare and contrast the different approaches states have taken to build their water plans, as well as the very different content and issue areas they have chosen to include as a result.

Monday / November 16 / 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Moderator - Peter Mayer
WaterDM, Boulder, CO


Stuart Feinglas, City of Westminster, Westminster, CO
Ruth Quade, City of Greeley, Greeley, CO

We are in the midst of a water demand revolution. Over the past 20 years, per capita water use across America has declined sharply, largely as a result of national water efficiency efforts. This presentation will review American urban water use trends from several key sources including the "USGS Water Use in the Use in the United States" report and the Water Research Foundation's "Residential End Uses of Water Studies" - 1999 and 2015. The presentation will document changes in water use over the past 20 years across all sectors, but will focus on urban demands. Where possible, the presentation will identify where and how demand reductions were achieved. This will include a detailed presentation of changes in toilet flush volume and clothes washer load volume and other end uses (showers, faucets, outdoor irrigation) documented through the WRF Residential End Uses of Water studies. Peter Mayer, P.E. is the co- principal investigator of the 2015 Residential End Uses of Water Update and was the lead author of the 1999 Residential End Uses of Water study. Results from the recently released USGS Water Use in the United States report shows that the urban sector is not alone in experiencing demand reductions over the past 20 years. Water withdrawals for purposes such as agriculture and power generation have also declined over the past 20 years are now are at a level not observed since the late 1960s. This presentation will document the revolutionary changes in water demand that have occurred across America in the past 20 years and will explore the potential for additional conservation in the future. Results from the Residential End Uses of Water Update suggest that substantial additional conservation potential still exists.

Moderator - Jerry Kenny
Platte River Recovery Implementation Program, Kearney, NE

Groundwater Recharge for Environmental Flow Augmentation - Sira Sartori, Headwaters Corporation, Lakewood, CO (co-authors: B. Hahn, D. Woodward)
A Bucket for the Birds: The Lake McConaughy Environmental Account and Flow Routing in the Platte River - Scott Griebling, Headwaters Corporation, Lakewood, CO (co-author: C. Steinke)
Managing the Planform of the Central Platte River through Flow and Sediment Augmentation - Jason Farnsworth, Headwaters Corporation, Kearney, NE
Wetland and Wet Meadows Habitat: Understanding Hydrologic Processes and Managing Dynamic Systems for Species Recovery - Scott Griebling, Headwaters Corporation, Lakewood, CO

Moderator - Katherine J. Chase
U.S. Geological Survey WY-MT Water Science Center, Helena, MT

Simulated Effects of Climate Change on the Hydrology and Fish Assemblages of Northern Great Plains Streams - Katherine Chase, U.S. Geological Survey WY-MT Water Science Center, Helena, MT (co-authors: R. Bramblett, R. Gresswell, A. Zale)
Differentiating Natural vs. Anthropogenic Mercury Inputs and Subsequent Se/Hg Interactions and Biogeochemical Cycling in Bighorn Lake, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Montana and Wyoming - Elliott Barnhart, U.S. Geological Survey, Helena, MT (co-author: D. L. Naftz)
Preparing for Extremes in the Missouri Basin: A National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Perspective - Doug Kluck, NOAA/NCEI, Kansas City, MO (co-authors: C. Mcnutt, M. Svoboda, J. Rattling Leaf)

Moderator - Eric Hecox
SMWSA, Greenwood Village, CO


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Mark Marlowe, Town of Castle Rock, Castle Rock, CO
Eric Wilkinson, Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, Berthed, CO
Jim Broderick, Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District, Pueblo, CO
James Eklund, Colorado Water Conservation Board, Denver, CO.

As Colorado looks to the next generation of water projects, regional partnerships and multi-partner water supply projects will become more and more common. These types of projects are the wave of the future. The recently released Colorado's Water Plan states that criteria for priority projects will include "multiple- purpose," "multiple partners," and "shared uses." However, entities do not partner on water projects because partnerships are easy. Water providers partner on projects because the costs, complexity, and size of water projects force entities to work together to solve their water supply challenges. If we are to rely on regional partnerships and multi-partner projects to solve our future water supply challenges, are our federal, state, and local resources and policies aligned to be successful? We have recently seen from the success of the WISE Partnership that regional partnership projects in Colorado are doable, but they are not easy. There are many opportunities and challenges to regional partnership projects. There are also numerous reforms that could increase the likelihood of successful implementation of regional partnership projects -- reforms that will be needed if Colorado is going to truly incentivize regional partnerships to help meet our state's long-term water needs. This panel will explore lessons learned from current regional partnership projects such as the WISE Partnership, the Chatfield Reallocation Project, the Arkansas Valley Conduit, Northern Integrated Supply Project, and the Windy Gap Firming Project. Panel members will discuss what has worked, what has not, and what changes would be needed to increase the likelihood of successful regional partnership projects in the future.

Moderator - Casey Caldwell
HydroLogics, Inc., Louisville, CO

Ensuring Robust Water Management Strategies in Lima-Callao, Peru - David Groves, Evolving Logic, Boulder, CO (co-authors: N. Kalra, L. Bonzanigo)
Introducing HydroServer Lite: An Open-Source Web Application for Hydrologic Data Management - Sarva Pulla, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (co-author: D. P. Ames)
Snow Inspector: An Online Tool for Extracting Snow Cover Time Series Data from Web Map Tile Services - Jiri Kadlec, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (co-authors: D. P. Ames, W. Miller)
Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Cybersecurity for Water Utilities Infrastructure - Christian Manalo, Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, VA (co-author: C. Ferro)

Moderator - John Joiner
USGS, Norcross GA

powerpointResampling Gaged Networks to Provide Uncertainty Estimates for Daily Streamflow Predictions in Ungaged Basins - William Farmer, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO (co-authors: T. Over, R. Vogel, S. Archfield, J. Kiang)
powerpointA Comparison of Three Thermoelectric Water-Use Data Sets in the United States - Melissa Harris, U.S. Geological Survey, Nashville, TN
powerpointParameter Regionalization of a Monthly Water Balance Model for the Conterminous United States - Andrew Bock, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO (co-authors: L. Hay, G. McCabe, S. Markstrom, D. Atkinson)
powerpointNational Water Availability and Use Science Program - Sonya A. Jones, U.S. Geological Survey, Norcross, GA (co-authors: A. Michelsen, E. J. Evenson, D. Blodgett)

Tuesday / November 17 / 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Concurrent Sessions 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Moderator - Jerad Bales
USGS, Reston, VA

powerpointEdward Clark, NOAA/NWS, Silver Spring, MD
powerpointDwane Young, US EPA Office of Water, Washington, DC
powerpointAlan Rea, U.S. Geological Survey, Boise, ID
Sara Larsen, Western States Water Council, Murray, UT
Stephen Aichele, U.S. Geographical Survey, New Cumberland, PA

The Open Water Data Initiative is designed to build a national water data infrastructure of shared data services conveying water information in space and time. The geospatial component of this initiative is based on the NHDPlus dataset which divides the continental US into 2.67 million reach catchments connected through a continuous stream reach network. The temporal component is based on time series data services for streamflow observations and forecasts at points on the stream reach network. This will be a Plenary Session in which a series of invited panel members will provide an overview of this national water data infrastructure and discuss how it might be further developed in the future.

Moderator - Don Duke
Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers FL

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Marsha Hilmes-Robinson, City of Fort Collins CO
Wayne Wright, GeoEngineers, Inc., Seattle WA
Yung-Hsin Sun, MWH Americas, Inc., Sacramento CA
Lara Fowler, Pennsylvania State University, State College PA

AWRA's Policy Committee comprises water professionals and others with an interest in how public policy shapes our collective management of water resources. It is a diverse committee that includes scientists, educators, policy-makers, and other experts at all stages of their careers. For several years, the Policy Committee has researched and analyzed case studies of municipal and state agencies' strategies for mitigation of high-flow and low-flow extremes. Recognizing that many of the decisions about managing extreme conditions of flood and drought are made, and actions implemented, by local-level and municipal agencies, the goal has been to identify ways in which the cases used policies, regulations, or management strategies to proactively address flood or drought problems faced by their particular regions. In 2013 the Policy Committee produced a report, "Proactive Flood and Drought Management: A Selection of Applied Strategies and Lessons Learned from Around the United States," and described that report at the November 2013 Water Resources Conference in Portland, OR. In 2014 the committee presented lessons from its ongoing case study research at the November 2014 Water Resources Conference in Vienna, VA. This year we present the document, "Proactive Flood and Drought Management, Volume II," that describes further case studies from around the United States. The report describes the proactive features of the case studies; the ways in which they succeed in integrating multiple objectives in water resources management into high-flow and low-flow mitigation strategies; and some ways in which those strategies succeeded or did not fully succeed, in ways that could impart lessons to others throughout the U.S. Findings from these efforts is intended to serve as the basis for the Policy Committee to prepare a statement on flood and drought for the AWRA Board of Directors to consider adopting, derived in part from findings of the case studies. This panel presentation will describe the methods used to prepare the Volume II report, and briefly summarize some of the key findings - an introduction to the report, which we encourage all to read for themselves. The session is designed to be interactive, with questions and comments from AWRA members and attendees to the panelists; and to encourage an open discussion on how the findings, and other issues, might be incorporated into a policy statement for the AWRA Board of Directors.


Moderator - Ryan Morrison
USGS, Fort Collins CO

powerpointFloodplain Restoration Along the Cache la Poudre River in Fort Collins, Colorado - Vince Sortman, Biohabitats, Denver, CO
powerpointModeling Interactions of Flow and Vegetation for Improved Riverine Ecosystem Management Using HEC-RAS - RVSM - Zhonglong Zhang, ERDC - LimnoTech, Vicksburg, MS (co-authors: J. Wang, B. Greimann)
powerpointDetecting Change in Central California Coast Coho Salmon Habitat in Scotts Creek, California, from 1997-2013 - Ashley Hillard, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Boulder, CO
powerpointStream Temperature Response to Landscape, Land Use, and Climate, Navarro River Watershed, California - Christopher Woltemade, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

Moderator - Reagan Waskom
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

powerpointGroundwater Well Protection using Concentration-Based Capture Zones - Roseanna Neupauer, University of Colorado , Boulder, CO (co-author: J. Okkonen)
powerpointEvaluating Complex Groundwater Controls Using an Integrated Hydrologic Model of the Continental US - Laura Condon, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (co-authors: R. M. Maxwell, A.S. Hering)
Evaluating the Performance of the Ensemble Kalman Dmoother for Filling Missing Groundwater Head Measurements - Panagiotis D. Oikonomou, Colorado Water Institute, Fort Collins, CO (co-authors: A. H. Alzraiee, R. M. Waskom)
powerpointMining Long-Term Water Level Datasets to Estimate Aquifer Properties and Assess Well Field Conditions - Michael Ronayne, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (co-authors: A. Lewis, T. Sale)

Moderator - John Wells
AWRA IWRM Committee Co-Chair; Consultant, Eagan, MN


Lisa Beutler, MWH Global, Sacramento, CA - The California IRWM Program
Grant Davis, Sonoma County Water Agency, Sonoma, CA - Integrated Regional Water Management in the County
Karl Morgenstern, Eugene Water & Electric Board, Eugene, OR and Alex Johnson, The Freshwater Trust, Portland, OR - Protecting Drinking Water and More in the McKenzie River Watershed
Amy Zoller, Nebraska Dept. of Natural Resources, Lincoln, NE - Voluntary, Bottom-Up Approaches to Meeting Agricultural and Instream Needs While Managing Surface- and Ground-Water Resources

The AWRA board established a new technical committee, the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Committee, in June 2014 and asked it to lead "an ongoing conversation about how to make IWRM the standard practice in water resources management across the country." This step followed several years of work after the board adopted its position statement on IWRM in January 2011.

That statement called for water management goals, policies, programs, and plans to be organized around the concept of IWRM. It defined the concept as the "coordinated planning, development, protection and management of water, land and related resources in a manner that fosters sustainable economic activity, improves or sustains environmental quality, ensures public health and safety, and provides for the sustainability of communities and ecosystems." That is a mouthful, but the board went further, signaling its commitment to "helping organizations throughout the nation further the implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management."

This panel of practitioners will continue committee and board discussions designed to engage AWRA members in the conversation. Panelists will tap their experiences in the development of IWRM plans and projects to shed light on what drives successful IWRM and what steps and partnerships are essential to it. Panelists will shed light on what it takes to integrate various social, economic and environmental aspects and explain why that integration can be important to making water management more sustainable.

In the face of AWRA surveys that suggest members have little common understanding of what people mean by IWRM, the association has its work cut out for it. Panel participants and members of the audience will help the association take its next small steps to meeting this challenge.

Moderator - James D'Agostin
Booz Allen Hamilton, Greenwood Village, CO


Allegra da Silva, MWH Global, Littleton, CO
Mohammad Haghighipodeh, Frito Lay (invited)

There has been increasing pressure in the U.S. to develop innovative management and technical solutions as a result of prolonged droughts in the American West and Southwest. In the spring of 2015, California imposed what may be considered extreme measures to reduce water consumption throughout the state; this has been naturally met with heavy criticism. The water industry should consider that reducing water demand represents only one side of the battle. As important and necessary for consideration is the concept of increasing our water supply. Common measures to increase supply include desalination and non-potable water reuse. More recently, organizations have been increasingly moving toward the concept of potable water reuse. Technically, potable water reuse is not a new concept. Most major cities in the U.S. already perform indirect potable reuse by virtue of obtaining their drinking water downstream from wastewater discharge points. Modern engineered technologies now allow this de facto potable reuse to be mimicked such that wastewater is more directly and immediately converted to potable water. The viability of direct potable reuse (DPR) has often been demonstrated and/or practiced over the past 30 years, including by NASA and the City of Denver, and most recently by the Colorado River Municipal Water District (CRMWD). CRMWD placed online in 2013 the first major DPR facility in the U.S. in Big Spring, Texas. Other Texas cities, including Brownwood, Wichita Falls, and El Paso also have plans to fully implement DPR. California has historically taken a more cautious approach; however is now heavily researching how to implement DPR. Despite increased interest and clear need, DPR has been relatively slow to take hold in the U.S. Given the viability of DPR, why have we not taken up this practice more widely? The answer is multi-dimensional. Currently, the biggest impediments are public perception and water policy and regulation, each of which represent significant challenges. Relatively speaking, water treatment technology, economics, and health risk are far less of an obstacle. A select committee organized by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences concluded in 2012 that the risks associated with DPR is no greater than potable water treatment practices currently in place in the U.S.


Tuesday / November 17 / 10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon
Concurrent Sessions 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Moderator - David Blodgett
U. S. Geological Survey, Middleton, WI

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Development of analyses that summarize hydrologic conditions over long time periods into the past and/or future have significant data requirements. Recent advances in data availability, cloud based data services, computational capacity, and open source analytical tools have created an environment where massive advances in 'Big Data' interpretation and understanding of natural phenomenon can happen even on individual desktop computers. Papers in this focus area will present recent critical advances in data provision, access, processing, and analysis.

Moderator - Jan Boll
University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

powerpointInterdisciplinary Water Resources Education at the University of Idaho - Jan Boll, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID (co-authors: B. Cosens, T. Link, B. Kennedy, J. Long, A. Sowards, J. Tracy)
powerpointFrom Graduate Groups to IGERTs, a Journey Within Climate, Water, and Society - Graham Fogg, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
powerpointThe Challenges and Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Water Education; Lessons Learned from the Collaborative Water Program. - Mark Servos, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada
powerpointI-WATER: Integrated Water, ATmosphere, Ecosystems Education and Research at Colorado State University - Jorge A Ramirez, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (co-authors: N. S. Grigg, N. L.Poff, A. S. Denning)
powerpointWater Resource Education at Oregon State University -Keeping the 'Inter' in Interdisciplinary - Mary Santelmann, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Moderator - Ari Michelson
Texas A&M University AgriLife Research Center, El Paso, TX

powerpointVariability and Trends in Global Drought - Greg Mccabe, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO (co-author: D. M. Wolock)
powerpointDrought in Groundwater Dependent Systems - Implications of Climate Change? - Sreeram Singraju, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX (co-authors: V. Uddameri, E. A. Hernandez)
powerpointApplication and Assessment of the Standardized Drought Vulnerability Index in the Lower South Platte basin, Colorado, USA - Panagiotis D. Oikonomou, Colorado Water Institute, Fort Collins, CO (co-authors: C. A. Karavitis, R. M. Waskom, D. E. Tsesmelis, C. G. Vasilakou, N. A. Skondras, D. Stamatakos, S. Alexandris, N. S. Grigg)
powerpointDrought Themes and Lessons Learned in California, Texas and the Southeast - Courtney Black, National Integrated Drought Information System, Boulder, CO (co-authors: V. Deheza, A. Marrs, C. McNutt)

Moderator - Ginger Paige
University of Wyoming, Laramie WY

Using Hydrogeophysics for Integrated Modeling: Case Study in the Snowy Range - Scott Miller, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (co-authors: T. Liu, A. Klatt, B. Flinchum, W. S. Holbrook)
powerpointPartitioning Surface and Subsurface Flow on Rangeland Watersheds: Coupling Rainfall Simulation with Surface Electrical Resistivity Tomography - Austin Carey, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (co-authors: G. B. Paige, B. J. Carr, S. N. Miller, W. S. Holbrook)
powerpointInvestigating the Relationship Between Contributing Area and Groundwater Flow Paths Using Near-Surface Geophysical Methods in the Snowy Range, Wyoming - Brady Flinchum, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (co-authors: W. Steven Holbrook, G.Paige, S. N. Miller)
powerpointSpatial and Temporal Patterns of Subsurface Moisture in a sub-Alpine Hill Slope Using Time-Lapse Electrical Resistivity Imaging - Drew Thayer, Wyoming Center for Environmental Hydrology and Geophysics, Laramie, WY (co-authors: A. Parsekian, K. Hyde, D. Beverly, H. Speckman)

Moderator - Kelly DiNatale
DiNatale Water Consultants, Boulder, CO


Reagan Waskom, Colorado Water Institute, Fort Collins, CO - Overview and Timeline of Alluvial Recharge in the South Platte Basin
Dave Nettles, Colorado Division of Water Resources, Greeley, CO- Water Rights and Legal Issues Surrounding Alluvial Aquifer Recharge
Matt Bliss, DiNatale Water Consultants, Boulder, CO - Engineering Aspects of Alluvial Recharge
Drew Damiano, United Water and Sanitation District, Engelwood, CO - Considerations in the Design and Construction of Recharge Facilities

A significant volume of water is recharged annually into the alluvial aquifer of the South Platte Basin under the Colorado water rights system. These recharge decrees have expanded to the point that over 100,000 acre-feet per year is now being recharged. Recharge brings with it a host of opportunities, including augmentation of well pumping depletions, retiming of surface and alluvial groundwater supplies, and pretreatment of water before treatment to potable standards. As climate change occurs and evaporation rates increase, groundwater recharge can be an efficient means of storing water supplies over long periods of time while minimizing evaporation losses. As the volume of recharge has increased, a number of challenges have arisen. These challenges include differences in methods used to compute stream accretions, integration into existing water supply systems, potential property damage due to elevated groundwater levels, and changes to regional groundwater flow. Recharge can benefit large water providers, irrigation companies, and individual landowners. Currently, large water providers and irrigation companies are actively developing recharge facilities in the South Platte River as key components of an overall water supply. Alluvial aquifer recharge is emerging as a feasible means to retime surplus water supplies from wet years for use in subsequent dry years. Several individual farmers have filed for recharge water rights in an effort to continue to farm land after selling senior water rights to municipal and industrial users. Entities that do not utilize alluvial recharge are also affected by the growth in recharge because of potential injury to water rights if the computation of recharge accretions is incorrect. The purpose of this session is four-fold: 1) to provide an overview and timeline of alluvial recharge and its uses; 2) discuss the legal and water rights issues surrounding alluvial recharge; 3) describe the different engineering aspects of the computation of accretions, integration into surface water models, and water rights accounting; and 4) describe the construction of recharge facilities.

Moderator - Robert McConnell
Tampa Bay Water, Clearwater, FL

powerpointOverview of Tampa Bay Water and Environmental Resource Management Challenges - Robert McConnell, Tampa Bay Water, Clearwater, FL
powerpointDevelopment of a Conceptual Model for the Tampa Bay Water Hydro-Biological Monitoring Program - Doug Robison, ESA | Southeast Region, Tampa, FL (co-author: R. McConnell)
powerpointQuantitative Tools for Evaluating Effects of Surface Water Withdrawals on Ecological Resources in Tampa Bay Tidal Rivers - Michael Wessel, Janicki Environmental, Saint Petersburg, FL (co-authors: A. Janicki, R.Woithe)
powerpointHydrobiological Monitoring Program Refinement and Recommendations - Robert Woithe, Atkins North America, Tampa, FL (co-authors: R. P. Dominguez, R. McConnell)


Tuesday / November 17 / 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36

Moderator - Daniel Ames
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Environmental simulation models that operate at global to local scales for the purpose of both enhancing understanding and supporting management of natural systems continue to improve in terms of utility and accuracy. Such models and modeling tasks are facilitated through the ever growing data stores and data streams, allowing for much improved abilities to answer tough questions. These applications must solve problems to structurally combine data and semantically mediate data in order to make use of them for a common task. Papers in this focus area will highlight innovative and proven models and data integrating analysis applications.

Moderator - Lisa Engelman
Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., McLean, VA

powerpointForecasts of Future Streamflow in a Coastal Plain River Using OpenNSPECT - Daniel Tufford, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (co-authors: J. Lu, G. Carbone, M. Childress)
powerpointIntegrated Water Management Modeling for Climate Variability Study and Water Management Alternative Scenarios - Mahesh Pun, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, Lincoln, NE (co-authors: R. Li, M. M. Elsner)
powerpointPredicting Stream Channel Head Locations in the State of Alabama - Burak Avcioglu, Auburn University, Auburn, AL (co-authors: C. J. Anderson, L. Kalin)

Moderator - Kyle Juracek
U.S. Geological Survey, Lawrence, KS

powerpointStorage and Management of Contaminated Sediment From Historical Lead Mining Above Low-Water Crossings and Old Mill Dams in Big River, Old Lead Belt, Southeast Missouri - Robert Pavlowsky, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO (co-author: M. Owen)
powerpointSediment Phosphorus Reductions Due to Improvements in Wastewater Treatment in Table Rock Lake, Southwest Missouri - Marc Owen, OEWRI, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO (co-authors: A. Mulling, R. Pavlowsky)
powerpointAn Environmental History of Lake Maxinkuckee, Indiana, Revealed from Sediment Cores - Kyle Juracek, U.S. Geological Survey, Lawrence, KS
powerpointThe Effect of Water-Level Management on Trophic State, Voyageurs National Park - Victoria Christensen, U.S. Geological Survey, Mounds View, MN (co-author: R. P. Maki)

Moderator - Michael Langland
U.S. Geological Survey, New Cumberland, PA

powerpointCo-Producing a Many Objective Water Supply Optimization Experiment to Support Management on the Front Range - Rebecca Smith, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO (co-authors: J. Kasprzyk, L. Dilling, E. Gordon)
powerpointThe Columbia Basin Project: Managing Water for Habitat - Charity Davidson, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wenatchee, WA
powerpointAurora Water's Integrated Water Resources Master Plan - Edwin Paulson, MWH Americas, Inc., Denver, CO (co-author: B. Fitzpatrick)
powerpointChannel Restoration during Dam Removal. Lessons from the Brown Bridge Dam Removal, MI - Andy Selle, Inter-Fluve, Madison, WI (co-authors: F. Dituri, N. Winkler, S. Largent, B. Fessell)

Moderator - Paul Hindman
Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, Denver, CO


Kenneth R. Wright, President and Chief Engineer, Wright Water Engineers in Denver, CO
Scott Tucker, Retired-Former Executive Director of Urban Drainage & Flood Control Dist., Golden CO
Robert Searns,Green Team, Inc., Littleton CO

In 1969 the Colorado State General Assembly created the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (UDFCD). Early on several guiding principles were developed to lessen the destruction floods cause in the Denver Metro area. The discussion for our session will highlight many of those processes and policies which are integral to good floodplain management. The major items initiated were:

  • Maintenance Eligibility-Encourages local governments to develop within drainageways following District criteria. * Floodplain Preservation-Partners with local governments to purchase flood prone properties
  • Stream Stabilization-Prevents drainageways from agrading or degrading so that property during a major flood is not severely damaged
  • Masterplan to Maintenance-The full cycle of master planning a drainageway, designing improvements, construction, and then maintaining those improvements.
  • Natural and Beneficial Uses of Floodplains- Incorporating all aspects of floodplains during design to maximize improvements not only financially but socially and environmentally.
  • Flood Warning-A network of monitoring equipment used by engineering and meteorological professionals to alert first responders of a pending flood.
  • Floodplain Regulation-Coordinating with local governments to responsibly develop in flood prone areas. None of the programs or processes mentioned above could, alone, protect the public from major damage during a flood, but combined the end result was a safer community for all of the citizens within the District boundaries.

Moderator - Jonas Epstein
U.S. Forest Service, Washington, DC

Healthy Partnerships for Healthy Forests & Healthy Water Supply - Kimery Wiltshire, Carpe Diem West, Sausalito, CA
Supporting Multi-Stakeholder Forest Service Restoration Initiatives: A Commitment to Strategic Partnerships - Robert Harper, US Forest Service, Washington, DC (co-author: J. Epstein)
The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project: A Case Study on the Influence of Community and Partners on Reducing Risk in Watersheds - Erin Phelps, USDA Forest Service, Region 3, Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
The Urban Water Blueprint. Making the Business Case for Source Water Protection - Paige Lewis, The Nature Conservancy, Boulder, CO (co-author: R. McDonald)

Tuesday / November 17 / 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42

Moderator - Jack Hampson
Atkins, Tampa, FL


powerpointEd Clark, NOAA/NWS, Silver Spring, MD
powerpointAlan Rea, U.S. Geological Survey, Boise, ID
William Samuels, Leidos, Alexandria, VA

This panel will address what might the future look like when open water-data services provide a fully-shared and reliable source of water data relevant to flood forecasting, water quality, water-availability, ecologic monitoring, and climate change? While we cannot foresee all the uses for such a reliable, ubiquitous data stream, any more than we could foresee the future of the internet 10 years ago, current practitioners struggling with each of these data needs can share how the open water-data initiative would impact how they carry out their missions, how they collaborate, and what it might mean to the critical decisions that are based on these data and analyses.

Moderator - Mike McHugh

A New Open-Access HUC-8 Based Downscaled Climate Model Forecast Dataset for the Contiguous United States - Dustin Woodbury, Brigham Young University, Spanish Fork , UT (co-authors: D. P. Ames, S. Duncan, D. Blodgett, G. Gault)
powerpointHydrograph Separation of a Sub-Arctic Glacial Watershed, Interior Alaska: A Geochemical Analysis - Tiffany Gatesman, University of Alaska - Fairbanks; Water and Environmental Research, Fairbanks, AK (co-authors: T. A. Douglas, A. K. Liljedahl, T. P. Trainor)
powerpointClimate Change and Flooding Evaluations at United States Nuclear Power Plants - Daria Giron, ENERCON Services Inc., Golden, CO (co-author: A. Gaur, B. Kappel)
Observations of Decreased Runoff Response to Precipitation, Little Missouri River Basin, Northern Great Plains, USA - Eleanor Griffin, U.S. Geological Survey, Boulder, CO (co-author: J. Friedman)

Moderator - Kyle Juracek
U.S. Geological Survey, Lawrence, KS

powerpointEvaluating Sustainable Sediment Mangement Alternatives for Lewis and Clark Lake - Sean Kimbrel presenting for Paul Boyd, US Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha, NE (co-author: S. Gibson)
powerpointSediment Tranpsort and Capacity Change in Three Reservoirs, Lower Susquehanna River Basin, Pennsylvania and Maryland, 1900-2012 - Michael Langland, U.S. Geological Survey, New Cumberland, PA
powerpointA Multifaceted Investigation of Water Circulation and Water Quality in Lake Lillinonah, Western Connecticut, 2009-2013 - Ryan Jackson, U.S. Geological Survey, Urbana, IL (co-authors: J. Morrison, E. White, J. Pollender, J. Klug)
powerpointReservoir Sustainability Planning and Management - Sean Kimbrel, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, CO (co-authors: K. Collins, T. Randle)

Moderator - Mark McCluskey
CDM Smith Inc., Denver, CO

powerpointManual Drilling in Academic Research and Training: Well Installation and Monitoring - Monica C. Resto, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (co-authors: M. F. MacCarthy, J. A. Cherry, K. E. Trout, J. D. Carpenter, B. L. Parker, J. R. Mihelcic)
Occurrence of Radon in Groundwater of North-western India: An Overview - Gopal Krishan, National Institute of Hydrology and IGB-Groundwater Resilience P, Roorkee, UT (co-authors: P.K. Garg, S. Kumar)
powerpointMonitoring and Modeling of Nonrenewable Groundwater Supplies for Municipal Use - Dennis McGrane, McGrane Water Engineering, Boulder, CO
powerpointSimulating Interaction of Groundwater and Surface Water in Mesilla Basin, New Mexico and Texas Using the RiverWare Model - Zhuping Sheng, Texas A&M University, El Paso, TX (co-authors: Shalamu Abudu, Phillip King)
powerpointEstimating and Comparing the Differences of a Heterogeneity Aquifer by using two Simulation Models - Ya-Yun Zheng, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Douliou, Yun, Taiwan (co-authors: H. Lin, Y. Chen, J. Wen)

Moderator - Michael Campana
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR


Ari Michelsen, Texas A&M University AgriLife Research Center, El Paso, TX
Jonathan Yoder, Washington State University, Water Research Center, Yakima, WA
Derek Sandison, Washington State Department of Ecology, Yakima, WA

As defined by the Technical Committee of the Global Water Partnership, Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) promotes coordinated management of water, land and related resources in order to maximize economic and social welfare without compromising the environment and ecosystem sustainability. Operationally, IWRM involves applying knowledge from various disciplines and insights from diverse stakeholders to devise and implement efficient, equitable and sustainable solutions to water and development problems. Since its establishment in 1964 the American Water Resources Association has been committed to interdisciplinary, integrated approaches to water resources management, and its 2011 Position Statement which reflects support and commitment to addressing water resources issues through IWRM. IWRM plans characteristically involve multiple separately implementable projects designed to work interdependently. Benefit Cost (B-C) principles require or at least allow individual analysis of each separate project. This by itself poses no conflict with IWRM when each independent project meets the B-C criterion that benefits are larger than costs. However, there is a conundrum between IWRM and B-C when some projects included in an IWRM plan do not meet minimum B-C criteria. Economically disqualifying and eliminating these projects from an IWRM plan can disenfranchise some stakeholders possibly resulting in collapse of IWRM plan agreement. As written by Michael Campana (2015), "What if, to obtain consensus on an IWRM-based plan, it's necessary to include some plan components that are, in economic terms, 'BCA [benefit-cost analysis] dogs'? If the 'dogs' are excluded, then the plan goes down the tube and square one looms large. If they're included, then funding might be at risk and the plan also goes down the tube." An example of this quandary is the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan (YBIP) plan proposed for the Yakima Basin in South Central Washington State. The Plan is intended to provide additional water storage via several surface and aquifer storage projects for water security, fish passage projects and habitat restoration for salmonid populations, and other related projects. The Yakima IWRM Plan has been endorsed by many organizations and, in 2012 the Yakima IWRM Plan received AWRA's first IWRM Award for outstanding management efforts. A 2012 BCA of the entire YBIP compared to no-YBIP yielded overall B-C ratios greater than 1.0. However, results from a separate 2015 study mandated by the State of Washington Legislature found that a number of the separate projects would not satisfy B-C criterion in their own right. Failure of IWRM component projects to satisfy the B-C criterion raises important questions about the structure of the IWRM plan and its performance in relation to potentially multiple legitimate goals. The objective of this panel is to examine: (a) What conditions can lead to conflict between IWRM and the B-C criterion for plan components, (b) to what extent and under what circumstances is the imposition of a B-C criterion on component parts of an IWRM plan legitimate or informative, and (c) How can these issues be reconciled? The panel will include extensive panel/audience discussion.

Moderator - William A. Battaglin
U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO

powerpointFlooding in the South Platte River and Fountain Creek Basins in Eastern Colorado, September 9-18, 2013 - Robert Kimbrough, U.S. Geological Survey Colorado Water Science Center, Lakewood, CO
powerpointIndirect Measurements of Peak Discharge for the September 2013 floods in Boulder County, Colorado - John Moody, U.S. Geological Survey, Boulder, CO
powerpointIntegrated Assessment of Inorganic and Organic Water Chemistry in the Urban Water Cycle during a Major Flood Event - Larry Barber, U.S. Geological Survey, Boulder, CO (co-authors: A. Vajda, K. Fitzgerald, C. Douville, D. Roth, M. Hladik, S. Paschke)
powerpointBig Flood! Big Flush! Water Quality of the September 2013 South Platte River Flood - Suzanne Paschke, U.S. Geological Survey, Lakewood, CO (co-author: L. B. Barber)
powerpoint2013 Flood Waters 'Flush' Pharmaceuticals and other Contaminants of Emerging Concern into the South Platte River, Colorado - William Battaglin, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO (co-authors: P. Bradley, S. Paschke)

Wednesday / November 18 / 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Concurrent Sessions 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48

Moderator - Steve Malers
Open Water Foundation, Fort Collins, CO

powerpointA Framework for Predicting Damage Assessment During Flooding Events - Joseph Gutenson, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (co-authors: A.A. Oubeidillah, A. N.S. Ernest, L. Zhu, X. Zhang)
powerpointTethys Platform: Water Resources Web Apps in Practice - Scott Christensen, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (co-authors: N. R. Swain, N.L. Jones, E. J. Nelson)
powerpointA National High-Resolution Hydrologic Ensemble Forecast - Alan Snow, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (co-authors: C. Rae, N. R. Swain, S. D. Christensen, E. J. Nelson , N. L. Jones)
powerpointExtending the National Flood Interoperability Experiment Globally Through AmeriGEOSS - Jim Nelson, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (co-authors: A. Gutierrez-Magness, D.P. Ames, Norman L. Jones, G. P. Williams)

Moderator - Tom Stiles
Bureau of Water, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Topeka, KS

powerpointState Priorities for Restoration and Protection Stepping Out of the Shadow of the Consent Decree - Elizabeth McKercher, Department of Environmental Quality, Richmond, VA (co-author: W. Isenberg)
A Priority Setting Process for TMDL Development in a Rural-Dominated State - Jeff Berckes, Iowa DNR, Des Moines, IA
powerpointAddressing Total Maximum Daily Loads for Atypical Impairments in Colorado and an Alternative Approach for Addressing Nutrients - Nicole Rowan, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver, CO (co-authors: T. Allen, J. Nuttle, H. Brown)
powerpointNine Mile Creek Watershed Chloride TMDL and TMDL Implementation Strategies - Erica Sniegowski, Nine Mile Creek Watershed District, Eden Prairie, MN (co-authors: K. Bigalke, Claire Bleser)

Moderator - Gigi Richard
Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO

The Water Center at CMU: Education and Outreach for a Resilient Water Future in the Upper Colorado River Basin - Gigi Richard, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO
CSU's Water MOOC: Teaching about Water Issues in a Tuition-Free Online Course - Glenn Patterson, Colorado State University, Allenspark, CO (co-authors: J. Kallenberger, R. Waskom)
Water Sustainability in Cities: An Interdisciplinary Geoscience and Engineering Teaching Module - Steven Burian, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (co-authors: M. Jha, G. Richard, M. Shepherd)
One World One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship - Sandra Haynes, MSU Denver, Denver, CO

Moderator - Suzanne Paschke
U.S. Geological Survey, Lakewood, CO

powerpoint2D Modeling with FLO-2D for FEMA First Order Approximation - Joseph Kirby, ESP Associates, P.A., Raleigh, NC
Introduction to the Indiana Fluvial Hazard Mitigation Program - Robert Barr, Center for Earth and Environmental Science, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN
powerpointTaking Action: Innovative Communication Tools to Drive Awareness and Mitigation of Flood Risk - Katrina Tavanlar, Booz Allen Hamilton, Washington, DC (co-authors: K. Bronowicz, K. Murphy)
Uncertainty Analysis for Flood Inundation Mapping Using Bootstrap Sampling Method - Majid Mirzaei, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KL (co-author: Y. Feng Huang)
Climate Change Impact on Probable Maximum Flood in Chenar- Rahdar River Basin, Southern Iran - Amirhossein Afrooz, Shiraz university, Shiraz, Iran (co-authors: H. Akbari, G. R. Rakhshandehroo, A. Pourtouiserkani)

Moderator - Ari Michelsen
Texas A&M University AgriLife Research Center, El Paso, TX

powerpointThe Western Water Dashboard: Comparing Groundwater Regulation Among the Western States - Debra Perrone, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (co-author: R. Nelson)
powerpointExperiences from a Collaborative Modeling Approach to Address Regional Water Resource Management Strategies in the Spokane River Basin - Melanie Thornton, WSU, Pullman, WA (co-author: A. Beall King)
powerpointRecognizing the Role of Reallocation for Water Planning and Management - Brett Bovee, WestWater Research, Fort Collins, CO

Moderator - Roland Vigor
USGS, Boulder CO

powerpointAssessment of Groundwater Storage Changes and Recharge in the South Platte Basin - Christopher Ruybal, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (co-authors: T. S. Hogue, J. E. McCray )
powerpointQuantifying the Impacts of Spills at Unconventional Oil and Gas Production Sites on Water Quality in the South Platte Alluvial Aquifer - Cynthia Kanno, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (co-authors: A. Hering, T. Borrillo-Hutter, D. Benson, J. E. McCray)
powerpointAnthropogenic and Natural Hydrologic Effects on the Water Balance in a Semi-Arid Watershed: A Case Study in the South Platte Watershed - Ella Walker, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (co-authors: A. Anderson, T. S. Hogue)
powerpointData Management for Unconventional Oil and Gas - Mark Williams, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (co-authors: T. Burke, O. Sherwood)


Wednesday / November 18 / 10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon
Concurrent Sessions 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54

Moderator - Alan Snow
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

powerpointIntroducing the WaterML R Package for Retrieving Data from CUAHSI WaterOneFlow Web Services - Jiri Kadlec, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (co-authors: B. St Clair, D. P. Ames, R.Gill)
powerpointAutomated Approaches for Georeferencing Data to the NHDPlus and Implications for the Open Water Data Initiative - Dwane Young, U.S. EPA, Washington, DC (co-authors: W. Reid, D. Boezio, B. Bergenroth)
powerpointSensor Data Sharing Approaches in Support of an OWDI Future - Tad Slawecki, LimnoTech, Ann Arbor, MI (co-authors: D. Young, P. McClellan, B. Perez)
powerpointUsing Open Data and Software for Water Resources to Drive Transparency and Innovation - Steve Malers, Open Water Foundation, Fort Collins, CO

Moderator - Tanya Heikkila
University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO

powerpointEnhancing Water-Energy-Food Security: Primary Challenges and Opportunities - Masih Akhbari, Colorado Water Institute, Fort Collins, CO (co-author: R. Waskom)
powerpointWater Use Impacts of Oil and Gas Development in Colorado - Panagiotis D. Oikonomou, Colorado Water Institute , Fort Collins, CO (co-authors: R. M. Waskom, K. K. Boone, J. A. Kallenberger, B. N. Plombon, J.N. Ryan)
powerpointThe Water Use Characteristics of the Unconventional Natural Gas Industry Operating within the Susquehanna River Basin - Andrew Dehoff, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Harrisburg, PA
powerpointWetland Functionality in Response to Energy Exploration and Production Operations on the Upper Gulf Coast - Stephanie Glenn, Houston Advanced Research Center, The Woodlands, TX (co-authors: E. L. Kinney, R. Bare)

Moderator - Chad Kenny
CSU-Pueblo, Pueblo CO

powerpointAdsorption and Disposition of Pharmaceuticals by Bluegill Exposed at Constant Concentrations in a Flow-Through Aquatic Exposure System - Edward T. Furlong, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO (co-authors: J. Zhao, D. W. Kolpin, E. A. Schwab, D. J. Feifarek, K. L. Bird, H. Schoenfuss, G.Ying)
Rainfall-Induced Runoff of Anthropogenic Waste Indicators from Agricultural Test Plots Applied with Municipal Biosolids - James Gray, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO (co-authors: T. Borch, E. Furlong, J. Davis, T. Yager, D. Kolpin, Y.Yang)
powerpointWater Quality Impacts from the West Fork Complex Fire: Using Real-Time Data to Monitor Ecosystem Health in the Upper Rio Grande - Ashley Rust, Colorado School of Mines, Denver, CO (co-authors: J. Randall, T. Hogue)
powerpointApplication of Novel Passive Sampler 'Sorbi Cells' to Monitor Nutrients in Agricultural Ditches: Comparison With Alternative Techniques - Niroj Aryal, USDA-ARS RPP, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, ORI, State University, AR (co-author: M.Reba, P. Moore)

Moderator - Glenn Patterson
Colorado State University, Allenspark, CO

Communicating the Invisible: Interdisciplinary Efforts to Understand and Engage Groundwater-Dependent Citizens - R. Glenn Cummins, College of Media and Communication, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX (co-authors: V. Uddameri, M. S. VanDyke)
powerpointDeveloping Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Research as Curriculum to Protect Drinking Water Sources - Teresa Thornton, GET WET!, Jupiter, FL
powerpointDeveloping and Evaluating the Effectiveness of Watershed Festival Education Programs: A Case Study from North River in Alabama - Amanda Espy-Brown, New College, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (co-author: A. Sorlie)
powerpointEngaging the Public with Interactive Data Portals to Visualize Climate Projections - Jamie Herring, Habitat Seven, Ottawa, Canada (co-authors: M.S. VanDyke, R. G. Cummins)

Moderator - Lauren E. Hay
USGS, Lakewood CO

powerpointDam-break Modeling and Emergency Operations Planning in a Large Complex Reservoir System - Simon Draijer, Riverside Technology, Inc., Fort Collins, CO (co-authors: S. Carney, C. Jawdy, M. Smith, T. Ferebee)
powerpointThe Oso, WA Landslide - A River Moved, Community Lost and Lessons Learned Rebuilding a Road - Wayne Wright, GeoEngineers, Inc., Seattle, WA
powerpointUndertaking National Flood Risk Assessment: The State of the Nation Study of England, UK - Jonathan Simm, HR Wallingford, Howbery Park, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England (co-authors: B. Gouldby, M. Panzeri)

Moderator - Jeff J. Bandy

powerpointAssessing Downstream Benefits of Green Infrastructure Design and Planning on Urban Stormwater Runoff - Johanna Pavlowsky, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO (co-authors: J.Burken, R. Holmes, M. Gibler)
powerpointOvercoming Technical, Legal, and Economic Barriers to Implement an Innovative Stormwater Reclamation and Beneficial Use Project - John McCray, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (co-authors: D. Mollendor, L. Cherry, B. Eisenstein, T. Hogue)
powerpointHydraulic Modeling and Design of China Creek Water Storage and Fish Enhancement Project, Centralia, Washington - Felix Kristanovich, Ramboll-ENVIRON, Seattle, WA (co-authors: G. Reub, C.Hansen)
powerpointComparative Quality of Water Infiltrating Through Pervious Concrete Pavements - Valerie Lopez Carrasquillo, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, Caguas, PR (co-authors: L. Soto-Perez, M. Jo, J. St John, M. Arocho, S. Hwang)

Wednesday / November 18 / 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60

Moderator - John McCray
Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO

powerpointEconomic Impacts of Changes in Water Quantity and Quality from Oil and Gas Development: A Framework and Estimates from the Empirical Literature - Michelle Haefele, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (co-author: J. Loomis)
powerpointTradeoff Analysis of Setback Distance and Density for Oil and Natural Gas Development - Joseph Kasprzyk, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (co-author: J. N. Ryan)
powerpointPerceived Water-Related Tradeoffs of Oil and Gas Development in Colorado - Tanya Heikkila, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO (co-author : C. M. Weible)
powerpointDebating the Oil & Gas Energy-Water Nexus: Issues of Scale and Framing - Adrianne Kroepsch, Environmental Studies, Center of the American West, University of Boulder, Boulder, CO

Moderator - John Stednick
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

E. coli in the Middle Rio Grande Watershed - Kelly Collins, CDM Smith, Albuquerque, NM (co-authors: M. Rempkowski, S. Wolosoff, P. Chavez)
The Source Water Collaborative's Call to Action and Tools for bringing that action to bear - Karen Wirth, US EPA, Washington, DC (co-author: R. Carlson)
powerpointEscherichia coli Attachment to Model Particulates: the effects of Bacterial Cell Characteristics and Particulate Properties - Xiao Liang, Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (co-authors: C. Liao, M. L. Thompson, M. L. Soupir, L. R. Jarboe, P. M. Dixon )
powerpointAdressing Potential Drinking Water Risk through Source Water Protection - Kimberly Swan, Clackamas River Water Providers, Oregon City , OR

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Moderator - Eve Brantley
Auburn Univ. / AL Cooperative Extension System, Auburn, AL

Demonstration and Understanding: Removing the Mystery - Eve Brantley, Auburn Univ. / AL Cooperative Extension System, Auburn, AL (co-authors: C. Sawyer, A. Ludwig, G. Jennings)
Transforming Landscapes and Perspectives - Andrea Ludwig, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (co-authors: E. Brantley, C. Sawyer, G. Jennings)
Common Problems and Community Solutions - Integrating Stormwater Demonstration and Education - Amy Scaroni, Clemson University, North Charleston, SC (co-authors: C. Sawyer, K. Giacalone)
Watershed Restoration Technology Demonstrations - Greg Jennings, Jennings Environmental, Apex, NC (co-authors: E. Brantley, A. Ludwig, C. Sawyer)

Moderator - Steve Malers
Open Water Foundation, Fort Collins, CO

powerpointThe Water Data Exchange (WaDE) Project and Western State Water Agencies: Successes and Challenges Deploying and Sharing Water Planning, Water Use, and Water Allocation Data - Sara Larsen, Western States Water Council, Murray, UT
powerpointThe USDA Forest Service National Best Management Practices Program: The First Three Years of Monitoring - Joan Carlson, USDA Forest Service, Golden, CO (co-authors: P. Edwards, L. Berger, C. Carlson)
powerpointBuilding a Better National Hydrography Dataset - Jeff Simley, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO

Moderator - Richard Koehler
NOAA, Boulder, CO

powerpointModeling the Missouri River Water Temperature using HEC-RAS Model - Zhonglong Zhang, ERDC - LimnoTech, Vicksburg, MS (co-author: B. Johnson)
powerpointDevelopment of HEC-CWMS for Cape Fear River Basin - Masoud Meshkat, AMCFW, Nashville, TN
powerpointModeling the Water Resource Implications of Growth: Patterns and Projections for Central Arizona - Warren Greco, Central Arizona Project, Phoenix, AZ (co-authors: K. Seasholes, J. Fox)
powerpointMulti-discipline Modeling in Support of Planning, Environmental Analysis, and Operation of Water Resource Projects - William Smith, MWH Global, Sacramento, CA
Towards Simplification of Hydrologic Modeling: Identification of Dominant Processes - Steven Markstrom, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO (co-authors: L. Hay, M. Clark)

Moderator - Alyssa Mucken
Oregon Water Resources Dept., Salem, OR

powerpointParticipatory Watershed Assessment and Planning for the Upper Gila River, Arizona - Kelly Mott Lacroix, Water Resources Research Center, Tucson, AZ (co-author: C. Fullerton)
powerpointRiver Basin Scale Management and Governance: Competing Interests for Western Water - Eric Lindquist, Public Policy Research Center, Boise, ID (co-author: J. Talley)
powerpointArkSWAM - A Model for Regional Water Resources Planning in Arkansas River Basin, CO - Mark McCluskey, CDM Smith Inc., Denver, CO (co-authors: Chris Kurtz, A. Bowen)
powerpointWater Supply Gap Analysis in Arkansas - Kelly Collins, CDM Smith, Albuquerque, NM (co-authors: C. Kurtz, E. Swaim)

Wednesday / November 18 / 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66

Moderator - Adrianne Kroepsch
Environmental Studies, Center of the American West, University of Boulder, Boulder, CO

powerpointTreatment and Beneficial Use of Produced Water and Hydraulic Fracturing Flowback Water: State-of-the-Technology Overview and Assessment - Pei Xu, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM (co-authors: G. Ma, M.Geza, J. E. Drewes, T. Y. Cath)
powerpointTreatment of Oil and Gas Wastewater in Colorado: Assessment of a Hybrid Membrane System - Stephanie Riley, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (co-authors: Tzahi Y. Cath)
powerpointAdapting Traditional Wastewater Sequencing Batch Reactor-Membrane Bioreactor Configuration with Granular Sludge to Treat Oil and Gas Waste Streams for Beneficial Reuse - Victoria Billings, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (co-authors: K. E. Chan, J. R. Spear, T. Y. Cath)
powerpointEvaluation of Fouling of Forward Osmosis Membranes During Long-Term Produced Water Treatment - Liz Bell, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (co-authors: B.Coday, T. Y. Cath)
powerpointA Decision Support Tool for Characterization, Treatment, and Beneficial Use of Produced and Fracturing Flowback Water - Mengistu Geza, Colorado School of Mines, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Golden, CO (co-authors: T. Y. Cath, P. Xu, G. Ma, J. Drewes)

Moderator - Teresa Thornton
GET WET!, Jupiter, FL

powerpointComparative Water-Quality and Hydrologic Characterizations - Two Mining-Impacted Watersheds in Colorado - Tim Steele, TDS Consulting Inc., Denver, CO (co-author: J. R. Kunkel)
powerpointMonitoring and Modeling Nutrients and Sediment Along the Drainage Ditches in Northeast Arkansas - Niroj Aryal, USDA-ARS RPP, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, State University, AR (co-author: M. Reba)
powerpointOccurrence and Transport of Selected Trace Metals in the Coeur D'alene and Spokane River Basins, Idaho and Washington - Greg Clark, U.S. Geological Survey, Boise, ID
powerpointSources and Fates of Chlorides in the Environment and the Impacts on Natural and Physical Infrastructures - Claire Bleser, Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District, Eden Prairie, MN (co-authors: J. Maxwell, E. Sniegowski, K. Bigalke)
powerpointThe Behavioral Economics of a Private Well Water Community in the Face of an Unexplained Cancer Scare - Isabella Bergonzoli , Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO (co-author: T. E. Thornton)

Moderator - Paul Hindman
Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, Denver, CO

powerpointEvaluation of Distributed BMPs in an Urban Watershed - High Resolution Modeling For Water Quantity and Quality - Timothy Fry, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (co-authors: R. Maxwell, C. Higgins, J. McCray, A. Boehm)
powerpointOvercoming Information Barriers to Cost-Effective Green Stormwater Infrastructure - Nell Green Nylen, Wheeler Institute for Water Law & Policy (Berkeley Law), Berkeley, CA (co-author: M. Kiparsky)
powerpointStormwater Modeling for Redevelopment Impacts on the Berkeley Neighborhood of Denver, Colorado - Chelsea Panos, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (co-authors: T. Hogue, L. Cherry, K. Lowe, J. McCray)
powerpointAssessing the Effect of Best Management Practices on Water Quality and Flow Regime in an Urban Watershed under Climate Change Disturbance - Katie Radavich, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (co-authors: T. S. Hogue, M. Gold)

Moderator - Eric Lindquist
Public Policy Research Center, Boise, ID

powerpointThe Paradox of Place: Finding the Colorado at Home and Abroad - Sara Porterfield, CU Boulder, Boulder, CO
powerpointA 30-Year History of Innovative Water Planning at Central Arizona Project - Jessica Fox, Central Arizona Project, Phoenix, AZ (co-authors: K. Seasholes, W. Greco)
powerpointShepherds of the Church and Stewards of the World: the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI and the Leadership of Pope Francis on Climate Change, Water Resources and Stewardship of Creation - Eric Fitch, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

Moderator - Paul Bradley
U.S. Geological Survey, Columbia, SC

powerpointMoving HSPF to Open Source and Visualizing Results - Jason Love, RESPEC, Rapid City, SD (co-author: S. Kenner)
powerpointUse of Remote Sensing and Surface Energy Balance Model to Map Irrigated and Dryland Cropland - Mahesh Pun, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, Lincoln, NE (co-authors: D. Mutiibwa, R. Li)
powerpointCommunicating Uncertainty and Risk through Alternate Data Displays of Hydrologic Ensemble Traces - Richard Koehler, NOAA, Boulder, CO
Global Sensitivity Analysis of the Watershed Assessment Model (WAM) - Yogesh Khare, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (co-authors: C.Martinez, R.Munoz-Carpena, D. Bottcher, A. James)

Moderator - Michael Campana
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

powerpointEnhancing the Climate Resilience of African Hydropower and Irrigation Infrastructure - David Groves, RAND Water and Climate Resilience Center, Santa Monica, CA (co-authors: Z. Mao, R. Lempert)
powerpointScience-based Policy for Himalayan Rivers of Nepal - Lauren Jaramillo, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (co-authors: M. C. Stone, R. M. Morrison)
powerpointThe Development of Integrated Flood Forecasting an River Monitoring (iFFRM) for the Muar River Basin in Malaysia - Andrew Brown, HR Wallingford, Howbery Park, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 8BA (co-authors: M. Fawwaz Fauzi, E. Brown, D. Powers)

Thursday / November 19 / 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Concurrent Sessions 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72

Moderator - Niroj Aryal
USDA-ARS RPP, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, ORI, State University, AR

powerpointHormones, Pharmaceuticals and other Bioactive Contaminants in Water and Sediment from Congaree National Park - Paul Bradley, U.S. Geological Survey, Columbia, SC (co-authors: B. A. Battaglin, L. Iwanowicz, W. T. Foreman, E.T. Furlong, F. Henning, T.Hogan, C. A. Journey, D. Shelley)
powerpointHormones, Pesticides, and other Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Water and Sediment from National Parks in Utah and Colorado, 2014 - William Battaglin, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO (co-authors: P. Bradley, R. Weissinger, E. Furlong, W. Foreman, M. Hladik)
powerpointBiodegradation Potential of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Surface-Water Sediments of Rocky Mountains National Park, USA - Paul Bradley, U.S. Geological Survey, Columbia, SC (co-authors: B. A. Battaglin, U.S. Geological Survey, L. Iwanowicz, P. McLaughlin)
powerpointEmerging contaminants at National Park Sites in Utah and Colorado: Chronic Contaminants and Unexpected Hotspots - Kerensa King, National Park Service, Fort Collins, CO (co-authors: R. Weissinger, K. Dahlin, K. Keteles)

Moderator - Donny Roush
Earth Force, Denver, CO


powerpointAmanda Rockler, Sea Grant Extension, University of Maryland, Derwood, MD
powerpointDeborah Purce, Environmental Learning for Kids, Denver, CO
Donny Roush, Earth Force, Denver, CO

Often the worlds of engineers and educators exist on separate planes, but we have much to learn from each other. We represent new, effective stormwater education programs and encourage their adoption in stormwater management. Such innovations are especially timely as schools scramble to adapt their curricula to the new Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards, and Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education (all sets of national K-12 education standards). In particular, the Next Generation Science Standards, wherein engineering has equal footing with science, has heavy emphasis on application of learning through hands-on projects. Stormwater offers a relevant and engaging unifier for such interdisciplinary investigations. We are Toyota TogetherGreen conservation leadership alumni who wish to share best practices in environmental education, expanding the audience for our work. National Audubon Society and Toyota North America founded Toyota TogetherGreen in 2008 to foster diversity, jumpstart innovation, and invest in grassroots efforts.

  • Watershed Stewards Academy (Amanda Rockler) - Watershed Stewards Academy develops and supports well-trained, diverse stewards conversant in stormwater issues, who design, implement, maintain, and promote local restoration projects. Master Watershed Stewards engage communities to reduce polluted runoff. To become certified, MWS complete an intensive, research-based, hands-on training including a capstone project. The grassroots efforts of volunteer Master Watershed Stewards to implement BMPs can provide a low-cost alternative to jumpstarting stormwater retrofits.
  • Ripple Effect (Janelle Hope Robbins) - Lake Lincolndale is a small community located within New York City's drinking watershed. The Ripple Effect was a pilot project to educate, engage, and empower the community to more effectively manage stormwater pollution, while improving native wildlife habitat and increasing nature appreciation. Ripple Effect used a combination of technical assistance; lectures, workshops, and nature walks; and volunteer opportunities to increase community stakeholdership, more effectively manage lake water quality, and increase native habitat.
  • Empowering Urban Youth (Deborah Purce) - This project develops a comprehensive water resources focus within Environmental Learning for Kids' existing program model of natural resource science and youth development. We're building staff expertise related to the issues, science, teaching strategies, and socio-cultural implications of water supply and quality protection in Colorado. Through improved organizational capacity, we delivered programming on water conservation through ELK's school-based programs, outreach events, and ELK's core program of year-round, experiential, science-based learning activities. Our goal is to cultivate the next generation of environmental leaders who better reflect U.S. demographics.
  • Next Generation Science Education through Stormwater (Donny Roush) - We've built hyperlocal urban watershed education for Denver Public Works and Denver Public Schools. "Keep It Clean - Neighborhood Environmental Trios" (KIC-NET) guides students through neighborhood water investigations, teaching science content and civic engagement skills, and culminating in environmental action projects. Piloted with 10 schools, 757 students, and 55 teachers, our toolkit aligns to new national educational standards. By 2017, we will expand to 25 schools and 1,500 students in metropolitan Denver, plus 10 schools and 650 students in Albuquerque, NM. We have proposed KIC-NETs in Ohio, Delaware, Missouri, and Kansas. KIC-NET won "Best New Environmental Education Program in Colorado" in March 2015.

Moderator - Rebecca Smith
University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO

Current and Anticipated Water Scarcity - An Interactive 4D Geospatial Visualization Model for Oklahoma and Texas - Jad Ziolkowska, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK (co-author: R. Reyes)
Building Spatial Search Capabilities for the USACE Omaha District Geospatial Data Catalog - Mary LaMagna Reiter, Applied Data Consultants, Omaha, NE
powerpointAn Overview of the USGS Hydrography Requirements and Benefits Study - Stephen Aichele, U.S. Geological Survey, New Cumberland, PA (co-author: S. Hoegberg)

Moderator - Chuck Henning

Healthy Headwaters are Good for Aurora - Michael McHugh, Aurora Water, Arvada, CO
powerpointUse of Voluntary Incentives to Protect Drinking Water in the Mckenzie Watershed, Oregon - Karl Morgenstern, EWEB, Eugene, OR
powerpointSeizing the Day: Carpe Diem West - Kimery Wiltshire, Carpe Diem West, Sausalito, CA
powerpointScience and Evidence-Based Approach to Watershed Restoration - Holly Hartmann, Carpe Diem West, Sausalito, CA

Moderator - Valerie Seidel
The Balmoral Group, Winter Park, FL

powerpointA Quantitative Analysis of Stabilizing Beach Vegetation and Structures Among Beaches in Fort Lauderdale, Juno, and Jupiter Florida - Phoebe Stirm, Oxbridge Academy, West Palm Beach, FL (co-author: T. E. Thornton,)
powerpointEconomics of Coastal Erosion - Valerie Seidel, The Balmoral Group, Winter Park, FL (co-authors: A. Barker , C. Diamond, H. Richards)
powerpointHuman-induced changes in River Flow Affect Tidal Propagation and Salt Water Intrusion from the Gulf of Nicoya (NW Cost Rica) Which Eventually Impacts the Water Balance of the Adjacent Palo Verde Wetland - Alice Alonso, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (co-authors: R.Munoz-Carpena, A. Valle-Levinson)

Moderator - Katie Melander
Northern Water Conservancy District, Berthoud, CO

Water Research Foundation- Past, Present, and Future Support for One Water - Katie Henderson, Water Research Foundation, Denver, CO (co-author: J. Whitler)
powerpointGovernance, Policy, and Economics of Intergovernmental River Basin Management - Gerald Kauffman, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
powerpointPerformance-Based Water Conservation with WERS - Douglas Pushard, Harvest H2O, Santa Fe, NM

Thursday / November 19 / 10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon

Concurrent Sessions 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78

Moderator - Zach Thode
Rubicon Water, Fort Collins, CO

powerpointPerformance Analysis of a Wet-Retention Pond in a Small Agricultural Catchment - Francois Chretien, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Quebec City, Qc, Canada (co-authors: P. Gagnon, G. Theriault, M. Guillou)
powerpointUsing AnnAGNPS to Evaluate On-Farm Water Storage Systems (OFWS) as a BMP for Nutrient Loading Control in a Small Agricultural Watershed in East Mississippi - Ritesh Karki, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS (co-authors: M. Love Tagert, J. Paz, R. L. Bingner)
powerpointA Three Year Study on the Health Effects of Glyphosate on Vegetation in the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (ARMLNWR) Cypress Swamp (CS) 2013-2015 - Phoebe Stirm, Oxbridge Academy, West Palm Beach , FL (co-authors: T. Thornton, M. Ridgeway)
powerpointSustainable Phosphorus Management in Land Applied Reclaimed Water Scenarios - Grant Weinkam, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (co-author: M. T. Brown)

Moderator - Mark E. Eiswerth
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

powerpointWater Stewardship - Business Risks and Opportunities - William Sarni, Deloitte Consulting, LLP, Denver, CO
powerpointDeveloping a Water Market for Environmental Flows - George Oamek, CH2M Hill, Omaha, NE (co-author: J Kenny)
powerpointFederal Cost Allocation for 21st Century Water Storage Beneficiaries - Josh Cowden, MWH, Fort Collins, CO (co-author: V. Barbara)
powerpointWater Stewardship - Water Security for Whom? - Stuart Orr, WWF International, Avenue du Mont Blanc, 1196, Gland, Switzerland (co-author: N. Hepworth)

Moderator - Stephen S. Aichele
U.S. Geological Survey, New Cumberland, PA

powerpointA Modular Scalable Framework for Water Resources Impact Assessment - Nawajish Noman, ESRI, Redlands, CA (co-authors: D. Djokic, D. Ding, S. Kopp)
powerpointA Unified National Geospatial Data Framework for Surface-Water - Al Rea, U.S. Geological Survey, Boise, ID (co-authors: J. Simley, K. Hanson, R. Viger)
powerpointGeospatial Decision Support System for Integrated River Basin Management using Real-time Gridded Precipitation and Demand Forecasts: Russian River Tributaries Case Study - Christopher Fields, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (co-authors: J. Labadie, L. Johnson)
powerpointMapping Variable Width Riparian Areas Utilizing GIS & Open Source Data - Sinan Abood, USDA Forest Service, Washington, DC

Moderator - Brett Emmons
Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc., Oakdale, MN


Brett Emmons, Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc., Oakdale, MN
Anita Anderson, Minnesota Department of Health, Duluth, MN
John Scarpulla, Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities, San Francisco, CA
powerpoint Neal Shapiro, Watershed Section City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA
Meghan Funke, Emmons & Olivier Resources, Oakdale, MN

A panel of stormwater professionalss advancing the field of water (re)use and harvesting in the water-challenged West (California) and the "water-rich" Midwest (Minnesota) will present the state-of-the-science on water reuse. Two areas of emerging importance are stormwater applications and the gaps in water quality standards. The panel will focus on four topic areas: 1) stormwater reuse as an emerging area of practice; 2) the importance of water budget and design tools in the planning, crediting, and implementation of stormwater reuse; 3) obstacles for stormwater reuse, particularly lack of uniform water quality standards and building codes; and 4) stormwater reuse project examples in different settings illustrating the potential and pitfalls of this technology. Panel experts were chosen to represent a broad range of reuse perspectives, from water conservation in arid areas like California, where water supply challenges are becoming extreme, to emerging water consumption concerns in temperate areas like Minnesota, where water is plentiful. While the water challenges in the arid West are common in the news cycle, the emerging concerns over sound water management and sustainable water supplies is also impacting other regions, such as the Midwest, prompting calls for a change in our water management paradigm to a more holistic approach. A reuse design and evaluation tool will be discussed as well as the quickly evolving water quality standards for water reuse, both of which are needed to put reuse into action. The overall goal of the panel is to have a national conversation on water reuse, with input from audience members on their reuse perspectives and experiences in other parts of the country.

Moderator - Kristin Maharg
Colorado Foundation for Water Education

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John Stulp, Special Policy Advisor to the Governor on Water, State of Colorado, Denver, CO - Overview of Colorado's Water Plan and the Agricultural Water Challenges
Marc Waage, Denver Water, Denver, CO - Colorado Front Range Urban Water Needs and Challenges
Jim Pokrandt, Colorado River Water Conservation District, Glenwood Springs, CO - Western Slope Water Needs and Challenges
Theresa Conley, Conservation Colorado, Denver, CO - Environmental Water Needs and Challenges Questions and Answers

This panel will give a local water resources flavor of the key long-term water resources issues facing Colorado. People love Colorado. Our state is in another economic boom cycle with population projected to double by 2050. This growth threatens Colorado's already limited and highly developed water resources. So how do we preserve what we know and love about our state's great natural assets alongside providing for population growth and adapting to climate change? The challenges are enormous. Roughly eighty percent of the state's water is on the Western Slope of the Continental Divide with roughly 80 percent of the population, economy and agricultural economy in the rain shadow for the Rockies on the Eastern Slope of the state. Front Range cities are making great strides in conservation and reuse but foresee limits to efficiency measures. Having maximized most local supply options, many of these cities project the continuing need for new supplies either by purchasing water from East Slope agriculture or by developing big water projects to use more from Western Slope rivers. Agricultural, recreational and environmental interests are potentially in the cross-hairs of these new water supply plans. However, innovative and collaborative strategies for better water efficiencies, better water sharing and better project design for multiple benefits have emerged from state lead stakeholder discussions. Using this information, Colorado's first water plan will try to find the formula for continuing to have it all - a productive economy that supports vibrant and sustainable cities, productive agriculture, a strong environment, and a robust recreation industry. This will be the first state water plan. It will be released in December 2015. Many stakeholders worry that the water plan will provide not enough specific actions and/or it will not strike the right balance with the state's water resources. This panel will discuss the fears, concerns, challenges and opportunities presented by the state's first water plan.

Moderator - John Stednick
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

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John Stednick, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO - Bark Beetles, Streamflows, and Nutrients
Reed Maxwell, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO - Hydrologic Modeling/Water Supply Impacts
Jonathan Sharp, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO - Biogeochemical Processes/Water Quality Impacts
Alexis Navarre-Sitchler, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO - Reactive Transport Modeling
Stuart Cottrell, and Kathie Mattor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO - Public Perceptions of MPB Effects

In addition to changes in temperature, precipitation patterns, and snow accumulation and melt, ecological perturbations resulting from climate variability such as the recent mountain pine beetle (MPB) epidemic have already dramatically affected the Rocky Mountains. It is estimated that lodgepole pine forests covering over 4 million acres of forests in Colorado and Wyoming were infected by the MPB. The visual impact of dying and dead forests is stunning, but changes to the water cycle in watersheds delivering source waters for drink water suppliers, may be a longer lasting legacy of the MPB. The objective of this project are to determine potential water resource changes resulting from the MPB epidemic by defining and quantifying feedbacks between changes in climate, forested ecosystems altered by MPB impacts, biogeochemical processes and resource management practices. Beetle-killed trees may alter hydrologic and biogeochemical processes that govern water quantity and quality in forested headwater catchments, coupled with natural resources management options that can potentially affect downstream water user demands and ecological and human health needs. This project addresses two main questions: (1) How will land cover change from beetle-killed forests and forest management practices affect local, watershed, and regional-scale surface and groundwater resources? (2) Can the MPB outbreaks significantly alter water quality parameters that include aesthetics, concentrations of heavy metals (i.e., Zn, Cu), and potential formation of disinfection byproducts? The outcomes of this project are to provide an improved scientific basis for managing watershed ecosystems in the Platte and Colorado River basins, thus helping to ensure safe and reliable water resources to more than 30 million residential users, and improve understanding of the water supply and quantity challenges for MPB-affected areas across the Rocky Mountain West.

Thursday / November 19 / 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84

Moderator - Sam Fernald
New Mexico State University, Las Cruses, NM

Land Use Assessment of Acequia Irrigated Valleys Using Multi-Date Aerial Imagery - Robert Sabie, New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute, Las Cruces, NM (co-authors: J. J. Cruz, B. Turner, A. Lopez Moreno, I. Hewitt)
Semi-Arid Mountain Climatology, Geology and Hydrology and the Resilience of Traditional Irrigation Communities: The Role of Deep Groundwater - Jesus Gomez-Velez, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM (co-authors: J. Wilson,D. Tolley, E.H. Tysor, N. Stewart-Maddox, M.D. Frisbee)
powerpointIndigenous Observation Network: A Unique Partnership Between Communities, Nonprofits, and Government Agencies - Nicole Herman-Mercer, U.S. Geological Survey, National Research Program, Denver , CO (co-authors: R. Toohey, P. F. Schuster, E. Mutter)
powerpointThe Benefits of Modernizing Gravity Canal Irrigation Networks - Zach Thode, Rubicon Water, Fort Collins, CO (co-author: D. Pearson)
Acequias and Uncertainty: Testing Community Resiliency to Climate Change Using System Dynamics Models - Benjamin Turner, New Mexico State University, Kingsville, TX (co-author: V. Tidwell)

Moderator - Eric Hecox
SMWSA, Greenwood Village, CO

Water and Your Right to Use it In Colorado-Challenges, Lessons Learned and New Opportunities - Dick Wolfe, Colorado Division of Water Resources, Denver, CO
Conjunctive Use Case Study, Brighton, Colorado - William McIntyre, Independent Consultant, Broomfield, CO
powerpointBenefits of Enhanced Precipitation Forecasts - San Francisco Bay Area Case Study - Lynn Johnson, Water Cycle Branch, NOAA/ESRL/PSD, Boulder, CO (co-author: Rob Cifelli)
Legalized Marijuana - Water Supply and Compliance Issues in the State of Colorado - Conor Filter, Colorado Sustainability Consultants, Denver, CO

Moderator - Reagan Waskom
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

powerpointCan Agricultural Water Conservation in the Colorado River Basin Help Meet the Gap? - Kelsea Macilroy, Dept. of Sociology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (co-author: M.L. Smith)
powerpointSaving Agricultural Water in the Colorado River Basin: Drivers and Challenges - Masih Akhbari, Colorado Water Institute, Fort Collins, CO (co-authors: M. L. Smith, R. Waskom)
powerpointShortage on the Colorado River: Analysis of Impacts to Water Users in Central Arizona - Kenneth Seasholes, Central Arizona Project, Phoenix, AZ (co-author: J.Fox)
powerpointImproving the Reliability of Water Supplies from the Colorado River - Klint Reedy, Black & Veatch, Denver, CO (co-author: L. Perkins)

Moderator - Brett Emmons
Emmons & Olivier Resources, Oakdale, MN

powerpointUrban Stormwater BMP Database - Marc Leisenring, Geosyntec Consultants, Portland, OR (co-authors: E. Strecker, J. Clary, J. Jones)
powerpointAgricultural BMP Database: Initial Performance Findings - Jane Clary, Wright Water Engineers, Inc., Denver, CO (co-authors: J. Jones, E. Strecker, M. Leisenring)
powerpointStream Restoration: A New BMP Database Module That May Support Water Quality Crediting - Scott Struck, Geosyntec Consultants, Lafayette, CO (co-authors: B. Bledsoe, J. Jones, E. Strecker, M. Leisenring, J. Clary,R. Lammers)
powerpointThe National Stormwater Quality Database - Robert Pitt, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (co-authors: A. Maestre, J. Clary, M. Leisenring)

Moderator - Allison Danner
US Bureau of Reclamation, Boulder City, NV

powerpointStream Bank Erosion Modeling: Improving Field Methods - Mitchell Mcmillan, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL (co-author: J. Liebens)
powerpointStream Temperature Patterns Over 35 Years in a Managed Forest of Western Washington - Maryanne Reiter, Weyerhaeuser Company, Springfield, OR (co-authors: R. E. Bilby, S. Beech, J. Heffner)
powerpointEffect of Acid Mine Drainage on the Abundance and Diversity of Freshwater Nitrifying Microbes - Annika C. Mosier, University of Colorado, Denver, CO (co-authors: B. Ramanathan, J. Sackett, T.Roane)


Thursday / November 19 / 13:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 84, 85, 86, 87

Moderator - William McIntyre
Water Resources Engineer, Broomfield, CO

powerpointRecent Trends in Water Use in a Federal Reclamation Project in Northern Nevada - Allison Danner, US Bureau of Reclamation, Boulder City, NV (co-authors: J. Lanini, N. Kabir)
powerpointEstimating Agricultural Water Demand for Regional Supply Planning - Valerie Seidel, The Balmoral Group, Winter Park, FL (co-authors: R. Scott, D. Dourte)
powerpointAgronomic Responses of Grass and Alfalfa Hayfields to No and Partial Season Irrigation as Part of a Potential Colorado Western Slope Water Bank - Joe Brummer, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (co-authors: L.Jones, P. Cabot, C. Pearson, A. Berrada)
Investigation of Geologic and Anthropogenic Controls of Nutrient Loading in the Malibu Creek Watershed, CA - Michael Harrison, California State University, Los Angeles, Alhambra, CA (co-author: B. Hibbs)
powerpointA Costly Endeavor: Addressing Algae Problems in a Central Texas Drinking Water Supply - Catherine Dunlap, City of Boulder, Boulder, CO (co-authors: K. Sklenar, L. Blake)

Moderator - Scott Struck
Geosyntec Consultants, Lafayette, CO

powerpointGreen Infrastructure and Blue Habitat: The Impacts of Watershed Conditions and Stormwater Management on Fish Populations and River Health - Cathy Bozek, The Nature Conservancy, Northampton, MA
powerpointDesigning a City for Zero Stormwater Discharge - Brett Emmons, Emmons & Olivier Resources, Oakdale, MN (co-authors: C. Correll, C. Almer)
powerpointRainwater Harvesting System in Neighborhood Scale: Environmental Impacts of Urban Stormwater Reduction - Jay Devkota, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH (co-authors: H. Tavakol Davani, S. Burian, D. Apul)
Lessons Learned Developing an Evaluation Process for Stormwater Manufactured Treatment Devices - Jane Walker, Virginia Water Resources Research Center , Blacksburg, VA (co-authors: D. Sample, S. Schoenholtz)

Moderator - Jack Denman
ERO Resources Corporation, Denver CO

powerpointDevelopment of a Scalable Watershed Sediment Loading Tool - Jessie Allen, RTI International, Durham, NC (co-author: F. Moreda)
powerpointA Comparison of Hydrologic Simulations in the Lower Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, Southeastern United States - Fekadu Moreda, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC (co-authors: J. Allen, M. Eddy, J. LaFontaine)
Realizing the Value of Natural Systems: An Asset Management Approach - Andrew Smith, Black & Veatch, Kansas City, MO
Using Relative Risk to Determine Effective Stream Stabilization Countermeasures at Bridges - Peggy Johnson, Penn State University, University Park, PA

Moderator - John Tracy
Idaho Water Resources Research Institute, University of Idaho, Boise, ID


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Kelly Mott LaCroix, Arizona Water Resources Research Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Allyson Beall King, School of the Environment, Washington State University, Moscow, ID
Mary Lou Smith, Colorado Water Institute, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Mark Solomon, Idaho Water Resources Research Institute, University of Idaho, Coeur D'Alene, ID

The role that stakeholders play in water resources planning and management decisions has significantly increased over the last several decades. This is reflected in the increased efforts and resources the water management agencies dedicate to effectively engage affected stakeholders in their decision making processes. However, within the academic research community, the process of engaging stakeholders in research activities and informing them of significant findings has not evolved in the same manner as the water management community. The typical view of the stakeholder engagement process for the research community continues to be dominated by the view that stakeholders are the consumers of information provided by an objective research community. There is growing recognition that the conventional approach to stakeholder engagement in the research enterprise is an ineffective model for integrating new knowledge and technology into water management, planning and operation activities; and new approaches for engaging stakeholders in the water research enterprise need to be developed and deployed. Four panelists will highlight innovations in approaches to engaging stakeholders in the water resources research enterprise, and initial assessments on the efficacy of these approaches:

  • Kelly Mott Lacroix (University of Arizona) will discuss the importance of stakeholder engagement in successful water governance systems, and present a process design for successful engagement of expert stakeholders. In addition, a method for assessing the effectiveness of the engagement effort will be presented, which is based on three elements of social learning - interactiveness, inclusiveness, and flexibility.
  • Allyson Beall King (Washington State University) will discuss the use of participatory System Dynamic Modeling tools to engage stakeholders in integrated water resource planning efforts in the Spokane River Basin in northwest Idaho and northeast Washington.
  • MaryLou Smith (Colorado State University) will discuss her work in the Colorado River Basin in which Colorado State University is engaging with members of a grassroots group of agricultural producers named NoChicoBrush to identify how they might best frame their irrigation efficiencies message and program. The group hopes to encourage wide spread adoption of irrigation efficiency improvements as a means of taking pressure off agricultural water for use by other sectors.
  • Mark Solomon (University of Idaho) will discuss the process of engaging stakeholder communities interested in improving water quality conditions in Fernan Lake, Idaho, with the aid of advanced virtualization tools. The lake has experienced annual blue-green algal blooms in recent years due to increasing nutrient loads. Virtual models of the lake condition were developed in collaboration with stakeholders, which allowed them to more easily visualize future lake conditions.