Have you ever attended a conference that dealt with a timely water
resources issue, but still left you with an empty feeling? The topic
was thoroughly explained and dissected by a plethora of renowned
presenters and panelists. Still, you sensed that something was missing.
Yes, you heard about how some festering problem, heretofore underneath
everyone's radar, that would doom society if we continued to neglect
it. Fingers were wagged, voices were raised, coffee consumed, arguments
fomented. Terms like 'path forward', 'roadmap' and 'charting a course
of action' were used liberally.
You enjoyed the conference, yet you still feel as though you just
spent several days with little to show, save for a few more frequent-flyer
miles and hotel rewards points. You don't really feel cheated, but
something's missing. You neither recall being asked your opinion,
nor nominated to help develop and promote a path forward.
All that will change in Fort Worth, Texas, 9 - 11 July 2018 at
AWRA's Summer Specialty Conference, The Science, Management
and Governance of Transboundary Groundwater. Simply stated,
transboundary groundwater is groundwater that crosses jurisdictional/political
boundaries, be they boundaries between nations, states, provinces,
counties, management districts, reservations, etc.
The conference will begin as most conferences do. Expert plenary
speakers - Ms. Astrid Hillers of the Global Environment Facility
and Dr. Neno Kukuric of the International Groundwater Resources
Assessment Centre - will hold forth. Ms. Hillers will discuss approaches
that can be used to develop and implement frameworks for governing
transboundary groundwater systems, and Dr. Kukuric will address
the scientific resources that are being developed to aid in the
management of transboundary groundwater resources.
After the opening plenary, over the next two days the best minds
available will populate panels and platform presentations (over
50!) to address:
- New scientific methods for defining the extent and behavior
of transboundary groundwater resources;
- Case studies on the governance and management of transboundary
aquifers at all scales
- Quality, quantity and ecosystem issues;
- Emerging transboundary governance and management issues; and
- Updates on and implications of legal arguments regarding access
to and protection of transboundary groundwater resources.
On the final day, Wednesday, 11 July, the conference will depart
from its normal course. After providing instructions to the attendees
on Monday, Lisa Beutler, Principal Executive Facilitator at Stantec
and AWRA President-Elect, will conduct a facilitated plenary session.
This session will:
- Solicit input on the pressing scientific issues of transboundary
- Identify current management and governance successes, failures,
- Identify a path forward
- Outline a white paper and select a writing team
You will greatly expand your understanding and knowledge of transboundary
groundwater resources. More importantly you will have the opportunity
to become active in the development and promulgation of a coherent
strategy for addressing transboundary groundwater issues.
Who Should Attend:
- Groundwater professionals
- Water lawyers
- Local/state/provincial/federal water officials
- Water district managers and staff
- Environmental organizations
- NGO and INGO members
- Basin commissioners and staff
We also hope you take advantage of the redeveloped downtown corridor
in Ft. Worth, and the wealth of entertainment and cultural opportunities
that the Ft. Worth/Dallas Metroplex has to offer.
Director, Texas Water Resources Institute
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
Dr. Michael E. Campana
Technical Program Chair
Technical Director, AWRA
Professor, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmosphere Sciences
Oregon State University, Corvallis OR