2016 Annual AWRA Water Resources Conference
Preliminary Program


Final Program

JOIN US IN ORLANDO. Praised by attendees year after year, AWRA's Annual Conference is a perfect opportunity for you to meet, learn from and share ideas with practitioners, policy and decision makers and academics across all fields in the water resources community.

With a reputation as one of the most topically diverse and inclusive conferences covering the broad field of water resources, the AWRA Annual Conference connects attendees to all of the vital conversations happening in and around all water resources disciplines.

This year's technical program includes more than 280 oral presentations and 30 posters, in addition to plenary talks from some of the nation's leading water resources experts.

AWRA Multi-Event Conference App
1 App download = 3 Conferences

Download. Check in. Start networking. You do not need to be registered for a conference to download and check in.

Get the AWRA Conferences App by scanning the QR code to the left, search for AWRA Conferences in the App Store™ and Google Play™ or click one of these links:


Pre-conference events (Sunday):

  • A field trip to the Lake Apopka Filter Marsh and Restoration Project.
  • A workshop on GIS Support for Hydrologic and Hydraulic Modeling and Analyses (CEU accreditation available).

Opening Events (Monday):

  • Opening Plenary Panel,on "Water Resources Resiliency in the U.S." , moderated by David T. McGimpsey, creator of "The Water Values" podcast, featuring a discussion on how aging infrastructure, the water - energy nexus, and water governance impacts the resilience of our water resources.
  • Luncheon and discussion with journalist/writer, Cynthia Barnett author three books - Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, Mirage, and Blue Revolution.
  • Opening Networking Reception (evening).

Technical program sessions run Monday-Thursday addressing topics such as Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM); economics of water; reservoir design and operation; agriculture and water resources; big data and visualization; groundwater and aquifer storage and recovery (ASR); surface water hydrology; water quality; biology and ecology; climate change planning, adaptation and forecasting; and lots more..

  • The Technology Showcase featuring over 20 Lightning Talks is back! These 5 minute presentations quickly define the motivation, implications and impacts of the presenters' work with new and exciting technologies in water resources. Created by the AWRA Technology technical committee, these sessions are an attendee favorite.
  • The Poster Session will again be hosted in the exhibit hall Monday and Tuesday.

A special Tuesday evening event at Disney Springs is generously sponsored by the AWRA's Florida Section.

The Student Program provides a place for students to connect with other academics and professionals from the full spectrum of water resources fields. Student presentations are fully integrated with other speakers, so they are available to leading government, private sector and education attendees. Come learn about the diverse field of water resources and how you can participate in the many mentoring opportunities.

AS WATER RESOURCES PROFESSIONALS, you know that even within your own disciplines only a fraction of knowledge exists in newsletters, journals, and white papers. A vast amount of important information exists within other disciplines. Known for its inclusiveness and diversity, AWRA's Annual Conference is the perfect place for you to expand your knowledge base. Register today! We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

Rafael Frias Don Duke Lara Fowler
Rafael Frias
General Conference Chair
Black & Veatch Corporation
Coral Springs, FL
Don Duke
Technical Program Co-Chair
Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Myers, FL
Lara Fowler
Technical Program Co-Chair
Penn State University
University Park, PA


Conference Sponsors