AWRA Seattle 2009 Annual Conference
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The Washington State Section of the American Water Resources Association is proud to host the 2009 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference at the Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle.  We invite you to participate in this unique opportunity to meet, exchange information, and find inspiration and friends.
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The AWRA Annual Conference provides a forum for participants to explore the many multidisciplinary aspects of water resources research, policy, and management.   The conference program is full of presentations that will inform and challenge your mind.  Within the 75 sessions and panels you will find the broad array of water-related topics offered at all AWRA conferences including sessions on technical, social and legal issues that are of national and international interest such as:  water conflicts and efforts to resolve them; recent advances in water resource monitoring, modeling, and analysis; effects and responses to drought, floods, and other natural calamities; and collaborative efforts to address transboundary and international water issues among many, many others.

Benefits of Attending & Who Should Attend

AWRA's 2009 Annual Conference is designed specifically to provide a multidisciplinary approach to water resources issues that range from local to international in scope.

It will bring a valuable, rewarding experience to any individual involved in water resources, both from exposure to outstanding oral technical presentations and poster presentations, but also for unparalleled networking opportunities with fellow water resources professionals.

Among those in the water resources community both nationally and internationally who will benefit greatly from attending the Conference are:

  • Agronomists
  • Biological Scientists
  • Consultants
  • Ecologists
  • Economists
  • Educators
  • Engineers
  • Foresters
  • Geographers
  • Geologists
  • Hydrologists and Hydrogeologists
  • Information Technology and GIS Specialists
  • Legislators and Legislative Staff
  • Local, State, Regional, Tribal and Federal Government Representatives
  • Natural Resources and Watershed Managers
  • NGO’s and Community Based Organizations
  • Physical Scientists
  • Planners
  • Policy Makers
  • River Basin Association Representatives
  • Regulators
  • Researchers
  • Sociologists
  • Soil Scientists
  • Students
  • Utility Managers
  • Water Distribution Professionals
  • Water Law Practitioners
  • Water Resources and Natural Resource Attorneys
  • Waste Water Professionals

AWRA’s Washington State Section will host the Tuesday night event to be held at the Seattle Aquarium with its wonderful hands on exhibits.  Other events are directed at the student attendees:  a program providing guidance on how to get the most from your conference experience as well as a different  and fun way to do some career networking.   Several pre-conference workshops will be offered as well as some terrific field trips. In addition, the Monday night Opening Networking Reception, daily Conversation Corner, networking breaks, and Wednesday’s Award Luncheon will offer many opportunities for community, conversation and connections.

The spacious Red Lion Hotel on 5th Ave in downtown Seattle will serve as the conference venue.  The hotel is adjacent to the vibrant Seattle waterfront, myriad art galleries and museums, and the nationally acclaimed Pike Place Farmers’ Market.  Seattle is at the center of the beautiful and complex Puget Sound ecosystem, and within sight of Mount Rainier and both the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges.  When not engaged in conference activities, Seattle and this area offer a multitude of sights and experiences to enjoy.  You’ll want to extend your stay to allow time to visit some of our islands and other fabulous nearby destinations.

All in all, we know you will have a terrific time at this year’s AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference!  We look forward to welcoming you!

Cleve Steward
2009 Annual Conference Chair
AMEC Earth & Environmental, Inc., Lynnwood, WA

Alan Black
2009 Annual Conference Technical Program Co-Chair
HNTB Corporation, Bellevue, WA

Brenda Bateman
2009 Annual Conference Technical Program Co-Chair
Oregon Water Resources Department, Salem, OR


Conference Sponsors
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