AWRA 2012 Summer Specialty Conference
Preliminary Program
Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Water Resources II: Research, Engineering, and Community Action

June 25-27, 2012, Denver, CO
Riparian Ecosystems IV: Advancing Science, Economics and Policy

June 27-29, 2012, Denver, CO

Welcome to AWRA’s 2012 Summer Specialty Conferences

Final Programs

This year’s Summer Program will address two critical issues related to water resources and human and environmental health:

  • Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Water Resources II: Research, Engineering, and Community Action;
  • Riparian Ecosystems IV: Advancing Science, Economics and Policy

Denver To cover these topics in the depth and breadth required, two conferences (to be held back to back) have been designed for the purpose of:

  • Advancing the most up-to-date ideas, practice, and policy in these distinct technical areas
  • Exchanging information about the linkages between these two conference topics including the connections among contaminants, riparian buffers, water quality, and the related scientific, socio-political, economic, and health concerns

The shared location for this June 25-29 2012 event will be The Sheraton Denver Downtown with many opportunities for networking and enjoyment of the surrounding area.

Sessions are offered on Wednesday the 27th bridging the topic areas of both of these related conferences. Please consider the session topics of both conferences as there may be relevant topic areas in each. You can attend one conference or both (for a small additional fee): 3 days or 4 to 5 days – the choice is yours to participate in a truly interdisciplinary conference setting. So plan to participate in AWRA’s “best conference” tradition by sharing research, knowledge, and know-how with your peers in Denver. See you soon at this summer’s exceptional conference!

Bill BattaglinWilliam “Bill” Battaglin
Conference Chair
Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Water Resources II: Research, Engineering, and Community Action
Bill BattaglinPaul Mayer
Conference Chair
Riparian Ecosystems IV: Advancing Science, Economics and Policy

Who Should Attend These Conferences and Why?

The 2012 AWRA Summer Specialty Conferences run back-to-back.  First, “Contaminants of Emerging Concern II: Research, Engineering and Community Action” is a follow-up to the landmark Emerging Contaminants Specialty Conference held in Vail, Colorado in 2007.  Significant accomplishments have been made in research, engineering and community action related to Emerging Contaminants (CECs) since the Vail conference.  Federal, state, and local officials will discuss how their organizations are implementing solutions for CEC problems.  Presenters from around the world will provide the latest information on such diverse subjects as CEC occurrences and sources; fate and transport; ecosystem effects; and water treatment technologies.  Blended into a single conference, these diverse subjects will provide a balanced, interdisciplinary approach to the latest information and cutting edge science of CECs.   This is truly a must attend for those interested and involved in this complex and challenging subject.

Also a must attend is the second conference, “Riparian Ecosystems IV: Integrating Science, Economics and Policy”.  This conference begins immediately at the conclusion of the emerging contaminants conference and is the fourth in a continuing series of riparian ecology conferences that began in 2000.  The conferences are paired because of the significant cross over between the topics.  Riparian ecosystems are among the most productive of all ecosystems but are greatly impacted by human influences including human-generated emerging contaminants.  Other significant impacts on riparian ecosystems are natural disaster, floods, droughts, hurricanes as well as climate and land use changes.  Presenters at this conference will provide the latest information on a variety of subjects including riparian restoration and restoration case studies; vegetation management, TMDL attainment; policy problems and solutions; impacts of invasive species; resource extraction from riparian ecosystems (for example, biofuel feedstock); and modeling of riparian ecosystems to name only some of the topics. 
Nearly everyone in the water resources community, both nationally and internationally, that are wrestling with CEC issues and riparian ecosystem issues will benefit from the Conference, not only from the state-of-the-art presentations but from the opportunities to network and share their experiences with the experts.  A partial list of those who will find the conference useful includes:

  • Agronomists and Soil Scientists
  • Climatologists
  • Consultants
  • Ecologists
  • Economists
  • Educators and Students
  • Engineers
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Biologists
  • Hydrologists and Hydrogeologists
  • Information Technology Specialists
  • Legislative Staff
  • Local, State, Regional and Federal Government Representatives
  • Natural Resources Managers
  • NGO’s and Community Based Organizations
  • Physical Scientists
  • Planners
  • Policy Makers and Regulators
  • Researchers
  • Sociologists
  • Utility and Wastewater Managers
  • Water Law Practitioners
Venue: The shared location for this June 25-29 2012 event will be at the Sheraton Denver Downtown in Denver, Colorado, a vibrant city with abundant opportunities for fine dining, shopping, culture, recreation, and sports (yes, the Colorado Rockies will be in town that week). The Denver International Airport is approximately 23 miles from the hotel.