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'Keeping the Baby in the Bathwater: Integrating Climate Resilience within Existing Water Planning, Design, and Operations'

Date: January 23, 2019, 1 PM EST | REGISTRATION FREE TO ALL

Speakers: John H. Matthews, PhD, AGWA - Alliance for Global Water Adaptation Guillermo Mendoza, PhD, USACE Institute for Water Resources Ad Jeuken, PhD, Deltares

Water infrastructure and aquatic ecosystems are both exposed to potentially significant but uncertain climate impacts given their long lifetimes, but most climate risk frameworks remain separate from how we actually make water decisions. A global coalition has assembled a new approach to understanding climate risk that can be integrated within existing planning, design, and operational decision processes. CRIDA (Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis) integrates analytical and stakeholder approaches to assess impacts and risks within a quantitative framework. Decision makers can negotiate performance tradeoffs between ecological, infrastructure, and social resilience. CRIDA emphasizes a shared vision between stakeholders and decision makers to define robust, flexible solutions. CRIDA has been applied in a dozen countries for a wide range of issues. Here, we will discuss the emergence of methodologies such as CRIDA for water managers, planners, investors, and decision makers, and how they can enable us to integrate and mainstream resilient perspectives into existing work streams.

PDH credit available to all attendees. Webinar recording included with registration, or available for purchase afterward.

A link to the publication will be provided during the webinar. Short video intro: https://vimeo.com/295664173


Setting Up a Water Bank: From the Ground(water) Up

POSTPONED | 1-2pm ET Including Q&A

Speaker: Mike Hermanson, Water Resources Manager, Spokane County

In Washington State, minimum flow regulations have made it very difficult to establish a new water use. One way to establish a new use is to retire an existing use and replace it with a new use through an institutional mechanism known as a Water Bank. Spokane County recently established a water bank in the Little Spokane River Basin to provide water for new domestic water use. This presentation will include the factors evaluated before establishing the water bank, the process to establish the bank, and current operation of the bank. Spokane County also received a grant from the Bureau of Reclamation to develop a coupled ground and surface water model to serve as the technical foundation for the bank. The model is being used as a metric to establish bank value for new and innovative solutions such as managed aquifer recharge.

PDH credit available to all attendees. Webinar recording included with registration, or available for purchase afterward.



AWRA is currently scheduling webinars for 2018.

We will be scheduling at least one webinar per month, January through October 2018. We are open to format suggestions (one/multiple presenters; a panel discussion; etc.) but will adhere fairly strictly to a 60 minute time limit, including Q&A. We are also open to multi-webinar series proposals.

Proposal Guidelines:

  • Topic and why it's important, etc. - just a few sentences
  • Exact Title you want used
  • Potential Speakers and contact information
  • Thoughts on Timing - when to be presented, sequence (if a series)

We encourage anyone interested to submit a brief proposal to Michael Campana or Christine McCrehin.

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Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations Improve Water Management

Date: October 17, 2018 | 1-2pm ET Including Q&A

Speakers: Jay Jasperse, Sonoma County Water Agency; Marty Ralph, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Cary Talbot, US Army Engineer Research & Development Center

This presentation will provide an overview of a multi-institutional collaborative effort on Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations (FIRO) to improve flood-control and water supply operations. FIRO is a proposed management strategy that uses data from watershed monitoring and modern weather and water forecasting to help water managers selectively retain or release water from reservoirs in a manner that reflects current and forecasted conditions. FIRO is being developed and tested as a collaborative effort focused on Lake Mendocino in California that engages experts in civil engineering, hydrology, meteorology, biology, economics and climate from several federal, state and local agencies, universities and others. The proof-of-concept FIRO viability assessment uses Lake Mendocino as a model that could have applicability to other reservoirs. Details on the FIRO are located at: http://cw3e-web.ucsd.edu/firo/.

Sponsored by AWRA's Future Risk Technical Committee.

PDH credit available to all attendees. Webinar recording included with registration, or available for purchase afterward.

Groundwater Discharges and Clean Water Act Compliance

Date: September 19, 1-2 pm ET

Speakers: Marcia Greenblatt, PhD, Integral Consulting and Kathy Robb, Partner, Sive, Paget & Riesel

Two federal appeals courts have ruled in 2018 that groundwater discharges hydraulically connected to Waters of the United States (“WOTUS”) are subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act. In one case, injected treated wastewater was carried by groundwater and eventually discharged to the ocean in Hawaii; in the other, a gas spill from an underground pipe break resulted in discharge through soil and groundwater into adjacent wetlands and creeks after the pipe break was contained. These cases follow years of inconsistent decisions on whether groundwater as a conduit is regulated under the CWA. The legal findings are ambiguous in terms of future regulation, and the technical and regulatory challenges could be substantial. In addition, EPA has asked for comment on whether a clarification or rule on the issue is needed.

This webinar will review the current status of regulation of groundwater discharges that are hydraulically connected to surface water and potentially subject to regulation under the CWA and discuss the challenges in implementation.

PDH credit available to all attendees. Webinar recording included with registration, or available for purchase afterward.

Hydrologic Modeling for Austin's Integrated Water Resources Plan

Date: August 22, 2018 | 1-2pm ET Including Q&A
Speaker: Richard Hoffpauir, Civil Engineer in Water Resources, Hoffpauir Consulting, PLLC

In response to extreme drought conditions and low reservoir storage levels, the City of Austin convened a Water Resource Planning Task Force in 2014 to analyze the city's water needs and make recommendations concerning how to augment the city's future water supply. A key recommendation of the Task Force was the development of an Integrated Water Resource Plan (IWRP). Austin's 100-year IWRP, also called Water Forward, has a goal of ensuring a diversified, sustainable, and resilient water future in the face of potential drought and climate uncertainties.

Hydrologic modeling for the IWRP consisted of simulating Austin's future demands for river and reservoir supplies against the historical hydrologic record (stationary climate assumption), the historical hydrologic record with adjustments reflecting possible future climate conditions (climate trend assumption), and for droughts worse than the worst drought in the historical record. Hydrologic conditions reflecting possible future climate conditions were developed by downscaling high-resolution climate projections of temperature and precipitation simulated by global climate models and synthesizing streamflows using statistical regression models of streamflow based on local climate metrics. Droughts worse than the worst drought in the historical record were developed by extending the historical record with stochastic resampling and estimating drought return periods in the extended record based on the join probabilities of drought severity and duration.

Sponsored by AWRA's Future Risk Technical Committee.

PDH credit available to all attendees. Webinar recording included with registration, or available for purchase afterward.


A Collaborative Web Resource for Downscaled Climate and Hydrology Projections

Date: July 18, 2018 | 1-2pm ET Including Q&A

Speaker: Kenneth Nowak, Bureau of Reclamation Research and Development Office

This presentation will provide an overview of a collaborative archive that serves downscaled CMIP3 and CMIP5 climate and hydrology projections. The archive contains fine spatial resolution translations of climate projections over the contiguous United States (U.S.) developed using three downscaling techniques (monthly BCSD, daily BCCA, and daily LOCA), CMIP3 hydrologic projections over the western U.S., and CMIP5 hydrology projections over the contiguous U.S.. Collaborators include Bureau of Reclamation, Climate Analytics Group, Climate Central, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Santa Clara University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Geological Survey, National Center for Atmospheric Research, and Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. The archive interface offers a variety of options for data subset selection, including temporal and spatial extent, projections and variables, and data output. In addition, documentation and release notes accompany each dataset hosted on the archive. The archive is accessible at https://gdo-dcp.ucllnl.org/

Sponsored by AWRA's Future Risk Technical Committee.

PDH credit available to all attendees. Webinar recording included with registration, or available for purchase afterward.


A River Runs Through It (Hopefully!): Instream Flow Development in the Eastern United States

Date: June 13, 2018 | 1-2pm ET including Q&A.

Speaker: Robert Caccese, Staff Attorney, The Pennsylvania State University

Join this webinar session to learn how eastern states are successfully (or not!) navigating the confines of riparian law to manage rivers for successful instream flow implementation for fisheries, recreation, and ecological benefits.

Traditionally, instream flow policy has been a hot topic for much of the western United States. In the eastern U.S. where riparian law dominates the water law landscape, designating environmental flows is an often unsettled question. With “share and share alike” principles coupled with unquantified use, and water management plans varying widely among states, developing coherent instream flow management remains a challenge for this part of the U.S. As trustees for the waterways within their borders, state agencies in riparian states have employed varying methods to accomplish effective instream flow management with inconsistent results; others lack such a program in their water management strategy altogether. Preserving biodiversity in headwater streams or major river basins is highly dependent on successful instream flow management, characterized by consistent directives, credible science, and effective policy implementation.

PDH credit available to all attendees. Webinar recording included with registration, or available for purchase afterward.

Water Conflict Management Through Serious Gaming

Date: May 16, 2018 | 1pm ET

Speaker: W. Todd Jarvis, Director, Institute for Water and Watersheds, Oregon State University

Serious games are useful because they provide an opportunity to make friends out of enemies through casual conversation and to learn about negotiating over water. The games can be an interactive, realistic virtual environment in which players attempt to simultaneously “juggle” growing food, growing cities, sustain the environment, and make a profit. They come in many forms, ranging from role plays, board games, computer-assisted board games, and online games. And there are games that are exclusively about gaming groundwater! This webinar will introduce the participants to the growing portfolio of games that focus exclusively on water resources.

PDH credit available to all attendees. Webinar recording included with registration, or available for purchase afterward.

New Report: The Role of Water Stress in Instability and Conflict

Date: April 11, 2018 | 1-2pm ET Including Q&A

Speaker: Brigadier General Gerald Galloway, Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Affiliate Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

A new report “The Role of Water Stress in Instability and Conflict,” by CNA's Military Advisory Board (MAB), examines the role of water across a spectrum from civil unrest and localized violence to terrorism, insurgencies, and civil wars to state-on-state conflict. Focusing on water-stressed areas of the world, it articulates the role water plays not only in diplomacy, violence, and conflict, but also how water can be used as a tool of coercion across the spectrum of conflict. Additionally, the research provides insight into how water stress can empower violent extremist organizations and place stable governments at risk.

Join General Galloway, a member of the MAB, to discuss the role that water stress plays in diplomacy, violence, and conflict, and what steps the U.S. government can take to mitigate those threats through diplomacy, strategic investments, and defense.


FREE Webinar: Publishing in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA)

Date: March 14, 2018 | 1pm ET

Speaker: Venki Uddameri, JAWRA Editor-in-Chief; Director, TTU Water Resources Center; Professor, Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, Texas Tech University

Join us to learn how best to present your paper for potential publication in JAWRA. This webinar will explain the publication process of JAWRA and highlight some key elements that we seek to see in JAWRA submittals. The various paper types within the journal and their evaluation criteria will be discussed, as well as some new and exciting features being implemented by JAWRA.

JAWRA is unique in that it seeks to publish integrative research that spans across a broad range of water issues. It provides a single forum to bring together social, physical, natural and computational sciences to solve pressing water resources issues in a systems-oriented manner. The readership of JAWRA is also wide, so the journal emphasizes clear writing that is understandable to a broad range of multidisciplinary audiences. As such, writing a paper for JAWRA is different than writing for “discipline-specific” journals.

Q&A to follow. PDH credit available to all attendees

Water Conflict Management & Diplomacy

Date: February 14, 2018 | 1pm ET
Speakers: Zaki Shubber, Lecturer in Law and Diplomacy, at UNESCO-IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands and Aaron T. Wolf, Professor of Geography, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Water management is conflict management. Regardless of the scale, ensuring that the needs of the people and ecosystems that rely on this critical resource are met effectively requires comprehensive understanding of both water science and water cooperation & diplomacy, including dispute mitigation, management, and resolution. This webinar will investigate trends in water conflict management worldwide, and survey some skills necessary to address and transform water conflict at different scales, such as between users, sectors, states, and nations.

The instructors have extensive experience in research and training in water conflict management, as well as in facilitation and mediation in water dialogues worldwide. They represent two of the universities that partner to offer an MSc in Water Cooperation & Diplomacy — IHE-Delft in the Netherlands and Oregon State University, respectively.

Q&A to follow. PDH credit available to all attendee

Crowdsourcing and Wicked Water Quality Problems

Date: January 24, 2018 | 1pm ET
Speaker: Alan Kolok, Director, Idaho Water Resources Research Institute, University of Idaho

This webinar provides evidence to support the scientific merits underlying crowdsourced water quality data, and also contends that well designed citizen science campaigns can address wicked water quality problems. To demonstrate the utility of crowdsourced data collection, we initiated two citizen science campaigns within the Mississippi River basin. In both campaigns, the citizen scientists collected data regarding the presence/absence of the herbicide atrazine. The analytic tool used in these campaigns was a commercially available detection strip that discriminated between the presence or absence of atrazine at the US EPA drinking water standard of 3 micrograms per L. During the two campaigns, the citizen scientists were provided with atrazine strips as well as directions for their proper use. Recovery of the data focused upon electronic and social media mechanisms.

Crowdsourced data generation produced large datasets that are collected synchronously and repeatedly at the same site over time. As such, it can be considered as a highly valuable tool for use when assessing wicked problems such as non-point source runoff.

Q&A to follow. PDH credit available to all attendees



Adaptation Strategies for Miami Beach, Part 2: Green Infrastructure, Resilience, and Groundwater

October 18, 2017 | 1pm ET
Elizabeth Wheaton, AICP, LEED AP BD+C – Chief of Staff, Bruce Mowry, Ph.D, P.E. - City Engineer, Carlos Tamayo, MS, LEED AP BD+C – Civil Engineer I

The enhancement of the stormwater mitigation masterplan involves promoting and preserving natural environments (i.e., LIDs, green infrastructure, BMPs) to take advantage of their innate properties to manage excess surface waters while providing levels of treatment as well. Moreover, the concept of city resilience is incorporated into the entire picture to assess disaster risk and vulnerability by covering all facets of resilience (e.g., social, financial, infrastructure, cultural, etc.). Lastly, the porous geology and groundwater seeping vertically onto the streets, which only exacerbates flooding, is currently being undertaken through a comprehensive engineering/scientific approach with the ultimate goal of evaluating cutting-edge long term solutions for this problem.

Miami Beach's Aggressive Action Toward Climate Change Adaptation, Part 1

October 4, 2017 | 1pm ET
Elizabeth Wheaton, AICP, LEED AP BD+C – Chief of Staff, Bruce Mowry, Ph.D, P.E. - City Engineer, Carlos Tamayo, MS, LEED AP BD+C – Civil Engineer I

For many years, Miami Beach had increasingly been experiencing flooding especially during King Tides. A combination of atmospheric events (e.g., rainfall, tropical storms, etc.), tidal effects, hydrological and hydrogeological characteristics, and sea level rise make the situation of Miami Beach (City) unique in comparison to other coastal cities locally and regionally. It is for this reason that the City decided to take aggressive action to tackle these problems by setting short, mid, and long term goals for implementing aggressive measures to mitigate flooding and the detrimental effects of sea level rise.


Groundwater Droughts - A Tale from a Few Aquifers

September 13, 2017 | 1pm ET
Speakers: Venki Uddameri, Director, Water Resources Center and Professor of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, Texas Tech University Aquifers are often seen as a buffer resource and relied upon to a greater extent during periods of droughts. There is however a growing body of evidence that aquifers responses such as spring flows, discharges to surface water and water levels (storage) are all affected by droughts. However, there is considerable asymmetry between meteorological and groundwater droughts. Groundwater systems often depict a delayed response to droughts but also exhibit considerable inertia getting out of droughts. As such, conventional drought indicators such as the Standard Precipitation Index (SPI) and Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) may provide useful signals on groundwater responses but are not necessarily good surrogates to manage groundwater resources. Groundwater responses from several Karst and clastic aquifers in Texas as well as spring flow and stream-aquifer interactions will be used to demonstrate how droughts propagate through groundwater systems and use these insights to discuss ways to manage aquifers during droughts.

Organized by the AWRA Future Risk Technical Committee.

Changing Flood Risks in the California Central Valley under Climate Change

August 16, 2017 | 1pm ET
Speakers: Mahesh Gautam (CA DWR), Armin Munévar (CH2M), Tapash Das (CH2M), Paul Robinson (CH2M) Future climate projections indicate the potential for increased flood peak flows and flood volumes, which is likely to affect flood risk in the California Central Valley. The Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP) is a strategic and long-range plan for improving flood risk management in the Central Valley, adopted by the Central Valley Flood Protection Board in 2012. The Draft 2017 CVFPP Update prepared by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) refines and makes additional recommendations regarding flood management policies and investments necessary to implement the CVFPP over 30 years. In accordance with California legislation, and in line with State and federal policy and technical guidance, the 2017 update has been informed by the latest climate science and understanding to enable evaluation of the true costs of managing flood waters over the design life of structural and non-structural plan elements. This presentation summarizes the most recent assessment of projected climate change impacts on the flood hydrology and flood risks in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River Basins. The phased implementation of the Draft 2017 CVFPP Update is expected to provide a resilient system under projected climate change conditions.

Organized by the AWRA Future Risk Technical Committee.

IWRM and the Floods Directive: What can the US learn from the EU?

July 19, 2017 | 1pm ET
Speaker: Anna Serra-Llobet, Institute of International Studies, University of California-Berkeley
Managing flood risk in an integrated manner is a critical element of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM), which requires a move from the classic project-based flood control approach to a more integrated flood risk management approach. The European Union (EU) Floods Directive is a first attempt to implement a risk-based approach to manage floods at EU scale in order to improve resilience. The Directive recognizes the entire flood risk management cycle focusing on prevention, protection and preparedness. In 2015 EU Member states finished the first cycle of implementation, which required member states to submit flood hazard and risk maps by 2013 and flood risk management plans by 2015. Much of this material is now available, offering an excellent opportunity to analyze them and identify elements that could be implemented elsewhere to improve flood risk management strategies. This presentation will present examples from Spain and France that can be inspiring for the United States.

Sponsored by AWRA's International Affairs Committee.

Online Source Water Quality Monitoring for Drinking Water Applications

June 22, 2017 | 1pm ET
Speaker: Steve Allgeier, Environmental Engineer and Team Leader with the USEPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Water Security Division

Source water threats such as spills, harmful algal blooms, and illegal discharges can be unpredictable, difficult to detect, and have potentially serious consequences for drinking water utilities and their customers. A source water monitoring system can provide utilities with timely information to detect and respond to unanticipated changes in source water quality.

This webinar will present a systematic process for designing a source water monitoring system to help a utility optimize treatment processes, detect water quality incidents (e.g., spills and harmful algal blooms), and characterize long-term trends in source water quality. Specific topics covered during the webinar include:

  1. identification of source water threats and risk assessment;
  2. selection of water quality parameters and monitoring locations;
  3. design of water quality monitoring stations;
  4. design of information management systems to support analysis of source water quality data; and
  5. development of procedures to respond to unusual source water quality conditions.

Sponsored by Aquatic Informatics.

Creating an 'American Nile': Policy, Engineering, and Recreation in the Colorado River Basin & Abroad

June 15, 2017 | 1pm ET
Speaker: Sara A. Porterfield, University of Colorado at Boulder
The Colorado River has long served as an icon of the arid American West and the central character in the story of human manipulation of water resources in the United States. However, the Colorado River Basin has shaped and been shaped by the development of rivers around the world. This webinar explores the history of a global exchange of information, technology, and ideology between the Colorado River Basin and international river basins in the late nineteenth century, an exchange that continues to the present day. Through stories of the engineers, bureaucrats, policymakers, and whitewater boaters who traveled to and from the Colorado River Basin to rivers around the world, we will trace the Colorado's global network and gain a greater understanding of the complex values and practices that shape water management around the world. Understanding the international history of the Colorado River Basin can help us better understand the past, yes, but it also provides valuable lessons for those engaged in current policymaking and water management decisions.

Q&A to follow. PDH credit available for attendees

Groundwater Governance and Management in the U.S.

May 17, 2017 | 1 PM ET
Speaker: Sharon B. Megdal, Ph.D., Director of the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center and AWRA Board Member

Groundwater is of increasing importance to communities, businesses, agriculture, and natural systems. Consequently, governance and management of this water source are of high interest. Due to the decentralized nature of groundwater management in the U.S., there is no single source of information about groundwater management challenges and approaches to address them. This webinar will present findings from multiple studies of groundwater governance and management in the U.S., including two national surveys and analysis of three innovative regional approaches to collaborative groundwater governance in the Sunbelt. Professor Megdal will share results of these limited-budget efforts and hopes to stimulate future dialogues on this subject. Q&A to follow. PDH credit available to attendees.

High and Dry: Meeting the Challenges of the World's Growing Dependence on Groundwater

April 19, 2017 | 1pm ET
Speakers: William M. Alley, Director of Science and Technology, National Ground Water Association and Rosemarie Alley, science writer

William M. Alley, former chief of the U.S. Geological Survey's Office of Groundwater, and Rosemarie Alley draw on examples from around the world in their new book, 'High and Dry: Meeting the Challenges of the World's Growing Dependence on Groundwater' to illustrate the essential role of groundwater in drinking water and food security and factors contributing to good groundwater governance. Their book, like their first effort on the US's radioactive waste dilemma, 'Too Hot To Touch', is eminently readable and will provide one roadmap that won't be left in the glovebox.

Q&A to follow. PDH credit available for attendees.

Innovations in Sediment Monitoring

March 22, 2017 | 1 pm ET
Speakers: Molly Wood, U.S. Geological Survey - Office of Surface Water
Elevated levels of fluvial sediment can reduce the biological productivity of aquatic systems, impair freshwater quality, decrease reservoir storage capacity, and decrease the capacity of hydraulic structures. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that excessive sediment is the leading cause of water-quality impairment in water bodies in the United States. Effectively tackling fluvial sediment issues often requires high-resolution sediment data and detailed information on sediment sizes and sources. In the proposed presentation, I would highlight recent innovations and improvements in U.S. Geological Survey sediment monitoring methods and assessments, including acoustic surrogate technologies, digital image remote sensing, and sediment source fingerprinting.

Q&A to follow. PDH credit available for attendees.

Climate Change and Water Management in Eastern States: Overcoming Barriers to Innovation in Regulated Riparianism

February 15, 2017 | 11am ET
Lara B. Fowler, The Pennsylvania State University School of Law, Beth Kinne, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Matthew E. Draper of Draper & Draper, LLC.

Since 1990, many eastern U.S states have seen significant threats to water quantity for the first time in recorded history. At the same time as spatial and temporal distribution of water is changing, demands for water for municipal use, agricultural use and energy production are increasing, further threatening the predictability and availability of the resource. This webinar analyzed recent state regulatory initiatives and court cases in Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut to illustrate some of hurdles water law reform faces in meeting the challenge of climate change and the accompanying evolution of water distribution, and suggest possible ways that state governments might overcome these hurdles.

Q&A to follow. PDH credit available for attendees. Co-sponsored by ABA Water Subcommittee

Water is for Fighting Over and Other Myths About Water in the West

January 18, 2017 | 1pm ET
Speakers: John R. Fleck, Director of the University of New Mexico's Water Resources Program

John R. Fleck, Director of the University of New Mexico's Water Resources Program, argues in his new book, 'Water is for Fighting Over and Other Myths About Water in the West' that the 'water is for fighting over' mantra is actually a myth in the western US. When people have less water, they actually use less water. Using the over-allocated Colorado River as an example, Fleck shows that collaboration and cooperation among the seven basin states is far more prevalent than the media accounts would have us believe. He weaves a compelling tale, one that will have us more carefully scrutinize the 'Western water wars' headlines that are all too common today. Q&A to follow. PDH credit available to attendees.

Oregon's First Integrated Water Resources Strategy: Lessons Learned Since Implementation

October 26, 2016 | 1pm ET
Alyssa Mucken, IWRS Coordinator, Oregon Water Resources Department, Kim Ogren, Senior Water Resources Development Advisor Oregon Water Resources Department, Rachel Lovellford, Water Development Coordinator, Oregon Water Resources Department

In 2015, AWRA recognized Oregon's approach to integrated water resources management with its prestigious IWRM Award. Speakers will highlight priority actions taken under the state's Integrated Water Resources Strategy (IWRS), including efforts to designate scenic waterways, quantify future water needs, and develop the suite of tools - both technical and financial - to support place-based water resources planning. The presentation will address successes and shortcomings experienced during IWRS implementation.

Scenarios, Simulations and Sustainability Science: Future Planning for Complex Systems

Date: September 14, 2016 | 1pm ET
Speaker: Eric Booth, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Agronomy, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Sustaining and improving water resources is difficult because they are part of a complex system, where the needs of humans and ecosystems compete and long-term challenges, such as climate change and land-use planning, have many possible consequences and solutions.

How can we better prepare for the future given this complexity and uncertainty? We can start with scenarios, or provocative and plausible stories that guide numerical simulations of future water quantity and quality conditions. Together, these tools can help us understand how our decision-making today could impact our waters-and the services they provide us-in the future.

This presentation will cover a scenarios project called Yahara 2070, which developed and simulated possible futures for Wisconsin's Yahara Watershed, research funded by the National Science Foundations' Water Sustainability and Climate Program. Learn more at https://wsc.limnology.wisc.edu/

Grand Theft Groundwater! What Would Elvis Do? Implications of the Groundbreaking Mississippi v. Memphis Groundwater Case

Date: August 16, 2016 | 1 PM ET
Speaker: Michael Campana, Professor, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University

Mississippi is back at it after losing the first round of its $1+ billion 'groundwater theft' lawsuit versus Tennessee and its political subdivision, the City of Memphis and its utility, Memphis Light, Gas and Water. This time, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case, the first time SCOTUS has accepted a case that involves groundwater only. The decision rendered by the Court will resonate far beyond the USA's borders, as many water professionals around the world are anxious to see how groundwater management and governance might be influenced. Stay tuned!

Flint Water Crisis

Date: July 13, 2016 | 1:00 PM ET
Presenters: William Rhoads, Min Tang, Christina Devine, all members of the Flint Water Study team at Virginia Tech.

In April of 2014, the city of Flint, MI switched from purchasing water from Detroit, MI, to treating the Flint River water for potable water. Flint residents immediately noticed issues with their water; however, they were repeatedly told by government officials that their water was safe to drink. Flint resident LeeAnne Walters contacted Dr. Marc Edwards and his team at Virginia Tech in late July 2015. The Flint Water Study Team was officially launched in August 2015. Since its launch, the Virginia Tech team has made several trips to Flint to meet with local residents, collect water samples and learn more about the issue. Lab tests were also performed at the team's labs in Blacksburg, VA. This presentation will provide an overview of the Virginia Tech Flint Water Study team's efforts combining ethics engineering, citizen science, laboratory experiments, investigative science and social media to confirm the high lead levels in Flint's water. All results have been posted to: http://flintwaterstudy.org/

ONE DROP Project Burkina Faso - Winner Special Recognition IWRM Award from AWRA

Date: June 15, 2016 | 1:00 PM ET
Speakers: Marie-Anne Champoux-Guimond and Lynda Olivia Rey, One Drop Foundation, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Leveraging water as a creative force for sustainable development, ONE DROP, an international NGO created by founder of Cirque du Soleil Guy Laliberté, started Project Burkina Faso in 2012 in the region of Cascades and Hauts-Bassins. Developed using a systematic approach called The ABCs for Sustainability, the project uses three complementary components: access to safe drinking water and sanitation ("A"), behavior change using social art ("B"), and access to capital/entrepreneurship ("C"). Deployed over five years, this project will improve the living conditions of 100 000 people while fostering community ownership and building local capacities, two strong assets for sustainability.

Use - and Abuse - of Science in Water Resource Policy and Management

Date: May 4, 2016 | 1:00 PM ET
Speaker: Bob Lackey, Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University

These days, scientists in environmental science, natural resources, ecology, conservation biology, water resource management, and similar disciplines are often not trusted by the public and decision-makers to present policy-neutral science. One reason is that scientists advocating personal or organizational positions on ecological and environmental policy issues has become widely tolerated as acceptable professional behavior and is even encouraged by a segment of the scientific community. As a result, the scientific enterprise is collectively slipping into a morass that risks marginalizing the contribution of science to public policy. Public confidence that scientific information is technically accurate, policy relevant, and politically unbiased is central to informed resolution of policy and regulatory issues that are often contentious, divisive, and litigious. Especially, scientists should watch for the often subtle creep of normative science (i.e., information that appears to be policy neutral, but contains an embedded preference for a particular policy or class of policies). Failing to do so risks marginalizing the essential role that science and scientists ought to play in informing decisions on important public policy questions.

Proactive Flood and Drought Management Volume II: Case Studies from Around the US

Date: April 21, 2016 | 2pm ET
Speakers: L. Donald Duke, Professor of Environmental Studies, Florida Gulf Coast University; Marsha Hilmes-Robinson, Floodplain Administrator, City of Fort Collins, CO; Yung-Hsin Sun, Principal Engineer for MWH

This webinar will introduce and discuss the AWRA Policy Technical Committee report "Proactive Flood and Drought Management Volume II: Case Studies from Around the US," which will be available on the AWRA website prior to the scheduled Webinar. Q&A will follow. PDH credit available upon request. Must attend webinar to receive credit.

Climate Change Adaptation: Wastewater Infrastructure Challenges

Date: March 16, 2016 | 1:00 PM ET
Speakers: Katy Lackey, Research Specialist, Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and Laurens van der Tak, Vice President, CH2M Hill

This webinar is designed to address the considerations and challenges of water and wastewater utilities and infrastructure resilience in various coastal regions. A panel of subject experts and representatives from state and local governments will share their perspectives and experiences. The talks will cover multiple factors affecting the management of risk, critical gaps, and future direction, and the talks will be complemented by the presentation of case studies.

Climate Change Adaptation: Drought Response and Governance

Date: February 24, 2016 | 1pm ET
Speakers: Neal Shapiro, Supervisor, Watershed Section, City of Santa Monica
Roger Pulwarty, NOAA
Kelly Redmond, Regional Climatologist/Deputy Director, Western Regional Climate Center

Continued drought brings into focus western states' vulnerabilities to the changes wrought by global warming. Increased extreme weather events: severe drought, more intense storms, floods, etc. raises urgent needs of developing and implementing adaptation strategies to prepare for more intense and longer period of draught. In this webinar, world renowned expert in climate science and draught will share perspectives and activities in the four-year long Sierra drought. Complex river basin management under climate adaptation context will be addressed. Finally, a case study will showcase a success story of water resiliency planning through development of green infrastructure.

Climate Change Adaptation: Flood

February 3, 2016 | 1pm ET
Speakers: Bruce Mowry, City Engineer, Miami Beach, FL
Jordan Fischbach, Co-director, Water and Climate Resilience Center

Climate change will have substantial impact in areas along the coast and in floodplains - which are the most vulnerable to destruction by sea level rise. The planning and implementation of adaptation strategies will span broad geographical regions and have profound effect on economy, natural resource, and the way of life. This webinar presents management strategies that have been demonstrated to effectively improve the resilience in U.S. coastal regions and cities that prone to flood. Speakers will introduce key factors and solutions developed for Miami Beach and Coastal Louisiana. Further discussion will identify critical gaps and share lessons-learned to improve preparedness.

History of Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment in the United States

Speaker: Donna Myers, Chief, Office of Water Quality, USGS
Oct 6, 2015 1:00 PM ET

Over the last two centuries, major technical and scientific advances have been made in the analysis and interpretation of data produced by water quality monitoring and assessment in the U.S. Join us to discuss the impacts this information has had on drinking water and recreational standards, water quality criteria and laws for the safe disposal of solid and liquid wastes. Q&A to follow. PDH credit available.

Unique Program to Drive Water Quality in the Delaware River Watershed

Speakers: Carol Collier, Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA; others TBA
Sep 15, 2015 1:00 PM ET

Join us to learn how over 50 NGOs and other organizations from across PA, NY, NJ, and DE came together to prioritize improving water quality in the Delaware River Watershed through the restoration and protection of priority landscapes. Their approach involves picking eight strategically targeted clusters of sub?watersheds, developing shared plans that align conservation work within those clusters, and measuring the impact of the work on water quality. Additional speakers to be announced closer to presentation date. Q&A to follow. PDH credit available.

Water Security in 2015: Development in the Nile, Mekong, and Amazon River Basins

Speaker: Jennifer C. Vellieux, Project Manager, Serengeti-Lake Victoria (SELVA) Sustainable Water Initiative
August 18, 2015 1:00 PM ET

This webinar will focus on understanding different scales of water security for the purposes of informed water resources management. Water security is at the center of environmental, social, political, and economic systems at local, regional, national, and international scales. Capturing this complexity and conducting analysis at scale helps to identify water needs, risks, and challenges for different communities so decision makers can respond. The Nile River basin will be presented as a case study, to include the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the Lake Victoria sub-basin.

Integrated Water Resource Planning: Water, Forests, People & Policy

Speaker: Wayne Wright, Sr. Principal, Fisheries & Wetlands Scientist, GeoEngineers
July 16, 2015, 1pm ET

We are already experiencing the migration of animals and humans with climate shifts. The severity and frequency of wildfires, droughts, floods and ocean acidification are increasing. Impacts to our economy, infrastructure and atmosphere have lead us to difficult choices regarding land use and future policy development to better manage our natural resources. This presentation includes a series of graphics, photos and statements reflective of integrated water resource management, with specific reference to forest management, in a changing climate.

Legal, Hydrogeologic and Environmental Aspects of the Underground Injection Control Program

Speaker: Mike Wireman, U.S. EPA, Retired
May 19, 2015 1:00 PM ET

With the recent increase in oil and gas production and uranium mining there has been a significant increase in the number of permitted underground injection control wells, including permits which grant an exemption and allow injection into USDWs. There is an increasing concern regarding the potential for future legacy problems associated with the use of deep aquifers for disposal of waste fluids and the ability to contain the injected fluids in a known portion of receiving formation. Q&A to follow. PDH credit available.

The Oregon Model: Case Studies in Strategic Watershed Council Partnerships and Watershed Restoration Planning

Apr 28, 2015 1:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Tara Davis, Executive Director, Calapooia Watershed Council, Oregon

Oregonians take care of local streams, rivers, wetlands and natural areas through participation in the grassroots "watershed council" model. Community members and landowners use scientific criteria to decide jointly what needs to be accomplished to conserve and improve freshwater resources and habitat locally. The leveraging capabilities and its non-regulatory nature make this model quickly accessible and attractive.

This presentation will share the direct impacts of the model on watershed health, as well as a specific case study from the Willamette Basin that illustrates how diverse partnerships and innovative mechanisms are created for landscape-scale watershed conservation and restoration actions.

Clear Choices Clean Water - An Effective Outreach & Education Campaign to Reach the Masses

Speakers: Jill Hoffmann, President and Principle Owner, Empower Results, LLC and
Lyn Crighton, Executive Director, Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation, Indiana

The Clear Choices Clean Water Initiative is a high-quality social marketing strategy designed to get average citizens to make everyday choices that benefit local lakes and streams. Join us for a strategic session on 'how to get people to care', 'how to get people to respond', 'how to measure your outreach success', and most importantly, 'how to partner with us to launch a Clear Choices program in your area to meet your outreach goals'. The webinar will share insights on how this diverse and effect campaign was created, how it works, and how it can create invaluable metrics for your reporting while engaging the public across many creative and unique outreach mechanisms.

Variations and Climate Change: The Policies and Pipes of Adaptation

Speaker: David Zetland
Variable water flows make it difficult for managers and users to put water to beneficial use. Climate change will exacerbate these variations. In this webinar, we will discuss physical and institutional methods of reducing variation and risk, using examples from around the world. As usual, there will be time for Q&A.

Farms and Rivers: Balancing Between Food Production and the Environment

Speaker: David Zetland
Farmers use most of the world's "developed" water, but their supplies are under strain from climate change, increasing environmental demands, and the need to feed additional billions of people. In this webinar, we will discuss how to reconcile these overlapping forces with market- and regulatory-mechanisms using examples from around the world. As usual, there will be time for Q&A.

Flood Risk and Aging Inland Waterway Infrastructure

Speakers: Don T. Riley and Patrick McGinnis
Join water resources management visionaries Don Riley and Patrick McGinnis as they discuss flood risk and the aging infrastructure of inland waterways. Based on articles from the January 2014 "Future of Water Resources in the United States" issue of Water Resources IMPACT, this webinar will tap the years of experience and knowledge obtained by Riley and McGinnis. This webinar is also a prequel to three panels -- to be presented during AWRA's 2014 Annual Water Resources Conference, November 3-6 in Tyson's Corner, VA -- also based on the January 2014 IMPACT issue. Visit www.awra.org for more information.

Citizen Science

Speaker: Pierre Glynn
Join us to learn more about a conceptual framework -- developed by the National Research Program of the USGS -- that engages Citizen Science to improve the understanding and management of natural resources and environments. Designed to empower individuals to participate in active learning, this approach encourages the public to move beyond thinking about their own immediate local needs and consider possible benefits to a larger community. In addition to providing new opportunities for the public, this approach also encourages community and policy interactions by scientific experts and other stakeholders.

The Emergence of Wastewater as a New Supply

Speaker: David Zetland
Wastewater services have evolved over decades under twin pressures from hygienic and environmental regulations, but new pressures have emerged. Some water-scarce regions see "waste" water as a valuable new source of fresh water. Other regions worry about losing supply to contaminants of emerging concern (e.g., pharmaceuticals, hormones, endocrine disruptors, etc.). This webinar will review the political, economic and regulatory forces affecting wastewater services and communities. We will discuss and share different means of meeting health, safety and environmental goals while maintaining fiscal and operational reliability.

Pricing Drinking Water for Conservation and Fiscal Stability

Speaker: David Zetland
This presentation discussed economic theory and utility practice for pricing drinking water services, specifically the ways of charging for water (flat rate, increasing blocks, water budgets, etc.), how those tariff schedules affect consumer behavior and how payments from different customer classes fit a utility's financial obligations. A robust Q&A is included.

Hydrophilanthropy: The Road to Help (Is Paved With Good Intentions)

Speaker: Michael E. Campana
Lack of political will and money. Fourteen years into the 21st century and that's why billions of people in developing regions have no access to safe drinking water and sanitation (WatSan). Michael discusses WatSan issues, the role of hydrophilanthropy, and concluded with tales from the field.

Water, Irrigation and U.S. Agriculture

Speaker: Noel Gollehon
With the nation's need for additional water supplies never greater, irrigation is increasingly viewed as the water source for other sectors to ease their shortage. This webinar provides a national perspective on the water demands from irrigated agriculture and the potential for conservation to provide water for competing uses. A robust Q&A is included.

Ecosystem Services Webinar Series

These presentations include a primer, as well as an overview of the research effort underway in the consideration of ecosystem goods and services in water resources planning studies and a project to estimate ecosystem service values associated with Sandy-related restoration projects and how those values can be used to assess trade-offs in restoration decisions.

Proactive Flood and Drought Management Webinar Series

A 3-part webinar series based on AWRA's Proactive Flood and Drought Management Case Studies Report. Each webinar archive contains audio and video recordings, in addition to powerpoint presentations.

Integrated Water Resource Management Webinar Series

AWRA's highly rated of 6-part webinar series, based on the organization's seminal IWRM Case Studies Report, is now available in archive form. Each webinar archive contains audio and video recordings, in addition to powerpoint presentations.