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A Water Conference Sampler from around the United States, Canada, and Elsewhere – 2/3/16 Edition

Here are some water  and water-related meetings in the United States, Canada, and other countries in coming months, along with notes for events that recur annually, listed by the month the event typically occurs.

This post is updated as the Virginia Water Resources Research Center learns of new events and a new version is re-posted at least quarterly.  If you would like an event added, please send basic information (date, location, event title, event organizer, Web site, and contact information) to with subject line: For Water Central Editor.

Much of the information for this edition was provided by the Virginia Water Monitoring Council (VWMC), supported in part by grants from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s Citizen Monitoring Grant Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Virginia Department of Health.  More information about the VWMC is available online at

This post is for non-Virginia events; for water meetings and other events in the Old Dominion, please see the Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s online Quick Guide to Virginia Water Events.



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W. Va. (shown here in Sep. 2014) annually hosts many water-related meetings, including the annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum each September.


2016 Events

Feb. 11-13, 2016, Portland, Ore.: 15th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference. This year’s theme is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities.” More information:

Feb. 11-15, 2016, Washington, D.C.: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting. This year’s theme is “Global Science Engagement.” More information:

Feb. 21-24, 2016, San Diego, Calif.: National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Winter Conference. This year’s theme is “Back to the Basics…Will Compliance Concerns Derail Efforts to Innovate?” More information:

Feb. 21-26, 2016, New Orleans, La.: Ocean Sciences Meeting. Organized by the American Geophysical Union, the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and the Oceanography Society. More information:

Feb. 22-25, 2016, Annapolis, Md.: National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) 2016 Midyear Conference. More information:

Feb. 25-26, 2016, Toronto, Canada: 49th International Conference on Water Management Modeling.  More information:; or contact, Meghan Korman, Computational Hydraulics Int. (CHI),

Mar. 8-9, 2016, Washington, D.C.: American Meteorological Society (AMS) Forum. The forum theme is “Observing the Environment from the Ground Up.” More information:

Mar. 13-18, 2016, Pittsburgh, Penn.: 81st North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. More information:

Mar. 17-19, 2016, Denton, Tex.: Environmental Quality Implications of Unconventional Natural Gas Development. Organized by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America. More information:

Mar. 24-25, 2016, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla.: Student Water Conference.  Organized by the Oklahoma Water Resources Center.  More information:; or contact Dr. Garey Fox via e-mail to

Apr. 3-6, 2016, Annapolis, Md.: 72nd Annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference. More information:

Apr. 8, 2016, Washington, D.C.: Rethinking the Value of Water: Innovations in Research, Technology, Policy, and Management.  Organized by the National Capital Region Section of the American Water Resources Association.  More information:

Apr. 11-14, 2016, Charlotte, N.C.: International Biomass Conference and Expo. Organized by BBI International. More information:

Apr. 12-14, 2015, Washington, D.C. American Meteorological Society Forum. The theme is “Leveraging Environmental Intelligence to Enhance Risk Management.” More information: .

Apr. 16-17, 2016, Washington, D.C.: USA Science and Engineering Festival. The meeting is intended to be “a national grassroots effort to advance STEM education and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.” More information:

Apr. 24-27, 2016, Denver, Colo.: National Groundwater Association Groundwater Summit. The meeting theme is “Solving Groundwater Challenges through Research and Practice.” More information:

Apr. 25-27, 2016, Washington, D.C.: International Marine Renewable Energy Conference. Organized by the National Hydropower Association. More information:

Apr. 25-27, 2016, Anchorage, Alaska: American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Spring Specialty Conference – “Water-Energy-Environment.”  More information:; (540) 687-8390;

May 2-6, 2016, Tampa, Fla.:  10th National Monitoring Conference.  Organized by the National Water Quality Monitoring Council.  The conference’s theme will be “Working Together for Clean Water .”  More information:

May 4-5, 2016, Boston: Business Not As Usual: Sustainability in an Age of Disruption. Organized by the non-profit organization Ceres. More information:

May 22-26, 2016, West Palm Beach, Fla.: World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2016. Organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers/Environmental & Water Resources Institute. More information:

Jun. 12-15, 2016, New Orleans, La.: Ports ’16: Gateways to a World of Opportunities. Organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers. More information:

Jun. 13-16, 2016, San Antonio, Tex.: National Environmental Health Association’s Annual Education Conference and Exhibition and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s National Healthy Homes Conference. More information:

Jun. 19-22, 2016, Chicago, Ill.: American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference & Exposition. The theme this year is “Uniting the World of Water.” More information:

Jun. 21-23, 2016, Pensacola Beach, Fla.: Universities Council on Water Resources and National Institute for Water Resources Conference. More information:

Jun. 26-29, 2016, Houston, Tex.: International Conference on Transportation and Development. Organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers. More information:

Jun. 28-30, 2016, San Francisco, Calif.: Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture: International Conference Linking Science and Policy. Organized by the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. More information:

Jul. 11-12, 2016, Washington, D.C.: U.S. Energy Information Administration Energy Conference. More information:

Jul. 11-13, 2016, Sacramento, Calif.: GIS [Geographic Information Systems] and Water Resources IX. Spring Specialty Conference by the Americna Water Resources Association. More information:

Jul. 17-20, 2016, Orlando, Fla.: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual Meeting. More information:

Jul. 17-22, 2016, Istanbul, Turkey: 35th International Conference on Coastal Engineering. Organized by the Turkish Chamber of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers. More information:

Jul. 24-27, 2016, Louisville, Ky.: Soil and Water Conservation Society International Annual Conference. The theme this year is “Managing Great River Landscapes.” More information:

Jul. 30-Aug. 3, 2016, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada: International Marine Conservation Congress. Organized by the Society for Conservation Biology. More information:

Aug. 7-12, 2016, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. This year’s theme is “Novel Ecosystems in the Anthropocene” (“anthropocene” is used by some scientists to refer to the most recent geologic time period, in which humans have had a dominant influence, according to More information:

Aug. 21-25, 2016, Kansas City, Mo.: American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting. This year’s theme is “Fisheries Conservation and Management: Making Connections and Building Partnerships.” More information:

Aug. 28-Sep. 1, 2016, Davos, Switzerland: International Disaster and Risk Conference. More information:

Sep. 1-10, 2016, Honolulu, Hawaii: World Conservation Congress by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. This year’s theme is “Planet at the Crossroads.” More information:

Sep. 12-14, 2016, Charlotte, N.C.: Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference. Organized by the Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments team. More information:

Sep. 20-23, 2016, Sydney, Australia: International Conference on Emerging Contaminants and Micropollutants in the Environment. More information:

Sep. 25-28, 2016, Denver, Colo.: Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. More information:

Oct. 18-21, 2016, Davis, Calif.: Natural Areas Conference. Organized by the Natural Areas Association. More information:

Oct. 20-22, 2016, Baltimore, Md.: Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference. Organized by Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute, University of California, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, Stanford University, and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. More information:

Oct. 24-26, 2016, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada: Arctic Technology Conference. Organized by Offshore Technology Council, which is sponsored by a consortium of energy organizations (online at More information:

Oct. 24-27, 2016, Cape Town Stellenbosch, South Africa: Engineering and Technology Innovation for Global Food Security. Organized by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. More information:

Oct. 24-28, 2016, Indianapolis, Ind.: National States Geographic Information Council Annual Conference. More information:

Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2016, Toronto, Canada: GIS-Pro 2016. Annual conference of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. More information:

Nov. 2-6, 2016, Madison, Wisc.: Society of American Foresters National Convention. More information:

Nov. 6-9, 2016, Phoenix, Ariz.: Joint annual meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. This year’s theme is “Resilience Emerging form Scarcity and Abundance.” More information:

Nov. 9-11, 2016, Minneapolis, Minn.: Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education Annual Conference. More information:

Dec. 12-16, 2016, San Francisco, Calif.: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. More information:

Annually Recurring Events

(Shown is the month(s) each year when the event is normally held; specific dates change each year, and locations may change.)

February, Toronto, Canada: International Conference on Water Management Modeling.  More information:

March, Raleigh, N.C.: Annual Conference of the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina.  More information:

March, Lincoln, Neb.:  Annual symposium of the Nebraska Water Center, and  annual Nebraska Water Law Conference.  More information:; (402) 472-3305;

March or April, in different locations –  National Hurricane Conference.  More information:

April, in Washington, D.C.: National Environmental Policy Forum.  Organized by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Water Environment Federation, and Water Environment Research Foundation.  More information:

April, in Rapid City, S.D.: Western South Dakota Hydrology Meeting. Organized by the U.S. Geological Survey’s South Dakota Water Science Center and several partners.  More information:; Janet Carter, (605) 394-3215 or

January, various locations: annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society. More information:

April through September: Workshops by North Carolina State University Stream Restoration Program.  For more information click on the individual links below or go to; or contact Cathy Smith at (919) 515-6780 or

May: World Environmental and Water Resources Congress.  Organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers.  More information:; (800) 548-2723.

May: Annual conference of the Choose Clean Water Coalition (a group of some 200 organizations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed; based in Annapolis, Md.).  More information (from 2015 conference):; (443) 759-3407;

May-Jun.: annual Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.  More information:

June: Conference on Broadcast Meteorology. Organized by the American Meteorological Society. More information (from 2015 conference):

June: Annual conference of the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR), the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR), and the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI).  More information:; or contact UCOWR at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, (618) 536-7571 or

June or July: National Marine Educators Association annual conference.  More information:; phone (844) 687-6632; e-mail:

June or July: Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference.  Organized by the American Chemical Society.  More information:

July, different locations: Soil and Water Conservation Society’s Annual Conference.  More information:

August, different locations: American Fisheries Society Annual Conference.  More information:

September, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, W. Va.: Chesapeake Watershed Forum.  Organized by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.  More information:; (804) 775-0951 (Virginia office) or

September, different locations: Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC).  More information:

October, different locations: WaterSmart Innovations Conference.  Organized by the Southern Nevada Water Authority and several partners.  More information:; (702) 862-3400.

October, St. Paul, Minn.  Annual conference of the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center.  More information:

November, different locations: American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Annual Conference.  More information:

Freshwater in North Carolina’s Coastal Plain is Focus of Feb. 16, 2016, Conference in New Bern, N.C.

“Freshwater in the North Carolina Coastal Plain: Understanding and Preparing for 21st Century Challenges” will be held February 16, 2016, at the New Bern Convention Center in New Bern, North Carolina.  The conference is sponsored by the North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute (at North Carolina State University in Raleigh), East Carolina University, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Cape Fear Public Service Authority.  The conference is intended for academic researchers and students, state agency staff, local governments, water utilities, and private consultants.  For more information, visit, or contact Anna Martin at the North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute, phone (919) 513-1203 or e-mail to

Flint, Michigan, Drinking-water Crisis Information Sources, Including Virginia Tech Research Team

As of January 2016, the Flint, Michigan, drinking-water crisis continued to require extraordinary measures for providing safe water and to create management and public relations challenges for local and state officials.   As recently as January 19, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s annual State of the State speech was largely devoted to the Flint situation. The problem began in 2014 when the city changed its source of water and began providing water that turned out to be highly corrosive, leaching lead from plumbing into household water.

A team of researchers from Virginia Tech continues to work on and report about the situation, and their work has played a significant role in bringing to light drinking water contamination in Flint.  Information about the Virginia Tech team’s work, along with a list of related news articles and other resources, is available online at; the contact e-mail is; see also Persistent Virginia Tech researchers exposed problems with Flint water, Roanoke Times, 1/28/16; Virginia Tech Researchers Fought for Flint in Water Crisis, Roanoke Times, 1/23/16.

For an overview of the current situation, its history, and its public-health impacts, see Toxic water crisis poisons public trust in Flint, PBS NewsHour, 1/20/16 (11 min/12 sec. video, with online transcript).

Following are some other sources of information about the Flint situation:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Flint Drinking Water Documents,” online at

State of Michigan, “Taking Action on Flint Water,” online at

Detroit Free Press articles on Flint water, online at

PBS NewsHour Story (Jan. 2, 2016) on Invasive Crayfish in Oregon’s Crater Lake

“Boom of invasive crayfish threaten species in Oregon’s Crater Lake,” broadcast on the Public Broadcasting System’s (PBS) “NewsHour” on January 2, 2016, explores the impacts of the invasive Signal Crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus) on the aquatic ecosystem in Crater Lake in Oregon, particularly the effects on the rare Mazama Newt (Taricha granulosa mazamae), an amphibian found only in Crater Lake.  The story provides an informative case study of how invasive aquatic species get introduced and become established and problematic in new water bodies.  The 5 minute/30 second video report is available online at

More information on the Mazama Newt is available from the National Park Service online at

More information on the Signal Crayfish is available from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service online (as PDF) at

Preliminary Tornado and Other Severe Weather Maps for Dec. 26-27, 2015, from NWS/Storm Prediction Center

Below are the National Weather Service/Storm Prediction Center’s maps of preliminary (not yet verified) reports of high winds, hail, and tornadoes in the continental United States on December 26 and 27, 2015, including fatal tornadoes in Texas.  (For two news accounts, see “What’s stirring up this winter’s extreme storms?,” PBS NewsHour, 12/28/15; and Texas under siege: Tornadoes, flooding, snow, and ice,” USA Today, 12/27/15).

The Storm Prediction Center’s daily storm-report maps and notes are available online at  From that link, you can also access the Center’s archive of maps and reports going back several years.

Severe weather reports Dec26 2015

Severe weather reports Dec27 2015


Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Considered World’s Largest Opened in Iowa in October 2015

On October 30, 2015, DuPont officially opened with is believed to be the world’s largest plant producing cellulosic ethanol.   The plant produces ethanol from corn stover–that is, corncobs, stalks, and other materials remaining from harvest of corn grain.  The plant, in Nevada, Iowa, is expected ultimately to produce 30 million gallons of ethanol per year, using an estimated 375,000 tons of stover from about 500 farms in the area.  DuPont has said it plans to sell most of the plant’s product in California, which has a low-carbon fuel standard.

Source: World’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant opens, Des Moines Register, 11/1/15.

For more information from DuPont on the Nevada, Ia., plant:
DuPont Web site at

For more information on cellulosic ethanol:
U.S. Department of Energy/Alternative Fuels Data Center, “Ethanol Feedstocks,” online at

P. C. Badger, “Ethanol from Cellolose: A General Review,” pp. 17–21 in J. Janick and A. Whipkey (eds.), Trends in new crops and new uses, ASHS Press, Alexandria, Va; available online at

Large Desalination Project in California Discussed in 10/31/15 PBS NewsHour Report

Is desalination the future of drought relief in California?” is a 9 min./46 second report aired on October 31, 2015, on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) NewsHour.  The video and transcript are available online at

The report reviews the current drought in California—in its fourth year as of 2015—and discusses how San Diego County is responding to the drought by building a $1 billion desalination facility—called in the report “the largest in the Western Hemisphere”—to supplement its water supplies.   The report provides an introduction to the process of desalination and examines the water-supply, energy-use, and environmental issues of San Diego County’s project.