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2013 Spring Runoff Conference

Theme: Water, People and Sustainability: Integrating Physical, Social and Ecological Dimensions

The Spring Runoff Conference is held annually on the Campus of Utah State University hosted by the USU Water Initiative. This year's conference is supported by the Utah State University Ecology Centerand the Utah Water Research Laboratory.

The conference provides a forum for interdisciplinary sharing and exchange of ideas on water-related issues in Utah and the Intermountain Region extending to all aspects of water science, policy, engineering and management. Topic areas include hydrology, water resources, water policy, water and society, water quality, water use and conservation, economics, climate change, soils, groundwater, snow hydrology, ecosystems, limnology and water computation and information systems.

Dates: April 9-10, 2013, Tuesday & Wednesday


Registration is $50. Student registration is FREE, but required. We invite students, faculty, consulting and governmental agency professionals, environmental and citizen organizations to participate. Suggestions for sessions and volunteers to organize or host a session are welcome.

Spring Runoff Conference registration automatically includes a screening of the movie, "Watershed, Exploring a New Water Ethic for the West" on April 9th, 7:00 pm at the Eccles Conference Center Auditorium at USU.  Tickets to view the screening without conference registration may be obtained from the iUTAH website.

Student/Speaker Breakfast

Graduate students are invited to attend the student-speaker breakfast on the morning of Wednesday, April 10th. The breakfast is an opportunity for students to interact and network with invited speakers.

Location: Eccles Conference Center (room 201/203)
Date: morning, April 10, 2013
Time: 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Please indicate if you are planning on attending this breakfast when you register.

Call for Papers

We invite all (students, faculty, professionals) to submit abstracts for our oral or poster presentations at the Spring Runoff Conference. Abstracts should be 500 words or less and can be submitted by clicking on the "submit an abstract" link. Presentations should be 15 minutes long with a 5-minute question period. Posters should fit in a display board 8 feet wide by 4 feet tall.

The abstract submission deadline was Monday, March 18, 2013. Abstract submission has closed. We are unable to accept any more oral presentations. If you would like to present a poster contact the organizers.

2013 Program Overview

Theme: Water, People and Sustainability: Integrating Physical, Social and Ecological Dimensions

Tuesday, April 9

  • 8:30-10:20 Opening plenary featuring 2013 Spring Runoff Forecast (McInerney); Brooks on Insects, Fire, and Climate Change; and Spackman on Data & Modeling Connected to Policy & Law
  • 10:40-12:20 Parallel sessions on Hydrologic Modeling and Urban Water
  • 1:30-3:10 Parallel sessions on Aquatic and Wetland Ecosystems and Water Resources Management
  • 3:45-4:30 Lightning poster session
  • 4:30-6:00 Poster session
  • 6:00 Reception
  • 7:00 Movie showing of 'Watershed: A New Water Ethic for the New West' executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford

Wednesday, April 10

  • 7:30-9:00 Graduate student networking breakfast with invited speakers
  • 9:00-10:45 Plenary session featuring Carlisle on Myths of Ecological Flow, Jager on Optimal Flow Regimes that Favor Salmon Populations, Ewing on Landscape Controls on Groundwater Quality, and Mayer on Demand Management to Sustain Urban Water Supplies
  • 11:30-12:30 Seminar of Interest featuring Brian McInerney on evolution of climate change science
  • 12:30-1:50 Parallel sessions on Groundwater, Climate, and AWRA Student Paper Competition
  • 2:10-3:50 Parallel sessions on Measurements and Data Management, Water Quality, and AWRA Student Paper Competion
  • 4:00 Awards ceremony

Printed Program

Online Program with Abstracts

Invited Speakers

The following are confirmed invited speakers for the 2013 Spring Runoff Conference:

Brian McInerney
National Weather Service Hydrologist
Title: "2012 - 2013 Winter Snowpack and 2013 Spring Runoff Forecast"

Daren Carlisle
USGS Stream Ecology
Title: "The Five Myths of Ecological Flows"

Yetta Jager
Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Habitat modeling and species population modeling for riverine systems
Title: "Thinking Outside the Channel: Optimal Flow Regimes that Favor Salmon Populations and Energy Value"

Peter Mayer
Aquacraft - Editor of the Water Efficiency Watch on-line newsletter
Title: "Demand Management to Sustain Urban Water Supplies: Conservation Works, But for How Much Longer?"

Stephanie Ewing
Montana State University - participatory research on water quality in an agricultural systems
Title:  "Understanding Landscape Scale Controls on Groundwater Quality: How Does Participatory Investigation Help to Address Environmental Problems Associated with Land Management?"

Paul Brooks
University of Arizona - connections between ecosystem structure and function and water quality in high elevation snow environments
Title: "Insects, Fires, and Climate Change: Implications for Snow Cover, Water Resources, and Ecosystem Recovery in Western North America"

Gary Spackman
Director, Idaho Department of Water Resources
Title:"Data & Modeling - Connected to - Policy & Law: Is it a Dovetail or Ruffled Feathers?"

The 2013 J. Paul Riley AWRA Utah Section Student Water Conference & Paper Competition will be held in conjunction with the USU Spring Runoff Conference.
April 10, 2013
12:30-5:00 PM

AWRA Student Paper Agenda 2013

Competition Flyer


Maps, Travel & Parking

The Conference will be held in the Eccles Conference Center on campus at Utah State University.There are several places to stay in Logan, Utah. The most convenient to the Eccles Conference Center is the University Inn. Other accommodations can be found here: Hotels in Logan

For more information contact,
David Tarboton