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2016 Spring Runoff Conference

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 Water Research Laboratory, the Utah State University College of Engineering, the Utah State University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Utah State University Ecology Center, and iUTAH.

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, ecology, 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: Tuesday and Wednesday, April 5 and 6, 2016


Regular registration is $75 for both days. Student registration is $25 for both days. One day registration is also available. We invite students, faculty, consulting and governmental agency professionals, environmental and citizen organizations to participate.

Register for the Conference

Call for Research Presentations and Posters

Students, both undergraduates and graduate students, faculty, and professionals are invited to submit abstracts of water-related research for contributed oral sessions (Tuesday and Wednesday) or for the conference's Tuesday, April 5 afternoon poster session.  Deadline for abstract submissions is noon, Friday, March 18.

Abstract submission is now closed.


Several exciting plenary and panel sessions are planned as part of the 2016 Spring Runoff Conference:

Plenary:  Utah's Water Outlook in 2016 and Beyond

This Tuesday morning session will feature invited presentations on Utah's 2016 snowpack and surface water supply, future climate projections, and demographics. 

Mark McLellan (USU), Opening Remarks

Brian Mcinerney (NOAA), 2016 Spring Runoff Forecast

Robert Gilles (Utah Climate Center), Climate Forecasting in the Intermountain West

Doug Jackson-Smith (USU), Utah's Demographics, Water Use, and Future Demand

Wayne Wurtsbaugh (USU), Impacts of Water Development on the Great Salt Lake

Utah Water Forum

This Tuesday afternoon session will include invited presentations and panel discussions to address the scientific and policy challenges we face in meeting demand for Utah's water.

Larry McDonnell (U Colorado), Colorado's Water Plan

Niel Allen (USU), Laws, Markets, and Institutions Related to Water Transfers

Panel:  Mike Styler (Director, Utah Department of Natural Resources); Richard Bay (President, Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District); Tim Hawkes (Trout Unlimited, Member of Utah House of Representatives); Sterling Brown (Utah Farm Bureau); Bob Fotheringham (Cache County);
Zach Frankel (Utah Rivers Council)

Film and Panel Discussion: A River Between Us

Tuesday evening, the film "A River Between Us" will be shown at 6:30 pm in the Eccles Conference Center Auditorium at USU.  Join filmmaker Jason Atkinson and others for discussion following the film. Screening of the film and the panel discussion are co-sponsored by iUTAH and a "Let's Talk About Water" small grant from the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc (CUAHSI).  

Jason Atkinson (producer), with panelists Dan McCool (U of Utah), Brett Roper (USFS), and Steve Daniels (USU)

Plenary: Mountain Snow, Utah's Water Tower

Wednesday morning the conference opens with invited presentations on mountain hydrology and processes critical for water supply in the Intermountain West.

Announcement of student poster award

Charlie Luce (USFS), Climate and Snow

Paul Brooks (U of Utah), Hydrological Partitioning in the Critical Zone

Contributed Oral Sessions

Conference participants are invited to submit an abstract for oral presentations on Tuesday or Wednesday morning. [Abstract submission is now closed.]

Contributed Poster Session

Conference participants are invited to submit an abstract for a poster presentation on Tuesday afternoon. [Abstract submission is now closed.]

iUTAH Spring All-Hands Meeting

iUTAH (innovative Urban Transitions and Arid-region Hydro-sustainablity) iUTAH is an interdisciplinary research and training program aimed at strengthening science for Utah’s water future. iUTAH brings together a network of researchers, universities, governmental agencies, industry partners, and non-profit organizations state-wide.  Open to the public, the All-Hands Meeting Wednesday afternoon is a venue for iUTAH participants to share results.



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 additional information contact:

Conference Chairs
Michelle Baker
David Tarboton