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2018 Spring Runoff Conference
Monitoring and Managing Water for All

The Spring Runoff Conference, hosted by the USU Water Initiative, is held annually on the Campus of Utah State University. 

The conference provides a forum for interdisciplinary sharing and exchange of ideas on water-related issues in Utah and the Intermountain Region.  Topics for the conference extend to all aspects of water science, ecology, policy, engineering, and management.  

We invite students, faculty, consulting, and governmental agency professionals, and environmental and citizen organizations to participate. 

Date: March 27, 2018
Conference rates:  $40; Student: $20 

Register Here Poster Abstract Submittal

Online Interactive Schedule

The 2018 Spring Runoff Conference combines, in one efficient day, a morning plenary session, a panel discussion, and poster presentations in the evening at the Logan River Golf and Country Club. Poster presenters will also give short oral presentations as the final plenary session of the day. These “lightning” presentations are a popular way to get your ideas out there and for all of us to learn about the remarkable range of water research and programs underway.

Plenary Session
: After our annual spring runoff and climate forecasts, the theme of the plenary session is Monitoring waters and watersheds: connecting with policy and management. Invited speakers will examine the challenge of determining the health of waters and watersheds and address how that information is used to affect policy and influence management decisions. Invited speakers include:
Brian Mcinerney,  National Weather Service, Rob Gillies, Utah State Climatologist
Amina Pollard, US EPA, Greg Pasternack, Univ. California, Davis, Ben Holcomb, UT Div Water Quality

Panel Discussion: Can we have it all? Envisioning Utah's rivers as coupled human - natural systems. This panel will tackle the challenge of working with the multiple and sometimes conflicting objectives for our rivers and point to examples in which this balance has been successfully addressed. Panelists include:
Timothy Hawkes, UT House of Representatives, Shaun Dustin, Mayor, Nibley UT, Paul Thompson, UT Div Wildlife Resources

This year's conference is supported by the Utah State University College of Engineering,  the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources, the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, the  Utah State University Ecology Center and the Utah Water Research Laboratory.

Conference Chair:  Peter Wilcock

Maps, Travel, & Parking
The Conference will be held in the Eccles Conference Center on campus at Utah State University
  • Lodging:  A Spring Runoff block of rooms is available at the University Inn.  Other accommodations can be found here:  Hotels in Logan
  • Dining: Lunches will be on your own: easy on-campus options are highlighted on the map below.
  • Parking: Parking is available at the Aggie Terrace and Big Blue Terrace for $7.50 / day (You can purchase discounted parking for $6 when you register)
  • Travel: Driving directions on google maps 

View map full screen, including local dining and lodging reccomendations.