2015 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 Natural Resources, 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, March 31 & April 1, 2015


Registration is $100 for both days. One day registration is not available. 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.

Registration Coming Soon

Spring Runoff Conference registration automatically includes a screening of the movie, "Watermark" on March 31st, time and place to be determined. 

Invited Speakers

The following are confirmed invited speakers for the 2015 Spring Runoff Conference:

2015 Spring Runoff Conference Keynote Speaker

Lynn Ingram
Professor of Earth and Planetary Science and Geography, University of California, Berkeley
Title: The West Without Water 

Water Body Connectivity and the Clean Water Act

This session will address the USEPA's recent proposal to expand Clean Water Act protection to headwater streams and geographically isolated water bodies. 

Robert Adler
Jefferson B. and Rita E. Fordham Presidential Dean, University Distinguished Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Laurie Alexander
USEPA National Center for Ecological Assessment, Washington, D.C., lead authors of Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence

Walt Baker
Director, Division of Water Quality, Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Salt Lake City, Utah

Hans Paerl
Kenan Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Environmental Flows in a Time of Drought

This session will address the scientific and policy challenges we face in recommending and implementing environmental flows when water is scarce. 

Anne Castle
Former Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Department of the Interior

Carly Jerla
Operations Research Analyst, Co-Manager of the Colorado River Supply and Demand Study, Bureau of Reclamation, Boulder, Colorado

Don Ostler
Executive Director of the Upper Colorado River Commission, Salt Lake City, Utah

Jennifer Pitt
Colorado River Project Director, Environmental Defense Fund, Boulder, Colorado


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 Chair
Charles Hawkins