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2019 Spring Runoff Conference
Water Challenges in the West

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, economics, and management.  

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


Conference Information

The 2019 Spring Runoff Conference combines, in one efficient day, a morning plenary session, concurrent paper sessions, and poster presentations in the evening at the Logan River Golf and Country Club.

March 26, 2019 
Conference rates:  $50; Student: $30 

Register Here  Abstract Submittal 

Presentation Abstracts should be 200 words or less. Video Abstracts should be two minutes or less. Prizes will be awarded for the best posters and video abstracts. One may compete in both poster and video competitions.

Abstract Deadline:
 5 p.m, Monday, March 18, 2019
If you encounter any problems using the Abstract link above, please email your submission to

Online Registration: Open until Thursday March 21, 2019. Onsite registration available.

2019 Conference Schedule

Start End Speaker  Title
8:30 8:40 Dean Kenneth White, USU College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Welcoming Remarks
Plenary 1   
8:40 9:10 Brian McInerney, National Weather Service An Update on the 2019 Water Year
9:10 9:40 Rep. Tim Hawkes, Utah Legislature An Update on Water Legislation from the 2019 Utah Legislative Session
9:40 10:10 Scott Daly, Utah Division of Water Quality Harmful Algae Blooms in Utah
10:10 10:30    
Plenary 2   
10:30 11:00 Brent Esplin, USBR Water Management in the West--A Federal Perspective
11:00 11:30 Sharon Megdal, Univ. AZ Water Challenges in the Lower Colorado River Basin and the Drought Contingency Plan
11:30 12:00 Alan Rhoades, Lawrence Berkley Nat'l Lab Ascending the Data Usability Gap in Mountainous Regions Through Scientist-Stakeholder Co-production
12:00 1:30    
Paper Session #1   
1:30 1:50 Shanae Tate, Neil Hansen, Mark Jackson, Carly Hansen Long-term Algae Dynamics through a Landsat Lens
1:50 2:10 Sarah Hinners, Debolina Banerjee Perceptions of a Wicked Problem: Situation assessment of water quality issues in the Jordan River watershed
2:10 2:30 Jeff Ostermiller Nutrient Criteria to Protect Utah's Headwater Streams
2:30 2:50 Sarah Hinners, Diane Pataki, Rose Smith Interdisciplinary Green Infrastructure Research for Northern Utah: Social, ecological, and hydrological sciences across multiple sites
2:50 3:10    
Paper Session #2   
3:10 3:30 Hillary Fishler The Utah Water Reuse Study: Initial findings, implications, and the landscape of wastewater reuse application
3:30 3:50 Courtney Flint, Kristen Koci, Leila Ahmadi, Kwame Duodu Cache Valley Resident Perspectives on Water Reuse
3:50 4:10 Cristal, R. Ryan Dupont, Joan McLean Detection and Quantification of a Variety of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Domestic Reclaimed Water Reuse in Northern Utah
4:10 4:30 Bethany Neilson, Hyrum Tennant, Trinity Stout, Matt Miller, Rachel Gabor, Yusuf Jameel, Mallory Millington, Andrew Gelderoos, Gabe Bowen, Paul Brooks Stream Centric Methods for Determining Groundwater Contributions in Karst Mountain Watersheds
Poster Session & Networking Social at Logan Golf & Country Club 
5:00 7:00    

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:  Paul Jakus,
Corrdinating Committee: 
Niel Allen, Soren Brothers, Jeff Horsburgh, Scott Jones, Bethany Neilson, Tammy Rittenour, David Rosenberg, and Matt Yost.

Maps, Travel, & Parking

The Conference will be held in the Eccles Conference Center on campus at Utah State University


A Spring Runoff block of rooms is available at the University Inn.  Other accommodations can be found here:  Hotels in Logan


Lunches will be on your own: easy on-campus options are highlighted on the map below.


Parking is available at the Aggie Terrace and Big Blue Terrace for $10 / day 


View Map, Local Dining, and Lodging Reccomendations