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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:
March 3, 2019

New This Year

Plenary Sessions: After our annual spring runoff forecasts, the theme of the two morning plenary sessions is Water Challenges in the West. Session One will focus on immediate water quantity and quality challenges facing Utah whereas Session Two widens the scope to the broader water issues of the Intermountain West. Invited speakers include:

Brent Esplin, USBRJim Harris, Utah Division of Water QualityTimothy Hawkes, Utah State House of Representatives, Brian Mcinerney,  National Weather Service, Sharon Megdal, Univ. Arizona, Alan Rhoades, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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 


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