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 Watershed Sciences Department, the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, the Utah State University Ecology Center, Utah Film 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.

Register for the Conference

Preferred registration is online.  However, a pdf is available to anyone who wishes to register by mail. 

Call for Research Posters

Students, both undergraduates and graduate students, faculty, and professionals are invited to submit poster abstracts of water-related research for the conference's Tuesday, March 31 afternoon poster session.  Deadline for abstract submissions is Monday, March 16.

Submit an Abstract

Invited Speakers

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

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
Dean, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah

Laurie Alexander
National Center for Environmental Assessment, USEPA, Washington, D.C. 

Walt Baker
Director, Division of Water Quality, Utah Department of Environmental Quality

Charles Hawkins
Professor, Department of Watershed Sciences, Utah State University 

Hans Paerl
Professor, 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. 

Clint Alexander
Director of Operations, ESSA Technologies, Ltd., Vancouver, B.C.

Kevin Bestgen
Director, Larval Fish Laboratory, Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins

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

Katrina Grantz
Hydraulic Engineer, Glen Canyon Dam, Upper Colorado Region, US Bureau of Reclamation, Salt Lake City

Taylor Hawes
Director, Colorado River Program, The Nature Conservancy, Boulder, Colorado

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

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

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

Pat Shafroth
Research Ecologist, Fort Collins Science Center, US Geological Survey

Jack Schmidt
Professor, Watershed Sciences Department, Utah State University 

College of Natural Resources Week Keynote Speaker

Lynn Ingram
Professor of Earth and Planetary Science and Geography, University of California, Berkeley

Water Art Meets Water Science

"Watermark" will be shown on March 31st, at 7:00 pm in the Eccles Conference Center Auditorium at USU.  The film is free to the public and all registrants of the Spring Runoff Conference.


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