Spring Conference

March 25-27, 2019

Embassy Suites By Hilton Omaha Downtown Old Market
555 S 10th St, Omaha, NE 68102

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Setting Conditions for the Success of Integrated Water Resources Management

Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) principles support the sustainable management of water through collaboration, innovative science and technology, as well as community-based planning and implementation. At its best, IWRM applies knowledge from various disciplines and diverse stakeholders to devise and implement equitable and sustainable solutions to water-related issues.  Since IWRM’s inception in the early 1990s, a growing number of organizations have adopted or been empowered to enact the principles of IWRM in day-to-day activities.

Following in the steps of the 2011 and 2014 AWRA IWRM conferences, the 2019 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference will support dialog, sharing and learning about the tactics, strategies and policies that are helping IWRM succeed across North America and the world. Researchers, practitioners and academics will assemble in Nebraska - a state that has implementing IWRM for over a decade - to consider how IWRM can become the normative model of water management, or simply, “how we do things.”

Early Registration Discount Deadline (SAVE UP TO $100): March 4, 2019

                                                     Early – March 4                    On-Site – After March 4            
                                              Member/Non-Member                  Member/Non-Member

Full Registration                       $550/$700                                  $650/$800
One day Registration                 $300$425                                    $400/$525
Student Registration                  $250/$300                                   $300/$350

Field Trip #1 - Central Platte River Tour, Sandhill Crane Viewing, & Flood Control Project (Overnight) - $200
Join the American Water Resources Association and the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program (PRRIP) for a once in a lifetime view of Sandhills Cranes roosting on the Platte River. Every March, over 500,000 (more than 80% of the world's population) come to the Platte River Valley to fuel-up before they continue north. National Geographic named this annual migration event as one of North American's two greatest natural wildlife phenomena.

Field Trip #2 - Exploring the Integrated Water Resources of the Lower Platte River (Half Day) - $50
Major cities, large industries, irrigated agriculture, and nearly 1 million people rely on the integrated water resources of the Lower Platte River extending from Fremont, NE to its confluence with the Missouri River. This tour will explore these numerous water uses and provide firsthand experience of the research and innovation involved in managing these hydrologically connected rivers and aquifer as a single resource. The tour will conclude with a stop at the Schramm State Recreation Area to see Nebraska's first fish hatchery and to discuss the local geology that makes this area so unique. 

Note: If you do not already have an AWRA account you will need to create one prior to registration. If you have an AWRA account, please log in to register.

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