Author: Amy Uyen Truong
The 2017 UCOWR/NIWR Conference was held at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado from June 13-15, 2017. The conference attracted participants from land-grant universities, water resource institutes, and water planners. Plenary sessions covered subjects such as connecting science and policy, effectively communicating with the public and water sustainability for the nation.
Caption 1: Lunch plenary overlooking the Colorado State University Campus with Dr. William M. Alley and Rosemarie Alley, and Dr. John Fleck, moderated by Dr. Sharon Megdal. The discussion was on how to effectively write a book for a general audience.
The conference also focused on practical applications of water research and had a roundtable on Multi-institution research proposals and encouraged the opportunity for researchers to collaborate on issues of agricultural irrigation, conservation, and efficiency; conjunctive use of surface and groundwater under drought and flood conditions, urban water issues: infrastructure, resilience, and security; and water and ecosystem services.
Caption 2: Dr. John Tracy recognized as a friend of UCOWR.
TAMU Faculty and students were represented well in both the sessions and award ceremony. Dr. John Tracy, Director of TWRI, was recognized as a friend of UCOWR while Dr. Kevin Wagner, was recognized for his efforts as technical program chair. Additionally, Amy Truong, extension assistant at TWRI, placed 2nd in the poster competition.
Other faculty and students presented on lessons learned from the NSF I-Corps program, education and outreach programs, and transboundary aquifers over the US-Mexico border.
The next conference will be held in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania from June 18-20. For those interested in discussing water management, see you there!