2017 Annual Conference
(updated – April 7, 2017)

Hello AWRA Community,
The 34th annual conference will be held in Helena Montana at the Best Western Premier Great Northern Hotel on October 18-20, 2017. The board is still working on the details and we expect to have a conference theme and speaker announcements soon.

The AWRA Board

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2016 Annual Conference

Water Quality & Quantity in a Changing Climate

This year’s MT AWRA Conference will meet at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort for the 33rd Annual Montana AWRA Conference on October 13-14, 2016! Keynote speakers will include: Dr. Shemin Ge, 2016 Birdsall-Dreiss Lecturer from the University of Colorado Boulder; Dr. Kelsey Jencso and Nick Silverman from the University of Montana Climate Office; and Martha Narvaez, National AWRA President from the University of Delaware’s Water Resources Center.
This year, AWRA is also co-sponsoring a StreamStats Training (Weds Morning, October 12th, before the Field Trip) which will be lead by Peter McCarthy from the USGS. Please click here for a detailed description of the training. We need at least 30 people to register in order to put on the training. We are excited to be able to offer this to you!!
And, as always, a pre-conference field trip will be held in the area on Wednesday, October 12th. We hope to see you there!

Click here to Register

2016 Newsletter – Conference Info and More!

2016 Montana AWRA Proceedings



We invite presentations on all aspects of the science and management of Montana’s water resources with special emphasis on Water Quality & Quantity in a Changing Climate. Suggested abstract topics include:

  • Riparian protection & restoration
  • Monitoring post-restoration effects
  • Aquifer recharge and water reuse studies
  • Watershed studies
  • Regulatory updates
  • Surface Water/Ground Water Interaction: Quality and Quantity Issues
  • Drought, drought resiliency, or drought management
  • Water quality issues and water quantity Issues
  • Student presentations are encouraged!

To register for the 2016 Montana AWRA conference, please check back soon.

2017 Photo Contest

Emilie Erich Hoffman, V.P.

Once again, it is the time of year where we ask you for your latest and greatest water resources photos! We are looking for any and all photos related to Montana’s water resources and water resource professionals. These can be scenic photos, technical photos, recreational photos, or humorous and embarrassing photos! There will be prizes for the winners of each photo category. Please send your latest and greatest water resources photos to Emilie at, or call me at 444-6740. If possible, please submit photos by September 15th, although late entries may be accepted!


Montana AWRA 2017-2018 Treasurer Nominations

Time for nominating our next treasurer! The elected treasurer serves the AWRA Board for three years. The first year as Treasurer, the next year as Vice President, and the third year as President. Serving as a MT AWRA officer is a great way to get more involved in the community of water professionals in Montana and the U.S. Other benefits include membership in the National AWRA and paid MT AWRA conference expenses. Nominations can be entered on the conference registration form or emailed to the Montana AWRA Executive Secretary, Nancy Hystad at

Hotel Information

The 2017 conference will be held October 18-20 at the Best Western Premier Great Northern Hotel  – Helen, Montana.

For conference rates at Great Northern  please be sure to mention American Water Resources when making your reservations. Limited conference rates have been provided for Wednesday and Thursday nights.

For Hotel information please visit the Hotel Website

Or you can call the front desk  at 1-800-780-7234.

To get on the meeting email list and receive conference updates, please email

For information on past conferences go to the conference archives.

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