2016 Meeting

Thanks to all who made the 2016 annual MT AWRA conference “Water Quality and Quantity in a Changing Climate”  a great success!

From October 12-14, 2016, over 200 students, professionals and academics gathered at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.  On the morning of the first day, conference goers participated in a USGS lead training on the latest version of StreamStats. The training was well received and look for more training sessions in the future.  After lunch we headed out on an excellent field trip examining the hydrogeology and chemistry of the Warm Springs settling ponds.  The field trip was lead by Dr. Christopher Gammons a Montana Tech professor of geology and geochemistry.

The second day was filled with keynote addresses and oral presentations. Keynote addresses were delivered by Dr. Shemi Ge, Dr. Kelsey Jencso and Nick Silverman, and Helen Thigpen.
Dr. Ge a professor of Hydrogeology at the University of Colorado Boulder and Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer gave an excellent talk titled ” Groundwater Dynamics in Headwater Regions under a Changing Climate”.  Dr. Jencso and Dr. Silverman both of the University of Montana Climate office gave a talk detailing their efforts to gather and communicate information on Montana’s climate in order to build water resource resiliency. Helen Thigpen a staff attorney with Legislative Services gave an informative update on legislative activity.

The opening Plenary was followed by a full afternoon of oral presentations including the following concurrent session topics:
(1) Surface Water
(2) Water Quality & Quantity in a Changing Climate
(3) Isotopes, Evaporation, Forestry and Water Management
(4) Groundwater/Surface Water Interaction

The afternoon of excellent presentations, questions and answers was followed by a lively social hour.  Over forty participants presented posters during the social hour.  Poster presenters included students from Montana’s Colleges and Universities, Big Sky Watershed Corps members and professionals.  The day was capped off with the annual banquet ( the menu was a tribute to the days of old with a roasted pig) and Tom Osborne gave an excellent talk about his volunteer work conducting hydrologic reconnaissance in the Atlas mountains of Morocco.

Concurrent plenary sessions filled the last day of the conference, the sessions covered:
(1) Modeling
(2) Microbiology
(3) Site Characterization
(4) Microbiology and Water Quality

The conference adjourned with announcement of the new AWRA treasurer Melissa Schaar, student awards and the location of next year’s conference in Helena.

A special thanks to our generous conference sponsors!

PDF downloads of the all speaker presentations

2016 Conference Proceedings

Student Awards