Registration now open for regional water symposium

Nebraska Water Center
Nebraska Water Center

Registration for the 2018 National Institutes for Water Resources Regional Symposium “Water Resources of the U.S. Great Plains Region: Status and Future” is now open, with early bird rates valid through September 17.

Organized by the Nebraska Water Center, the nine-state regional event will be Oct. 24 to 26, at Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. The symposium will bring together water leaders, scientists, managers, students and stakeholders within the Missouri and Arkansas River Basins. Federal representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Geological Survey will participate and provide overviews of basin-wide challenges and research and funding opportunities.

The symposium will also bring together Water Resources Research Institute directors from the nine state region – Montana, the Dakotas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. Key topics to be covered include nutrient loading and harmful algal blooms, agricultural water use, surface and groundwater contamination and depletion, industrial and municipal water use, impacts of climate change on water resources, coordinated aquifer management and maintaining ecosystem services for fish and wildlife within the basins, among others.

Registration fees through September 17:

  • Regular Registration: $250
  • Student Poster Presenter Registration: Free with ID and poster verification
  • General Student: $150

The symposium features more than 30 speakers. In addition to presentations, there will be a juried poster session showcasing student research in water and agricultural sciences. Graduates and undergraduates are encouraged to share a poster, but only graduates are eligible for the competition. Furthermore, the symposium will include special talks from the Platte Basin Timelapse project, tours of the Nebraska Innovation Campus Greenhouse and Food Innovation Center and two dinners and two lunches.
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Support for the 2018 symposium is provided by the Nebraska Water Center, Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska, USDA NIFA, USGS Nebraska Water Science Center, National Institute for Water Resources, EPSCOR Nebraska, and UNL IANR.

Courtesy Nebraska Water Center

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