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AWRA 2019 Spring Specialty Conference 
Setting Conditions for the Success of Integrated Water Resources Management
March 23-27, 2019
Embassy Suites by Hilton –  Omaha, NE

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 dialogue, 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.”  

Why is this Conference Important?
Whether your organization has been practicing IWRM for years or is just starting to explore how it can support your mission, the conference will expand your knowledge and understanding and connect you to practitioners and policy-makers who are also seeking to improve and share.  In Omaha, we will confer about what policy conditions are needed for IWRM to succeed, what has or hasn’t worked in IWRM, and what innovative data and tools are being developed and used to support IWRM.

'Gateway to the West'

Omaha is truly the 'Gateway to the West' in the heartland of the US. It rests on the banks of North America's longest river, the Missouri. Just south of Omaha the Missouri River coalesces with the Platte River Confluence along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

The Embassy Suites, in downtown Omaha's Old Market, will host the conference.  Omaha’s Old Market is a historic mixed-use district with rugged brick streets, boutiques, pubs, restaurants, and art galleries.   Special attractions in Omaha include the Henry Doorly Zoo, consistently ranked as one of the world’s best, and the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, a 3,000 foot-long cable bridge that crosses the Missouri River and connects the states of Nebraska and Iowa.  Other attractions include the Joslyn Art Museum, the Durham Museum of History in Union Station, Lauritzen Botanical Gardens – Omaha Botanical Center, and restaurants featuring Omaha’s famous steaks.

Several hours west of Omaha, in Nebraska’s central Platte River Valley, the Great Sandhills Cranes migration is one of Earth’s greatest spectacles.  Here, 600,000 Sandhill Cranes congregate along an 80-mile stretch of the Platte River to rest and refuel along their epic journey from the southern US/Mexico to the Arctic/sub-arctic.   A guided opportunity to witness this one-of-a-kind event will be offered as a part of the 1 ½ day conference tour (limited space).   

So join us in Omaha for IWRM!  We look forward to a terrific conference experience for everyone!

Amy Zoller
Conference Co-Chair
Nebraska Dept. of Natural Resources
Lincoln, NE

Mike Antos
Conference Co-Chair
Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
Riverside, CA

Jess Bradley
Technical Program Co-Chair
Nebraska Dept. of Natural Resources
Lincoln, NE

Michael Campana
Technical Program Co-Chair
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR