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Call for Abstracts, Registrants for 2013 USU Spring Runoff Conference

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013

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'Water, People and Sustainability: Integrating Physical, Social and Ecological Dimensions' is the theme for USU’s 2013 Spring Runoff Conference April 9-10. The gathering is free for students.

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This year's conference is held in conjunction with the April 10 J. Paul Riley American Water Resources Association Utah Section Student Water Conference and Paper Competition. Paper submission deadline is Feb. 22.

The Utah State University Water Initiative hosts the ninth annual Spring Runoff Conference April 9-10 at the university’s Eccles Conference Center. “Water, People and Sustainability: Integrating Physical, Social and Ecological Dimensions” is the theme for the 2013 gathering.

This year’s gathering is held in conjunction with the April 10 J. Paul Riley American Water Resources Association Utah Section Student Water Conference and Paper Competition. Students are invited to submit papers for the scholarship competition. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 22. For information, contact David Rosenberg at 435-797-8689;

Abstracts are also invited for the Spring Runoff Conference’s poster and oral presentations from students, faculty and professionals involved in water-related research. Submissions can be made online and are due by Friday, March 8. Submissions from both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged. 

“We’d like to have involvement from every college at USU,” says David Tarboton, professor in USU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and conference organizer. “The purpose of the conference is to share diverse water research across disciplinary boundaries.”


Student participation in the two-day gathering is free but all participants must register. Cost to professionals is $50 for both days or $25 for one day. Online registration is available at the conference website

Featured conference topics include hydrology, water resources, water policy and management, water and society, water quality, water use and conservation, economics, climate change, soils, groundwater, snow hydrology, ecosystems, limnology and water computation and information systems.

Special to this year’s gathering is a screening of the 2012 documentary “Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West," on the evening of April 9; time and campus location to be announced. According to its website, the award-winning film, narrated by executive producer Robert Redford, “tells the story of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River and offers solutions for the future of the American West.”

The USU Water Initiative is an interdisciplinary collaboration of the university’s Utah Water Research Laboratory, the USU Ecology Center, the colleges of Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Engineering, Agriculture and the Quinney College of Natural Resources and the Huntsman School of Business. Established in 2003, the initiative fosters collegial sharing of water-related research and ideas throughout the campus and community.

Related link:

USU Water Initiative

Contact: David Tarboton, 435-797-3172,

Writer: Mary-Ann Muffoletto, 435-797-3517,

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