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    The Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) was founded in 1964 as an expansion of the Universities Council on Hydrology.  UCOWR is an association of universities and organizations leading in education, research, and public service in water resources. UCOWR members and delegates are at the forefront of water resources related research and education, and represent various fields of natural and social science.


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Join us in Pensacola, FL for the 2016 UCOWR/NIWR Annual Conference!

View the call for abstracts here.

Click here to submit your abstract.

The abstract deadline is January 19, 2016.

Abstract acceptance decisions will be emailed beginning in February.



Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education is now accepting general manuscript submissions for the yearly summer issue, beginning in 2016.   

A journal issue comprised of general water-related submissions will be published yearly in the JCWRE summer issue. Submissions for the August 2016 issue should be sent to Jackie Crim (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by February 1, 2016. All articles are peer-reviewed. Please review the author instructions and review process for more information on publishing in JCWRE.














Abstracts for oral, panel, and poster presentations are invited and should be submitted by January 19, 2016.  Click here for more information and to submit an abstract.  



The conference is being held at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Hotel in Pensacola Beach, Florida.  A block of rooms has been reserved.  You are encouraged to book your room now. This is an excellent room rate for the area and rooms are limited!  Rooms are on a first-come, first-served basis.

The following room rate is available to conference participants:

  • Standard room (non-ocean view):  $199 + tax 
  • Gulf-front room (ocean-view):  $219 + tax  (A limited # of ocean-view rooms are available)

Book your room online HERE or call the hotel at 850-916-2999 (ask for Bridgette in Group Reservations).   The group code is 'UCO.'  *The conference rate is available 3 days pre- and post- the conference dates, based on hotel availability.

The deadline for making reservations at the special group rate is Friday, May 20, 2016.











Fort Pickens Campground is located about 3.5 miles from the conference venue, Hilton Pensacola Beach.  Campground sites are $26/night (electric & water included).  For more information, visit their website




Pensacola International Aiport (PNS)

Major Airlines flying into Pensacola: American, Delta, Silver, Southwest, United, US Airways

Non-stop service from: Dallas, Houston, Nashville, Chicago, Washington DC, Charlotte & Atlanta

The conference venue, Hilton Pensacola Beach, is 13 miles from Pensacola International Airport.  Get directions HERE.  The average taxi fare to the conference venue is $30.  There are various taxi services at the airport.  If you prefer a shuttle service, this company is recommended by the conference venue - The Airport Connection ($35 one way - shuttles can be pre-arranged online).  


Contact Melissa at the UCOWR headquarters at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 618-536-7571.