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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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Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) and

National Institutes of Water Resources (NIWR) Annual Water Resources Conference:  Water in a Changing Environment

June 13-15, 2017 in Fort Collins, CO


We will be in the beautiful Rocky Mountains for the 2017 UCOWR/NIWR Annual Water Resources Conference:  Water in a Changing Environment.  We will be discussing critical water issues in the western United States, as well as across the continent and globe.  Water quantity and quality concerns continue to take center stage in the United States and world.  Please join the dialogue, as we seek to develop transdisciplinary solutions to complex water problems. 

The Conference Planning Committee invites you to propose a Special Session for the conference.  A special session organizers' role is to propose a relevant and timely subject, recruit speakers to submit abstracts to the session, and moderate the session during the June 2017 conference.  Special sessions can be in the form of a panel discussion or a group of 4 or more oral presentations on a specific topic.  Multiple session track proposals are welcome.  Those interested in organizing and hosting a special session should provide the following information:

  • Title of proposed special session
  • A brief description (less than 350 words) stating the importance of the topic and the rationale for the proposed session
  • Organizer(s), including contact information
  • List of potential presenters (to submit abstracts via the general call for abstracts) and their topics, if available

The above information should be submitted directly to the Technical Program Chair, Kevin Wagner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), no later than September 23, 2016

June 13-15, 2017 ~ Fort Collins, Colorado

The conference will be held on the beautiful campus of Colorado State University.













Online registration will be available in January/February 2017.  More conference details will be posted on this page as they become available.  Watch for updates.

June 21-23, 2016 -- Hilton Pensacola Beach Hotel, Pensacola Beach, FL

Final conference program

Conference proceedings

Student Poster Presentation Award Recipients
1st place:  Brian Anderson, Desert Research Institute
2nd place:  Gurbir Singh, Southern Illinois University

Student Oral Presentation Award Recipients
1st place:  Quantum Wei, MIT
2nd place:  Drew Gholson, Texas A&M

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