Current Conference - University Council on Water Resources

Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) & National Institutes of Water Resources (NIWR)

2018 Annual Water Resources Conference

June 26-28, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh Marriott City Center

Registration will open in February. Visit the Registration Page for more info.

Abstract acceptance notifications will be sent late February. Stay tuned for the preliminary program.

Join us Wednesday evening for a night of networking and fun on the Three Rivers Lock & Dam Tour! You won't want to miss it!

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Exhibitor and Sponsorship opportunities are available:

Gain exposure for your products and services by becoming an exhibitor!

If exhibiting isn't for you, we have multiple sponsorship opportunities available, too. 

 

More info will be added to this page as it becomes available!

QUESTIONS? Contact the UCOWR home office -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 618-536-7571. 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Dr. Gene E. Likens - Founding Director and President Emeritus, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Talk Title: Insights into Water Quality from Long-Term Studies:  Lessons Learned and Implications for the Future

Professor Gene E. Likens is an ecologist best known for his discovery of acid rain in North America with colleagues, for co-founding of the internationally renowned Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study and for founding the Institute of Ecosystem Studies, a leading, international ecological research and education center.  Dr. Likens is an educator and advisor at state, national, and international levels.  He has been an advisor to two governors in New York State and one in New Hampshire, as well as one U.S. President.  He currently holds faculty positions at Yale, Cornell, Rutgers Universities, SUNY Albany, the University of Connecticut, and was awarded a Chair as Albert Einstein Professor from the Chinese Academy of Science and also named Honorary Professor at Jinan University, Guangzhou, China.  Dr. Likens has been awarded eleven honorary doctoral Degrees.  In addition to being elected a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, Dr. Likens has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Austrian Academy of Sciences, and an Honorary Member of the British Ecological Society.  Dr. Likens was awarded the 2001 National Medal of Science, presented at The White House; and In 2003 was awarded the Blue Planet Prize (with F. H. Bormann) from the Asahi Glass Foundation, considered to be the Nobel Prize of Ecology.  Among other awards, in 1993 Dr. Likens, with F. H. Bormann, was awarded the Tyler Prize, The World Prize for Environmental Achievement, and in 1994, he was the sole recipient of the Australia Prize for Science and Technology.  Dr. Likens has served as President of the International Society of Theoretical and Applied Limnology, American Institute of Biological Sciences, Ecological Society of America, and American Society of Limnology and Oceanography.  Dr. Likens is the author, co-author or editor of 26 books and more than 600 scientific papers.

Dr. Jeanne M. VanBriesen - Duquesne Light Company Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Director of the Center for Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems (Water QUEST) at Carnegie Mellon University

Talk Title: Resources, Rain, Rivers and Regret: Energy and Water System Choices in the Ohio River Basin

Watershed-scale choices on energy development and urban water infrastructure have altered water systems in the Ohio River Basin.  In this talk, Dr. VanBriesen will share some of the challenges in the Ohio River Basin that have implications for the country and the world.

Dr. VanBriesen holds a B.S. in Education and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University. She is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Delaware.  Her research is in environmental systems, including biotransformation of recalcitrant organics, detection of biological agents in drinking water and natural water systems, speciation-driven biogeochemistry of chelating agents and disinfection by-products, and impacts of energy extraction.  Dr. VanBriesen has published more than fifty scientific articles and given more than 150 professional presentations.  Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Colcom Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, the Packard Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance.  She has supervised eighteen Ph.D. dissertations and six M.S. theses.  Dr. VanBriesen has served on the boards of the Association for Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, and the Ohio River Basin Consortia for Research and Education.  She is currently serving on the U.S.EPA Science Advisory Board. Dr. VanBriesen has received numerous awards, including the 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers Margaret S. Petersen Award, the 2015 Carnegie Science Center Environmental Award, the 2013 Philip L. Dowd Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon, the 2009 American Society of Civil Engineers Pittsburgh Chapter Professor of the Year, and the 2007 Pennsylvania Water Environment Association Professional Research Award.  Dr. VanBriesen was a selected presenter at the National Academy of Engineering Indo-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium on Infrastructure in 2008, and an invited speaker at the National Academy of Engineering Education Symposium in 2010.  She was selected as a National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Lecturer in 2011.

 
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
 
UCOWR Warren Hall Medal Recipient (TBD)
 
 
Thursday, June 28, 2018
 
Dr. Donald I. Siegel - Emeritus Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Syracuse University
 
Talk Title: The Dismissal of Facts in Water-Related Decision Making: Root Causes and What to do About It
 
Professor Donald I. Siegel earned his BS in Geology from the University of Rhode Island, a MS in Geosciences at Penn State and his doctorate in Hydrogeology at the University of Minnesota. He subsequently worked for the U.S. Geological Survey as a hydrologist/geochemist, and then joined Syracuse University in 1982 and taught and did research there on topics related to hydrogeology and water chemistry for 35 years. His research interests ranged from topics tied to the hydrogeology of deep basins and hydrocarbon-bearing rocks, methanogenesis in wetlands, organic and inorganic groundwater contamination, and drought-induced recharge in arid wetlands. Dr. Siegel served as Chairman of the National Water Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council (NRC) and participated on many NRC panel related to water resources. He served as associate editor for most water topic journals and as book editor for the Geological Society of America. Geological Society of America’s Hydrogeology Division awarded Professor Siegel its Distinguished Service Award, O.E. Meinzer Award and Birdsall-Dreiss Lectureship, and he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Geological Society of America and the American Geophysical Union for his contributions to water science. Not retired now but rewired, Siegel now serves as a partner at Independent Environmental Sciences, a consulting group specializing in forensic hydrogeology and geochemistry. He recently competed on the Food Network in 2016 and is developing a secondary career playing solo jazz guitar at coffeehouses, wineries and various receptions in upstate New York.
 
Mr. Geoff Gisler - Senior Attorney and Leader of Southern Environmental Law Center’s Clean Water Program, Chapel Hill Office
 
Talk Title: For Better or Worse:  Critical Water Quality Controversies in North Carolina
 
Industrial activity provides jobs and taxes to communities. Too often, it also brings water pollution. This presentation will focus on two water quality crises in North Carolina that have captured public attention and are likely lurking elsewhere: contamination from coal ash ponds and emerging pollutants. It will explore the issues surrounding coal ash ponds and emerging contaminants as well as legal and policy responses.
 
Geoff Gisler is a senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. Since joining SELC in 2006, Mr. Gisler has represented conservation organizations dedicated to protecting water quality, wetlands, fisheries, and wildlife habitat, with a focus on eastern North Carolina. His practice has included litigation and regulatory matters under various sections of the Clean Water Act. As the leader of SELC’s Clean Water Program, he oversees the organization’s regional efforts to protect healthy aquatic ecosystems and clean drinking water. Mr. Gisler holds a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School and a B.S. in Ecology from the University of Georgia.
 
 
 

 

UCOWR and NIWR appreciate the generous support from these sponsors!

 

 

 

 

Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC)

 
 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Join us as we sail the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers aboard the “Three Rivers Queen.” We will head down stream to the Ohio River to the Emsworth Lock & Dam. The facility stands at the head of the Ohio River Navigation System and forms a 24-mile pool on the three rivers around the city of Pittsburgh. Once we arrive at the lock, the Captain will explain the process of “locking thru” in real time! You won’t want to miss this exciting experience! After we exit the lock, we will head back to the city as you take in the beautiful sights of the Three Rivers on the outer decks of the Queen.

Registration Fee:  $56/person; Includes transportation, hors d'oeuvres, cash bar

Itenerary

6:00 p.m. Depart Pittsburgh Marriott City Center
6:30 p.m. Board "Queen"
7:00 - 9:15 p.m. Sailing
9:45 p.m. Return to Pittsburgh Marriott City Center

Registration will open in February.

Full Conference Registration
(Includes session attendance & food functions for entire conference.)
  By May 4, 2018 After May 4, 2018
UCOWR or NIWR Member $450 $550
Non-Member $550 $650
Full-Time Student* $100 $125
*Does not includes Awards Luncheon on Wednesday. Student ticket may be purchased for $25.

 

Single Day Registration
(Includes session attendance & food functions for day of registration.)
  By May 4, 2018 After May 4, 2018
UCOWR or NIWR Member $225 $275
Non-Member $325 $375
Full-Time Student* $75 $100
*Does not includes Awards Luncheon on Wednesday. Student ticket may be purchased for $25.

 


Extra Welcome Reception ticket: $30
Extra Awards Luncheon ticket: $45


Cancellation/Refund Policy:  Cancellations must be submitted in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 4, 2018.  A refund, less a $50 cancellation fee, will be issued for cancellations received by May 4, 2018.  There are no refunds for cancellations after May 4, but someone may attend in your place (please contact the UCOWR headquarters at 618-536-7571 to make these arrangements). 


 


 


 




 



 

The conference is being held at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center (112 Washington Place Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15219 USA) in Downtown Pittsburgh. Conference attendees will receive a special room rate of $149/night. The rate is available the nights of 06/21/18 to 07/02/18. You must book by 06/04/18 to receive the special room rate. Book early to assure the room block with special rate does not sell out. Book rooms through this link. Note: To request a room type, select the UCOWR room rate and then click on "Make Request."

Check-in and Check-out

  • Check in: 4:00 PM
  • Check out: 12:00 PM

Parking

  • Valet parking, fee: 26 USD daily
  • On-site parking, fee: 6 USD hourly, 22 USD daily
  • Self Parking $22 per day, with in & out privileges (When you check in, tell the hotel staff that you are with UCOWR and parking will be discounted to $18/day and billed directly to your hotel bill.)
  • Pittsburgh International Airport - PIT

  • Hotel direction: 17 miles SE
  • This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

High-Speed Internet

  • Guest rooms Wired ,  Wireless
  • Public areas: Wireless
  • Meeting rooms: Wired ,  Wireless

 

From the Airport

The conference location, Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, is 20 miles (~25 minutes) from Pittsburgh International Airport.

Super Shuttle: Super Shuttle customer service counter is located on the Baggage Claim level near Door #4. Use the discount code 7HEBD when booking. One way fare to downtown is ~$22 with discount code. Reservations can be made online or by calling 800-258-3826 (there is a $3 booking fee by phone). See this flyer for more info.

Car Rental: Rental counters located on Baggage Claim level of the Landside Terminal. Rental agencies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Payless.

Ride Sharing: Use a smartphone app from Uber or Lyft. Pick up location is outside Baggage Claim Door #4. Fares starting ~$31.

Bus: Board the 28X Airport Flyer outside of Baggage Claim Door #6. Get off at Liberty Ave & Market St. Transfer to Bus 82 (Lincoln-Centre Av Outbound) and get off at Centre Ave & Washington Pl FS. Each bus ride cost $2.75 (exact change needed) for a total one way trip of $5.50. View the TripPlanner on the PortAuthority website for more information.

Taxi: Taxi stand area located on the lower level of the Landside Terminal. Exit through the "commercial" doors. One way fare to downtown is ~$40.
Checker Cab (412) 664-5600
People's Cab (412) 441-3200
Yellow Cab (412) 321-8100

Getting Around

For tips and info on navigating downtown Pittsburgh, visit this website.




 

Awards Luncheon Sponsor:  $8,000  

  • Two conference registrations
  • Recognition and signage at the Awards Luncheon
  • Full-page, black and white inner cover ad with logo in conference and awards program
  • Logo and website link on UCOWR conference website
  • One insert (provided by sponsor) placed in registrant packets
  • Promotional material displayed on literature table near registration
  • One complimentary exhibit area display table (optional) 

Welcome Reception Sponsor:  $5,000 

  • One conference registration
  • Recognition and signage at the Welcome Reception 
  • Half-page ad with logo in conference program
  • Logo and website link on UCOWR conference website
  • One insert (provided by sponsor) placed in registrant packets
  • Promotional material displayed on literature table near registration
  • 50% off one exhibit area display table (optional)

Hospitality Event Sponsor:  $3,000 

  • Recognition and signage at your chosen event:
    • Student tickets sponsor for the Awards Luncheon
    • Student activity session sponsor
    • Breakfast sponsor
    • Break sponsor
  • Half page ad in conference program
  • Logo in conference program, on conference website, and event signage
  • Promotional material displayed on literature table near registration

Conference Product Sponsor:  $2,000 

  • UCOWR and Sponsor logo on your chosen product:
    • Lanyards
    • Conference bags
  • Logo in conference program, on conference website, and event signage
  • Promotional material displayed on literature table near registration

Water Resources Sponsor:  $1,000

  • Logo in conference program, on conference website, and event signage
  • Promotional material displayed on literature table near registration

DOWNLOAD SPONSORSHIP REGISTRATION FORM HERE

To Register: 

  • Mail registration form (above) and payment to address on the form; OR
  • Fax form with credit card information to 618-453-2671; OR
  • Call UCOWR (618-536-7571) to pay with a credit card over the phone.

Questions?  Contact Staci at 618-536-7571 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gain exposure for your products and services by exhibiting at our annual conference! 

Why exhibit?

  • Engage over 300 water resource professionals
  • Demonstrate new and existing products
  • Network with decision makers from around the nation
  • Connect with publishers and/or industry leaders who can share research and expertise
  • Share the latest in water education and software
  • Raise awareness among a prime market group

Who attends?

  • University-affiliated researchers, educators, and extension professionals (75%)
  • Federal, state, and local government agencies (15%)
  • Non-governmental organizations and industry professionals (10%) 

Exhibit Details

Registration Fee:  $1000 - includes:

  • 6-ft draped table located in main gathering space where breakfast, breaks, Poster Session, and Welcome Reception occurs
  • One complimentary registration ($550 value)
  • One additional registration for discounted price of $300 (optional)
  • Logo in conference program and on conference website.

DOWNLOAD EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION FORM HERE

To Register: 

  • Mail above registration form and payment to address on the form; OR
  • Fax form with credit card information to 618-453-2671; OR
  • Call UCOWR (618-536-7571) to pay with a credit card over the phone.

Questions?  Contact Staci at 618-536-7571 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..