Water in the Columbia Basin: Sharing a Limited Resource

The Columbia River Basin (CRB) is the fourth largest watershed in North America and been extensively developed for flood control, hydropower generation, irrigation, and navigation. In addition, the river is managed for the protection of salmonid species listed under the Endangered Species Act, municipal supplies, water quality, and recreation, creating a myriad of competing demands. Complex problems require unique solutions built on the mutual understanding of science, economics, social values, policy, and legal constrains integrated across numerous jurisdictional boundaries. Using presentations, featured speakers, panel discussions, and a poster session, this conference will present the latest regional efforts from a variety of stakeholders aimed at disseminating water resources knowledge throughout the CRB and sharing lessons learned broadly applicable here in the PNW. For more information visit our Web site at www.swwrc.wsu.edu or call 800-942-4978.

Provide participants with a broader understanding of the current science, policy, and management of water resources in the Columbia River watershed.
Strengthen connections between research, Extension, regulatory, and technical assistance groups.
Identify critical research and information needs required for reducing uncertainty related to water resources management.

Water Supply & Storage
Water Rights and Water Markets
Energy Generation, Use and Conservation
Water Use Issues
Water Quality and TMDL Issues
Fisheries and Aquatic Habitat Restoration
Impacts of Water-related Recreation
Legal Decisions Involving ESA, Water Allocation, Transboundary, and Exempt Well Issues

Watershed Groups, Non-Governmental Organizations, & Interested Citizens
Water Purveyors, Conservation & Irrigation Districts
Water & Natural Resources Agency Staff & Scientists
Federal, Tribal, State, County, and Local Officials & Staff
University and Extension Researchers, Educators, & Students
Environmental & Natural Resources Attorneys
Water Resources Advisory Committees & Councils
University Researchers, Educators & Students
Resource Use & Protection Advocates
Decision Makers, Developers, Scientists, and Engineers
Economic Development Staff
Energy Producers

Be sure to visit the conference website at www.swwrc.wsu.edu to find out about additional activities, featured speakers, and registration information. Registration will open July.

ABSTRACT FORMAT (Deadline for abstracts-April 25, 2011)
Visit the Conference Web site for further details
Abstracts should address one or more of the conference themes. Oral presentations and posters will be selected by the steering committee from abstracts received by April 25, 2011. Submit your abstract by e-mail to watercenter@wsu.edu . Include the name, affiliation, and complete contact information for the submitter (e-mail address, mailing address, and phone number). If there are coauthors, indicate the primary contact. Indicate whether the abstract is for an oral or poster presentation.

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