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AWRA 2018 Annual Water Resources Conference 
November 4-8, 2018
Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD

(The Presenter is in BOLD type immediately following the paper title. Co-authors are listed in parentheses.)

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Tuesday / Nov. 6 / 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Concurrent Sessions 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

SESSION 11  /  Stadium 2:
CONUS Hydrology Models - Part 1
Moderator:  Bill Battaglin,
U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO

  1. USGS National Hydrologic Model: Continental Scale Modeling for Decision-making, Research, and Education - Steve Regan, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO (co-authors - L. Hay, J. Driscoll, S. Markstrom, J. LaFontaine, P. Norton)
  2. Beyond Streamflow: Improvement of Distributed Parameters for Continental-extent Hydrologic Modeling Using Alternative Data Products - Lauren Hay, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO (co-authors - J. LaFontaine, A VanBeusekom, S Markstrom, R. Regan, J. Driscoll, W. Farmer, S. Saxe, A. Price, F. Doyle, S. Leung)
  3. Technological Innovations in Continental Scale Routing Utilizing the USGS National Hydrologic Model - Ashley Van Beusekom, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO (co-authors - N. Mizukami, L. Hay)
  4. A Comparison of National Gridded Climate Datasets and the Effects of Climate Input Choice on Simulations Utilizing the USGS National Hydrologic Model - Jacob LaFontaine, U.S. Geological Survey, Norcross, GA (co-authors - L. Hay, T. Barnhart, S. Saxe)

SESSION 12  /  Stadium 1:
Water Quality in the Chesapeake Bay
Moderator:  Jae Ryu
, University of Idaho, Boise, ID

  1. Diagnostics of the Chesapeake Bay Non-attaining Dissolved Oxygen Criteria Segments - Cuiyin Wu, Chesapeake Research Consortium at the Chesapeake Bay Program, Annapolis, MD (co-author – J. Keisman)
  2. Inexpensive Spot Sampling Provides a Surprisingly Strong Indicator of Watershed Nitrogen Status - Donald Weller, SERC, Edgewater, MD (co-author – T. E. Jordan)
  3. Using Turbidity as a Surrogate for Suspended Sediment: Considerations, Applications and Transferability - Luanne Steffy, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Harrisburg, PA (co-author - M. Shank)
  4. Developing a Chesapeake Watershed Implementation Plan in an Ultra-urban Jurisdiction: The DC Experience - Katherine Antos, District Department of Energy and Environment, Washington, DC 

SESSION 13  /  West Ballroom:
Urban Water Management
Moderator:  Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman
, University of Maryland, College, Park, MD

  1. Using System Analysis to Define a Solution for Water Management – Case Study: District of Columbia - Mohammadreza Jabehdari, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD (co-authors - L. Bronner)
  2. “The Law May State Whatever...": Methods for Increasing Access to Hazardous Chemical Storage Data for Source Water Protection and Risk Management - Jennifer Benjamin, Corona Environmental Consulting, Rockland, MA (co-authors - M. Kearns, E. Smith, A. McKeagney, J. Rosen)
  3. Development of a Surface Water Operations Model for Conjunctive Use Modeling in the Russian River Basin - Enrique Triana, RTI International, Fort Collins, CO (co-authors - R. Niswonger, S. Stuttle)

SESSION 14  /  Stadium 3:
PANEL: Benefits and Challenges of Delivering Interdisciplinary Graduate and Undergraduate Education in Water Resources
Moderator:  Karl Williard,
Dept. of Forestry, Southern Illinois University and Executive Director, Universities Council on Water Resources, Carbondale, IL

Karl Williard,
Dept. of Forestry, Southern Illinois University and Executive Director, Universities Council on Water Resources, Carbondale, IL 
Sharon Megdal, Central Arizona Project, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Michael E. Campana, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Stephen Schoenholtz, Virginia Water Resources Research Center, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
The science and policy of water resources involves many disciplines including hydrology, hydrogeology, engineering, chemistry, economics, law, and sociology and effective management of water resources commonly requires complex, interdisciplinary solutions.  Accordingly, in the past two decades, academia has responded to the need for training future water professionals by creating interdisciplinary water resources and hydrology graduate and more recently undergraduate education programs.  The federal government has also responded to this need by encouraging the training of interdisciplinary scientists through funding programs such as the National Science Foundation’s Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (NSF IGERT).  True interdisciplinary education and training is difficult to accomplish.  For example, universities need to rely on faculty who themselves were trained predominantly in disciplinary environments to lead and develop these education programs.  Successful interdisciplinary training requires new and novel approaches to education.  The panel discussion will highlight some of the successes and challenges associated with training the next generation of interdisciplinary water professionals from the perspective of well-established and relatively new education programs.

SESSION 15  /  Stadium 4:
Water Quality in Agricultural Systems
Moderator:  Mohsen Sherif,
USE University, Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates

  1. Achieving Nutrient Reduction Goals for the Least Cost in an Agricultural Watershed - Shamitha Keerthi, The Nature Conservamncy, Arlington, VA (co-author - K. Johnson)
  2. Effect of Long-term Poultry Manure Application on Soil Health, Tile Drain Water Quality, and Crop Yield - Areba Syed, Iowa State University, Ames, IA (co-authors - N. Hoover, J. Law, R. Kanwar, M. Soupir)
  3. Review of Current Regulations and Guidelines for Agricultural Water Reuse in The World - Farshid Shoushtarian, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD (co-author - M. Negahban-Azar)
  4. Assessment of Recycled Water Suitability for Agricultural Irrigation Using Geospatial and Multicriteria Decision Analyses - Manashi Paul, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD (co-author – M. Negahban-Azar)

Tuesday / Nov. 6 / 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon
Concurrent Sessions 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

SESSION 16  /  Stadium 2:
CONUS Hydrology Models - Part 2
Moderator:  Bill Battaglin
, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO

  1. New Hydrologic Performance Evaluation Methodologies - Samuel Saxe, U.S. Geological Survey, Lakewood, CO (co-authors - W. Farmer, L. Hay, T. Hogue, J. Kiang, J. Driscoll)
  2. Base-flow Estimation Using Optimal Hydrograph Separation With Application to Chesapeake Bay Watershed and the Continental U.S. - Jeff Raffensperger, U.S. Geological Survey, Baltimore, MD (co-authors - S. Foks, J. Driscoll)
  3. Hydrologic Conditions in National Parks in the Conterminous US - William Battaglin, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO (co-authors - L Hay, P. Norton)
  4. A GIS Automated Hydrologic Model FOR Engineering Applications -  Omar H. Zohny, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt (co-authors – A. Foda, A. M. El Moustafa, M. A. Gad)

SESSION 17  /  Stadium 1:
Modeling and Assessment of Complex Watershed-River-Estuary Systems: Chesapeake Bay as a Case Study of Ecosystem Restoration and Management
Joel Blomquist,
U.S. Geological Survey, Baltimore, MD
Qian Zhang, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science / EPA Chesapeake Bay Program, Annapolis, MD, Annapolis, MD, Annapolis, MD

  1. Modeling the Response of Chesapeake Bay Water Quality to Management Actions Using the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Modeling System - Gary Shenk, U.S. Geological Survey, Annapolis, MD (co-authors - L. Linker, C. Cerco, J. Sweeney, M. Johnston, G. Bhatt, R. Tian, A. Sommerlot, R. Mandel)
  2. Advances in Understanding Changes in Nutrient Fluxes from the Chesapeake Bay Watershed - Scott Ator, U.S. Geological Survey, Baltimore, MD(co-authors - R. Smith, J.G. Chanat, A.M. Garcia, A.J. Sekellick, J.S. Webber)
  3. A History of Nutrient and Sediment Inputs to Chesapeake Bay, 1985-2016: Three Decades of Monitoring and Coordinated Restoration in the Chesapeake Watershed - Joel Blomquist, U.S. Geological Survey, Baltimore, MD (co-authors – J. D. Blomquist, R. M. Fanelli, J. L.D. Keisman, Q. Zhang, D. L. Moyer, M. J. Langland)
  4. Long-term and Seasonal Changes in Water Quality in Chesapeake Bay and Its Tidal Tributaries - Jeremy Testa, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, UMCES, Solomons, MD (co-authors - R. Murphy, J. Blomquist, J. Keisman)

SESSION 18  /  West Ballroom:
Perspectives on Green Infrastructure
Moderator:  Katherine Antos
, District Department of Energy and Environment, Washington, DC

  1. Bridging the Gap between Urban and Suburban Green Infrastructure - Alexander Pelosi, AECOM, Philadelphia, PA
  2. A Social-Ecological Approach to Climate Adaptation & Urban Stormwater Management - Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD(co-author - E. Giese)
  3. Improving Parameterization of Green Infrastructure Pollutant Removal Rates Utilizing the International Stormwater BMP Database - Ryan Gilliom, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (co-authors - C.D. Bell, T.S. Hogue, J.E. McCray)

SESSION 19  /  Stadium 4:
Education and Outreach or Reaching Your Stakeholder
Moderator:  Jamilya Briggs
, DeKalb County Government, Doraville, GA

  1. Case Study: Sustaining the Water Industry by Educating and Cultivating Our Future through the Ultimate Experience - Jamilya Briggs, DeKalb County Government, Doraville, GA
  2. Promoting K-12 Education in Water Resources Using Unmanned Aerial System - Jae Ryu, University of Idaho, Boise, ID
  3. A Step by Step Format to Facilitate Community-Based, Place-Based Water Research - Teresa Thornton, Oxbridge Academy, West Palm Beach, FL
  4. RiverSmart Schools: Integrating Design for Outdoor Education, Stormwater Management Wildlife Habitat - Patricia Doan, District Department of Energy and Environment, Washington, DC

SESSION 20  /  Stadium 3:
PANEL: Water Reuse in Agriculture:  Challenges and Opportunities
Moderator:  Masoud Negahban-Azar
, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Adel Shirmohammadi, Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Amy Sapkota, Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Shirley Micallef, Associate Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Rachel Rosenberg-Goldstein, Assistant Research Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Climate variability, water scarcity and competition between different sectors continue to place severe stress on high-quality agricultural irrigation water sources such as groundwater. As a result, the exploration of Agricultural water reuse (e.g. recycled water, return flows, brackish water) has become both a national and a global priority. Successful implementation of water reuse strategies will not only depend upon scientific advances in technology to assure the safety of recycled water, but also upon acceptance and support from growers, consumers, and regulatory agencies. University of Maryland with funding from USDA-NIFA has established a multi-institute and multidisciplinary center of excellence titled “CONSERVE: A Center of Excellence at the Nexus of Sustainable Water Reuse, Food, and Health” in 2016. This panel Discussion will bring together experts from the CONSERVE team. They will discuss different aspects of using recycled water for irrigation, and highlight the most important challenges and opportunities in agricultural water reuse. More specifically, the panelists will focus on multiple aspects of the agricultural water reuse topic including: (1) the potential public health impacts of reusing water on food crops; (2) identification and classification of nontraditional water sources at watershed scale, and developing decision support systems; (3) microbial quality of irrigation water and relevance to crop safety; (4) social barriers and consumer response with respect to water reuse for irrigation of food crops; (5) Growers' knowledge and concerns regarding nontraditional water use for irrigation; and (6) How to put water recycling for agricultural irrigation into practice

Tuesday / Nov. 6 / 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

SESSION 21  /  Stadium 3:
PANEL: Open Water Data Initiative and the Internet of Water
Moderator:  David Blodgett,
U.S. Geological Survey, WI

Dwane Young,
Water Data Integration Branch U.S. EPA Office of Water, Washington, DC
Allison Danner, Engineering Services Office Lower Colorado Region, Bureau of Reclamation, Boulder City, NV
Ed Clark, (or alternate) Office of Water Prediction, National Weather Service, Tuscaloosa, AL
Dave Blodgett, Integrated Modeling and Prediction Division, U.S. Geological Survey, Middleton, WI
Quantifying the availability, use, and risks to our national water resources is an effort of national importance for the present and the foreseeable future. The Open Water Data Initiative is a charge to federal agencies to design and build a national water data infrastructure of shared data services conveying water information in space and time. Since the Open Water Data Initiative (OWDI) was first featured at an AWRA meeting in 2015, the water information community has been hard at work to achieve the goals of the OWDI charge. Since that time, the broader community has assembled a special collection of papers in JAWRA put forward a vision for an Internet of Water to build on OWDI outcomes and other open water data. In this session, we will assemble a panel of leaders from federal agencies to hear brief status updates and have a discussion about progress on the initiative and their perspectives on the Internet of Water. This panel will provide a view into institutional and technical progress and hurdles related to providing open access to our countries water information.

SESSION 22  /  Stadium 1:
Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Standards Criteria Assessment for Dissolved Oxygen, Water Clarity, and Chlorophyll-a: Method Development and Implementation for Ecosystem Management

Peter Tango,
U.S. Geological Survey / EPA Chesapeake Bay Program, Annapolis, MD
Qian Zhang, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science / EPA Chesapeake Bay Program, Annapolis, MD

  1. Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Standards Attainment Indicator: Method Development. - Peter Tango, U.S. Geological Survey, Annapolis, MD (co-authors - L. Hernandez, R. Batiuk, R. Tian, E. Perry)
  2. Long-Term Status and Trends in Chesapeake Bay Water Quality: Insights from Criteria Attainment Assessments and Linkage to Nutrient Load Management - Qian Zhang, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science / USEPA Chesapeake Bay Program, Annapolis, MD (co-authors - R. Murphy, M. Forsyth, R. Tian, E. Trentacoste, J. Keisman, P. Tango)
  3. Chesapeake Bay Citizen Science: Improving Attainment Assessment by Overcoming Data Limits. - Liz Chudoba, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Richmond, VA (co-authors – P. Tango, M. Mallonee, R. Tian)

SESSION 23  /  West Ballroom:
Natural Systems for Stormwater Management
Moderator:  Robert Moore,
NRDC, Chicago, IL

  1. Making Urban Trees Count: A Stormwater Credit Framework For Urban Tree Planting - Greg Hoffmann, Center for Watershed Protection, Ellicott City, MD (co-authors - N. Law, B. Stack, K. Cappiella, D. Caraco, J. Hynicka)
  2. Connecting Urban Trees with Stormwater Management Programs: A State-of-the-Science Review and Analysis - Katy Lackey, The Water Research Foundation, Alexandria, VA(co-author - H. Zhang)
  3. Advantages of Stream Corridor Restoration as a Stormwater Management (MS4 Program) BMP - Todd Moses, Skelly and Loy, Inc., Harrisburg, PA (co-authors - M. Lower, C. Ehrhart)

SESSION 24  /  Stadium 4:
PANEL: Shrinking Budgets and Growing Needs – Using Watershed Investment Partnerships to Close the Gap
Moderator:  Kelly Mott LaCroix,
Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC

Communities, utilities, businesses, NGOs, private landowners, and agencies are increasing their efforts to restore healthy watersheds and protect source water around the country. Forested lands play a vital role in providing public benefits and services including clean and abundant water, water-based outdoor recreation, and natural infrastructure that serves as a buffer to natural catastrophes. The need for restoration and the resources to accomplish landscape scale projects is great. One way to increase the pace and scale of restoration is through watershed investment partnerships, where the investment in restoration is shared across federal, state, local, non-governmental, and private partners. These partnerships focus on protecting critical water sources, water infrastructure, and water filtration services through on-the-ground land management and watershed restoration activities. This panel discussion will center on a case study of the Forest Resilience Bond in Yuba River Watershed in California to ground our consideration of innovative financing models to accelerate cross-boundary forest treatments for water quality and quantity outcomes.

SESSION 25  /  Stadium 2:
Watershed Monitoring and Restoration
Moderator:  David Arscott,
Stroud Water Research Center, Avondale, PA

  1. Biomass Production in the Lower Mississippi River Basin: Mitigating Associated Nutrient and Sediment Discharge to the Gulf of Mexico - Miae Ha, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL (co-authors - Z. Zhang, M. Wu)
  2. Monitoring of Antibiotic Resistance Genes and Total Fecal Indicator Bacteria in the Black Hawk Lake Watershed, Iowa - Timothy Neher, Iowa State University, Ames, IA (co-authors - M. Soupir, A. Howe, T. Moorman)
  3. Impacts of Manure Application Timing and Tillage Practices on Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria and Genes in Drainage Water from Manured Fields - Hannah Guyer, Iowa State University, Ames, IA (co-authors - M. Soupir, A. Howe)
  4. An Integrated Hydrological Model for Long-Term Monitoring in Tims Branch Watershed, SC. - Mehrnoosh Mahmoudi, Applied Research Center-FIU, Miami, FL (co-authors - A. Lawrence, R. Hariprashad, M. Albassam)

Tuesday / Nov. 6 / 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

SESSION 26  /  Stadium 3:
Geospatial Water Technology Lightning Talks
Moderator:  Dave Blodgett,
U.S. Geological Survey, Madison, WI

This session will feature short presentations highlighting recent advances and exciting projects in geospatial water technologies. These short lightning talks are an opportunity to get a quick overview of technology topics from other AWRA members. Topics will include web technologies, geospatial analyses, data visualization, novel modeling and decision support applications, and more.

SESSION 27  /  Stadium 1:
Cutting Through the Tape – How NGOs are Leading the Way with Chesapeake Bay Restoration
Moderator:  Ted Brown,
Biohabitats, Baltimore, MD

  1. Cutting Through the Tape – How NGOs are Leading the Way with Chesapeake Bay Restoration: South River Federation Segment - Jennifer Carr, South River Federation, Edgewater, MD (co-authors - T. Brown, C. Simon, S. Caldes)
  2. One Creek at a Time - Sara Caldes, Chesapeake Rivers Association, Inc., Annapolis, MD
  3. Cutting Through the Tape – How NGOs are Leading the Way with Chesapeake Bay Restoration - Carl Simon, Blue Water Baltimore, Baltimore, MD (co-authors – J. Carr, S. Caldes)

SESSION 28  /  Stadium 2:
Stormwater Issues and Solutions - Part 1
Moderator:  Sen Bai,
Tetra Tech, Inc., Fairfax, VA

  1. Benching Area Impacts to the Determination of Stormwater Management Pond Embankment Design Category - Li Gao, Brudis & Associates, Inc, Columbia, MD (co-author – P. Khanal)
  2. Innovative Solutions to Address Stormwater Management in Florida - Carlton Spirio, Florida Dept of Transportation, Tallahassee, FL (co-author - C. Earp)
  3. Achieving Stormwater Resource Management in Californian Communities in the Sierra Nevada - Jonathan Abelson, Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Sacramento, CA (co-authors – Y. Sun,  J. E. Abelson, M. Flores Marquez,  R. Guo, K. Payne,  S. Hamilton)
  4. North St Vrain River - Apple Valley North Restoration Project - Felix Kristanovich, Ramboll, Seattle, WA (co-author - D. Heinze)

SESSION 29  /  West Ballroom:
Innovative Funding Mechanisms
Moderator:  Claire Bleser,
Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District, Chanhassen, MN

  1. Stormwater for Sale: Washington, DC’s Stormwater Retention Credit Program - Greg Hoffmann, Center for Watershed Protection, Ellicott City, MD
  2. SRFs Can Provide More Funding...Why Aren't They? - Robert Moore, NRDC, Chicago, IL
  3. Identifying and Prioritizing “Hot Spots” for Land Use Change Impacts on Water Supply in the Catawba-Wateree Watershed to Guide Conservation Investments - Michele Eddy, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (co-authors - B. Lord, J. Serago, S. Kovach, K. van Werkhoven)
  4. Balancing the Costs and Benefits for Conserving “Hot Spots” of Land Use Change Impacts on Water Supply in the Catawba-Wateree Watershed - Michele Eddy, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (co-authors - G. Van Houtven, B. Lord, J. Serago, K. van Werkhoven, S. Kovach)

SESSION 30  /  Stadium 4:
Chemical Management in Water Resources
Moderator:  Miae Ha,
Argonne National Laboratory, IL

  1. Development of an Efficient Electrochemical Cell to Generate Alkali for Produced Water Softening - Golnoosh Khajouei, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV (co-authors - J. Henry, H. Il Park, H. Finklea, P. Ziemkiewicz, L-S. Lin)
  2. City of Palm Coast RO Concentrate Disposal and Recovery - Yinhui (Lucida) Xu, CPH, Inc., Sanford, FL (co-authors - P. Roussell, B. Matthews)
  3. Can Calcium Carbonate be Used to Determine Ambient Lake Phosphorus Concentrations? - Mark Devey, Utah State University, Logan, UT (co-authors - J. Brahney, L. King)
  4. Successful Acid Mine Drainage Abatement - A Case Study - Joseph Mills, Skelly and Loy, Inc., Morgantown, WV