Improving Irrigation Water Management —
Latest Methods in Evapotranspiration and Supporting Technologies

Fort Collins, Colorado

Ninth International Conference
on Irrigation and Drainage

October 11-14, 2016

Cooperating Organizations

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Environmental and Water Resources Institute
American Society of Civil Engineers

Conference and Exhibition Information

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Evapotranspiration Agricultural producers in irrigated areas of the U.S. are facing significant water supply challenges due to drought, climate change, declining groundwater levels, water demands for environmental uses, and increasing urban and industrial demands. Possible climate change can potentially exacerbate those water supply problems. Critical to managing this challenge is the development of basic knowledge and technologies that allow producers to better quantify and manage crop water demands at the field and irrigation district levels. Likewise, regional water managers need better science and tools to quantify consumptive use and its impact on the regional hydrologic balance.

Significant advances have been made in recent years in the science of measuring and predicting crop evapotranspiration at different scales. These developments have prompted the revision of the American Society of Civil Engineers publication ASCE Standardized Reference Evapotranspiration Equation, first published in 2005. Conference participants will receive a copy of ASCE Manual of Practice 70 — Evaporation, Evapotranspiration, and Irrigation Water Requirements: Second Edition. Different technologies, such as remote sensing, unmanned aerial vehicles, and information delivered via smart phones, are converging to create new tools for capturing and delivering evapotranspiration data to water managers.

The theme of the Conference is Improving Irrigation Water Management — Latest Methods in Evapotranspiration and Supporting Technologies. The Conference is being held in conjunction with ASCE's Colorado ET Group and aims to generate discussions on concepts and technologies for measuring and predicting evapotranspiration at different spatial scales, for a range of irrigation management strategies, including limitations. The Conference also aims to attract papers dealing with institutional aspects of evapotranspiration. Other major topics will be addressed as well.

Colorado State University Trial Gardens

The Conference is being held in Fort Collins during the fall, which is one of the most beautiful and weather friendly times of the year in Colorado. And, Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University, which has been one of the leading Evapotranspiration institutions in the county.

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Who Should Attend?

This USCID Conference will provide a forum for water district staff, irrigation and drainage specialists, consultants, equipment suppliers and academics to share innovative solutions and learn from each other's experiences. Water resources professionals from around the world are also encouraged to attend.

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Conference Format and Program

The Conference will begin with a Tuesday morning field tour to the Limited Irrigated Research Farm near Greeley, Colorado. A Plenary Session Tuesday afternoon will include invited presentations from leading water resources professionals.

Oral presentations addressing evapotranspiration and irrigation management will occur during Wednesday and Thursday technical sessions. A full-day Evapotranspiration Workshop will be an option on Thursday.

Presentations during lunches on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and Wednesday dinner will provide additional perspectives for Conference participants. Receptions, meals, breaks and tours will provide excellent networking opportunities.

Shuttle service to Fort Collins' Old Town Square ( will be available on Thursday evening, providing an opportunity to visit a wide variety of restaurants and brew pubs.

The Conference will conclude with a Friday study tour of Northern Water, including eastern slope features of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project.

Detailed Conference Program.

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Exhibition and Sponsorships

An Exhibition will be held Tuesday evening, Wednesday and Thursday. To maximize opportunities for exhibitors to meet with Conference participants, several functions will take place in the exhibition hall, including the Tuesday opening reception, and continental breakfasts, lunches and coffee breaks on Wednesday and Thursday.

A Meet the Exhibitors session on Tuesday afternoon will provide an opportunity for exhibitors to give a brief summary of their products and services during the Opening Plenary Session. The welcome reception in the exhibit hall will immediately follow.

Several organizations and companies will support USCID by sponsoring Conference activities and products. Exhibition and Sponsorship information.

Conference Exhibitors are listed below. Additional Exhibitors will be listed as they make reservations.

Colorado Water Conservation Board
Concepts in Controls, Inc.
Irrigation Training and Research Center
IRROMETER Company, Inc.
Keller-Bliesner Engineering, LLC
KISTERS North America, Inc.
Precision Pumping Systems
Rubicon Water
Stevens Water Monitoring Systems, Inc.

Conference Sponsors are listed below. Additional Sponsors will be listed as they make reservations.

Davids Engineering, Inc.
GEI Consultants, Inc.
WEST Consultants, Inc.

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The Conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel Fort Collins, 425 West Prospect Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526, 970-482-2626, Located near Colorado State University and downtown Fort Collins, the hotel includes a fitness center, 24-hour business center and complimentary parking.

The rate for Conference participants is $109 single/$119 double, plus tax. To make reservations, call the Hilton at 970-482-2626 and ask for the special USCID rate. The room block at this rate is guaranteed only through September 16, 2016. Reservations made after September 16 will be on a space available basis.

Hourly shuttle service to and from Denver International Airport is available from Super Shuttle. Schedule and online reservations.

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Guest Program

The Guest Registration Fee of $160 includes the reception on Tuesday evening, continental breakfasts on Wednesday and Thursday, reception and dinner on Wednesday, shuttle service to Old Town Square on Thursday evening, the Tuesday field tour and the Friday field tour with lunch.

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Field Tours

Pure Bison Herd
Tuesday, October 11, 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

This half-day field trip will visit the Limited Irrigation Research Farm near Greeley, Colorado. The LIRF is operated by the USDA-ARS Water Management & Systems Research Unit in Fort Collins. The overall goal of the group is to optimize management strategies to sustain irrigated agriculture with limited supplies, and more specific objectives include saving evapotranspiration through growth-stage based deficit irrigation, improving irrigation scheduling by using real-time crop coefficients from ground based remote sensing, and understanding physiological responses to crop water stress. The tour, facilitated by ARS scientist and Agricultural Engineer Kendall DeJonge, will include an overview of the research-based precision irrigation systems, CoAgMet weather station for ET monitoring, and corn and sunflower crops exposed to varying levels of water stress.

Friday, October 14, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Northern Water will host the Friday tour, where participants will visit Northern Water's headquarter facilities and interpretive gardens, east slope facilities of the Colorado Big-Thompson Project, the Robert V. Trout Hydropower Plant at Carter Lake, the proposed Glade Reservoir and Chimney Hollow reservoir sites, and the Colorado State University Hydraulics Lab. Lunch will be held on the shores of Horsetooth Reservoir, and include a visit to the new Horsetooth Area Information Center. The afternoon stops include a tour of the Historic Bellvue Hydraulics Laboratory.

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In addition to the Conference Technical Sessions, Poster Session and Exhibition, the Participant Registration Fee includes:

  • field tours on Tuesday morning and Friday
  • lunches on Tuesday through Friday
  • reception on Tuesday
  • reception and dinner on Wednesday
  • continental breakfasts on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Evapotranspiration Workshop
  • shuttle service to Old Town Fort Collins
  • ASCE Manual of Practice 70 — Evaporation, Evapotranspiration, and Irrigation Water Requirements: Second Edition
  • Conference Proceedings

Note that a reduced registration fee for Young Professionals is available. The $500 YP fee is available for people age 35 and younger.

USCID members, and members of the Conference Cooperating Organizations, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, may register at the Member fee. A reduced registration fee is also available for authors and co-authors.

To receive the Member Early Registration Rate of $775, register by October 3. The Late Registration Fee applies to registrations received after October 3 and on-site registrations. The Registration Fee can be pre-paid by check or credit card (VISA, MasterCard or Discover) or purchase order.

Registration for the Thursday ET Workshop is included in the Conference registration fee. For those attending only the ET Workshop, the registration fee is $195, and includes continental breakfast Thursday morning, morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch.

Online Registration Form.

Cancellation Policy: To receive a refund, USCID must receive notice of cancellation by the end of business on October 3. All refunds are subject to a $25 processing fee. After October 3, the registration fee is not refundable, but substitutions are acceptable.

Please note: USCID will not waive the Conference registration fee, and is not able to seek or provide funding for participants to attend the Conference.

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Continuing Education Units

CEUs offered through Colorado State University will be available for Conference and ET Workshop participants. Information will be available at the Conference.

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Conference Planning Committee

Fort Collins Street Art Eduardo Bautista, Co-Chair, Agricultural Research Service, USDA, Maricopa, AZ

Delbert M. Smith, Co-Chair, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, CO

Charles M. Burt, Irrigation Training and Research Center, San Luis Obispo, CA

Jose L. Chavez, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Kendall DeJonge, Agricultural Research Service, USDA, Fort Collins, CO

Gerald A. Gibbens, Northern Water, Berthoud, CO

Marvin E. Jensen, Consultant, Fort Collins, CO

Owen E. Kubit, Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group, Clovis, CA

Thomas W. Ley, Natural Resources Consulting Engineers, Inc., Fort Collins, CO

Samuel W. Schaefer, GEI Consultants, Inc., Santa Barbara, CA

Blair L. Stringam, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

Saleh Taghvaeian, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Bryan P. Thoreson, Davids Engineering, Inc., Davis, CA

Thomas J. Trout, Agricultural Research Service, USDA, Fort Collins, CO

Amandeep Vashisht, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

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