Basin Water Management —
Challenges in Water Management at the Basin Scale

Reno, Nevada

12th International Conference on Irrigation and Drainage

November 5-8, 2019

Announcement and Call for Papers

PDF version of the Call for Papers

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Increased scarcity of water supplies and competing uses and demands for water in the Western United States requires changes to water planning and management in order to protect our water resources and effectively sustain water uses on the basin scale. Sustainable basin water management, a challenge even in normal hydrologic conditions with plentiful water availability, is becoming even more difficult for all water users. Water for agricultural use continues to compete with needs of other water users, threatening our food security. As such, solutions to these challenges must be approached comprehensively and often require infrastructure, management and policy changes

The effects of drought, regulatory constraints, and competing needs of water users continue leading to less reliable surface water supplies while increasing the reliance on already stressed groundwater and basin resources. Recent responses to drought, climate change, urban growth, and increased scrutiny of current water management practices have only worsened the already dire situation. In partial response to these issues, an emphasis must be placed on upgrades to irrigation infrastructure and technology that can increase crop production and conveyance efficiency while effectively utilizing available water resources. Likewise, we must think “outside the box” in creating solutions for our varying terrain, climate, and geographical limitations and in creating effective partnerships to solve water resources problems at the basin scale.

Irrigation and water district managers, as well as our state agencies, must consider the ability of transitioning from solely water supply management to both supply and demand management, integrating management, infrastructure and governance. To effectively sustain water use and management, while dealing with the complexity of water supply and demand issues, local entities will have to become increasingly involved in decision making, support, and communication efforts. That is, being able to sustainably manage the water uses and demands at the basin scale requires increased planning and creative management activities from all those who rely on its water.

This USCID Conference in Reno, Nevada, will provide a forum for water district staff, water agency staff, irrigation and drainage specialists, consultants and academics to share innovative solutions and learn from each other’s experiences. This Conference will bring together many water resources professionals with experience and interest in governance, policy, management, financing, and technical issues related to sustainable basin management, including the difficult tasks seen in transitioning to supply and demand management. Conference Topics and Sub-Topics are listed on the following pages.

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Who Should Attend?

The 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 other’s experiences. Water resources professionals from around the world are also encouraged to attend.

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Conference Format

A half-day study tour on Tuesday morning will be followed by lunch and a Plenary Session featuring presentations of broad interest to irrigation managers. Focused oral presentations during Technical Sessions and a Poster Session will occur on Wednesday and Thursday. Invited speakers will offer their perspectives during meals. The Conference will conclude with a Friday study tour. Receptions, meals, breaks and tours will provide excellent networking opportunities.

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An Exhibition will feature organizations providing products and services related to water resources.

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Call for Papers

Abstracts of proposed papers addressing the Conference Topics are invited. Abstracts will be accepted for either a 20-minute oral presentation, or for the Poster Session. Conference Topics follow.

Accepted authors will be invited to prepare an electronic version of their paper for the Proceedings, which will be distributed during the Conference. Authors are asked to submit a draft manuscript for a peer review. Preparing a paper for the Proceedings is the preferred method of participation, to capture the information presented during the Conference. However, authors may choose to not prepare a paper for the Proceedings. If a paper is not prepared for the Proceedings, an abstract with author and co-author information will be included.

Submission of an abstract will constitute an agreement that the author will register for the Conference at the reduced author registration fee, attend the Conference, and make an oral or poster presentation in person.

USCID will not provide funding, nor seek funding from donors or other sources, for authors or other participants to attend the Conference. A publication fee will be charged, if an author or representative does not attend the Conference to present the paper. Please do not submit an abstract if funding for your participation is unlikely.

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract by March 15, 2019, with this information at the top of the page:

  • the paper title
  • author and co-author names and affiliations
  • address, phone, fax and e-mail for each author

Your abstract should be submitted as an attached .doc or .docx file to Use the senior author surname as the file name, e.g., jones.doc.

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Conference Schedule

  • Abstracts Due — March 15, 2019
  • Notify Authors — April 1, 2019
  • Draft Papers Due — June 3, 2019
  • Comments to Authors — July 22, 2019
  • Final Papers Due — August 30, 2019
  • Conference — November 5-8, 2019

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Basin Water Management — Challenges in Water Management at the Basin Scale

Topics and Sub-Topics

Basin Water Management/Governance/Jurisdictional Issues
  • Shared Facilities
  • Surface Water/Groundwater Exchanges
  • Understanding Surface Water and Groundwater Interaction
  • Recycling/Oil Field Produced Water
  • Desalinization and Waste Water Reuse
  • Legal and Political Issues/Water Rights
  • Case Studies
Competing Urban, Industrial, Agricultural and Environmental Water Uses
  • Shared Facilities
  • Surface Water/Groundwater Exchanges
  • Understanding Surface Water and Groundwater Interaction
  • Recycling/Oil Field Produced Water
  • Desalinization and Waste Water Reuse
  • Legal and Political Issues/Water Rights
  • Case Studies
  • Environmental Issues facing River Basins
  • Environmental Mitigation
  • Habitat Value
  • Invasive Species
  • Environmental Regulations and Basin Management
  • Protection of Aquatic Resources
  • Restoration Efforts
  • Case Studies
Basin Water Planning
  • Integrating Regional Water Resources
  • Integrated Water Planning and Implementation
  • Shared Storage and Conveyance Projects
  • Reservoir Management and Operation Modeling
  • Watershed Management/Climate Change Impacts
  • Stakeholder Involvement
  • Case Studies
Water Supply and Demand Management
  • Urban and Agricultural Irrigation Conservation
  • More Crop per Drop Consumed
  • On-Farm Irrigation Scheduling
  • Deficit Irrigation/Drought Management
  • Mobile Labs/Assistance to Growers
  • Salinity and Water Quality Management
  • Case Studies
Water Transfers
  • Water Rights Concerns on Water Transfers
  • Improvements in Ag/Urban Water Transfers
  • Interstate Compacts
  • Endangered Species Concerns/Constraints
  • Water Markets and Water Pricing
  • Social Equity of Transfers
  • Environmental Permitting and Policy
  • Case Studies
Conjunctive Use of Groundwater and Surface Water
  • Aquifer Recharge/Storage/Recovery
  • Upgrading Conveyance Infrastructure
  • Irrigation and Drainage System Improvements
  • Water Banking/Storage
  • Groundwater Pumping Regulation
  • Augmentation of Supply
  • Municipal Water Reuse
  • Return Flow Management
  • Case Studie
  • Evapotranspiration and Consumptive Use
  • Instrumentation / Sensors
  • Flow Measurement
  • SCADA, Monitoring, and Water Balance Accounting
  • Operational Reporting on Water Rights Changes
  • Remote Sensing and GIS/GPS
  • Modeling and Decision Support Systems
  • Precision Irrigation
  • Smart Phone/Mobile Device Applications
  • Small-Scale Irrigation Technologies
  • Case Studies

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Conference Planning Committee

  • Samuel W. Schaefer, Co-Chair, GEI Consultants, Inc., Santa Barbara, California
  • Delbert M. Smith, Co-Chair, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, Colorado
  • Therese Ure, Co-Chair, Schroeder Law Offices, Reno, Nevada
  • Kahlid Bali, University of California, Extension, Parlier, California
  • Thaddeus L. Bettner,, Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District, Willows, California
  • Lacey Bodnar, Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • David E. Bradshaw, Imperial Irrigation District, Imperial, California
  • George J. Cairo, George Cairo Engineering, Inc., Mesa. Arizona
  • Franklin E. Dimick, Dimick Water Resources Engineering, Monroe, Utah
  • David Fisher, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Lakewood, Colorado
  • Ryan Fulton, Davids Engineering, Inc., Chico, California
  • Philip D. Govea, Turlock Irrigation District, Turlock, California
  • Sara Harper, Dewberry, Sacramento, California
  • Aung K. Hla, Bureau of Reclamation, McCook, Nebraska
  • Daniel J. Howes, California Polytechnic State University, San Louis Obispo, California
  • Danny Hunsaker, Sierra Controls, LLC, Reno, Nevada
  • Steve Knell, Oakdale Irrigation District, Oakdale, California
  • Owen E Kubit, Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group, Clovis, California
  • Reed R. Murray, U.S. Department of the Interior, Provo, Utah
  • John A. Replogle, ARS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Retired, Phoenix, Arizona
  • W. Martin Roche, Consulting Engineer, Grass Valley, California
  • Jason Smesrud, Jacobs, Portland, Oregon
  • Blair L. Stringam, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Chad J. Tienken, Modesto Irrigation District, Oakdale, California
  • Daniele Zaccaria, University of California, Davis, Davis, California
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