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

Reno, Nevada

12th International Conference on Irrigation and Drainage

November 5-8, 2019

Conference and Exhibition Information

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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.

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Who Should Attend?

This USCID Conference in Reno, Nevada, 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. The 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. Water resources professionals from around the world are also encouraged to attend.

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Conference Format and Program Summary

A Plenary Session Tuesday afternoon will begin with a Keynote Address, followed by invited presentations from leading water resources professionals. Oral presentations will occur during Wednesday afternoon and Thursday concurrent technical sessions. Poster papers will be available for review during the Conference.

Two Panel Discussions will be offered on Wednesday morning featuring speakers from water districts water agencies. The first will address Implementing Basin Water Management Plans at the District Level. And, the second addresses the topic Economics of Water Pricing and Market Development.

Available on Thursday morning is a special workshop — Flow Control and Management for Small-Medium Canals and Field Turnouts. The Workshop will be presented by Daniel J. Howes and Charles M. Burt, Irrigation Training and Research Center, California Polytechnic State University. Workshop registration is included in the Conference registration fee.

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

A Session on Thursday afternoon will feature a series of presentations which summarizes new water infrastructure developments in the western U.S.

The Conference will also include field tours on Tuesday morning and Friday to see water resources and irrigation activities in the Reno area.

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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 room, including the Tuesday opening reception, and continental breakfasts, lunches and coffee breaks on Wednesday and Thursday, and reception and dinner Wednesday.

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 room 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.

Conference Sponsors are listed below. Additional Sponsors will be listed as they are confirmed.

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Field Tours

A half-day field tour will be included during Tuesday morning. The tour will include a visit to the Verdi Hydroelectric Power Plant, Donner Lake and Dam, and the Donner Lake State Park. The Conference ends with a day-long tour, with lunch, to the Truckee Carson Water Project.

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The Conference will be held at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, 2707 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89502.

The rate for Conference participants is $109, plus tax, which is less than the Federal per diem rate.

To make Room Reservations online, or call the Peppermill at 866-821-9996 and ask for the special USCID rate. The room block at this rate is guaranteed only through October 12, 2019. Reservations made after October 12 will be on a space available basis. The Resort Fee charged by the Peppermill is waived for all reservations made using the link above, or by requesting the USCID rate.

The Peppermill provides complementary Shuttle Service to and from the Reno airport.

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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, the Tuesday morning field tour and the Friday field tour with lunch.

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In addition to the Conference Technical Sessions, Flow Control and Management Workshop, 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
  • Conference Proceedings

Note that a reduced registration fee for Young Professionals is available. The $450 YP fee is available for people age 35 and younger.

USCID members may register at the Member fee. A reduced registration fee for authors and co-authors is also available.

To receive the Member Early Registration Rate of $725, register by October 15. The Late Registration Fee applies to registrations received after October 15 and on-site registrations. The Registration Fee can be pre-paid by check or credit card (VISA, MasterCard or Discover) or purchase order.

Online Registration Form

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Continuing Education Units

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

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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
  • Lacey Bodnar, Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • David E. Bradshaw, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Sacramento, California
  • George J. Cairo, George Cairo Engineering, Inc., Mesa. Arizona
  • Zachery W. Dickens,, Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District, Willows, California
  • 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
  • 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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