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

Reno, Nevada

12th International Conference on Irrigation and Drainage

November 5-8, 2019

The Preliminary Program will be available soon.


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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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Field Tours

A half-day field tour will be included during Tuesday morning. The Conference ends with a day-long tour, with lunch. Tour details will be available soon.

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Conference Schedule

  • 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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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, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Sacramento, 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
  • 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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