Student participation free for USU’s Spring Runoff Conference April 20-21

LOGAN – Water@USU, a Utah State University Water Initiative project, hosts the sixth annual Spring Runoff Conference April 20-21 at the university’s Eccles Conference Center. “Adaptive Water Management in a Changing Climate” is the theme for the 2010 gathering, which convenes jointly with the Western Snow Conference.Student participation in the two-day gathering is free but all participants must register. Cost to professionals is $50 for both days or $25 for one day. Online registration, along with a full conference schedule, is available on the conference Web site at Participants can also register by phone at 435-797-0423 or toll free 800-538-2663.Featured speakers for the conference include Brian McInerney, hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City; Brad Udall, director of University of Colorado Western Water Assessment, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Earth System Research Unit in Boulder; Terrance Fulp, deputy regional director of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region office in Boulder; and Dan Cayan, director of the Climate Research Division of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California-San Diego.The conference includes a poster session and social Tuesday evening, featuring poster presentations from undergraduate, graduate student and faculty researchers from varied disciplines involved in diverse aspects of water-related research. Prizes will be awarded for the top student presentations.Water@USU is an interdisciplinary collaboration of the university’s Utah Water Research Laboratory, the colleges of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, Natural Resources, Science, Engineering, Agriculture and the Huntsman School of Business. Established in 2003, the initiative fosters collegial sharing of water-related research and ideas throughout the campus and community.

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