Adaptive Management of Water Resources II

June 29 – July 1, 2009
Snowbird, UT
Water and natural resources systems are dynamic and, as stewards of these resources, we must continually adapt in order to address evolving issues and conditions such as population growth and migration, urbanization, land and water use changes, and climate variability/change. This conference is intended to engage the key managers, researchers, and “on the ground” practitioners who currently are setting the trends relative to designing and implementing adaptive management programs. The overall goal is to learn more about the basis, theories, and practical aspects of adaptive management; to gain a better perspective about national, regional, and local directions, requirements, and needs; and what shared experiences can improve existing programs and to develop more rigorous, credible future adaptive management programs.


The 2006 AWRA Specialty Conference in Missoula was the first of investigation into this emerging approach to water resources management. Since then many new and exciting adaptive management activities have occurred, so conference is reconvening to determine how we can utilize adaptive management to better manage our resources. The conference will take stock of what has transpired in the past three years, discuss lessons learned, and share new technologies, methods, and information that have become available since then. Most importantly, the conference will examine what opportunities and challenges are coming and how they can be met utilizing adaptive management principles and tools.
This conference will continue developing a consensus on basic adaptive management terms and concepts, what constitutes a successful adaptive management program and what key “parts” are necessary to implement a successful program. Also, the forum will explore the theoretical basis, the legal, policy, and socioeconomic drivers and the practical aspects of designing and implementing scientifically-based, but practical “real world” adaptive management programs. Finally, the forum will explore lessons learned, new/emerging issues and programs, and look for opportunities for interdisciplinary and interagency cooperation and coordination in the adaptive management field. For example, how can we cooperate, coordinate and adaptively manage water resources programs within and across a basin in light of projected climate change impacts? These and many other areas of interest to researchers, managers, decision-makers, and educators will be explored.
In addition to learning and networking with the experts, bring your family and/or friends and take a tram right to the top of Hidden Peak (11,000 ft), hike, bike, or horseback ride in Snowbird’s Mineral Basin and American Fork Canyon, visit Moab or one of Utah’s five national parks (Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyon Lands and Capitol Reef), fish the Provo River or white water raft through Split Mountain Gorge in Dinosaur National Monument or just relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains.
Paper proposals are due by January 26, 2009.
For more information, visit Adaptive Management of Water Resources II.