The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) was founded in 1964 with a mission "to promote understanding of water resources and related issues by providing a multidisciplinary forum for information exchange, professional development, and education." Membership in AWRA is individual, corporate, or institutional. Current AWRA membership stands at over 3,000, from throughout the United States and other countries.
AWRA pursues its multidisciplinary educational mission through organization of conferences and symposia on such diverse topics as the role of Man-Induced Changes in Hydrologic Systems (Jackson, WY; June, 1994) and Conjunctive Use - Aquifer Storage and Recovery (Long Beach, CA; October, 1997). The summer, 1997 AWRA Symposium will be held June 29-July 3 in Keystone, CO under the general topic of "Crossing the Stream to the 21st Century".
AWRA publications include the bi-monthly newsletter HyData - News and Views, a timely compendium ofupcoming water resource meetings and educational offerings, employment opportunities, and news summaries. The primary AWRA outlet for scholarly research is the bi- monthly Journal of the American Water Resources Association (formerly the Water Resources Bulletin), which publishes approximately 115 refereed papers each year.
The AWRA has recently established an Internet web site which provides both general organization information and on-line proceedings from recent conferences. Those potentially interested in AWRA activities are encouraged to review the information available at http:/www.awra.org/~awra.
The WYOMING SECTION of AWRA was organized in 1987. Membership is drawn from state and federal water resource agencies, the water resources consulting industry, and the University of Wyoming. Affiliated with the state section is a student section organized at the University of Wyoming. The state section provides the water resource professionals and students of Wyoming an opportunity to keep abreast of ongoing research developments throughout the state, to exchange ideas on topics of current interest, and to promote an awareness and appreciation of water resource management and research.
Primary Wyoming section activities consist of a spring meeting usually featuring a single water resources topic, publication of a chapter newsletter, and organization of a fall water resources conference. The fall conference is typically a two-day event, featuring current research by the university, agency, and consulting community. Prizes for the best undergraduate and graduate student papers are provided to encourage public exposure for the water resource professionals of tomorrow.
In addition to presentation of individual research papers, the annual fall conference typically presents an in-depth panel discussion or debate on a topic of special interest to those involved with Wyoming's water resources. Recent examples of this forum include mining and environmental hydrologists on the New World Mine near Cooke City, Montana; historical, regulatory, and scientific professionals on the stream pollution associated with the historic Ferris- Haggerty Mine west of Encampment, Wyoming; and public officials and regulatory agency representatives on the permitting and construction of the Tie Hack municipal supply reservoir west of Buffalo, Wyoming.
The Wyoming Section supports the educational activities of the Wyoming Water Resources Center through such projects as the Wyoming Water Calendar and has played a major supporting role in the organization of the Wyoming Water '97 conference.
Membership in the Wyoming Section ofAWRA is open to all interested individuals. Current dues are $12 per year. 1997 officers are Bern Hinckley of Hinckley Consulting - President, Chris Ameson of the Wyoming Water Resources Center - Vice President, Mark Conrad of the Wyoming Dept. of Environmental Quality - Secretary, Caria Rumsey of Western Water Consultants - Treasurer, and Ken Peacock of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management - Past President.
Anyone wishing to join the Wyoming Section, to be placed on the mailing list for the newsletter and announcements of activities and events, or to receive further information is encouraged to contact Bern Hinckley at P.O. Box 452, Laramie, WY 82070; (307) 745-0066; e-mail at email@example.com.
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