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AWI and UA Host Spring Conference for American Water Resources Association

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox speaks at the AWRA 2024 spring conference.
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox speaks at the AWRA 2024 spring conference.

Water leaders from across the country gathered in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for the American Water Resources Association’s spring conference. This is the second time that UA has hosted AWRA. The conference was held on the campus of The University of Alabama, home of the National Water Center and future home of the USGS Hydrological Instrumentation Facility.

“We are honored that AWRA chose to return to UA for its spring conference,” said Zach Krauss, the Alabama Water Institute’s director of research institute communications. “It speaks to the fact that we are quickly becoming the epicenter for water research in the country.”

Water professionals convened to compare research, discuss strategies and formulate ideas to mitigate future risks associated with water. The conference attracted a diverse and multidisciplinary group, presenting excellent networking opportunities.

This year’s theme, “Water Risk and Resilience: Research and Sustainable Solutions,” aimed to provide technical session topics on actionable science and infrastructure design. There were also opportunities to tour NOAA’s National Water Center and local water bodies. Students who were also in attendance had the chance to present research and meet professionals across all fields of water.

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