Welcome to the AWRA 2020 Virtual Annual Water Resources Conference
Dear Conference Attendees:
We are glad you are joining us for AWRA’s all-new, first-in-a-lifetime online Annual Conference. The Conference we have prepared for you upholds our long commitment to outstanding technical content and unparalleled opportunities for Community, Conversation, and Connections that are the hallmark of AWRA meetings – but this time in an all-virtual format. We are really excited about some of our innovations, and hope to take advantage of some features of the virtual world to deliver in some ways that might even exceed the opportunities of an attended in-person meeting.
We recognize there are some ways in which talking to your peers face to face just can’t be replicated, and we join you in anticipating a return to those meetings when it is safe for all our health to do just that. In the meantime, this year’s Annual Conference is both a stand-in for our usual rewarding meetings and a pioneer for a host of new formats and opportunities.
Please, make it a point to actively engage – the enormous power of our gatherings is the chance to take with you as much as you put in. We hope to retain some of these into the future, and look forward to hearing from you about which of our innovations succeeded, which could benefit from some improvements, and which we should never again touch with a 10-foot barge pole. We hope you will reach out early and often to the Conference organizers, your AWRA officers and staff, the knowledgeable speaker-presenters, our corporate sponsors and exhibitors, and to one another among the attendees – let us know how it’s going, how we can help, and what you are gaining from the experience. It is bound to be an adventure, and we are delighted you are joining us.
L D Duke, Ph.D., P.E. Professor, Environmental Studies Florida Gulf Coast University 2020 Annual Conference Co-Chair
Roger Copp Principal Senior Water Resources Modeler Water Science Associates 2020 Annual Conference Co-Chair