Annual Conference

2018 AWRC Annual Water Research Conference

July 23-24, 2018


$75 for students, presenters, and moderators; $125 for regular attendees; sponsor and exhibitor costs are dependent on level (see "Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor" below).

Join us for our water research conference this year! The theme is "The Value of Water" which will address the relationships between water supplies and industry. Our conference provides a fun and valuable opportunity to learn about current research and develop relationships with potential collaborators.


Click to view the preliminary program.

Where would we be without a sustainable supply of clean water? We would not be able to support various manufacturing industries in Northwest Arkansas, or recreation in the Buffalo River, or agriculture in the Delta. This year’s conference aims to facilitate a conversation about how valuable water is to the economy of communities, of states, and of regions, and the need to be proactive in management decisions to sustain our water supplies.

Reed Green with the US Geological Survey speaks at the AWRC water conference 2017 Reed Green, with the US Geological Survey, speaks at last year's water conference.


The opening session will set the stage for thinking of water in terms of its value to various stakeholders including industries, communities, and producers. Water supply is really a two-way street, and speakers will also discuss steps taken to improve water quality and sustainable use of our water resources.

We will hear about how algal and bacterial communities might respond to changes in water quality, or even cause changes themselves, as well as various ways we rely on our environment to provide ecosystem services.

To end the first day and bring us back for day two, we will hear about current research efforts looking at water quality in the Buffalo National River, a prized jewel for Arkansas tourism and the United States’ first national river. Then we’ll shift gears and focus on water needs for agriculture and aquifer supplies.


We are excited to team up again this year with the Arkansas chapter of the American Water Resources Association to hold their annual symposium after lunch on the second day of the conference. It will be an interesting and informative symposium about “The Value of Citizen Science Programs in Watershed Water-Quality Management”. Anyone can attend that part of the program and those who do will receive a FREE annual membership to AR-AWRA.


The conference will be held at the Fayetteville Town Center, the same place as last year. This venue is at the historic downtown square in Fayetteville, near the UA campus and surrounded by the beautiful Ozark Mountains. The address for the Town Center is 15 West Mountain in Fayetteville, Arkansas, 72701. For more information about the Town Center, visit their website at .


If you’re coming from out of town, you can reserve a room at the Chancellor Hotel or Staybridge Suites; we have reserved a block of rooms that you can get at the government rate of $93 per night.

Chancellor Hotel

The Chancellor Hotel is just one block away from the Town Center. You must make your reservation on or before June 22, 2018 to be guaranteed a room at $93 per night; however, you can call and ask if they can still accept the AWRC reservation code after this date.

Guests can use the hotel's complimentary shuttle to go to places within a 5-mile radius of the hotel.

To reserve a room under the AWRC conference code "ARC", click here.

Staybridge Suites

Staybridge Suites has also provided a room block where you can reserve at the government rate of $93 per night. You must make your reservation on or before July 13, 2018 to be guaranteed a room at $93 per night; however, you can call and ask if they can still accept the AWRC reservation code after this date.

The rooms have fully equiped kitchens, cooking utensils, and dining ware, and includes a hot breakfast buffet.

To reserve a room under the AWRC Conference code "AWR", click here.


Oral Presenations

Speakers will have 15 minutes for presentation and questions - we recommend planning for about 12 minutes for your talk and 3 minutes for questions.

Poster Presentations

Poster size should be 3 feet by 4 feet, portrait or landscape.

There will be prizes for poster winners and runners up in undergraduate student and graduate student competitions (separately).


Past Conferences

Each year, AWRC holds a watersheds and research conference. This conference draws over 100-150 researchers, students, agency personnel, municipal personnel, interested citizens and many other water quality stakeholders from around the State and region. Conference topics have ranged from drinking water treatment processes to agricultural water management in the delta in eastern Arkansas. See the list below for programs from past conferences.   


Past Conference Programs

2017 July 25-26  Protecting Water Supplies for People and the Environment
2016 July 26-27  Nutrients, Water Quality, and Harmful Algal Blooms
2015 July 21-22  Meeting Arkansas's Water Needs Now and Into the Future
2014 July 15-16  Watersheds, Wicked Problems and Water Words
2013 May 14-15  Watershed Research and Ecological Design in the Ozarks
2012 July 11-12  Arkansas Water Planning and Reservoir Management
2011 July 6-7  The Illinois River and the Statement of Joint Principles and Actions
2010 April 13-14  Water Quality of Groundwater, Reservoirs and Restored Streams
2009 April 14-15  Transboundary Watersheds, Nutrient Hotspots and Riparian Buffers
2008 April 22-23  Watershed Management and Nutrient Loading