Annual Conference

2019 AWRC Water Research Conference

July 30-31, 2019

Mark your calendar to attend the 2019 Arkansas Water Resources Center Annual Water Conference on July 30 and 31. We’ll be at the Fayetteville Town Center again, located at 15 W. Mountain Street in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

This year we will cover topics important to municipal water supplies and treatment, agricultural water supplies, water and nutrient reuse and recycling, groundwater resources, nutrient trading, and the power of partnerships and networking!

We are working with Dr. Lauren Greenlee, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Arkansas to share information about the needs and opportunities for water and nutrient recycling from agricultural and municipal sectors. The goal is to come up with solutions to reclaim nutrients from wastewater and increase water availability. This could benefit regions where water is limited, for example in the Delta where groundwater levels are declining.

Groundwater availability for agricultural production is an extremely important topic for the people and the economy of Arkansas. We are partnering with the U.S. Geological Survey to answer questions about water availability in one of the most important agricultural regions in the United States – the Mississippi Alluvial Plain.

Finally, we are teaming up again with the Arkansas Chapter of the American Water Resources Association for their annual symposium. That session will focus on Clean Water Act regulations, as well as the status of numeric nutrient criteria in Arkansas.


Register here!

Sponsors and exhibitors registration deadline: June 30.

General registration deadline: July 24.

  • $75 - Students
  • $75 - Presenters and Moderators
  • $90 - Regular Attendee, Day 1
  • $90 - Regular Attendee, Day 2
  • $125 - Regular Attendee, Day 1 and 2
  • Various levels for sponsors and exhibitors (see "Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor" below).

  • Trouble registering? Contact Erin Scott at or 479-502-9854 for assistance.


    Why Sponsor or Exhibit? Gain exposure for your products and services at our annual water research conference! Researchers, students, teachers, government agencies, non-profits, utilities, and consulting firms attend our conference.

    Bronze Level: $300; includes a 6-foot draped table, one complimentary registration, logo recognition in conference materials*.

    Silver Level: $600; incldues a 6-foot draped table, two complimentary registrations, logo recognition in conference materials*.

    Gold Level: $1,000; includes a 6-foot draped table, 3 complimentary registrations, logo recognition in conference materials*.

    * The level of recognition may vary based on sponsorship level.


    The conference will be held at the Fayetteville Town Center. 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 .


    Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit an abstract to present their poster at this year's conference. Poster sessions will take place on both days, and which day students present will depend on their topic.

    To present a poster, email the following to Erin Scott at by June 7, 2019.

  • Your name
  • Your advisor's name
  • Your college or University
  • Your poster title
  • A brief abstract (250 words or less)

  • 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).

    Daniel Lee, a student in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program, presents his work at the 2018 AWRC conference Undergraduate student, Daniel Lee, presents his work at the 2018 AWRC conference. Daniel was in the Ecosystems Services Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the University of Arkansas last summer.


    If you’re coming from out of town, you can reserve a room at the Chancellor Hotel; we have reserved a block of rooms that you can get at the government rate of $94 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 29, 2019 to be guaranteed a room at $94 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. There is a $5 per night parking fee.

    To reserve a room under the AWRC conference code "ARC9", click here.

    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


    July 23-24

    The Value of Water


    July 25-26

    Protecting Water Supplies for People and the Environment


    July 26-27

    Nutrients, Water Quality, and Harmful Algal Blooms


    July 21-22

    Meeting Arkansas's Water Needs Now and Into the Future


    July 15-16

    Watersheds, Wicked Problems and Water Words


    May 14-15

    Watershed Research and Ecological Design in the Ozarks


    July 11-12

    Arkansas Water Planning
    and Reservoir Management


    July 6-7

    The Illinois River and the Statement of Joint Principles and Actions


    April 13-14

    Water Quality of Groundwater, Reservoirs and Restored Streams


    April 14-15

    Transboundary Watersheds, Nutrient Hotspots and Riparian Buffers


    April 22-23

    Watershed Management and Nutrient Loading