Annual Conference


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and after much consideration, we have decided to cancel the 2020 AWRC conference, originally scheduled for July 28 and 29 in Fayetteville. The health and safety of our staff, attendees, and everyone else involved is our top priority. We are considering hosting one or multiple webinars, so stay tuned for future announcements.

Thank you, and we hope everyone is doing well during these uncertain and challenging times.


Contact director Brian Haggard at or 479-575-2879.

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