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The Oregon Water Conference 2011: Evaluating and Managing Water Resources in a Climate of Uncertainty

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The Oregon Water Conference 2011: Evaluating and Managing Water Resources in a Climate of Uncertainty

 

This collection contains the abstracts and presentation files from The Oregon Water Conference 2011: Evaluating and Managing Water Resources in a Climate of Uncertainty hosted at Oregon State University, May 24-25, 2011.

The Oregon Water Conference (TOWC) explored the region's water future and addressed the following issues and themes.

Oregon and the rest of the Pacific Northwest face an uncertain water future. Not only will the climate itself be uncertain, but also the political, social, legal, economic and regulatory climates.

What will climate change produce in the way of hydroecological changes? How much will population change, perhaps fueled by climate refugees, stress our water resources? What will the regulatory climate embody? Will a revised Columbia River Treaty with Canada encompass more than power generation and flood control? Do we need a Columbia Basin Compact to cope with future shortages? Will the area see more in the way of regional water management agencies, perhaps straddling state lines? Can the prior appropriation doctrine adapt to the future? Will exempt wells remain exempt? Do we know how much water will be available?

Sponsors of the TOWC were: American Institute of Hydrology, Oregon Chapter of the American Water Resources Association, Brown and Caldwell, GeoEngineers, GSI Water Solutions, Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Oregon State University, Portland State University, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Forest Service, and the US Geological Survey.

If you see an abstract of interest but do not find the presentation file in this collection, please contact the lead author for more information.

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