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Huntsville Water Management Planning Symposium

by Katie Shaddix last modified June 28, 2013 04:05 PM
What Workshop
When June 28, 2013
from 09:00 am to 03:30 pm
Where University of Alabama Huntsville's Shelby Center, 301 Sparkman Drive. Huntsville, AL 35899, Shelby Center Room 109
Contact Name Adam Johnston
Contact Email
Contact Phone 1-877-862-5260
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Learn about new research tools in farm water usage and about how water management planning can benefit Alabama's environment and economy.

We need YOU at the Alabama Water Policy Symposium!

This symposium is one of a series being held statewide to gather stakeholder input into the ongoing efforts to develop a comprehensive water management plan for our state. Each symposium concentrates on a specific water management theme. All Alabama citizens, stakeholders, and elected officials who want their voices heard in the discussion and development of a comprehensive water management plan should attend. Now that the governor has taken leadership and put this process into motion with the formation of his Alabama Water Agencies Working Group (AWAWG), we, as concerned citizens, have a responsibility to play our part.


The Symposium has reached capacity and registration is now closed. Stay tuned for information about other upcoming symposia around Alabama.

Tentative Agenda:

Morning session:           Facilitator Richard McNider

9:00 - 9:30                   Registration

9:30 - 9:35                   Welcome to UAH and Introduction of Senator Orr (President Altenkirch)

9:35 - 10:00                Senator Orr on Permanent Joint Legislative Committee

10:00 - 10:20               Symposium overview and goals – Mitch Reid (Alabama Rivers Alliance)

10:20 - 10:30               Overview of Irrigation in Alabama –Dick McNider

10:30 - 11:00               Overview of AWAWG efforts, Dept. of Ag & Industry - Glen Zorn

11:00 - 11:30               Q & A with AWAWG and Joint Leg Com (introduce AWAWG member attendees and Joint Legislative Attendees)

11:30 - 11:40               Irrigation and the Alabama Water Use Reporting Program – Tom Littlepage - Office of Water Resources

11:40 - 12:00               Jerry Newby Past President of ALFA and Irrigating Farmer

12:00 - 12:30               Lunch

12:30 - 1:00                 Lunch keynote – Agricultural Commissioner John McMillan


Afternoon Session: Facilitator Cindy Lowry

1:00 - 2:30                   John Christy - Sustainable Irrigation

1: 00 - 1:15                  Richard McNider - Water resources:  Western and Eastern Perspective

1:15 - 1:30                   Cameron Handyside - Crop Modeling, Irrigation Demand and Economics

1:30 - 1:45                   Jim Cruise - Hydrologic Modeling

1:45 - 2:00                   Chet Norris - Off-stream, On Farm Reservoirs

2:00 - 2:15                   Lee Ellenburg - Irrigation and Water Quality

2:15 - 2:30                   Milt Ward - Irrigation and Flood Plain Preservation


2:30 - 3:00                   Panel discussion about implications for water management plan and irrigation in Alabama – Dick McNider and Mitch Reid


3:00 - 3:30                   Public input portion

3:30                             Adjourn


Hosted by: Alabama Rivers Alliance, University of Alabama Huntsville, Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA)

Sponsored by: Flint River Conservation Association, Coalition for a Green Huntsville, Auburn University Water Resources Center, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Alabama Chapter Sierra Club, Huntsville Canoe Club

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