River Basin Conferences

Eighth Annual Tallapoosa Basin Conference
May 30, 2014Tallapoosa Basin Conference Logo


The purpose of this conference is to bring together all interested groups and agencies to learn about and plan for a more economically and ecologically sustainable management of the Tallapoosa River Basin.

Auburn University Water Resources Center
Alabama Cooperative Extension System
AU College of Agriculture
Alabama Water Watch



Morning Session – moderator: Michael Kensler, AU Sustainability

9:00  Welcome ~ William Batchelor, Director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station
~ Gary Lemme, Director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System
~ Mark Tuggle, State Representative – 81st District

9:25  Conference Overview ~ Sam Fowler, Director, AU Water Resources Center

9:30  Where Are We with a State Water Plan and What it Means for the Tallapoosa? ~ Pat O’Neil, Geological Survey of Alabama – slides

9:55  Water Management in a Downstream River Town ~ Buddy Morgan, Montgomery WWSSB – slides

10:20 Update on FERC Dam Relicensing in the Tallapoosa Basin ~ David Anderson, Alabama Power Co. – slides

10:45  Break – Poster Session

11:10  Water Quality in the Tallapoosa Basin ~ Chris Johnson, AL Dept. of Environmental Management – slides

11:35  Aquatic Biodiversity in the Tallapoosa Basin ~ Pat O’Neil, Geological Survey of Alabama – slides

12:00 -1:00 *Lunch*

            Keynote: The Scenic River Trail Expands down the Tallapoosa ~ Jim Felder, AL Scenic River Trail – slides

Afternoon Session – moderator: Stan Cook, AL DCNR

 1:00   Environmental Stewardship in the Tallapoosa Basin:
Lake Wedowee Property Owners Association, Lake Watch of Lake Martin – slides, Save Our Saugahatchee – slides

1:45   Environmental Ed – No Child Left Inside ~ Dick Bronson, Radney Elementary – slides

2:05   Value of Environmental Ed and Beyond-the-classroom Learning ~ Shirley J. Farrell, State Dept. of Education – slides

2:25   Break- Poster Session

2:45   AU Research & Outreach Session

  • AU Water Resources Research ~ Sam Fowler, AU Water Resources Center – slides
  • AWW Monitoring and Stewardship ~ Bill Deutsch, Alabama Water Watch – slides

3:30   What Can I Do as a Property Owner to Protect the Watershed? ~ Eve Brantley, Alabama Cooperative Extension System – slides

3:55   Panel Discussion: Issues & Concerns in Moving Toward Sustainable Watershed Management

5:00   Adjourn

Sponsors logo