2015 Alabama Water Resources Conference Proceedings and Presentations

2015 AL Water Resources Conference Proceedings

2015 Presentations

Alabama Water Resources Conference
September 9-11, 2015
Perdido Beach Resort
Orange Beach, Alabama


2015 Sponsors

Alabama Association of Resource Conservation
and Development Councils, Inc.

Drummond Company, Inc.

Hargrove Engineers + Constructors

Alabama Coal Association

Kleinschmidt Group

Alabama Farmers Federation

Normandeau Associates

Alabama Power Company

Ott Hydromet

Alabama Pulp and Paper Council

Parker Towing

Amec Foster Wheeler

PowerSouth Energy

AU Center for Environmental Studies at
the Urban Rural Interface

Samford University Masters of Science in
Environmental Management

Balch & Bingham, LLP

Thompson Engineering


TTL, Inc.


Program Overview


Thursday, September 10, 2015

8:00 a.m.- 8:40 a.m.

Keynote Address: Near-term Opportunities and Challenges in Southeast Water Resource Management, Steve McNulty, Director, USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub, Raleigh, NC

8:40 a.m.- 9:15 a.m.

Discovering Alabama “North River/ Lake Tuscaloosa Watershed”  (Salons E-H)
Dr. Doug Phillips, Discovering Alabama (Discovering Alabama website)

9:35 a.m.- 11:05 a.m.

Session One (A): Water Policy/Law

“Alice In Groundwater Land”: Adams v. Lang And “Nominal” Reasonable Use In Alabama Water Law And Policy, Bennett Bearden, Water Policy and Law Institute, University of Alabama
Alabama’s Drought Planning – Policy Moving Forward, Tom Littlepage, Alabama Office of Water Resources
The Transition From Common-law To Statutory Regulation Of Water Resources: Lessons From Other States, Heather Elliott, University of Alabama School of Law


Session One (B): Aquatic Biology/Ecology I

Implications Of Land Use Change On Coastal Wetlands And Headwaters Of Alabama, Christopher Anderson, Auburn University
Ecosystem Engineers Alter Multi-trophic Species Diversity Across Spatial And Temporal Scales In Ponds, Jennifer Howeth, University of Alabama
Why So Different? Mercury Levels In Largemouth Bass (Micropterus Salmoides) In Two Adjacent Alabama Rivers, Robert Findlay, University of Alabama
Using Population Models To Evaluate Management Alternatives For Gulf-strain Striped Bass, Alex Aspinwall, Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit


Session One (C):  Flood Issues

The Benefits Of A Well Managed Reservoir System Using As An Example The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Management Of The Tennessee River Basin To Reduce Flooding, Daniel Saint, Tennessee Valley Authority
Hot Springs Flood Warning Information System, Joseph Fleming, USGS Lower Mississippi Gulf Coast Water Science Center
Flood Prediction Using Artificial Neural Networks: A Case Study Of Lower Tallapoosa, Alabama, Rajesh Sawant, Auburn University
Application Of SWMM Of Urban Flooding In A Coastal Alabama Watershed, Enis Baltaci, Auburn University

11:05 a.m.- 12:35 p.m.

Session Two (A): Water Availability/Use

Water Use In Alabama, Michael Harper, Alabama Office of Water Resources
2015 Water-use Compilation: A National Perspective, Michael Bradley, U.S. Geological Survey
The Economic Impact Of Alabama’s Navigable Waterways, J. Craig Stepan, Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway Development Council
Quantitative Estimation Of Land Use Land Cover Evolution Across The Middle Tennessee Elk Region Over The Past Four Decades, Mezemir Wagaw, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University


Session Two (B): Drought/Climate Issues

Artificial Neural Network Prediction Of Future Rainfall Intensity In The Southeastern United States, Ryan McGehee, Auburn University
Combined Effect Of Irrigation And Droughts On Surface And Baseflow Levels In The Lower Flint River Basin, Sarmistha Singh, Auburn University
Quantitative Study Of The Present-day Climate Of The Middle Tennessee Elk Watershed Area From Global And Regional Climate Model Simulation, Girma Kebede, Cooperative Extension System of Alabama
Developing A Multi-sector, Multi-basin Drought Decision Support System Incorporating Economic Consequence Assessment, Lian Zhu, University of Alabama


Session Two (C): Aquatic Biology/Ecology II

40 Years Of Biological Sampling In The Locust Fork Watershed: What Have We Learned?,  Patrick O’Neil, Geological Survey of Alabama
The Shape Of Things To Come: Reverse-engineering Periphyton Colonization Processes Using 3D Printing, David Blersch, Auburn University
Microhabitat Preferences Of Federally Threatened Freshwater Mussel Species In Coastal Plain Streams, Jonathan Miller, Troy University
Acute Toxicity Of Mobile River Basin Endemic Freshwater Mollusks, Paul Stewart, Troy University

1:35 p.m.- 3:05 p.m.

Session Three (A): Groundwater Availability

Hydrogeologic Characterization And Groundwater Source Development Assessment For Area 2, Southwestern Alabama, Gheorghe M. Ponta, Marlon Cook, and Steve Jennings, Geological Survey of Alabama
Simulation Of Groundwater Flow In The “1,500-foot” Sand And “2,000-foot” Sand, With Scenarios To Mitigate Saltwater Migration In The “2,000-foot” Sand Of The Baton Rouge Area, Louisiana, John Lovelace, U. S. Geological Survey
U.S. Geological Survey NAWQA Principal Aquifer Surveys In Alabama, Amy Gill, U.S. Geological Survey
Effect Of Irrigation Pumpage During Drought On Karst Aquifer Systems In Highly Agricultural Watersheds, Subhasis Mitra, Auburn University


Session Three (B): Water Quality I

Nutrient Concentration Trends In Surface Waters In Two Southeastern States, Lynn Sisk, TTL, Inc.
A Practical Tool For Modeling Wetland Nutrient Cycling, Latif Kalin, Auburn University
Evaluation of the Effectiveness of “No Dumping Signs” in Preventing Chemical Contamination of Inlet Stormwater (Preliminary Research), Dana Lackey, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Simulation Of Pollutant Transport In The Damietta And The Rosetta Branches Before And After Building The Ethiopian Dam, Mohamed Mostafa and Robert Peters , University of Alabama at Birmingham


Session Three (C):  Restoration/Remediation

Monitoring And Restoration Of Alabama Coastal Streams, Marlon Cook, Geological Survey of AL
Supplemental Tools For Natural Channel Design In Urban Systems, William K. Barry, S&ME Inc.
Arlington Cove Living Shoreline – Partnership For Natural Infrastructure Design, Installation And Education, David Stejskal, CH2M
Proposed Metric For Measuring Shifts In Ecological Function Of Impaired Streams, Stacey Sloan-Blersch, SUNY at Buffalo

3:20 p.m.- 4:50 p.m.

Session Four (A): Ecological Flows

“It’s Hard To Fish In A Dried Up Stream”: The Science And Policy Of Water Quality Standards For Flow Protection, Mitch Reid, Alabama Rivers Alliance
Streamflow Reconstruction Potential: Choctawhatchee River, Glenn Tootle, University of Alabama
Water Governance In The Southeast United States: Informing Decisions Regarding Water Allocation With Flow-ecology Data, Elise Irwin, U.S. Geological Survey, Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Connecting Water Level To Biological Health In Alabama Streams, Rodney Knight, USGS Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center


Session Four (B): Stormwater Management

We’ve Come A Long Way Baby: History Of Alabama’s Erosion And Sediment Control Program For Construction, Earl Norton of AL Soil and Water Conservation Committee
“Tweak, Tweak, Tweak”, The Latest Changes To The AL Handbook For Erosion And Sediment Control, Perry Oakes, Alabama Erosion Control Partnership
ALDOT MS4 IDDE Program-Uses Of Innovative Technology For Outfall Mapping And Screening,Richard Klinger, Alabama Department of Transportation and Brian Kane, Trimble
Creating A Clean Water Future, Christian Miller, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Ashley Campbell, City of Daphne, and Leslie Gahagan, City of Foley


Session Four (C): GIS in Water Management

Chattanooga WPA Program: Innovative Solutions To Infrastructure Assessment & Rehabilitation, Bradley Heilwagen, Amec Foster Wheeler
The Role Of Information Management In Coastal Hazard Analysis, Jeff Zanotti, Amec Foster Wheeler
Predicting Stream Channel Head Locations In The State Of Alabama, Burak Avcioglu, Auburn University
Updating Soil Hydraulic Properties Under Changing Land Use/ Land Cover For Improved Hydrologic Prediction, Guleser Sufraci, Auburn University


Friday, September 11, 2015

8:00 a.m.- 8:50 a.m.

Keynote Address: A Geological History of Alabama’s Rivers: Clues to the Ancient Origins of the State’s Aquatic Biodiversity,  Jim Lacefield, Ed.D., (Retired) Adjunct Professor of Biology and Earth Science at the University of North Alabama

9:00 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

Session Five (A): Coastal Issues

Restoration Of The Northern Tip Of Mon Louis Island – Surmounting Challenges To Project Implementation Through Teamwork, Tom Herder, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program
Influence Of Low-intensity Watershed Development On Small Coastal Alabama Streams, Brad Schneid, Auburn University
A Regional Holistic Approach To Watershed Management – To Protect And Enhance Ecosystem Services For Future Generations, Barbara Albrecht, Panhandle Watershed Alliance
Examining The Importance Of Submarine Groundwater Discharge (SGD) In A River Dominated Estuary: Example Of Mobile Bay, AL, Daniel Montiel, University of Alabama


Session Five (B): Watershed Management

Management Plan For The Choctawhatchee, Pea And Yellow Rivers Watersheds – A Roadmap For The Future Based On Sustainable Water Resource Management Planning, Barbara Gibson and Marlon Cook, Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority and GSA
Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders: Working Together To Share A Common Resource, Bradford Moore, ACFS Promoting The Watershed Approach: Plan, Implement, Monitor, Respond, And Adapt, Christian Miller, Alabama Clean Water Partnership
Communicating Risk in a Short Attention Span World, Leslie Durham, ADECA Office of Water Resources


Session Five (C):  Water Resource Education and Stewardship

Alabama Water Watch – Rising to Evolving Water Resource Management Challenges,Eric Reutebuch, Auburn University
Global Water Watch: An Update Of Watershed Stewardship Beyond Alabama, Sergio RuizCordova, Global Water Watch
Flashy And Trashy: Tale Of An Urban Stream, Alex James, Alabama Cooperative Extension System
Fight The Bite: How You Can Reduce The Risk Of West Nile Virus, Michelle Cole, Auburn University

10:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.

Session Six (A): Water Quality II

Alabama’s First Aquifer Storage And Recovery And Water Reuse Programs, Sarah Stokes, Southern Environmental Law Center
Sources of Escherichia coli In Lake Martin, Alabama, Brian Burnes, University of West Alabama
Bacteriological Sampling Of High-Use Sites On The Upper Cahaba River, Myra Crawford, Cahaba Riverkeeper
Effects Of Upstream Disturbances On Downstream Sediment Yield And Stream Channel Structure In An Actively Managed Forested Watershed, Ilkim Cavus, Auburn University


Session Six (B): Aquatic Biology/Ecology III

Exploring Past Velocity Conditions In Southeastern Streams Using USGS Flow Records, Fay Baird, Normandeau Associates, Inc.
Watershed Assessment Of The Big Canoe Creek System For The Recovery And Restoration Of Imperiled Aquatic Species, Anne Wynn, Geological Survey of Alabama
An Evaluative Tool For Prioritizing Removal Of Hazardous Debris To Improve The Watershed; A Final Review, Caitlin  Wessel, University of South Alabama
The Use Of Biological Data To Achieve Compliance With The Final 316(b) Rule For Cooling Water Intakes, Paul Geoghegan, Normandeau Associates, Inc.


Session Six (C): Modeling in Water Management

Riverine Water, Sediment And Nutrient Flux Predictions: The Spatially And Temporally Explicit WBMsed Model, Sagy Cohen, University of Alabama
Small Sample Sizes, Collinear Predictors And Linear Modeling: A Simulation Study Comparing Alternative Methods For Landscape-Water Quality Research, Brad Schneid, Auburn University
Development Of A Procedure For Watershed Prioritization And Evaluation, Madhu Akasapu-Smith, Tetra Tech, Inc.
Data-driven Lake And Reservoir Monitoring Using Real-time 3-D Hydrodynamic And Water-quality Simulations, Reed Green, U.S. Geological Survey