2016 Alabama Water Resources Conference Proceedings and Presentations

2016 AL Water Resources Conference Proceedings

Student Presenter Competition Winners

1st: Megan Bartholomew, Auburn University
2nd: Ryan McGehee, Auburn University
3rd: Nikaela Flournoy, Univeristy of Alabama

1st: Emily Buege, University of Alabama
2nd: Michele Goodfellow, University of West Florida
3rd: Kritika Malhotra, Auburn University

2016 Presentations

Alabama Water Resources Conference
September 7-9, 2016
Perdido Beach Resort
Orange Beach, Alabama


2016 Sponsors


Thursday, September 8, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Keynote Address: Water Resources and Human Health, Graeme Lockaby, Associate Dean of Research, School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences
9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Concurrent Session One

Water Policy/Law

Food Grows Where Water Flows: Alabama Water Policy and the Food-Energy-Water Nexus, Bennett Bearden, Water Policy and Law Institute, University of Alabama

Science and Policy of Environmental Instream Flows in the Tombigbee River Basin, Alabama and Mississippi: An Interstate Comparison, Sarah Praskievicz, University of Alabama

What Is the Appropriate Institutional Organization for Administration of Water Policy in Alabama?, Mary Wallace Pitts, University of Alabama

Developing an Interbasin Transfer Regulatory Framework: Case Studies from Irrigated Agricultural Production, Lian Zhu, University of Alabama


Aquatic Biology/Ecology Assessment

Updated Sampling of Federally Listed Mussels in the Upper Pea River, Jonathan Miller, Troy University

Mathematical Calculation of Inundation Threshold to Determine Biological Health in Alabama Streams, Claire Rose, United States Geological Survey

Benthic Aquatic Biodiversity in Lower Choccolocco Creek, Alan Fowler, Ramboll Environ

Metagenomic Insights into Microbial Communities Response to Oiling Events in Northern Gulf of Mexico Saltmarsh Ecosystems, Nikaela Flournoy, University of Alabama

Water Quantity

A Coupled Crop/Hydrology Model to Estimate Irrigation Impact on Water Resources, Cameron Handyside, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Earth Systems Science Center

Impacts of Changes in Climate and Land Use on Hydrology of the Flint River, Anil Acharya, Alabama A&M University

Role of Vegetated Buffers in Sediment Reduction: A Meta-Analysis Study, Rasika Ramesh, Auburn University

A Hybrid Modeling Approach for Wetland Water Level Prediction, Mehdi Rezaeianzadeh and Latif Kalin, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, and Mohamed M. Hantush, USEPA

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Concurrent Session Two

Watershed Management

A Vision for Future Local/Regional Water Resource Management Planning, Barbara Gibson, Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority

Regional Challenges, Regional Solutions:  Using a Watershed Approach, Roberta Swann, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (contact us to request PowerPoint)

NFWF-Funded Comprehensive Restoration of Streams in the D’Olive Watershed, Tom Herder, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (contact us to request PowerPoint)

Partnership Activities Help Address Water Quality Issues in Bear Creek Watershed, Shannon O’Quinn, Tennessee Valley Authority

Drought/Climate Issues

Moving Toward Drought Prediction in the Southeast, Puneet Srivastava, Auburn University Water Resources Center

Simulated Effects of Groundwater Pumping on Stream-Aquifer Interaction during Drought in the Lower Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, Sarmistha Singh, Auburn University

Spatiotemporal Variability of Meteorological Droughts in Southeastern United States, Subhasis Mitra, Auburn University

Observed Impacts of Climate Change and Climate Variability on Erosivity, Ryan McGehee, Auburn University

Effects of Hydrologic Changes on Aquatic Biology/Ecology

Using 3D-Printed Surface Topographies to Determine Species Attachment Preferences in Fresh Water Periphyton Communities, David Blersch, Auburn University

Phytoplankton and Sediment Dynamics Linked to Invasive Species and Regulated Flows in a Shallow Reservoir System: Evidence from Lake Seminole and the ACF River Basin, Matthew Waters, Auburn University

Culvert Operations, Mary Szoka, Auburn University Water Resources Center

Wastewater and Oyster (Crassostrea Virginica) Larvae Distribution in a Freshwater and Human Influenced Estuary, Haley Nicholson, Dauphin Island Sea Lab/University of South Alabama

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Concurrent Session Three

Water Availability

Hydrogeologic Characterization and Groundwater Source Development Assessment for Northern Alabama, Gheorghe Ponta, Geological Survey of Alabama

Update on Surface Water Assessments in Alabama, Tom Littlepage, Alabama Office of Water Resources

Water Use in Alabama – An Update, Michael Harper, Alabama Office of Water Resources

Geological Survey of Alabama Real Time Monitoring Wells and Current Groundwater Conditions,  Sophia Rutledge, Geological Survey of Alabama

Water Quality I

Deployment of Continuous Water Quality Monitoring Equipment:  Practical Considerations, Lynn Sisk, TTL, Inc.

Use of Fallout Radionuclides and Inorganic Tracers to Identity In-Stream Sediment Sources, Jasmeet Lamba, Auburn University

Evaluating Nutrient Pulse Loads on Water Quality in Weeks Bay Using Mechanistic Models, Erin Lincoln, Tetra Tech

Climatic and Watershed Controls of Dissolved Organic Matter Variation in Streams Across a Gradient of Agricultural Land Use, Peng Shang, University of Alabama


Moving Downstream – Update on Parkerson Mill Creek Stream Enhancement, Eve Brantley, ACES/Auburn University

2 Dimensional Modeling for Stream Restoration Design, Ken Barry, S&ME, Inc.

Long Term Vegetation Response to Hydrologic Recovery in Isolated Wetlands, Megan Bartholomew, Auburn University

3:20 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.

Concurrent Session Four

Water Quality II

Investigating the Impacts of Septic Systems and Straight Pipes on the Lower Black Warrior River Watershed, Mark Elliott, University of Alabama

Sources of Escherichia Coli in Lake Martin, Alabama, Brian Burnes, University of West Alabama

Removal of Pathogenic Bacteria in Algal Turf Scrubbers, John Rains, Auburn University

Quantification of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Biochars, Sarah Richard, Auburn University

Stormwater BMPs

Hydraulic Performance of Maintained and Unmaintained Permeable Pavement, Thorsten Knappenberger, Auburn University

Green Alternatives to Rock Rip Rap for Streambank Protection and Shoreline Stabilization, Michael Close, North American Green

Low Impact Development or Proper Design, Wade Burcham, Integrated Science and Engineering

Ten Emerging Stormwater Management Best Practices, Bradley Heilwagen, Amec Foster Wheeler

GIS in Water Management

Coastal Watershed Erosion Risk, Vulnerability, and Potential: An AHP Approach with GIS Environment, John Cartwright, Mississippi State University

Community Outreach in GIS With FEMA’s Risk MAP Products, Jeff Zanotti, Amec Foster Wheeler

Using GIS to Manage Alabama Powers Environmental Shoreline Permitting Program, Brandon Phillips, Alabama Power Company

A Modified HAND Method for Continental Scale, Dynamic Flood Mapping, Ryan McGehee, Auburn University

Friday, September 9, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Keynote Address: Alabama:  The Aquatic State, R. Scot Duncan, Professor of Biology Birmingham-Southern College, and  author  of Southern Wonder, Alabama’s Surprising Biodiversity
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Session Five

Water Resource Education and Stewardship

The National Water Center 2016 Summer Institute: Program Description and Main Outcomes, Sagy Cohen, University of Alabama

America’s Amazon – The Making of an Infographic Worthy of Alabama’s World-Class Aquatic Biodiversity, Eric Reutebuch, and Jennie Powers, AU Water Resources Center, and Anne Wynn, GSA

Avoiding the Pitfalls – Strategies to Involve the Public in Water Resource Projects, Kelly Schaeffer, Kleinschmidt Associates

Floodplain Management

Beyond Mapping Floodplains: Increasing Flood Risk Awareness and Resilience through the Alabama Floodplain Management Program, Leslie Durham, Alabama Office of Water Resources

Innovative Solutions for Real-Time Flood Forecasting – Aldridge Creek Watershed, William Thomas, Schoel Engineering

Bay Side Flooding on a Developed Barrier Island During a Hurricane, Stephanie Smallegan, University of South Alabama

Using Rapid Flood Inundation Modeling to Make Informed Decisions and Optimize Investments, Christopher Niforatos, CH2M

Water Quality – Algae

Reservoir Aging – A New Paradigm for Fisheries and Water-Quality Management: These Aren’t Your Father’s Reservoirs, Reed Green, United States Geological Survey, Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center

Do Harmful Algal Blooms Threaten Freshwater Resources in Alabama?, Alan Wilson, Auburn University

Application of the High Definition Stream Survey on Choccolocco Creek and Turkey Creek, Brett Connell, Trutta Consulting, LLC (contact us to request PowerPoint)

Benthic Algae Cultivation for Recovery of Nutrients from Aquaponics Wastewater, David Blersch, Auburn University

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Concurrent Session Six

Water Systems Management

Water Conservation and Efficiency Principles for Water Supply Optimization, Rosemary Hall, United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 4

Alabama Power’s Working Model of a Hydroelectric Power Facility for Community Education and Outreach, Kenneth Odom, Alabama Power Company

The City of Auburn’s Lake Ogletree Watershed Monitoring Program: A Data-Driven Approach to Reservoir and Watershed Management, Dusty Kimbrow, The City of Auburn

Lead Corrosion from Brass Plumbing Fixtures, Jason Heberling, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Innovations in Aquatic Biology/Ecology

Teaching Problem Solving Skills to the Next Generation of Natural Resources Professionals: A Proposed Framework, Elise Irwin, United States Geological Survey

Angler Survey of the Tallapoosa River Fishery in Eastern Alabama, Clint Lloyd, Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Auburn University

10 Years of SHU Success: A Promising Approach for Conserving Alabama’s Water and Wildlife, Rebecca Bearden, Geological Survey of Alabama

Coastal Water Quality & Assessment

Tracking Progress on Coastal Watershed Plans, Christian Miller, Auburn University Marine Extension and Research Center

Coastal Monitoring of Water-Quality Conditions in the Vicinity of Mobile Bay and Dauphin Island – July 2015 through June 2016, Amy Gill, United States Geological Survey

South Baldwin County’s Coastal Streams and Rivers. Can We Balance the Future Impacts of Development and Quality of Life Issues?, Conrad Gazzer, CAG & Associates

Investigation of the Coastal Lowlands Aquifer System, Michael Bradley, Unites States Geological Survey