2017 AWRC Presentations

Alabama Water Resources Conference
September 6-8, 2017
Perdido Beach Resort
Orange Beach, Alabama


Thursday, September 7th, 2017 – Session One – 8:00 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.

Keynote Address: Managing an Invaluable Resource, Col. James (Jim) DeLapp, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers

Watershed Management ~ (Salon D)

Have the local government entities involved in water resources management evolved over the period 1990 to the present day? Have their changing roles influenced the development of water policy in the state? Mary Wallace Pitts, University of Alabama

Growing and Maintaining a Vibrant Watershed Group in North Central Alabama  Kevin Jenne, Watershed CoordinatorChoccolocco Creek Watershed

Implementation Assessment for Water Resource Availability, Protection, and Utilization for the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watersheds  Barbara Gibson, Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority

What Difference Does a Year Make? The influence of drought periods on low flow statistics and water quality trends  Lynn Sisk, TTL, Inc.

Aquatic Ecology/Biology ~ (Salon E)

Quantification of Functional Marker Genes for Denitrifying Microbial Populations in the Chandeleur Islands Impacted by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Nikaela Flournoy, University of Alabama

Non‐Lethal Estimation of Proximate Body Composition of Channel Catfish Using Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis Julie Sharp, University of Alabama

Estimating Nitrogen Removal Services of Eastern Oyster in Mobile Bay, Alabama Quan Lai, Auburn University

Macroinvertebrate Community Response to Drought Years in Regulated and Unregulated Reaches of the Tallapoosa River, Alabama Kristie Ouellette, Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Water Quantity ~ (Salon F-H)

Limits to Water Entrepreneurship and How to Overcome Them: A case analysis Craig Armstrong, University of Alabama

EPA’s Water Conservation & Efficiency Best Practices (formerly Region 4’s Water Efficiency Guidelines) Rosemary (Hall) Calli, Aquatic Ecotoxicologist, EPA Region 4

Updating Low‐Flow Frequency and Flow‐Duration Statistics in Alabama Toby Feaster, U.S. Geological Survey

Hydrologic Classification of Alabama Rivers Based on Cluster Analysis of Dimensionless Signatures Sarah Praskievicz, University of Alabama.

Thursday, September 7th, 2017 – Session Two – 10:45 a.m. – 12:05 a.m.

Water Policy/Law ~ (Salon D)

Aftermath: Water policy implications of Florida v. Georgia    Bennett Bearden, Water Policy and Law Institute, University of Alabama

Multi‐Decadal Decline of Alabama Streamflow     Glenn Tootle, University of Alabama

A Paleohydroclimate Perspective on Alabama Water Policy     Matthew Therrell, University of Alabama

Bridging Water Policy and Aquatic Species Conservation: What we have learned from a two‐inch fish     Patrick O’Neil, Geological Survey of Alabama

Drought/Climate Issues ~ (Salon E)

Past and Future Predicted Effects of Sea Level Rise and Human Activities on Habitats and Shorelines in Coastal Alabama’s Weeks Bay Watershed  ➜ Scott Jackson, Ecology and Environment, Inc.

Land‐Atmosphere Coupling and Soil Moisture Memory Contribute to Long‐Term Agricultural Drought  ➜ Sanjiv Kumar, Auburn University

Development of Bivariate and Multivariate Coastal Drought Index: A comprehensive drought assessment tool for coastal areas, bays and estuaries  ➜  Subhasis Mitra, Auburn University

Medium Range Forecasting of Reference Evapotranspiration in Continental U.S. Using Numerical Weather Predictions  ➜ Hanoi Medina, Auburn University

Weeks Bay Session ~ (Salon F-H)

Creating a Clean Water Future for the Weeks Bay Watershed   ➜  Roberta Swann, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program

Weeks Bay Watershed Hydrologic and Water Quality Modeling  ➜   Latif KalinAuburn University

Weeks Bay Watershed Management Plan: Overview of watershed conditions and water quality  ➜   John Carlton, Double J Farms

Ecosystem Review and Analysis for the Weeks Bay Watershed Management Plan  ➜   Tim ThibautBarry A. Vittor & Associates, Inc.

Management Recommendations for the Weeks Bay Watershed Management Plan  ➜   Michael EubanksThompson Engineering, Inc.

Thursday, September 7th, 2017 – Session Three – 1:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Modeling in Water Management ~ (Salon D)

Application of AnnAGNPS to Model an Agricultural Watershed in East‐Central Mississippi for the Evaluation of an On‐Farm Water Storage (OFWS) System   ➜   Ritesh KarkiAuburn University

Implementing a Modified HAND Method for Real‐Time Continental Inundation Mapping   ➜   Ryan McGeheeAuburn University

Challenges, Perspectives and Understandings Regarding Wetland Function: A comparative case study   ➜  Rasika RameshAuburn University

Using Drone Images to Capture Channel Geometry for Hydrological Modeling   ➜   Thorsten KnappenbergerAuburn University

Water Quality ~ (Salon E)

Common Mistakes in Applying Statistics to Water Quality Data and How to Avoid Them   ➜   Jason Heberling, Heberling Environmental Consulting

Establishing Comprehensive Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring   ➜   Jason KudulisMobile Bay National Estuary Program

Water‐Soluble Carbohydrates Sensing System Using Boronic Acid Modified Poly(amidoamine) Dendrimers   ➜  Xiaoli Liang, University of Alabama

Reconstructing Sediment Inputs, Water Quality and Phytoplankton Communities in Wolf Bay, Alabama from the Sediment Record   ➜   Matthew WatersAuburn University

Restoration/Remediation ~ (Salon F-H)

 Bear Point Bayou: A case study in urban coastal stream restoration   ➜   Kit HamblenCH2M

Update on Grant Funded Comprehensive Steam Restoration Projects in the D’Olive Watershed, Baldwin County, Alabama   ➜   Paul LammersMobile Bay National Estuary Program

Faunal Habitat Linkages for Alabama Barrier Island Restoration Assessment at Dauphin Island   ➜   Clint LloydAuburn University

Primum Non Nocere: Fundamentals of ecological‐driven remediation   ➜   John SchellTEA, Inc.

Thursday, September 7th, 2017 – Session Four – 3:30 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.

Connecting Agencies, Industries and Stakeholders  ~ (Salon D)

Examples of Local Municipalities Working with Their Universities   ➜    Michael FreemanAWWA

Inland Navigation in Alabama   ➜    Larry MerrihewCoalition of Alabama Waterway Associations

Finding and Nurturing Public Support: What cultural rhetorics can contribute to public debates on environmental initiatives and clean water policies?   ➜    Cindy TekobbeUniversity of Alabama

Alabama Oyster Shell Recycling Program: Connecting people to their Coast   ➜    Mark BerteAlabama Coastal Foundation

Stormwater Management ~ (Salon E)

Realizing Our Sustainability Potential: Utilizing urban trees for stormwater management   ➜    Jeremy BaileyGreenBlue Urban

The Alabama Clean Water Partnership: Engaging students for clean water   ➜    Ashley Henderson and Sabrina WoodAlabama Clean Water Partnership ‐ Alabama and Tallapoosa River Basins

Mapping and Analysis of Sedimentation in a Suburban Lake   ➜    Bret Webb, University of South Alabama

Stormwater User Fees in Alabama   ➜    Byron HincheyAmec Foster Wheeler

GIS in Water Management ~ (Salon F-H)

Evaluating Baseline Watershed Conditions and Identifying Restoration Opportunities Using Mobile Data Collection Software   ➜    David BellCH2M

Using GIS and Story Maps for Watershed Management and Monitoring   ➜    John CartwrightMississippi State University

High Definition Stream Survey of the Duck River: Covering 120 miles in 8 days with only 2 people   ➜    Brett ConnellTrutta Environmental Solutions

Alabama Dam Safety: Inventory update and beyond   ➜    Jeff ZanottiAmec Foster Wheeler

Friday, September 8th, 2017 – Session Five – 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Keynote Address: Surface Water Assessments in Alabama     Brian Atkins, Director, Alabama Office of Water Resources

Water Resources Education and Stewardship ~ (Salon D)

How You Can Be a Part of Alabama Dam Safety   ➜   Wade BurchamIntegrated Science & Engineering

4‐H Alabama Water Watch: Increasing environmental literacy and watershed stewardship through youth‐ focused citizen science   ➜   Mona Dominguez, Auburn University

Establishing a Coastal Alabama Conservation Corps   ➜   Tom HerderMobile Bay National Estuary Program

Accessible County Level Water Resource Fact Sheets: Experiences from your neighbor   ➜   Vincent White, USGS

Flood Issues ~ (Salon E)

Is the Present a Key to the Past or Is the Past a Key to the Present: A look into the paleoflood record of the Tennessee River in Alabama  ➜   Lisa Davis, University of Alabama

How Can We Prepare Alabama for the Era of Water Crisis?  ➜   Jonghun Kam, Princeton University

Gradient‐Based Flood Map: A science‐based policy alternative to the 100‐year flood zone  ➜   Rachel Lombardi, University of Alabama

Increasing Flood Risk Awareness and Resilience through the Alabama Floodplain Management Program   ➜   Clay Campbell, Amec Foster Wheeler

Ground Water Availability/Management ~ (Salon F-H)

Developing New Groundwater Sources: Science or serendipity?   ➜   Marlon Cook, Cook Hydrogeology, LLC

Extremophile Relationship to Geologic Setting in the Sulfur Springs Located at Blount Springs, Alabama   ➜   David Frings, Samford University

Status and Trends of Streamflow Recession in Tennessee from Distributional Properties of Day‐Over‐Day Declines   ➜   Elena Crowley‐Ornelas, USGS, Texas Water Science Center

Assessment of Groundwater Resources in Nanafalia Aquifer 2010‐2016   ➜   Amye HinsonGeological Survey of AL

Friday, September 8th, 2017 – Session Six – 10:50 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Water/Wastewater Systems Management ~ (Salon D)

Disinfection of Liquid Human Waste through Photoelectrochemical Process   ➜  Qing PengUniversity of Alabama

Scope and Impacts of Household Raw Wastewater Discharges in Three Alabama Counties   ➜  Mark ElliottUniversity of Alabama

Tracking Wastewater Influence on Oysters (Crassostrea virginica) in a Freshwater Dominated Urbanized Estuary   ➜  Haley NicholsonUniversity of South Alabama

Keeping Lagoons EPA Compliant   ➜  Wade Stinson, Wastewater Compliance Systems


Ecological Flows ~ (Salon E)

Quantifying Streamflow Alteration in Basins Draining to the Gulf of Mexico   ➜  Brian Breaker, USGS

Hydrologic Alteration and the Clean Water Act: Part I   ➜  Gerrit Jobsis, American Rivers

Hydrologic Alteration and the Clean Water Act: Part II   ➜  Randall Haddock, Cahaba River Society

Minimum Streamflow Requirements Necessary for Streambed Inundation Using Graphical and Mathematical Methods for Alabama Streams   ➜  Claire Rose, USGS

Coastal Issues ~ (Salon F-H)

Beach Restoration Design and Construction on Dauphin Island, Alabama   ➜  Beau Buhring, South Coast Engineers

A Multifaceted Approach for Continuous and Near‐Real‐Time Observations of Sediment, Heavy Metals and Nutrient Fluxes into Mobile Bay, Alabama   ➜  Natasha Dimova, University of Alabama

Going with the Flow: A novel, inexpensive method for collection of suspended sediment in the coastal environment   ➜  Emily Elliott, University of Alabama

Coastal Marine Planning in Alabama  ➜  Christian Miller, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program