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Alabama Section of the American Water Resources Association

The Alabama Section of the American Water Resources Association was established in 1987 to provide a common forum in which professionals in water resources and related areas can meet, discuss, and exchange ideas pertaining to all aspects of water resources research and management. To encourage and or assist in:


1. Promoting research and technological, social, economic, and legislative advances in all aspects of water and related resources planning, utilization, management, and development.

2. Collecting and disseminating information, knowledge, and data concerning all aspects of water and related resources planning, utilization, management and development.

3. Relating the needs of management, educational institutions and governmental agencies for specialized services and guidance to qualified professionals and consultants in water and related resources and environmental problems.

4. To promote the rational and objective protection, development, utilization, and management of water resources.


Past President –  Kenneth Odom | Alabama Power

President – Bennett Bearden | Geological Survey of Alabama

Incoming President –  Greg Guthrie | Geological Survey of Alabama

Treasurer – Shannon Weaver | USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Secretary –Lee Ellenburg | The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Membership – Ann Ojeda | Auburn University

Advisors: Patrick O’Neil and Eve Brantley

AL-AWRA typically considers a rotation of stakeholder groups amongst officers to involve a balanced representation of state, federal, private/industry, and academia.

An annual officer election takes place each September at the Alabama Water Resources Conference.

AL-AWRA officers serve a 6-year consecutive term on a rotating basis:
Year 1 – Membership
Year 2 – Secretary
Year 3 – Treasurer
Year 4 – Incoming President
Year 5 – President
Year 6 – Former President

 Interested in becoming an officer? If you would like to be considered for nomination to the AL-AWRA Membership Chair you can fill out a brief interest form.


There are two ways to become a member of the Alabama Section of AWRA:

1. Register for the annual Alabama Water Resources Symposium or

2. Submit a membership form along with annual dues ($20) at any time


The annual Alabama Water Resources Conference & Symposium (ALWRC) is held the week of Labor Day in Orange Beach, Alabama. This event is partnership between AL-AWRA and the Auburn Univerity Water Resources Center. Day 1 of this 3-day event is a Symposium offered by the AL-AWRA. Previous themes for the AWRA Symposium include:

2023: Science Communications

2022: Ecological Infrastructure

2021: Coastal Recovery, Restoration, and Resiliency

2019: The Power of Partnerships

2018: The Many Faces of Aquatic Restoration

If you are interested in sponsoring the ALWRC, please contact


Visit the American Water Resources Association webpage for national AWRA events and speciality conference information.