AWRA-WA Annual State Conference: Rural Domestic and Municipal Water Supply

Call for Lightning Talks Abstracts

What are Lightning Talks?

  • This is the first time that AWRA-WA has included Lightning Talks in our Annual Conference.
  • Lightning Talks are very short, no more than 5 minute, presentations that complement the respective session. These research talks must be succinct in nature; they must quickly define motivation, implications, and impacts of the proposed presentation.

What is AWRA-WA’s Criteria for Lightning Talks?

  • Slides (a maximum of three content slides) must be submitted in advance and speakers line up in order, so that the transition between speakers is minimized.
  • Talks should highlight your work, or should reflect on and be relevant to the respective session theme.
  • While there is no time allotted for discussion or questions during the Lightning Talks sessions, break sessions will allow participants to connect and converse.

Lightning Talk Sessions

We will provide sufficient time for one Lightning Talk at the end of each of the first three sessions. Abstracts are currently being accepted for the following sessions:

- Session 2: Intersection of Growth Management Act and the Water Code – A paradigm shift is occurring between free and unregulated rural water supply resources under the groundwater exemption, and consideration of legal water availability for all uses. Cultural perception and policy are changing as we adjust to this new paradigm.

- Session 3: Current Rural Domestic and Municipal Water Supply Tools and Programs – A number of tools and programs are in place to establish legally available water resources. We will implore those tools and programs, focusing on their differences and similarities.

If you are interested, please submit the following abstract materials to Steve Nelson ( and Tyson Carlson ( by Monday, September 19 to be considered by the Conference Committee:

•              One paragraph abstract,

•              Biosketch, and

•              Professional photo.

Have questions or need more information? Please contact Steve Nelson (, Tyson Carlson (, or Jason McCormick (

*Note that complimentary registration is not available to Lightning Talk speakers.


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