I just finished with the AWRA Specialty Conference on Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs), in Denver. CECs include: nonprescription and prescription drugs, hormones, disinfectants, pesticides, pathogens, flame retardants and other industrial chemicals, some household-cleaning products and fragrances, and nanomaterials. These “micropollutants” as they are sometimes called are found with increasing frequency in our water resources, such as urban streams, drinking water supplies, and even remote locations.
The conference was great from a technical perspective. We had about 130 participants from around the world, 85 presentations, and lots of productive networking. Here are some unsolicited quotes from participants of that meeting: “by far the most topical and informative meeting I’ve been to in years.” – Tim R.; “It was a pleasure for me to be there and meet you all, I enjoyed the conference and had a good time.” – Christa M.; “The AWRA conferences I have been to have been great since they are small enough to be very personal.” – Rachael V.; and “You can’t feminize a dead fish” – Dana K. We also had fun. Fifteen very brave (or somewhat off) folks participated in the “fun run” even though temperatures (105) on that day broke the record high for Denver…on any day…ever! Even more participated in the student networking event that followed the run, maybe the cold beer helped! Networking is one of the most important things that happen at AWRA conferences. It is a “member benefit” that is very hard to quantify or measure, but when it happens, you know it. Our conferences are small, friendly, open, and diverse. I think at least 5 or 6 of the presentations I saw at this AWRA CECs conference were the fruition of ideas that were spawned at the last AWRA CEC conference in Vail in 2007. It is the contacts and the friends that are made at AWRA conference that make being a scientist interesting and fun.
Two more nominations for the AWRA list of points of Hydrologic Interest.
Lost Lake near Buena Vista, Colorado – Just a short hike in, but no crowds and oh-so-much view. And Fossil Beach, Kodiak Island, Alaska – a bit more difficult to get to, but very nice. Where else can you wade in the waves, look for fossils and enjoy the view of snowcapped peaks.
- July 2012 AWRA President’s Message Sure it’s fun! But skiing the last of the snowpack...
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