2020 Mississippi Water Resources Conference

The 2019 Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute (MWRRI) annual conference promises to be an exciting event. This year’s event will be held in Jackson, MS, March 31 - April 1, 2020 and will be the water conference in Mississippi that you will not want to miss. We hope you will attend. Abstracts are now being accepted for presentations and posters.

Call for Session Organizers & Abstracts

The Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute (MWRRI) is pleased to issue a call for session organizers and abstracts (presentations and posters) for the 2020 Mississippi Water Resources Conference. The event will be held in Jackson, MS on March 31–April 1, 2020 at the Jackson Hilton. This well-attended annual conference is the premiere water resources event in Mississippi and regularly features a wide range of session topics of statewide, regional, and national interest.

Abstracts are now being accepted from individuals/teams that desire to organize and moderate special sessions on water topics of their choice as well as persons that wish to perform oral and/or poster presentations. We again will feature a student competition for oral and poster presentations and monetary awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category.

Abstract should be submitted to Jessie Schmidt (jessie.schmidt@msstate.edu) by Friday, January 10, 2020. Session organizers will be expected to develop and submit a session abstract, solicit session presenters, and moderate the session during the conference. Individual presenters will be required to submit abstracts for their oral presentations and/or posters. All session organizers and presenters whose abstracts are accepted are required to register for the conference and pay their registration fee which will cover all conference activities for the dates they register. The full conference registration if $225 ($275 for late registration after February 28, 2020) for professionals and $100 for full-time students ($150 for late registration). A one-day registration for Tuesday is available for $150 (professionals) or $75 (students). Cancellations after March 1, 2020 will be responsible for payment of their registration fee.

All submissions must include the following information:

  • Title
  • Type of Presentation (oral, poster, both)
  • Presenter’s Name, Title and Affiliation
  • Presenter’s Address (business preferred, if applicable), Phone, Fax and Email
  • Any Co-authors and Affiliation
  • Whether a Student (and, if so, name of major advisor)
  • Abstract

Abstracts for session topics, oral presentations, and posters may address any water-related top- ic and should contain 200-400 words. Examples of potential session topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Climate – precipitation trends and forecasts; innovative water capture applications
  • Coastal Issues – Harmful algal blooms and other pathogens; hypoxia; fresh water inputs; ecosystem restoration
  • Drinking Water and Wastewater – Lead corrosion; Infrastructure longevity; capacity assurance and development
  • Economics of Water – Value of drinking water and wastewater; energy optimization
  • Ecosystem Health – Case studies; nutrient concentrations and responses; stream restoration
  • Emerging and Innovative Technologies – Nutrient reduction; model development; unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Groundwater – Aquifer characterization and recharge; water budgets; management challenges and approaches
  • Policy and Planning – Policy impacts; planning approaches; case studies
  • Surface Water – Quality and quantity (various topics); BMP effectiveness; nutrient concentrations and responses
  • Water Management – Social Science Nexus – Social indicators; civic engagement measures
  • Water Use Efficiency and Reuse – Water reclamation and reuse; water use and irrigation efficiency
  • Watershed Management – Case studies; innovative management and modeling approaches
Student Registration
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Sponsor Registration
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The conference will be held at the Jackson Hilton, in Jackson MS. Reservations may be made by phoning 1-888-263-0524. Mention group code WATER4 to receive the special group rate.

Agenda (2019)

DAY 1: April 2 (Tuesday)
7:30-8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast Imperial Hall - Salon B
8:00-8:30 am Opening Plenary - LaDon Swann, Director, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium Salon A
8:30-8:45 am Break – Posters and Exhibits (Refreshments) Salon B
8:45-10:25 am TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS Click to View
10:25-10:40 am Break - Posters and Exhibits Salon B
10:40-12:00 pm TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS Click to View
12:00-1:20 pm Lunch and Plenary Speaker - Jeff Johnson, Director, Delta Research and Extension Center, Mississippi State University Salon B
1:30-2:50 pm TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS Click to View
3:00-3:20 pm Break - Posters and Exhibits Salon B
3:25-5:05 pm TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS Click to View
5:30-7:00 pm Student Poster Competition & Welcome Reception Salons A & B
DAY 2: April 3 (Wednesday)
7:30-8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast Imperial Hall - Salon B
8:00-9:20 am TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS Click to View
9:20-9:30 am Break – Posters and Exhibits (Refreshments) Salon B
9:30-10:50 am TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS Click to View
10:50-11:00 am Break - Posters and Exhibits Salon B
11:00-12:20 pm TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS Click to View
12:20-1:35 pm Lunch and Student Awards - Speakers - Wade Kress - U.S. Geological Survey
Topic: Hidden complexity of the Mississippi River Alluvial Valley aquifer illuminated like never before using regional-scale airborne geophysics
Salon A
1:45-2:30 pm MWRRI Advisory Board Meeting Port Gibson Boardroom - Penthouse
Student Posters
  • Mohammed Al Otmi
    Mississippi State University
    Experimental Study of the Performance of the N, N'-di (carboxymethyl) dithicarbamate Chelating Resin in Removing Heavy Metals from Oilfield Waste Water
  • Meredith Brock
    Mississippi State University
    A Geospatial Inventory of Surface Water for Irrigation in the Big Sunflower River Watershed
  • Corey Bryant
    Mississippi State University
    Characterization of Runoff Water Quality from Established BMP Soybean Production Systems
  • Lucas Glisson
    University of Alabama
    Bottom-up Effects of Leaf Litter Conditioning on Snail Physiological Rates
  • Yiwen Han
    China Agriculture University
    The Spatiotemporal Variation of Groundwater Level and Response to Landuse Change in the Big Sunflower River Watershed
  • Hashindra Herath
    University of Mississippi
    Iron-precipitation in Mississippi Streams from Discharge of Iron-rich Groundwater: Characterization and Modeling
  • Jane Kunberger
    University of Alabama
    Investigating Variables Which Could Affect Unionid Abundance and Biodiversity
  • Yizhuo Li
    Auburn University
    Systematic Water Use Efficiency in Maize-Soybean Rotations: The Impact from Climate Change and Cover Crops
  • Yuanyuan Li
    Shaanxi Province, China
    Increase in Plant Available Water Holding Capacity of Soils Amended by Biochar
  • Audrey McCrary
    Mississippi State University
    Assessing the Environmental and Educational Value of an Agricultural Stream Restoration
  • Taten Palmer
    Mississippi State University
    Control of Chinese Privet as a Part of the Water Resources Management Plan for the Redbud-Catalpa Creek Watershed
  • Austin Scircle
    University of Mississippi
    "One pot" Method for Collection and Preparation of Microplastic Samples for Detection and Characterization Purposes
  • Moniba Shabbir
    Mississippi State University
    DSS based BMPs Effectiveness Impacts and Evaluation of Water Quality at Yazoo River Sub Basin
  • Dave Spencer
    Mississippi State University
    Runoff and Transportation in Conservation Management Systems Under Simulated Rainfall
  • Brian van Ee
    University of Alabama
    Determining Ecosystem Function and Thermal Thresholds of Freshwater Mussels
  • Samantha Wacaster
    University of Mississippi
    The Use of Lumped Parameter Modeling to Determine Groundwater Age of the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer
Professional Posters
  • James Cizdziel
    University of Mississippi
    Microplastics in the Mississippi River System
  • David Lang
    Mississippi State University
    Establishment of a Riparian Buffer Along the Constructed Levees of Catalpa Creek
  • Xiaofei Li
    Mississippi State University
    Estimating the Optimal Water Requirement for Soybean Production in the State of Mississippi
  • Eric Stevens
    Characterizing Phosphorus Fractionation in Delta Soils