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January 08, 2009   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
January 08, 2009

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. -- Water quality, management, policy and distribution will be on the agenda Jan. 21-22 for the Upland Rainwater Banking Conference, at Lake Guntersville State Park Conference Center.

Sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University's Butler/Cunningham Endowment and others, the two-day event will explore how Alabama can better capture rainfall from upland, rural watersheds to provide water for municipal, industrial and agricultural uses during drought.

The event is open to private citizens concerned about water quality and water issues as well as local, state and federal officials, scientists and researchers concerned with water quality and policy.

Dr. Samuel Fowler, director of Auburn University's Water resources Center, will join a host of other experts and officials in searching for alternatives to damming larger streams and waterways. The conference will also examine legal and environmental issues, along with the possibility of private landowners deriving income from water harvested from their land.

Marlon Cook of the Geological Survey of Alabama, will discuss the roles of geology and groundwater available during the Rainwater Banking Session on the opening day. Other speakers include Perry Oakes of the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, Dr. Richard McNider of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, E.W. Shell of AU's Fisheries & Allied Aquacultures, Lynn Sisk of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and Aaron McNevin of the World Wildlife Fund.

Mike Kilgore, executive director of the Alabama Farmers Federation, and Don Parrish of the American Farm Bureau Federation, will be among speakers at Thursday's Water Policy session. Other speakers include state Rep. Frank McDaniel, attorney William Thomas Craig and Cindy Lowry of the Alabama Rivers Alliance.

For conference attendees interested in overnight accommodations, a block of rooms has been reserved at Lake Guntersville State Park Resort.

To make a reservation at Lake Guntersville State Park, call (256) 571-5440 and mention the Upland Rainwater Banking Conference.

For more information about the conference, contact Leslie Parsons at (334) 844-6147, email at leslie@auburn.edu or visit the conference Web site at www.nrmdi.auburn.edu/water/conference/2009.

Download Upland Water Banking Agenda

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