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(The Presenter is in BOLD type immediately following the paper title. Co-authors are listed in parentheses.)

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8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

John C. Tracy
Conference General Chair

Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Michael E. Campana
Technical Program Chair

College of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Keynote Speaker

Alfonso Rivera
Chief Hydrogeologist, Geological Survey of Canada, Quebec, Quebec, Canada

What We Have Learned on Mapping Transboundary Aquifers at the Global Scale:  
Current Issues and Emerging Challenges

Alfonso Rivera is the Chief hydrogeologist of the Geological Survey of Canada, author and editor of the book “Canada’s Groundwater Resources”, adjunct professor at the University of Quebec-INRS, Canada, and member of the Académie de l’eau, France. He designed a national framework to assist the developing of innovative research activities to shift from single aquifer-scale mapping to Canada-wide groundwater assessment and accounting. He collaborates with research institutions and universities in Canada, USA, Mexico, France, Switzerland, Spain and Argentina. Alfonso led the ISARM-Americas group of UNESCO in preparing the Regional Strategy for the Assessment and Management of the Transboundary aquifers of the Americas.

Neno Kukuric
International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre, Delft, The Netherlands

Aquifers before Borders

Neno Kukurić is a hydrogeologist with about 30 years of experience gained in more than 20 countries worldwide. His professional interest is international water cooperation and application of informed management, encompassing technical, socio-economical, institutional and political aspects of water-related issues. Neno Kukurić is particularly involved in a global assessment and management of transboundary groundwaters. Since 2011, he serves as a director of IGRAC (International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre) of UNESCO. Previously he worked as a field hydrogeologist, consultant, scientific researcher and project manager.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM​

These are short (5 minutes and 5 PowerPoint slides maximum), succinct presentations designed to transmit new and/or controversial information, techniques, tools, etc. Lightning talks will quickly define motivation, implications and impacts of the work. The Planning Committee will identify 5 such presenters and talks to facilitate the tasks outlined during the Disciplinary Caucuses (see below).

(Prepare for Working Sessions 2 and 3 on July 11 – Path Forward)
11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Disciplinary Caucuses:
Prior to this session the conference organizers will identify the disciplines of attendees; disciplinary caucuses will be organized and leaders designated. Where appropriate, the latter will be drawn from the conference Planning Committee. 

At the session, leaders will ask the attendees to select which caucus they wish to join. There will be an opportunity to add disciplines and caucuses. 

Each caucus will meet to identify:

  1. contributions they can make to advance integrated, multidisciplinary approaches to transboundary groundwater science, governance, and management;
  2. what they most need from other disciplines to make such an integrated, multidisciplinary approach possible; and
  3. strategies for interacting with one another and the other disciplines during two days of presentations to prepare for the third day, during which attendees will determine trends and issues that must be addressed to move forward.    

Each caucus will orally report their results at the end of the session.

Monday / July 9 / 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 1, 2, 3

SESSION 1:  Governance Frameworks
Moderator:  Michael E. Campana,
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

  1. Transboundary Water Security: Cases from the Arid Americas - Tamee Albrecht, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (co-authors:  R. G. Varady, A. A. Zuniga-Teran, A. K. Gerlak, R. De Grenade, A. Lutz-Ley, F. Martín, S. B. Megdal, F. Meza, D. Ocampo Melgar, N. Pineda, F. Rojas, R. Taboada, B. Willems)
  2. Reasonable Use?: The Challenges of Riparianism on Transboundary Groundwater Regulation in the Eastern United States - Robert Caccese, Penn State University, University Park, PA
  3. A Look Beneath the Surface: Developing a Transboundary Groundwater Governance Framework and Agreement for the Memphis Sand Aquifer - Holly Mondo, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 
  4. Prairie Provinces Water Board - Agreement on Transboundary Aquifers (Proposed) - Megan Garner, Prairie Provinces Water Board (Canada), Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

SESSION 2:  Modeling, Data, and Monitoring
Moderator:  Guy Sewell,
THE Oklahoma Institute/East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma

  1. Seasonal Water-Level Perturbations Beneath the High Plains of the Llano Estacado - John Stout, USDA-ARS, Lubbock, TX
  2. Evaluation of the Performance and Uncertainties of Simulated Groundwater Storage Over the Ogallala Aquifer Region - Zachary Zambreski, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS  (co-authors:  Y. Zhang, X. Lin)
  3. The National Ground Water Monitoring Network: Collaborative Transboundary Groundwater Level and Quality Data - William Cunningham, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA (co-author:  R. Schreiber)
  4. Enhanced Aquifer Recharge: management and markets - Guy Sewell, The Oklahoma Institute/East Central University, Ada, OK (co-authors:  W. Kellogg, C. Holcomb)

SESSION 3:  Management
Moderator:  Stephanie Moore,
 Daniel B. STephens & Associates, Inc., Austin, TX

  1. Resulting Changes from Producer-Driven Groundwater Pumping Reductions in Kansas - Bill Golden, Kansas State Unuversity, Meridian, TX
  2. The Mackenzie River: Management Approach of a Unique Transboundary Basin - Isabelle De Grandpré, Government of Northwest Territories, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada (co-authors:  A. Baye, G. Bayegnak, K. Lo, J. Miller)  
  3. Building flexible River Basin Models for today's challenges in Water Resources Management - Enrique Triana, RTI International, Fort Collins, Colorado, US (co-authors:  E. Morway, R. Niswonger, R. Regan)

Monday / July 9 / 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 4, 5, 6

SESSION 4:  The Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program (TAAP)
Moderator:  Sharon B. Megdal,
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

  1. The  Cooperative Framework for the  U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program: A Model for Collaborative Transborder Studies - Sharon Megdal, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  2. The Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program (TAAP): History and Purpose, Highlighting the Binational Mesilla Basin/Conejos Medanos Aquifer - Avery Olshefski, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM  (co-author:  A. Fernald)
  3. Lessons Learned from the Assessment of the Mexico-United States Transboundary San Pedro and Santa Cruz Aquifers: The Utility of Social Science in Applied Physical Science Research - James Callegary, U.S. Geological Survey, Tucson, AZ  (co-authors:  J.B. Callegary, S.M. Megdal, E.M. Tapia Villaseñor, I Minjárez Sosa, J. Petersen-Perlman, R. Monreal, F. Gray, F. Grijalva-Noriega, F.)
  4. Subsidiarity and Transboundary Groundwater in North America - Jacob Petersen-Perlman, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ  

SESSION 5:  Legal Instruments
Moderator:  Gabriel Eckstein,
Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, TX

  1. Managing Hidden Treasures Across International Frontiers: International Law for Transboundary Aquifers - Gabriel Eckstein, Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, TX
  2. One of the Few - Context and Content of the Geneva Aquifer - Zaki Shubber, IHE Delft, Delft, Zuid Holland, Netherlands
  3. Transboundary Offshore Freshwater: Which Law Will Apply? - Renee Martin-Nagle, A Ripple Effect PLC, Ebensburg, PA
  4. Using Compacts to Resolve Interstate Groundwater Issues - Robin Craig, University of Utah College of Law, Salt Lake City, UT
  5. Tribal Participation in California's SGMA Implementation Processes - Mackenzie R. Johnson, UC Davis, Davis, CA (co-author:  E. R. Middleton)

SESSION 6:  Case Studies and Lessons Learned
Moderator:  Michael Davidson
, Davidson Consultants, Altadena, CA

  1. Outreach and Engagement in the Sahel Region of West Africa - Michael Davidson, Davidson Consultants, Altadena, CA
  2. The Groundwater Professional Revisits (or Visits for the First Time) Garrett Hardin’s The Tragedy of the Commons - Joshua Joseph, Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA
  3. The Winters Doctrine Goes Underground – Michael E. Campana, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  4. Watershed Based Stormwater Permit as a Model for Small Scale Transboundary Management in the Central Rio Grande Basin – Stephanie Moore, Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc., Austin, TX