The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Water Resources IMPACT 2018 Article of the Year Announced

American Water Resources Association (AWRA) selects inaugural Water Resources IMPACT magazine Article of the Year winner, names two runners-up.

MIDDLEBURG, VA, March 26, 2019

The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) is pleased to announce that "Climate Change: Resilient Infrastructure or Infrastructure for Resilience?" written by John Matthews and published in the November 2018 issue is winner of the Water Resources IMPACT magazine 2018 Article of the Year.

In nominating this article one of the editors wrote, “Matthews’ engaging writing style draws in the reader, asks critical questions, and promotes multidisciplinary approaches.”

"Many, many thanks for this," responded Matthews, lead and co-founder of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), chaired by the World Bank and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and a senior water Fellow at Colorado State University. "I'm so honored to be nominated, much less to have achieved article of the year. Resilience may be the newest, most important (and least understood) concept for water management today. Practical lessons for resilience water management -- what we need to do differently in light of climate change -- are here already, but often those examples are not where we're used to finding them. Now is the time for us to draw on the global pool of examples and reach across traditional boundaries to achieve the non-traditional solutions we need today."

Download Matthews' winning article here.

The evaluation process also revealed two articles that tied for second place:

"Endangered by Injustice: The Human Right to Water in the United States," by Susan Lea Smith, March 2018, IMPACT.
"Integrating Law, Science and a Path Forward: Opportunities for Collective Action in a Time of Change," by Lara B. Fowler, and Robert T. Caccese, November 2018, IMPACT.

Download runners-up articles here.

Call for Abstracts | 2017 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference

The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) is one of the world’s leading multi-sectoral (private, government, academia), multi-disciplinary water resources professional societies. Their 2017 annual conference will be in Portland, OR, 5-7 November. They are seeking abstracts on any and all aspects of water resources.

AWRA is a great place to tell your water story to others outside your own discipline/sector. It’s also a wonderful venue for students and young professionals (YPs).

No papers are required. You can select an oral or poster presentation. If you wish to organize a Topical Session, contact the event organizers ASAP.

For more information and to submit (through 16 May), visit

American Water Resources Association’s 2017 Spring Specialty Conference | Call for abstracts

This is a conference update and call for abstracts for the American Water Resources Association’s 2017 Spring Specialty Conference, “Connecting the Dots: The Emerging Science of Aquatic System Connectivity.” The conference will be held from April 30 through May 3, 2017, in Snowbird, Utah, just 30 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport. The deadline for submitting an abstract is January 9, 2017.

The conference focuses on hydrological, chemical, and biological connectivity in lakes, wetlands, streams, estuaries, and oceans. The conference will cover a wide range of topics on connectivity and should be a wonderful opportunity to learn about and discuss research that others are doing in fields related to aquatic systems. More information on abstract submission is found below.