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Message by AWRA-AK President 2/14/15
Trey Simmons

Greetings to AWRA Alaska Section members and Alaska water professionals:

Trey SimmonsThe Alaska Section of AWRA has had a busy and productive year, with plenty more to come. Our joint conference, held in Juneau last October in conjunction with the Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and the Southeast Alaska Fish Habitat Partnership, was a great success. We had over 400 attendees, and from the feedback I received, everyone found it to be an exciting and productive meeting. So much so that we hope to do it again soon.

We've had some big changes in Board leadership over the past year. Many thanks to our former Board members Anna Liljedahl, Brock Tabor, Ed Parvin and Katrina Bennett for their contributions to the Alaska Section. We're pleased to welcome our new President-Elect Ryan Toohey, as well as new Northern Region Director Molly Tedesche, new Southeast Region Director Dave D'Amore, new South Central Region Director Robin Beebee, and new Board Secretary Joe Miller. Past-President Terry Schwarz and Treasurer Nikki Neuman are continuing on as Board members as well. We're getting the spring Brown Bags underway for the spring, so be sure to check the website for the schedule of presentations in all 3 regions. Starting this spring, we will be making Brown Bag presentations available via WebEx, and we'll be archiving the presentations on the AWRA Alaska Section website.

I'd also like to tell you about a couple of upcoming AWRA events. The first is a series of workshops the Alaska Section is putting on this May in Fairbanks, focusing on the use of remote sensing technology in aquatic and hydrological research and management. More information will be forthcoming soon; meanwhile if you have questions about the workshops, please contact me or workshop organizer Ryan Toohey directly. Secondly, we're excited to announce that the 2016 national AWRA Spring Specialty Conference will be held in Anchorage from April 25th-27th; the Alaska Section is cosponsoring and co-organizing the conference. The theme is Energy, Water and Environment. It should be an exciting meeting; look for more information as the year goes on!

Finally, the AWRA Board has several initiatives underway and we're looking for volunteers to help make them happen. We're looking to get more involved in K-12 education, including science fairs. We're also interested in making a better effort at recruiting AWRA members and in improving our communications and outreach. This will, we hope, involve the publication of a newsletter at regular intervals. Finally, we are interested in improving the website as a resource for water professionals by archiving relevant publications, dissertations, and theses from both Alaska Section members and other Alaska water resource professionals. Anyone who's interested in helping out with any of these efforts is encouraged to contact me, or any other Board member!

Best,
Trey Simmons, AWRA Alaska Section President

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