NGWA Forum on Managing Groundwater and Surface Water as a Single Resource: Merging Science and Policies (#5043)

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Date: May 14-15, 2019
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah


This forum will focus on the science and policies to collectively manage groundwater and surface water. Its goal is to provide an opportunity to share lessons learned from around the western United States, in addition to other geographic environs. The event will cover quantity and quality. Several panel discussions to encourage dialog will be integrated into the event.

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Keynote speaker

Alan Matheson

“Preparing for an Uncertain Future: Developing a 50-Year Utah Water Strategy” will be presented by keynote speaker Alan Matheson, executive director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and the senior environmental policy advisor to Governor Gary R. Herbert.

During his presentation, Matheson will talk about the four-year process he led at the direction of Governor Herbert to outline recommended strategies for addressing Utah’s water future. According to Matheson, the stakeholder process was challenging, but listening to a diverse set of viewpoints and hashing out differences yielded a better, more enduring product. The recommendations address issues such as conservation, efficient water development, sustainable agriculture, preserving natural systems, water quality, funding infrastructure, climate change, water law, and technology. Many of the high-priority recommendations are being implemented through legislation and administrative policy.

Matheson is a member of the Western States Water Council. He previously served as Utah’s state planning coordinator, executive director of Envision Utah, and director of the Utah Water Project. Matheson was also a partner in a Phoenix law firm, where he practiced water law.

Program advisers

  • Bill Alley, Ph.D.
  • Maurice Hall
  • Katherine Jacobs
  • Robert Mace
  • Tim Parker
  • Tony Willardson

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Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities for this forum, inclusive of a tabletop exhibit and one free registration, are available. For information on becoming a sponsor, please contact the NGWA sales department at

Fees and registration


  • NGWA members — $445
  • Government employees (ID required)* — $445
  • Nonmembers — $595
  • Full-time students (ID required) — $200

*Please note those registering as government employees must do so by phone, fax, or mail; online registration cannot be accepted.

Team discounts up to 10% available. Click here for more details.

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Venue and accommodations

University of Utah Guest House and Conference Center
110 Fort Douglas Blvd.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84113
(801) 587-1117

Accommodations: NGWA has secured a limited block of rooms on a first come, first served basis at the group rate of $135 per night, single or double occupancy, plus taxes. This rate is valid until 5 p.m. MT on April 14, unless our room block has been filled before that date. To receive this group rate be sure to mention you’re attending NGWA’s event when making your reservations. For guest check-in and checkout times, please contact the hotel directly.