April 11

April 11
7:00 a.m - 5:00 pm Registration Imperial Hall A
7:00 - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast Salon A
8:00 - 8:50 am Opening Plenary Session Salon C
Water Management to Ensure Water of Sufficient Quantity And Quality For A Sustainable Environment and Economy in Mississippi - Panelists: TBD
8:50 - 9:05 am Break - Posters and Exhibits (Refreshments) Salon A
9:10 - 10:30 am TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONSClick a title to view an abstract Session 1: Salon C
Session 2: Amphitheater I & II
Session 1 - Delta Sustainable Water Resources: Monitoring and Modeling Moderator: Kay Whittington, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Session 2 - Water Treatment and Management Moderator: Jason Barrett, Mississippi State University
Kay Whittington, MDEQ9:10 - 9:30 amDelta Sustainable Water Resources Task Force Update Jason Barrett, MSU9:10 - 9:30 amMississippi Private Well Owner Demographics and Characteristics
Wade Kress, USGS9:30 - 9:50 amCoupling Modeling with Monitoring to Assess Water Availability in the Mississippi Alluvial Plain Catherine Janasie, UM9:30 - 9:50 amDrinking Water Supplies: How is Your Tap Water Regulated?
Jeannie Barlow, USGS9:50 - 10:10 amWater Availability in the Mississippi Delta: Initial Assessment of Alternative Water-Supply Scenarios Mary Alexandra Fratesi, UM9:50 - 10:10 amCommunity-Based Research Strategies to Analyze Risk of Lead Contamination in Public Water Supplies in the Mississippi Delta
Larry Falconer, MSU10:10 - 10:30 amCost Analysis of Water Management Scenarios for the Mississippi Delta Aaron Collier, Collier Consulting, Inc.10:10 - 10:30 amEssential Components for Custom Water Management Software Utilizing Modern Web Standards and the Amazon Cloud
10:30 - 10:45 am Posters and Exhibits
Salon A
10:45 - 12:05 pm TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONSClick a title to view an abstract Session 3: Salon C
Session 4: Amphitheater I & II
Session 3 - Delta Sustainable Water Resources: Irrigation Efficiency and Alternative Water Supplies Moderator: Jason Krutz, Mississippi State University Session 4 - Statewide Management of Water Resources: MDEQ Office of Land & Water Resources Moderator: Chris Hawkins, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
James I. Palmer, Jr., YMDJWMD10:45 - 11:05 amThose that say it can't be done are often interrupted by somebody doing it! John Banks, MDEQ10:45 - 11:05 amMonitoring and Characterization of Water Resources in Priority Areas throughout Mississippi
J.R. Rigby, USDA-ARS11:05 - 11:25 amGroundwater Transfer & Injection: Progress Toward a Managed Aquifer Recharge Option For Sustainable Groundwater Supply Kristen Sorrell, MDEQ11:05 - 11:25 amOverview of Mississippi's Participation in the National Groundwater Monitoring Network
Dave Johnson, USACE11:25 - 11:45 amUse and Benefits of Weirs for Irrigation Water Supply, Ecological Stream Restoration, and Aquifer Recharge Dusty Myers, MDEQ11:25 - 11:45 amOverview of Recent Dam Failures and Incidents
Jason Krutz, MSU11:45 - 12:05 amIrrigation Water Management Strategies that Improve Crop Yield and/or on Farm Profitability Chris Hawkins, MDEQ11:45 - 12:05 amOLWR Permitting, Certification and Compliance Division Initiatives
12:15 am - 1:30 pm Lunch and Plenary Speaker Salon B
Speaker - Kurt Readus
USDA State Conservationist
Topic: NRCS' Efforts to Support Sustainable Water Resources in the Mississippi Delta
1:45 - 3:05 pm TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONSClick a title to view an abstract Session 5: Salon C
Session 6: Amphitheater I & II
Session 5 - Agricultural Water Storage and ReuseModerator: Mary Love Tagert, Mississippi State University Session 6 - Modeling ApplicationsModerator: Brian Clark, U.S. Geological Survey
Mary Love Tagert, MSU1:45 - 2:05 pmMultiple Benefits Provided by an On-Farm Storage System in East Mississippi D. L. Hendon, GarverUSA1:45 - 2:05 pmCHANGE is Coming: An Introduction to the Next Generation of Hydraulic Modeling
Domena Agyeman, MSU2:05 - 2:25 pmOn-Farm Water Storage (OFWS) as a Tool to Reduce Risk Xiaobo Chao, UM2:05 - 2:25 pmNumerical Modeling of Flow Circulation and Chlorophyll Concentration in an Oxbow Lake in the Mississippi Delta
Austin Omer, MSU2:25 - 2:45 pmSummary of Tailwater Recovery System Efficiencies as a Conservation Practice Brian Clark, USGS2:25 - 2:45 pmGroundwater availability of the Coastal Lowlands aquifer system - refinement of a regional-numerical model
Austin Omer, MSU2:45 - 3:05 pmEconomic Analyses of Tailwater Recovery Systems  
3:05 am - 3:20 pm Break - Posters and Exhibits (Refreshments) Salon A
3:20 - 4:40 pm TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONSClick a title to view an abstract Session 7: Salon C
Session 8: Amphitheater I & II
Session 7 - Coastal Restoration ProjectsModerator: Alina Young, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Session 8 - Nutrient ReductionModerator: Matt Hicks, U. S. Geological Survey
Marc Wyatt, MDEQ3:20 - 3:40 pmHancock County Marsh Living Shoreline Project Jason M. Taylor, USDA-ARS3:20 - 3:40 pmEnhancing Ditch Denitrification with Rice Cutgrass: Experimental Evidence for a Simple Nitrate Runoff Mitigation Tool
Alina Young, MDEQ3:40 - 4:00 pmOyster Restoration and Management Matt Hicks, USGS3:40 - 4:00 pmEvaluating Change in Intermittent Streams Monitored by the Mississippi Delta’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy Efforts: Successes and Challenges
Sarah Tracy, MDEQ4:00 - 4:20 pmRound Island Marsh Restoration Jao-Young Ko, JSU4:00 - 4:20 pmPolicy Dimension of Adopting Wetlands Assimilation to Increase the NPDES Compliance Rates for Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants in Mississippi
Bailey N. Rainey, MSU4:20 - 4:40 pmIdentification and Evaluation of Potential Impacts of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems in Decentralized Communities within the Jourdan River Watershed Daniel S. Spencer, MSU4:20 - 4:40 pmAn Economic Analysis of Agricultural Crop Production in the Mississippi Delta Under Alternative Nutrient Management Strategies
5:00 - 6:30 pm Student Poster Competition & Welcome Reception Salons A & B

April 12

April 12
7:00 - 10:30 am Registration Imperial Hall A
7:00 - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast Salon A
8:00 - 9:20 am TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONSClick a title to view an abstract Session 9: Salon C
Session 10: Amphitheater I & II
Session 9 - Surface Water-Groundwater InteractionModerator: Meredith Reitz, U. S. Geological Survey Session 10 - Ecological StudiesModerator: Anna Linhoss, Mississippi State University
Benjamin V. Miller, USGS8:00 - 8:20 amSurface-Geophysical Surveys to Characterize Lithological Controls on Aquifer Recharge and Surface Water-Groundwater Exchange Anna Linhoss, MSU8:00 - 8:20 amCalibration and Comparison of Forest Canopy Interception Models
Courtney Killian, MSU8:20 - 8:40 amCharacterizing Groundwater and Surface Water Interaction Throughout the Mississippi Delta Using Hydrograph Separation Techniques Combined with Near-Stream Geophysical and Groundwater Level Data Richard Lizotte, USDA-ARS8:20 - 8:40 amDrawdown II: Water Quality and Ecological Responses to a Managed Hydrologic Drawdown During Autumn
Michael Gratzer, UM8:40 - 9:00 amQuantifying Recharge to the Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer from Oxbow Lake-Wetland Systems Clay Mangum, Weyerhaeuser Company8:40 - 9:00 amMulti-Species Environmental DNA Screen of Aquatic Species in the Sipsey River in Alabama
Meredith Reitz, USGS9:00 - 9:20 amEstimating Water Budget Components of Evapotranspiration, Recharge, and Runoff for Mississippi and the Mississippi River Alluvial Plain Yafei Jia, UM9:00 - 9:20 amNumerical Simulations of Spilled Coal-Ash in the Dan River and the Environmental Impact of the Incident
9:20 - 9:35 am Break - Posters & Exhibits (Refreshments) Salon A
9:35 - 10:55 am TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONSClick a title to view an abstract Session 11: Salon C
Session 12: Amphitheater I & II
Session 11 - Innovative Studies and Applications IModerator: Ryan Adams, U. S. Geological Survey Session 12 - Climate and AgronomicsModerator: Courtney Siegert, Mississippi State University
Ryan F. Adams, USGS9:35 - 9:55 amEnhanced Characterization of the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer Using Surface Geophysical Methods: A Pilot Study Near Money, Mississippi Lindsey Yasarer, USDA-ARS9:35 - 9:55 amA Century of Precipitation Trends in the Mississippi Delta Region and Implications for Agroecosystem Management
Kaitlin Voll, UM9:55 - 10:15 amVariable Pathways and Geochemical History of Seepage Under the Mississippi River Levee: Observations From the 2011, 2015, and 2016 Floods Courtney Siegert, MSU9:55 - 10:15 amWeather Map Classification as a Tool for the Hydroclimatological Community
Benjamin Runkle, UArk10:15 - 10:35 amRice irrigation strategies: Alternate Wetting and Drying and Methane Reductions Saseendran S. Anapalli, USDA-ARS10:15 - 10:35 amQuantifying Crop Water Requirements in the Mississippi Delta Using Eddy Covariance and Energy Balance Methods
Ruixiu Sui, USDA-ARS10:35 - 10:55 amVariable Rate Irrigation Technology for Improving Water Use Efficiency Gary Feng, USDA-ARS10:35 - 10:55 amWater Consumption and Yield Variability of Non-Irrigated and Irrigated Soybeans in Mississippi Dominant Soils Across the Years
10:55 am - 11:10 am Break - Posters & Exhibits (Refreshments) Salon A
11:10 - 12:10 am TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONSClick a title to view an abstract Session 13: Salon C
Session 14: Amphitheatre I & II
Session 13 - Innovative Studies and Applications IIModerator: Cory Gallo, Mississippi State University Session 14 - Mississippi River BasinModerator: Beth Baker, Mississippi State University
Hughbert Collier, Collier
Consulting, Inc.11:10 - 11:30 am
Integrating Hydrogeology, Well Design, and Drilling Techniques to Maximize Production and Minimize Problems
Beth Baker, MSU11:10 - 11:30 amRole of SERA-46 in Fostering Collaboration and Improvement Toward Nutrient Reduction Goals in the Mississippi/Ohio River Basin
Clifford A. Ochs, UM11:30 - 11:50 amThe Mississippi Water Security Institute: Report on Year 1; Plans for Year 2 Sandra Guzman, MSU11:30 - 11:50 amSocial Indicators: A New Metric to Guide, Measure, and Accelerate Implementation of State-Level Nutrient Reduction Strategies
Cory Gallo, MSU11:50 - 12:10 pmThe Rainworks Challenge Bioretention Demonstration Project Doug Daigle, Lower Mississippi River Sub-basin Committee 11:50 - 12:10 pmOverview of Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Policy in 2017
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch and Plenary Speaker Salon B
Speaker - Brian Clark
U. S. Geological Survey
Topic: USGS' Regional Modeling Initiatives
1:45 - 3:00 pm Advisory Board Meeting / Wrap-up Jacksonian Boardroom


Hazel Buka, MSU Can a One Hundred Year Precipitation Record Produce Patterns Allowing Seasonal Weather Prediction?
Cayla Cook, MSU Chitosan Nanoparticle Applications for Water/Wastewater Treatment
Joby Czarnecki, MSU Catalpa Creek Watershed Restoration and Protection Project
Catie Dillon, MSU Application and Validation of STWAVE in the Nearshore of Deer Island, MS
Fei Gao, Beijing Normal University Evaluating the Effects of Irrigation Management Practices on Groundwater Recharge and Storage in the Mississippi Delta
Sandra Guzman, MSU Social Indicators: A Tool to Measure Change Among Hypoxia Stakeholders
Ming Han, USDA-ARS Groundwater Dynamic Modeling and Sustainable Management in the Big Sunflower River Watershed
Yuguo Han, USDA-ARS Dynamic Mechanism and Simulation of Soil and Water Conservation Practices in Restraining Runoff, Sediment and Nutrient Losses on Slopes
Zeima Kassahun, MSU Species-Specific Environmental Factors that Influence Sap Flow Rates of Nine Bottomland Hardwood Species
Martin Locke, USDA-ARS Research Program at the USDA-ARS National Sedimentation Laboratory: Addressing Agricultural and Natural Resource Management
Xingwang Ma, USDA-ARS Simulating Cotton Water Use and Yield Under Rainfed and Full Irrigation Conditions Using RZWQM2 Model in the Lower Mississippi Delta Region
Ying Ouyang, USDA-FS Estimating Impacts of Future Rainfall Change on Stream Flow and Sediment Load in Lower Yazoo River Watershed Using BASINS-HSPF-CAT Modeling System
W. Cobie Rutherford, MSU Grazing Cattle Preference for Automated Water Troughs and Shade Trees versus Pond Use for Drinking and Heat Stress Mitigation
Mercedes Siegle-Gaither, MSU Using Deuterium and Oxygen-18 Isotopes to Understand Stemflow Generation Mechanisms