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The need for hydrologic information and decision-making tools continues to elevate in importance as we face flooding and water scarcity seemingly on a cyclical basis. The National Hydrologic Warning Council (NHWC) holds a biennial conference focused on these issues with the next being held in Olympic Valley, California from June 6 to 8, 2017. It is the largest conference of its kind in the United States, devoted specifically to real-time hydrologic warning systems and how these systems and associated technologies assist local officials with hydrologic hazard preparedness, emergency response, recovery, and mitigation.

Reflecting the mountain location close to Lake Tahoe that was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, the theme of the 2017 conference is Taking Hydrologic Warning to Olympic Heights.  The theme highlights the efforts of the hydrologic warning community in pushing boundaries to protect lives, as well as property and the environment, with advances in hydrologic warning systems. The conference provides a multi-disciplinary hydrologic warning training  experience for field personnel, engineers, hydrologists, forecasters, water resource managers, emergency management officials, and others. The program will include a wide range of keynote presentations and more detailed technical sessions responsive to the needs of those just getting started and those with more advanced needs.


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May 26, 2017 - The final agenda has been posted.  Download our 2017 Conference Program
 for a schedule of conference events.

Keynote Speakers
 Tom Graziano
Tom Graziano - NOAA Director of the Office of Water Prediction
Tom is responsible for a geographically distributed organization that includes elements in Maryland, Minnesota and Alabama. The OWP collaboratively researches, develops and delivers state-of-the-science national hydrologic analyses, forecast information, data, decision-support services and guidance to support and inform essential emergency services and water management decisions.

Don Cline - USGS Associate Director of Water Resources
Don recently joined the USGS after a 20-year tenure with NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS).  Most recently, Don has been serving as the Director for the National Water Center (NWC) of NWS, of which he was responsible for designing the conceptual, architectural, and programmatic schemes for the new Center, the first facility in the world designed specifically to address major societal challenges in water resources. Don also established an innovative federal interagency collaboration with four water sector agencies to improve interoperability of data and information systems, leverage resources towards the development of comprehensive water modeling and prediction capabilities, and establish a common operating picture among federal water agencies. 
Schedule of Events

June 5, 2017
Golf Scramble
Hospitality Suite
 June 6, 2017
90-Minute & Half-Day Workshops
Field Trip
High Camp Social
Hospitality Suite
June 7, 2017
Morning Plenary
Concurrent Sessions
Hospitality Suite 
June 8, 2017
Concurrent Sessions
Evening Awards Banquet
Hospitality Suite

Full 3-day conference registration fees are:
 Full Conference Before May 1, 2017 On or after May 1, 2017
 NHWC members and speakers $575   $675
 Non-members $700  $800
 Students $225
 Single Day  Before May 1, 2017  On or after May 1, 2017
 NHWC members and speakers $275/day
 Non-members $350/day
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