Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts

Submission Deadline: September 24, 2018 extended to October 15
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Greetings! The Washington Hydrogeology Symposium invites you to submit an abstract for the 12th Washington Hydrogeology Symposium. Submissions related to the topics below are encouraged, although all submissions related to the practice of hydrogeology in the Pacific Northwest will be considered. Planned sessions and formats (oral or poster) may be modified depending on actual submittals.

Please submit all abstracts via the On-Line Submission Form.
The form is to be completed by the contact author and requests the title of your abstract and a short, text-only abstract (500 words maximum). The names and organizations of co-authors and the abstract topic area (see below) are also collected on this form.

You will receive a confirmation email after you submit your abstract online. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact us at

Topic Areas for Submissions

Characterizing Hydrogeologic Environments

Abstracts describing geologic and hydrogeologic characterization, aquifer testing, and geochemical systems are solicited for all subsurface and groundwater-dependent environments. This session primarily focuses on activities that characterize hydrogeologic processes in subsurface environments.

Geology of aquifer systems
Hydrostratigraphy – including soil/rock drilling and logging
Quaternary mapping
Groundwater-marine discharges
Aquifer testing
Stable isotopes
Age dating / modeling
Naturally occurring contaminants (arsenic, manganese, perchlorate, etc.)
Reactive contaminants
Hyporheic zone
Surface water-groundwater interaction
Marine/freshwater estuaries

Assessing and Managing Hydrogeologic Resources

Abstracts are invited around the multidisciplinary theme of responsible water management. Contributions at all scales are invited, from urban water management to energy production and from water rights to water reuse and storage.

Groundwater availability
Water rights/law policy
Water reuse (reclaimed water, greywater)
Aquifer storage and recovery
Public water systems
Wellhead protection
Seawater intrusion
Large data sets – continuous monitoring/time-series data
Long-term monitoring networks and data
Harnessing the power of volunteer data collection (water levels, stream flow measurements, etc.)
Modeling applications

Assessing and Managing Hydrogeologic Risks

Abstracts for this topic area are focused on all aspects of hydrogeologic hazards and risks, including the forecasting of events, risk management, and the nature of precursors of both natural and technological hazards.  Coverage includes such categories as contaminant fate and transport (for groundwater, vadose zone and surface water), remediation technologies, geothermal applications, geotechnical hazards and risk and decision support analyses.

Contaminant fate and transport  (groundwater, vadose zone, surface water)
Innovative remediation technologies
Contaminants/emerging contaminants
Natural attenuation
Landslide/slope stability
Geothermal applications
Dams/dam removal
Human health and exposure
Ecological risk
Cultural risk
Decision support


We are pleased to announce two Special Sessions that provide a forum for conference attendee contributions, followed by an interactive panel discussion. These Special Sessions will provide focused discussion and insights on the following topics:

Surface Water and Groundwater Resources Under Changing Climate

Climate variability and change has profound impacts to our environment and society. This session will focus on the interactions between climate and surface and groundwater, as well as their regional implications to the Pacific Northwest. We invite contributions that represent emerging research and management practices in assessing and mitigating the impacts of climate change on water resources given the known uncertainty in long-term climate projections. Topics may include the projected impacts of climate change to water resources in the Pacific Northwest, adaptation and mitigation strategy to changing climate, infrastructure and ecosystem resiliency, sustainable watershed management, numerical modeling and long-term monitoring to understand the environmental and societal impacts of climate induced extreme events such as droughts and floods.

Management Approaches
Watershed impacts
Carbon capture and sequestration

Streamflow Restoration

The 2016 Hirst Supreme Court decision drastically limits a landowner’s ability to obtain a home building permit when the proposed source of water is a permit-exempt well. The Streamflow Restoration Act (Chapter 90.94 RCW) was enacted in response to this decision to identify viable projects for flow restoration to offset new permit exempt wells, with the Department of Ecology directly engaging in streamflow restoration planning. The Streamflow Restoration Act also creates interim use limits for domestic water use and assesses a fee for new permits to offset stream restoration costs. This session will provide natural resource and financial analyses from the 2016 Hirst Decision and Streamflow Restoration Act’s first year of implementation. We invite contributions that analyze current and projected impacts from this new legislation from several different perspectives, including public agencies, nongovernmental conservation organizations, private businesses and homeowners.

Net Ecological Benifit
Aquifer recharge
Streamflow Restoration
Watershed Planning
Stream temperature and cold water refugia

Please submit all abstracts via the Online Submission Form

Submission Deadline: September 24, 2018 Extended to October 15

You will receive a confirmation email after you submit your abstract online. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact us at

Please note that if your abstract is selected for oral presentation or poster presentation, you are expected to register and pay to attend the Symposium.

Questions: or call 206-221-3936