25th Flood Warning Systems
Training Symposium & Preparedness Workshops
May 6-9, 2014 Reno, Nevada
Presentation Papers

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration
7:00 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast (Paradise Terrace)
8:30 am - 10:00 am Technical Workshop
"Why Dopplers: Get Better, Actionable Data Before, During and After Extreme Weather Events"   Janice Landsfeld, Sontek, a Xylem brand
Technical Workshop
"Soil Moisture and Hydrology"   Keith Bellingham, Stevens Water Monitoring Systems, Inc.
10:00 am - 10:30 am Break (Paradise Terrace)
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Technical Workshop
"Transforming Your System to ALERT2"   David Leader, HydroLynx Systems, Inc.
Technical Workshop
"Innovations in Installation Hardware"   Bob Eitel, High Sierra Electronics, Inc.
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Full Lunch (Paradise C)
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm ALERT2 Technical Working Group Meeting Field Trip – Bus will depart at 1:15 pm. USGS Cottonwood Park gage site visit and Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler demonstration. Followed by a guided tour of the Nevada Historical Society’s oldest state museum and a self-guided tour of the Shepperson Gallery.
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Break (Paradise Terrace)
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm National Hydrologic Warning Council (NHWC) Annual Meeting
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Dinner (Paradise C)
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Hospitality Suite Opens (Suite 1524, please use the Atrium Elevator)
 
Room Assignment Track - 1 Paradise E Track - 2 Paradise D

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration
7:00 am - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast (Paradise Terrace)
8:00 am - 10:00 am Welcome Address:   Steve Clark, AUG President
Keynote Address: "CA Department of Water Resources' Commitment to Data Collection in Support of Real-Time Water Management"   Arthur Hinojosa, California DWR
Keynote Address: "Demonstrating the Value of Flood Warning Systems in a Shrinking Budget Environment"   Virginia Valentine, Nevada Resort Assoc.  Bio Presentation
NHWC Update:   David Curtis, NHWC President Presentation
10:00 am - 10:30 am Break (Paradise Terrace)
10:30 am - 11:00 am "Never Let Your Guard Down – Lessons for ALERT System Managers & Operators from the Colorado Floods of September 2013"   Kevin Stewart, Urban Drainage & Flood Control District Presentation
11:00 am - 11:30 am "Building Enhanced Situational Awareness and Public Data Dissemination into Yavapai County’s Flood Detection Program"   Brian Iserman, JE Fuller/Hydrology & Geomorphology  Abstract&Bio Presentation
11:30 am - 12:00 am "Visual Expressions of Flood Forecast Uncertainty"   David Curtis, WEST Consultants  Abstract Presentation
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch (Paradise C)
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm "ALERT2 and CA DWR Flood Emergency Response Grants"   Bill Croyle, California DWR Presentation Technical Workshop
"Compatibility – How to Communicate with a Variety of Data loggers and ALERT Systems" Gary Baker, Sutron Corporation
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm "Southern California’s Migration into ALERT2"   Ron Marotto, Ventura County  Abstract&Bio Presentation
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm "Considerations for Making the Transition to ALERT2"   Jim Slouber, High Sierra Electronics  Abstract&Bio Presentation
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Break (Paradise Terrace)
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm "Doubling-Down Your ALERT System"   Bob Eitel, High Sierra Electronics  Abstract&Bio Presentation "Maintenance Management Best Practices for Data Collection Networks"   Mike Zucosky, OneRain  Abstract&Bio Presentation
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm "Making Use of Your Data Collection System During a Drought"   Bill Croyle, California DWR Presentation "SDI-12 Technical Training"   Ken Conner and Sam Utley, Campbell Scientific  Abstract Presentation
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm "Real-Time Monitoring with Respect to Watershed Management in an Arid Climate"   Markus Ritsch, Water & Earth Technologies  Abstract&Bio Presentation "An Introduction to Methods for Monitoring Snow Pack for Flood and Drought Predictions"   Ken Conner and Sam Utley, Campbell Scientific  Abstract Presentation
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Exhibitor’s Reception (Paradise Terrace)
Hors d’oeuvres, Prize Drawings and No-Host Bar
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Hospitality Suite Opens (Suite 1524, please use the Atrium Elevator)
 
Room Assignment Track - 1 Paradise E Track - 2 Paradise D

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

7:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration
7:00 am - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast (Paradise Terrace)
8:00 am - 10:00 am ALERT2 Workshop & Panel Discussion
Presentations on the latest ALERT2 developments, followed by questions and answers with the experts.
Presenters:
George Wilkins, ALERT Users Group and the ALERT2 Technical Working Group
10:00 am - 10:30 am Break (Paradise Terrace)
10:30 am - 11:00 am "A Forecaster’s Initial Impressions of the Hydrologic Ensemble Forecast System (HEFS) at the California Nevada River Forecast Center"   Pete Fickenscher, CNRFC  Abstract&Bio Presentation AUG Technical Training Workshop
"Best Management Practices for Field Operations and Maintenance"
Presenters:
Kim Hubbs, San Luis Obispo County
Bob Eitel, High Sierra Electronics
Robert Laag, Riverside County
Erik Carlson, Water and Earth Technology
Ron Marotto, Ventura County Presentation
11:00 am - 11:30 am "Current Business Model of the NWS AFWS Program"   John Bradley, NWS  Abstract&Bio Presentation
11:30 am - 12:00 am "Rating Curves for Flood Detection"   Brian Iserman and Cory Helton, JE Fuller/Hydrology & Geomorphology  Abstract&Bio Presentation
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch (Paradise C)
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm "The Colorado September 8-17, 2013 Extreme Rainfall Event: Real-time Rainfall Analysis, Quantification and Dam Safety Response"   Tye Parzybok, MetStat and Jeremy Franz, Colorado Dept. of Natural Resources  Abstract&Bio Presentation Technical Workshop
"Using Software to Help Manage Flood Warning Systems"   Noah Walker, KISTERS North America, Inc.
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm "Advantages of Using Real-Time Gauge Adjusted Radar Rainfall During Exreme Storm Events"   Charles Yost, OneRain  Abstract&Bio Presentation
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm "Flash Flood Forecasting in an Ungaged Semi-Arid Basin with a Distributed Model"   Michael Schaffner, NWS Western Region and Jayme Laber, NWS Oxnard  Abstract Presentation
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Break (Paradise Terrace)
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm "“Outsourcing Your Hydrologic Data Collection System Design, Install, Monitoring, Notifications, and Maintenance"   Dave Leader, Hydrolynx Systems  Abstract&Bio Presentation Technical Workshop
"What’s New in Contrail"   Mike Zucosky, OneRain
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm "“Expanding and Updating the INA-CIRSA Flash Flood Warning System"   Esteban Velez, CONICET (National Council of Scientific and Technical Investigations), Cordoba, Argentina  Abstract&Bio Presentation
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm "The Flood Early Warning System in Trinidad & Tobago: A Work in Progress"   Stacey-Ann Pi Osoria, PODS and Col. Dave Williams (ret.) Disaster Management Consultant  Abstract&Bio Presentation
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm ALERT Users Group Awards Banquet (Paradise C)
No-Host cocktails begin at 6:00 pm. Banquet Dinner served at 7:00 pm.
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Hospitality Suite Opens (Suite 1524, please use the Atrium Elevator)
 
Room Assignment Track - 1 Paradise E Track - 2 Paradise D

Friday, May 9th, 2014

7:00 am - 8:30 am Full Breakfast Buffet (Paradise C)
8:30 am - 9:30 am Meeting the New Requirements that Confront the ALERT Users Group (Paradise E)
Business, Elections and Planning Meeting of the ALERT Users Group
Agenda Item 1: Election of AUG Directors
Agenda Item 2: Schedule AUG Fall Business Meeting
Agenda Item 3: Strategic Planning and Discussion
9:30 am - 10:00 am Break
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Round Table Discussion (Paradise E) – State of local ALERT systems, new methods of operations and maintenance, new hardware and software, plans for the future.
Presenters:
Agencies attending symposium
12:00 pm Symposium Adjournment