The Virginia Water Resources Research Center at Virginia Tech and the Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University have opened online registration for this year's water resources conference: Water Resources in Changing Climates.

This research conference will address the environmental, political, and economic changes faced by stakeholders, researchers, and managers of water resources.

Special keynote speakers will include Preston Bryant, Virginia secretary of natural resources and Virginia Burkett, chief scientist for global change research at the U.S. Geological Survey.

The conference is scheduled for Oct. 15 and 16, and will be take place at the Trani Center for Life Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University, Monroe Park Campus, Richmond, Va. Lodging is available at the DoubleTree Hotel Richmond Downtown at the special rate of $89 plus tax per room per night. This rate offer is good through Sept. 23.

Morning and afternoon sessions will be held concurrently during the two day conference. Session topics will include: stormwater management, sustainability in a growing population, wastewater, climate change, stormwater BMP, water conservation and alternative water supplies, monitoring changes within watersheds, nutrient cycles, modeling rainfall, runoff, and surface models.

Day one will also feature a plenary session, and will feature: Preston Bryant, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources and Virginia Burkett, Chief Scientist for Global Change Research, U.S. Geological Survey. Bill Cox of Virginia Tech and Jud White of Dominion Resources Inc., will also participate on the panel. A poster session will also be presented on day two of the conference.

Registration is now open online, and will allow for participation in all conference activities, including refreshment breaks and lunch, on the day or days for which registration payment has been received. Currently enrolled students will be eligible to participate in the conference at a low student registration rate.