2020 Water & Irrigation Conference List

Jan 20, 2020Uncategorized

2020’s Water & Irrigation conferences

April 2020 Edit: Well, this post has not aged well, considering the current state of the world during this pandemic. Many of the conferences listed here have been canceled or postponed. As we get details about changes, we will make updates here. Hopefully we will all be able to meet again one day soon to discuss water, irrigation, and agriculture. 

With climate challenges, political changes, shifting markets, and ever-changing weather, discussions on water resources, management, safety, and delivery will be a top priority for many of us once again. Here is a list of this year’s conferences on irrigation and water issues, particularly those related to agriculture, sorted by date. Let us know if we missed any events that should be added here.

Idaho Water Users’ Association (IWUA) 83rd Annual Convention

January 20-23
The Riverside Hotel
Boise, ID

Mid-Pacific Water Users’ 53rd Annual Conference

January 23-25
Silver Legacy Resort in Reno, NV


The Mid-Pacific Water Users’ Conference is an annual conference attended by Managers, Directors, O&M Personnel, Consultants, and Government Agency Representatives from districts served by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation facilities in California, Nevada, and Oregon. The conference is an annual conference attended by managers, directors, O&M personnel, consultants, and government representatives from districts served by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation facilities in California, Nevada, and Oregon.

California Irrigation Institute (CII) 2020 Annual Conference

January 27-28
Sacramento Valley, CA

Agenda (PDF)

The primary purpose of the California Irrigation Institute is to host an annual conference on California water issues, water use efficiency, water quality and surface and groundwater management. The conference features leading water industry experts, government agency heads, water district managers, innovative farmers and vendors with leading water saving products. The sessions aim to discuss research results and practical field experience.

8th Annual Irrigation Leader Operations and Management Training Workshop

January 29-30
Phoenix, AZ


This year’s theme is Messaging, Finance, and Training Future Leaders with an increased emphasis on ideas and innovative solutions. Participants will be able to exchange information on a variety of district operations and management iddues and build out-of-state working relationships as well as relationships with speakers and participants from Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

Alberta Irrigation Districts Association (AIDA) 2020 Conference

February 3-5
Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada



2020 Family Farm Alliance Annual Conference

February 20-21
Eldorado Resort Casino
Reno, NV

Agenda (PDF)

Water managers, ranchers and farmers are technologically-savvy, innovative, resourceful and creative individuals. These innovators should be seen as a resource by federal water policy makers to help resolve the water conflicts of the West. Alliance members have a long and proven history of sharing experiences and learning from one another. This February, they will once again gather together with prominent Western water policy makers for the kind of insightful, outside-the-box presentations and discussions you’ve come to expect from the West’s most effective grassroots irrigated agricultural organization. Important decisions lie ahead. Will Western water users be able to see their way clear to solutions to their challenges?

Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) 2020 Annual Washington DC Conference

February 25-27
St. Regis Hotel
Washington, DC

Agenda (PDF)

Learn firsthand about current priorities of Congress and the Trump administration. Get the latest on infrastructure legislation, 2020 budget and funding for your programs of interest. Meet and join fellow water agencies to show the importance of California water issues. Be in D.C. early to better develop your federal legislative and regulatory strategies. Hear from White House and Congressional leaders, top officials at EPA, Army Corps and Bureau of Reclamation. Learn the 2020 agendas of members of the California Congressional Delegation. Hear from ‘DC Insiders’ about the state of play in our nation’s capital.

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) Utility Management Conference

February 25-28
Hyatt Regency Orange County
Anaheim, CA


Join AWWA & WEF in Anaheim to hear the latest approaches, practices, processes, techniques, case studies and research in all aspects of utility management. Come prepared to share experiences and learn from others in similar situations as we respond to the most pressing management issues of the day. Join the conversation in Anaheim in 2020!

2020 Oklahoma Irrigation Conference

March 3
Western Oklahoma State College / Hampton Inn & Suites
Altus, OK

Agenda (PDF)

The Oklahoma Irrigation Conference is for Oklahoma agricultural producers who irrigate their crops or pastures. Water issues and concerns will be addressed by Irrigation Specialists.

Wisconsin Land and Water 67th Annual Conference

March 4-6
KI Convention Center/Hyatt Regency
Green Bay, WI


Each March, WI Land+Water holds an annual conference to provide valuable networking opportunities, forums to discuss programs, practices, and new ideas with colleagues, a chance to build technical knowledge, and space to be reinspired by the passion for conservation across the state.

Our conference provides dozens of valuable, up-to-date professional improvement breakout sessions and training for county staff and supervisors, agency partners, and any conservation professionals across the state. The content of these sessions varies depending on statewide input and current issues, and typically range for agricultural management, wildlife habitat restoration, and urban stormwater practices. The sessions provide Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for technical staff to maintain current licenses and knowledge of best practices in the field.

22nd Annual Law of the Colorado River Conference

March 12-13
Scottsdale, AZ

Agenda (PDF)

Don’t miss the opportunity to join us in 2020 for rich discussions on the most critical topics of our time for conservation and management of the Colorado River. This Conference is packed with opportunities to learn from and network with leading experts. This two-day Conference is packed with opportunities to learn about hot topics from leading experts representing a wide range of perspectives, while networking with water law and policy professionals from across the region and beyond.

University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) Conference 2020

March 27
Black Canyon Conference Center
Phoenix, AZ


Engage in exciting discussions at the Water Resources Research Center’s 2020 annual conference, Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years. Join us as we look back at the last 40 years of Arizona water management and forward to the next 40 years. Presentations and moderated panels will focus on describing how our water resources are changing, what pressures water-use sectors face now and in the future, what types of choices are being made around the State, and how we can best achieve long-term resilience. At each crossroads, our decisions must be carefully considered if we are going to achieve a more resilient water future for all Arizonans.

Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) 2020 Spring Conference & Exhibition

May 5-8
Monterey Conference Center & Surrounding Hotels
Monterey, CA

Agenda (PDF)

ACWA conferences are the premier destination for water industry professionals to learn and connect. Program offerings include Statewide Issue Forums, Town Hall discussions, Region Programs and sessions covering a wide range of topics including groundwater management, water rates issues, crisis communications, affordable drinking water issues, municipal finance, and more.

World Congress on Agriculture and Irrigation

May 18-19
Olympia Hotel Events & Spa
Valencia, Spain


The conference will have sessions on different topics that are related to Agriculture and Irrigation.

Water Leaders Summit

June 24-25
Milwaukee, WI


The Water Council’s Water Leaders Summit is an annual water industry conference that brings together water business leaders, governmental entities, academics, entrepreneurs and futurists from around the world for curated conversations about vital current global water challenges and the future of water innovation.

Western Water Seminar

August 4-7
The Historic Davenport
Spokane, WA

15th International Conference on Agriculture & Horticulture

August 24-25
Barcelona, Spain


International Conference on Irrigation and Agriculture Water aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Irrigation and Agriculture Water. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Irrigation and Agriculture Water.

Esri Water GIS Conference

September 8-11
Hilton Chicago
Chicago, IL


Every activity at the Esri Water Conference is focused on helping water organizations get the most out of their investment in ArcGIS. Take advantage of sessions dedicated to the water industry. Kick off the conference in the Plenary Session. Learn from your peers as they present their GIS success story. Connect with Esri staff in sessions highlighting new technology. Choose from a variety of sessions designed for you.

2020 Water for Food Global Conference

October 7-9
Cornhusker Marriott Conference Center
Lincoln, NE

To build more sustainable agricultural and food systems, we need to enhance resilience to climate change; prevent and mitigate water and soil contamination; support farmers with education and access to resources; develop innovative and inexpensive technology; encourage women and youth in the sector; and, promote sensible regulations and policies to equitably manage competing demands for water and land. These issues and many more will be featured at the conference during a wide variety of interactive, engaging sessions.

New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute’s (WRRI) 65th Annual Conference

November 6-8
Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino
Pojoaque, NM


We are proud to announce that this year’s conference theme is Common Water, Sacred Water: Tribal perspectives on water issues in New Mexico. Water experts, stakeholders, academics, and water professionals from pueblos, tribes, and nations all across the state will gather to discuss the pressing water issues facing their homelands and communities. This year’s conference will be held at the Pueblo of Pojoaque’s Buffalo Thunder Resort, Pojoaque, NM.

We have an informative two-day program scheduled including the always-popular poster session. We expect over 40 posters to be displayed. The session provides a perfect opportunity to exchange information, showcase water projects, and update colleagues on water research being conducted around the state. The 90-minutes session allows student, faculty, agency staff, and private entities to network with colleagues from throughout the state and region, providing opportunities for collaboration.

Southern California Edison (SCE) 11th Annual Water Conference

To be announced (previous year – November 7, 2019)
Energy Education Center
Tulare, CA

Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric proud to sponsor the Annual Water Conference. Join us for this outstanding opportunity to learn, interact, and move forward in the fields of drought management, water efficiency, and energy management practices.

National Water Resources Association (NWRA) 89th Annual Conference

November 9-11
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
Scottsdale, AZ

Oregon Water Resource Congress 2020 Annual Conference

December 1-3
Best Western Hood River Inn
Hood River, OR

Conference program includes a multitude of valuable presentations on a range of issues impacting irrigated agriculture, pre & post-conference workshops, diverse vendors, networking with a variety of water professionals, and more!

Irrigation Show 2020

December 2-3
Las Vegas, NV

No matter how high-tech our world becomes, there’s no substitute for face-to-face interaction. Join us to explore products by seeing and touching them, connect with others through a real handshake and eye contact, and learn through live presentations where you can interact and ask questions to spark a discussion.

Washington State Water Resources Association (WSWRA) Annual Conference

December 2-4
Historic Davenport Hotel
Spokane, WA

The Washington State Water Resources Association (WSWRA) is the coordinating agency for irrigation districts in Washington State. WSWRA represents over 100 irrigation districts and companies that deliver water to over 1.1 million acres of irrigated agriculture in the state. The association has a 15-member board of directors made up of irrigation district directors and managers.

2020 Joint North Dakota Water Convention and Irrigation Workshop

December 8-11
Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center
Bismarck, ND

Colorado River Water Users’ Association (CRWUA) Annual Conference 2020

December 11-13
Las Vegas, NV

Stay tuned for the agenda and speaker list. Approximately 1,000 water leaders, policy makers, and consultants attend the conference each year, so this is an event you will not want to miss!