2014 AIPG/AHS National Conference - Water and Rocks, the Foundations of Life

Sep 13, 2014 08:00am -
Sep 16, 2014 05:00pm

Event Description


AIPG/AHS National Conference


Water and Rocks, the Foundations of Life

September 13-16, 2014

Prescott Resort and Conference Center
1500 State Route 69
Prescott, AZ 86301
(855) 892-2902 reservations
(855)957-4637 hotel
Hotel $119 night, use code 'AIPG/AHS G3986' for reservations.


Welcome Letters


Doug Bartlett, AIPG Co-Chairman
From September 13-16, 2014, AIPG and the Arizona Hydrological Society (AHS) will host the 51st AIPG National Conference and the 27th AHS Fall Symposium at the beautiful Prescott Resort and Conference Center in Prescott, Arizona. This is the second time that AIPG and AHS have teamed up to host a national conference, the last time being in 2008. The 2008 conference was so successful and well attended, that AIPG and AHS decided to join forces again and repeat their success – this time in Prescott, Arizona, and a short distance from the 2008 conference location in Flagstaff. I am pleased to serve as the conference co-chairperson for AIPG along with Mike Tomlinson and Dana Downs-Heimes from AHS. The organizing committee includes AIPG National staff, Cathy Duran and Wendy Davidson and AIPG Arizona and AHS member Paul Lindberg. The committee has been hard at work for many months planning the events and program associated with the conference.


Arizona is a major center for mining, particularly copper mining and is, of course, in the desert southwest of the U.S. The area has also experienced agricultural development and urban growth with increased demands for water resources. The program will include an emphasis on new and important developments in mining for copper, industrial and rare earth minerals, energy resources, mine water supply and mine dewatering as well as talks that will introduce attendees to specific mining projects nationwide. The southwest U.S. has been experiencing drought conditions for much of the past 15 or 20 years making water critically important for not only mining, but also agricultural production, riparian areas, and human existence. Talks will address the many issues surrounding water supply as it applies to industries, mining, municipalities, the environment, and agriculture. We will also have sessions on professional ethics and the needs of young professionals.


Arizona is ideal for geology field trips (because rocks are everywhere!) and we have a number of exciting trips planned including:

- Glen Canyon Dam/Lake Powell - Bureau of Reclamation Tour and Antelope Canyon or Lees Ferry Geology
- Sedona Pink Jeep Tour and Page Springs Wine Tasting
- Two Grand Canyon South Rim trips which include a visit through the Trail of Time (led by author Wayne Ranney)
- Prescott Highland Center of Natural History and Sharlot Hall Arizona History Museum (Dan Campbell)
- Jerome Mining District and Verde Valley Geology Tour (Paul Lindberg)
- Geology and Hydrogeology of Upper Verde River Watershed (Ed Wolfe, Jeanmarie Haney, and Gary Beverly)
- Geology of Prescott (Beth Boyd)
- Geology of Sedona with red rock hike (Dana Downs-Heimes)
- Geology of the Bagdad Copper Mine
- Verde Canyon (Clarkdale) Railroad Roundtrip


Prescott is situated at an elevation of about 5500 feet and, as such, has a cooler climate than the desert cities of Phoenix or Tucson. It will be near perfect weather by mid-September (the average high in September is 81° and the average low is 51°). The Prescott Resort and Conference Center includes many amenities including a spa, pool, dining facilities, wide panoramic views of the area, and a casino. Just a short drive from the conference center is historic downtown Prescott which is very picturesque and includes many shops, museums, art galleries, restaurants, and bars. Prescott has a long history and was the territorial capital until 1867.


Please set aside a few days in September to join us for this exciting conference!


Doug Bartlett, CPG-8433
AIPG Arizona Section President 2014
Co-Chairman AIPG/AHS Conference


Mike Hulst, AHS Co-Chairman
On behalf of the Arizona Hydrological Society (AHS), I would like to welcome all of you to the 2014 AIPG/AHS National Conference to be held on September 13-16, 2014, at the Prescott Resort & Conference Center (PRCC) in Prescott, Arizona. AHS is pleased to be teaming once again with AIPG in what promises to be a very interesting and exciting meeting in Northern Arizona, a land of rich and diverse geology and many geological wonders, some of which required millions of years to form (e.g., the Grand Canyon) while others were formed in seconds (Meteor Crater).


AHS is a nonprofit scientific organization dedicated to advancing hydrology and water resource research, planning, and development. We not only provide an open forum for professionals to exchange information (such as this National Conference), but we also support public understanding, education, and training in the science and technology of hydrology and water resources. The AHS membership (currently with over 300 members) consists of hydrologists, hydrogeologists, geologists, geochemists, biologists, ecologists, and engineers working for consulting firms, other industries, governmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and educational institutions and organizations. Like AIPG, AHS is strongly committed to education and outreach. To this end, each year AHS and the AHS Foundation award three $2,000 academic scholarships and three $3,000 intern scholarships throughout Arizona.


As Doug Bartlett (AIPG Arizona Section) has said in his letter of welcome, Prescott, Arizona, is a wonderful Northern Arizona City, rich in history and old west culture. In addition to a number of museums, there are a number of entertaining venues, not the least of which is historic Whiskey Row. If you want to get the feel for old west saloons, there is no better place to go than Whiskey Row. There is also a full spectrum of dining options located throughout town starting with PRCC’s own Icha Maajoh Restaurant. PRCC’s Eagle’s Nest Lounge offers light dining and beverages both in the lounge and out on their patio with breathtaking sunset views of Prescott and Thumb Butte. Interested in old west art? Go no further than the Phippen Museum just a few miles outside of Prescott. Prescott is also home to one of two campuses (Arizona and Florida) of the nationally known Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Other institutions of higher learning include Yavapai College and Prescott College.


We hope to see you in Prescott in September for this exciting conference with its many technical sessions, field trips, and workshops.


Michel Hulst
AHS President

Event Type:Annual Conference
Early registration ends on Apr 02, 2014.
Regular registration starts on Apr 03, 2014 and ends on Aug 30, 2014.
Late registration starts on Aug 31, 2014.
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