26th Flood Warning Systems
Training Symposium & Preparedness Workshops
April 19-22, 2016 Tenya, Yosemite

Monday, April 18, 2016

8:00 am - 5:00 pm Exhibitor Area Setup Time
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Registration

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

7:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast Buffet (Salon I)
8:30 am - 10:00 am Technical Workshop
(Sugar Pine Room)
"Contrail® – Making Decisions Easier with Effective Data Visualization"
Charles Yost,
Technical Workshop
(Evergreen Room)
"A Modern Approach to Data Accessy"
Brady Colton,
DataWise Environmental Systems
Technical Workshop
(Ponderosa Room)
"Comprehensive Data Management for Dissemination & Decision Support"
Jason Myers,
Aquatic Informatics
10:00 am - 10:30 am Break (Exhibitor Area)
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Technical Workshop
(Sugar Pine Room)
"How to Upgrade Your Flood Warning System to Use the ALERT2 Protocol"
David Leader,
HydroLynx Systems, Inc.
Technical Workshop
(Evergreen Room)
"Best Practices for Installation and Maintenance of a Continuous Bubbler"
Trent Demuzio,
Technical Workshop
(Ponderosa Room)
"Introduction to CSI ALERT and ALERT2 Transmitters and Flasher Control Systems"
Ken Conner,
Campbell Scientific
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm Field Trip– The bus will depart at 1:15 pm. The first will be a stop at Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite Valley, followed by a trip to the Sentinel Bridge on the Merced River where we will meet with Jim Roche, Park Hydrologist. We will walk the meadow and have a discussion on the flood history of the park, mountain hydrology, and river/ meadow restoration.
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Hospitality Suite Opens (Suite TBD)

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

7:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration
8:30 am - 10:00 am Welcome Address:   Ron Marotto, AUG President Presentation
Keynote Address: "The New Center for Western Weather and Water at Scripps: Putting the Emerging Science of Atmospheric Rivers to Work in California"
Michael Dettinger, U. S. Geological Survey,
Scripps Institution of Oceanography Presentation
NHWC Update:   David Curtis, NHWC Past President Presentation
10:00 am - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 11:00 am "Progress with Recognizing Flood Threats since the Colorado ‘September–to-Remember’ Floods of 2013"
Kevin Stewart,UDFCD Presentation
11:00 am - 11:30 am "DWR Flood Emergency Response Grants"
Jeremy Hill, State of California DWR Presentation
11:30 am - 12:00 am "Getting the Most Out of Your Flood Warning System, New Ways to Get More and Faster Data on the Web"
Bruce Rindahl & Scott Holder, VCWPD Presentation
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch (Salon I)
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm "Managing ALERT Base Stations in Today’s Network Environment"
Brian Iserman, JE Fuller/Hydrology & Geomorphology Presentation
"Saving Lives with Technology: Prediction and Notification of Floods via Early Warning Systems on Small Remote Dams"
Lee Mauney, BIA, Safety of Dams Program Presentation
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm "Using New Technology to Enhance Warning Systems and Gain Accuracy in Data Collected"
Ron Marotto, VCWPD Presentation
"Design of two complementary networks for different basins for the Cordoba ALERT System"
Esteban Velez, INA-CIRSA Presentation
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm "Leveraging Flood Warning Systems for Multiple Purpose Decision-Making"
Steve Malers, TriLynx Systems Presentation
"Santa Barbara County FWS Gauge Network and System Architecture"
Shawn Johnson, Santa Barbara County Presentation
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm "Lessons Learned in Implementing ALERT2 Upgrades"
David Leader, HydroLynx Systems Presentation
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm "Transitioning to ALERT2 in Harris County"
Ken Conner,Campbell Scientific Presentation
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm "ALERT2 Maintenance and Troubleshooting"
Scott Bores, OneRain Presentation
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Exhibitor’s Reception (Salon III/IV)
Hors d’oeuvres, Prize Drawings and No-Host Bar
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Hospitality Suite Opens
Room Assignment Track - 1 (Salon II) Track - 2 (Evergreen/Ponderosa)

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

7:30 am - 12:00 pm Registration
8:00 am - 10:00 am ALERT2 Workshop & Panel Discussion
Presentations on the latest ALERT2 developments, followed by questions and answers with the experts.
Ron Marotto, Randy Forbey, Presentation
Erik Carlson, Austin Seback Presentation
Brian Iserman, Dave Leader, Carrie Lery, James Logan, Markus Ritsch, Chris Roark, Sam Utley
10:00 am - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 11:00 am "Evolving Role of Social Media During High Impact Weather Events at the Los Angeles/Oxnard, CA National Weather Service Forecast Office"
Jayme Laber, National Weather Service Presentation
11:00 am - 11:30 am "The Next Generation of Floodplain Mapping in North Carolina: FIMAN 2.0 and NexFIM"
David Herlong, North Carolina Dept. of Public Safety Presentation
11:30 am - 12:00 am "Public Outreach and Automated High Water Alarm Distribution"
David Curtis, West Consultants Presentation
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch (Salon I)
"What I learned in 25 years as manager of an ALERT network."
by Rob Nelson
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm "Implementing a Camera System to Aid in Flood Monitoring"
Tom Ogden, High Sierra Electronics Presentation
"Analyzing the Performance of ALERT2 Networks"
Markus Ritsch, TriLynx Systems Presentation
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Gauges vs. GARR: A CostBenefit Analysis for Practical Scenarios"
Charles Yost, OneRain Presentation
"SDI-12 Protocol"
Carrie Lery, High Sierra Electronics Presentation
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm "Flood Monitoring with Remote Camera Stations Utilizing Cellular Telemetry"
Casey Lanier, VCWPD and Erik Carlson and Austin Seback, Water & Earth Technologies Presentation
"Optimizing Water Quality Measurements Within an ALERT2 Network"
Barbra Utley, Campbell Scientific Presentation
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm "“Methodology of Generating Meteorological Forcing Data in Support of Hydrologic Operations”"
Dan Kozlowski, CNRFC Presentation
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm "The Truth Revealed: What Does a Single Measurement Mean When it Comes to Flood Prediction and Alerting”
Baxter Vieux, Vieux & Associates Presentation
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm "Hot Topics from the California Nevada River Forecast Center"
Alan Haynes, CNRFC Presentation
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm ALERT Users Group Awards Banquet (Salon I)
No-Host cocktails begin at 6:00 pm. Banquet Dinner served at 7:00 pm.
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Hospitality Suite Opens
Room Assignment Track - 1 (Salon II) Track - 2 (Evergreen/Ponderosa)

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

7:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast Buffet (Salon I)
8:00 am - 8:30 am National Hydrologic Warning Council (NHWC) Annual Meeting
8:30 am - 9:30 am Meeting the New Requirements that Confront the ALERT Users Group
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: Vote on Revisions to the ALERT Users Group Bylaws
Agenda Item 4: Strategic Planning and Discussion
9:30 am - 10:00 am Break
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Round Table Discussion – State of local ALERT systems, new methods of operations and maintenance, new hardware and software, plans for the future.
Agencies attending symposium
12:00 pm Symposium Adjournment