PORTLAND - Oregon State University is co-sponsoring a conference to try to put the flood of 1996 into historic, scientific and political perspective.

The conference, "The Flood of '96: Causes, Effects and Consequences," will be held Oct. 7-8 at the Columbia River Red Lion Hotel in Portland. It is the second annual Pacific Northwest Water Issues Conference.

It is designed for scientists, policy makers, students, interested citizens, land owners, regulators, land use planners and managers.

"The flood of 1996 had a significant impact on the Pacific Northwest, closing highways, damaging water supplies, flooding thousands of homes, businesses and acres of farmlands, affecting fish and wildlife habitat and taxing emergency management personnel," said Kelly Bartron of OSU's Oregon Water Resources Research Institute, a co-sponsor of the event.

Presentations at the conference will focus on: watershed and urban hydrology, meteorology, flood policy, water quality and ground water, water supply and emergency management. Field trips to flood sites are offered the day before and the day after the conference.

Registration fees are $225 per person, including conference materials, Monday evening reception, catered lunches, continental breakfasts, post-conference proceedings and refreshment breaks. Partial registration is possible. Field trips cost an extra $25 each.

For registration and information, contact: Oregon Water Resources Research Institute, 541-737-4022.

The Oregon section of American Institute of Hydrology and the Washington section of American Water Resources Association is co-sponsoring the conference with OSU.

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Kelly Bartron, 541-737-4402