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U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration

Subject: Action: 2008 National Hydraulic Engineering Conference
(Reply Due: November 30, 2007)
Date: October 12, 2007
From: /S/ Original signed by
King W. Gee
Associate Administrator for Infrastructure
In Reply Attn. of: HIBT-20
To: Associate Administrator for RD&T
Associate Administrator for Planning, Environment and Realty
Directors of Field Services
Federal Lands Highway Division Engineers
Resource Center Director
Division Administrators

As surface transportation agencies face ever-increasing challenges imposed by broadening environmental considerations, dwindling human and financial resources, aging infrastructure and assets, and hydrological consequences of global climate change, it is critical for project stakeholders to pool knowledge and resources. In recognition of today's complex and dynamic work environment, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in partnership with the Maine Department of Transportation, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Cold Regions Research Laboratory (CRREL), is please to announce the 2008 National Hydraulic Engineering Conference (NHEC). The conference's theme is "Partnering for Progress in a Changing Environment," which emphasizes the vital roles of multi-faceted project teams and collaborations in successful project development and implementation. The intent of the conference is to equip participants with additional knowledge and tools to meet current and future challenges in hydraulics engineering through presentations and exhibits focusing on the use of these partnerships in conjunction with current research studies, state-of-the-art technologies, and design approaches.

The 2008 NHEC will be held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Maine, from August 26 - 29, 2008. To make a room reservation, you may call 1-800-345-5050 or go online at Please specify the "Hydraulic Engineering Conference" when making your reservation in order to get the conference group rate. The 2007 conference room rate for government employees is $103 plus tax per night, and this rate may be adjusted in 2008. The deadline for reservations is July 24, 2008. An early registration fee of $200 has been established for this conference. Each attendee should complete his/her pre-registration at the conference Web site prior to August 15, 2008, to be eligible for the $200 early registration fee. After this date, the registration fee becomes $250. The conference Web site can be accessed from the following Web page:

Also, the most up-to-date agenda and other conference details will be presented at the conference Web site. Conference presentations will be organized into the following session topics:

  • Climate Change Impacts on Transportation;
  • Asset Management - Doing More with Less;
  • Partnering in Research;
  • Fish Passage - The Progress and The Partnerships;
  • Coastal/Tidal Environment;
  • Water Quality - Partnering for an Improved Environment;
  • Bridge/Culvert Hydraulics and Scour - The Progress;
  • Innovative Solutions to Hydraulics Issues; and
  • Progress through Partnerships - Consultants, Universities, Agencies.

In addition to the presentation sessions, the conference will feature a tour of the CRREL Laboratory in Hanover, New Hampshire. To learn more about this facility, please visit the following Web site:

Please encourage your appropriate division staff, your corresponding State and local agency staff, and surface transportation professionals from related technical disciplines (e.g., hydraulics engineers, environmental engineers and specialists, and roadway designers) to attend this conference. To ensure the conference sessions are comprehensive, please also encourage those you invite to the conference to submit a presentation abstract under the listed topic sessions. The conference steering committee is currently finalizing the conference agenda and requests that presentation abstracts, limited to 250 words and adhering to the conference theme, be submitted by November 30, 2007. If you have any questions, would like to propose a speaker and presentation, or want to submit a presentation abstract, please contact Ms. Cynthia Nurmi, FHWA Hydraulics Engineer, Resource Center-Atlanta at (404) 562-3908, or On behalf of the conference steering committee and the sponsoring agencies, thank you for supporting this important event.


  • Cynthia Nurmi-HRC-ATL
  • E. Brown-HRC-BAL

Tentative Agenda

Updated: 07/13/2011

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