2016 International Drainage Symposium Registration Fees

$400 − Early Bird Registration (before August 5)
$450 − Regular Registration

$150 − Early Bird Student Registration
$200 − Regular Student Registration

DRAINMOD Workshop - Tuesday, September 6 from 8:00a.m.−5:00p.m. (max. 30 participants)
$125 (Symposium attendees)
$250 (without Symposium registration)

Register Online

Use the online registration when registering a single person and paying with a credit card. After registering online you will receive “Registration Confirmation” and “Receipt” e-mails from (you may want to check your Spam folder if you don’t see these emails in your e-mail Inbox).

To register, follow the link above. You will be required to set up a University of Minnesota Guest Account to complete your registration. After setting up your guest account, you will be prompted to enter your new account information to login. Your Internet ID will be the e-mail you used to set up your account. If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please email

Paper Registration 

Use the paper registration form when registering multiple people, registering someone other than yourself, or when you need to have the registration fee billed to your organization.

DRAINMOD Workshop - Tuesday, September 6 from 8:00 a.m.−5:00 p.m.

A full-day DRAINMOD workshop is being conducted by North Carolina State University faculty. The workshop will focus on calibration, validation, and use of the hydrologic and nitrogen components of DRAINMOD. Instructors include: Mohamed A. Youssef, George M. Chescheir, Lamyaa T. Negm, and Shiying Tian. Laptop computer is required (participants are expected to provide). If you wish to attend, please register and pay for this workshop when completing your online registration.

If you want to register for the DRAINMOD Workshop, without attending the Symposium, please complete the paper form and fax to 612-624-5359.

Networking Events

Tuesday Evening Reception 

There will be a reception at The Commons Hotel on Tuesday, September 6, 7:00−8:30 p.m. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available. The reception will be held in the Meridian Ballroom Foyer. Poster presenters who are able to attend are invited to put up posters before this event. Please indicate if you plan to attend the reception when you complete your registration.

Mississippi River Dinner Cruise – Thursday, September 8 from 6:15−9:15 p.m.

All symposium attendees are invited to attend a dinner cruise reception on the Mississippi River. The cruise will depart from Bohemian Flats Park, 2150 West River Parkway, one mile from the hotel. We encourage people to enjoy a walk, crossing the Mississippi River on the pedestrian bridge (see Google walking map at this link), or to take the light rail and walk half a mile (walking directions will be available at the registration desk). A bus will be available for those who require or prefer transport. Please indicate whether you plan to attend the cruise and whether you require bus transportation, when completing your online registration.

*Please note that space on the dinner cruise is limited. Participants will have the option to attend the cruise on a first come, first served basis when completing online symposium registration. 

If you wish to bring guests on the Mississippi River Dinner Cruise, additional tickets can be purchased for $45. Please select and pay for your additional ticket when you complete your registration.

Field Tours to Drainage Research & Demonstration Sites

Field tours will take place on Friday, September 9, to sites in Minnesota featuring a variety of in-field, edge-of-field, and instream conservation drainage practices. The cost of field tours is included in your symposium registration. Transportation will be provided and all tours will depart from The Commons Hotel. A half-day tour (8:00 a.m.-Noon) and two full day tours (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., lunch provided) will be offered. Please indicate your field tour attendance plans when you complete your registration.

      • Field Tour #1 (full day) − Where the City Meets the Farm—Managing, Storing & Treating Drainage Water (Willmar, MN): Attendees will travel to Willmar to see how the city and adjacent agricultural lands are managing, storing, and treating drainage and runoff waters, and visit Minnesota’s first Discovery Farm. Practices include woodchip bioreactor, constructed wetland, and upstream water storage and management.
      • Field Tour #2 (full day) − Community Partnerships to Meet Water Quality & Drainage Needs (Northfield, Mapleton, & Blue Earth, MN): Attendees will travel to the towns of Northfield, Mapleton, and Blue Earth to see how public-private partnerships have achieved water quality benefits while maintaining drainage needs. Practices include controlled drainage, large bioreactor, saturated buffer and in-ditch treatment.
      • Field Tour #3 (half-day) − The half-day tour includes the first two stops of Tour #2 in Northfield, MN.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, a refund—minus $50—will be issued if you cancel by August 26, 2016. Cancellations after this date will not be eligible for a refund. Please e-mail to cancel your registration, or fax a request to 612-624-5359.