The theme of the Joint AWRA & National Capital Region Virtual Water Symposium is Human Dimension to Resilient & Sustainable Water Management: Promoting Integrated Collaboration. Keynote speakers, expert panels and sessions will focus on the idea of circular economies and emerging topics such as the COVID-19 pandemic, social hydrology, environmental justice, innovations in water resources management, data management systems and emerging technologies, and green-water infrastructure in circular cities.
The symposium brings together experts from governmental agencies, academia, the private sector, and non-profits to present and discuss innovations in water research, technology, policy and management to respect and reflect the value of water across the United States, the National Capital Region and across the globe. The U.S. National Capital Region, encompassing Washington D.C. and parts of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, has unique and challenging opportunities for sustainable management of water resources and water infrastructures. The region makes up a large portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which is the largest estuary in the U.S and contains rivers that provide for the water needs of nearly six million people. The virtual symposium provides a significant opportunity to learn about emerging water issues in the U.S. and other countries and innovations and emerging technologies in water resources management and water infrastructure. We hope symposium participants make the most of the opportunity to meet other water resources professionals across the world.
The 2-day event includes highly recognized keynote speakers, five plenary sessions featuring expert panelists discussing issues relevant to the symposium theme, and five concurrent sessions and poster displays on innovations in research & technology and the human dimension of water resources management.