2018 AWRA Annual Conference
Preliminary Program
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Join water resource professionals and students for community, Conversations and Connections at AWRA's 53rd Annual Water Resources Conference, November 4-8, 2018, at the Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards in the heart of Baltimore's downtown. Just a short drive from BWI airport, the hotel is located in the beautiful Inner Harbor area. Take a few steps from the conference venue to try famous Maryland blue crab in the local eateries, visit the Visionary Museum and the Baltimore Aquarium and check out the many local sights surrounding the Baltimore Harbor.

Sunday (11/4), attendees may register for a preconference workshop and/or field trips:

  • Workshop 1, presented by renowned water conflict management experts Drs. Todd Jarvis, Aaron T. Wolf, and Todd Votteler, will provide an introduction to water conflict management and transformation. The all-day session will integrate theory and practice using a dynamic, problem-based, highly interactive approach. Participants will learn about current and leading-edge ways to work effectively in contentious water situations.
  • Workshop 2, hosted by the USEPA, will introduce the concept of integrated water resource management (IWRM) and train participants in the use and applications of EPA's Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool (WMOST) Version 3.
  • One field trip will visit stream restoration, living shoreline and best management practice (BMP) sites in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. The site visits will include projects carried out by the county government as well as NGOs.
  • The second field trip is an urban BMP installation tour through Baltimore and will include installations of blue alleys, bio-retention, floating wetlands and Baltimore's "famous" trash wheel. The tour will also visit the most urban of the national long-term watershed studies. Participants will learn about and visit some of the six nested catchments that are continuously monitored for discharge and equipped with multiple water quality sensors.

Monday's Opening Plenary officially kicks-off the conference. Panelists from the USGS, Politico, The Baltimore Sun/Bay Journal, WHYY and communications firm Water Words that Work will provide insight into their approaches to communicating scientific information via print and broadcast journalism and social media. The panelists will also discuss how their approaches have changed over time. Attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions to the panelists, so come prepared!

Technical sessions will include global issues such as coastal resilience, communication and outreach strategies and integrated water resources, as well as local topics such as the Chesapeake Bay, the Delaware River watershed and eastern water law. Lightning talks, poster sessions and student presentations are also part of the conference program.

Community, conversations and connections are highlights of every AWRA conference and the 2018 conference will provide plenty of opportunities for all three:

  • Monday's opening reception will give everyone an opportunity to mingle and visit the exhibitor booths.
  • The student and young professionals' career night will provide an opportunity to speak with a variety of professionals.
  • Join us Wednesday morning for a 5K fun run around the Inner Harbor area.
  • On Tuesday evening conference attendees are invited to attend a "Bounty of the Bay" evening reception, at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, where attendees will enjoy local cuisine and engage with local nonprofit organizations about the work they are doing in the local watersheds.
  • New this year, the conference committee is excited to begin a new tradition - the "Waterways Art Silent Auction" to raise funds for the Richard A. Herbert Memorial Scholarship Fund. Each AWRA state section has been asked to donate an "art" item to the silent auction, which will be held Monday evening at the opening reception.

On behalf of National AWRA, the Conference Planning Committee, and our hosts the Delaware State Section of AWRA, in partnership with members of the New Jersey and National Capitol State Sections; we look forward to seeing you in Charm City for Community, Conversations, and Connections!

Martha Narvaez
Martha C. Narvaez

Conference Chair
Water Resources Center
University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware
Kathy Hale
Kathy Hale

Technical Co-chair
New Jersey Water Supply Authority
Clinton, NJ
Kelly Mott LaCroix
Kelly Mott LaCroix

Technical Co-chair
Forest Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Washington, DC