AWRA 2010 Spring Specialty Conference
Program Information

Community, Conversation, Connections

Final ProgramThe Delaware and New Jersey State Sections would like to welcome you to the 2010 AWRA Annual Conference.  The City of Philadelphia—the birthplace of this great country and home of cheese steaks, Tastycakes, soft pretzels and the Liberty Bell—will serve as the backdrop for this year’s conference. Our two sections have planned an exciting week filled with presentations on the  latest water resources topics and productive community building, conversation and connections.  The Loew’s Hotel is located within walking distance of many unique sights and opportunities so you can experience the City of Brotherly Love while you take advantage of all that AWRA has to offer. 


Our technical program begins on Monday with an outstanding plenary session, featuring Mike Richter, former New York Rangers hockey player and current water resources advocate.  We will continue with 75 concurrent technical sessions on a wide range of water resources research, policy, management, education, and technical topics that will provide you with lessons and tools to apply in your own watershed.  Our local topics tracks will provide an opportunity for Mid-Atlantic water resource professionals to tell you about the Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay experiences.  Other special topics will include the Coastal Experience and Regional Planning tracks.  Our lunchtime specialty round tables will also provide a forum for conference attendees to discuss focused topics in small discussion groups throughout the conference.

The Exhibit Hall will showcase companies with products, services, and information water resources professionals need.  It will also host the poster session and displays from our conference sponsors.  Take time to visit this area during the networking breaks and the opening reception and take advantage of all this room has to offer.

AWRA conferences provide unique opportunities for students to present their work and learn about professional opportunities (see additional networking opportunities below networking). In 2010, AWRA will continue the ever popular student career night with a panel presentation and Q&A session with professionals from multiple disciplines and backgrounds.  This will be followed by a speed-networking session where students can interact with numerous professionals in a brief yet focused setting. 

In between the technical presentations, you’ll have several opportunities to interact with exhibitors and presenters, including the opening reception, the AWRA Awards Luncheon, and a special evening trip to the Fairmount Water Works.  Don’t forget to vote for your favorite photograph in the photo contest, to participate in the scavenger hunt and to join us in racing to the top of the legendary Rocky steps in the annual 5K Fun Run.

AWRA Introduces New Networking Opportunities
AWRA conferences are always an event where attendees network and interact and this year is no different.  The 2010 Conference Planning Committee has come up a few unique ways to encourage conversation and networking at the conference. 
  • “Ask Me About” Program: Conversation-enabling program open to all registrants at no additional cost.  
  • “AWRA Conference Connections” Program:  Mentoring program that matches new conference-goers with experienced AWRA members/conference-goers.  Pre-registration required at no additional cost
  • “Student Career Night”:  Panel presentations, and question and answer with professionals from multiple disciplines followed by Speed Networking session where students can interact with numerous professionals in a brief yet focused setting.

Our week will begin with two field trips to New Jersey and Delaware. Visit the NJ Pinelands, the nation’s first national reserve and restored estuary sites. Or, spend the morning at the Hagley Museum, an historic powder mill where you will learn more about the working side of water and the historic industry’s use of water power.

You can also participate in a workshop that will help you develop evaluation techniques for stream restoration projects.

Join us in Philadelphia to take advantage of everything the conference committee has planned – several days of community, conversation and connections that will benefit all water resource professionals. 

Whether you come as a sponsor, exhibitor, presenter, attendee or all four…come one, come all, and join us for what promises to be a revolutionary gathering in the birthplace of this great country.

Kathy Hale, Conference Co-Chair
New Jersey Water Supply Authority
Somerville, NJ
Martha Corrozi Narvaez, Conference Co-Chair
Water Resources Agency
Institute for Public Administration
University of Delaware
Newark, DE