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:
- The workshop, 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
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
- 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,
Martha C. Narvaez
Water Resources Center
University of Delaware
New Jersey Water Supply Authority
Kelly Mott LaCroix
U.S. Department of Agriculture