13th National Monitoring Conference @ Virginia Beach on April 24 – 28

by Duane Nichols on February 22, 2023

Conference cosponsors are NOAA, US EPA, USGS, & NALMS

The National Water Quality Monitoring Council will host its 13th National Monitoring Conference during the week of April 24–28, 2023, in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Monitoring for water quality/quantity and public and ecological health in all water resources will be represented, including lakes and wetlands, rivers and streams, coastal waters and estuaries, and groundwater.

All federal, state, tribal and local water professionals, nonprofits, academia, water consultants and industry, and volunteer scientists are welcome at this important national forum.  The conference will be offered in a hybrid format primarily in person, including a limited virtual format.

Networking and opportunities to create new relationships will abound for attendees. Whether you seek to develop new skills, learn about the latest technologies, or simply exchange information on a wide variety of topics relevant to water resources, the National Monitoring Conference is for you. The conference attracts the highest quality professional papers and posters and is a destination conference for many in the field.

Please look for the Call for Session Proposals and Call for Abstracts in Spring and Summer of 2022.

§§§ ~~~ 2023 Conference Themes Include:

50 Years After the Clean Water Act and Similar Efforts — a retrospective & prospective; lessons learned in water quality condition, assessment, justice & equity and long-term trend monitoring

Effectiveness Monitoring — Are management actions working? Restoration results, best management practices, monitoring and education/outreach successes, inform priorities and track progress in protecting and restoring the condition of our nation’s waters

Protecting High Quality Waters — monitoring to identify and evaluate waters; inform/implement protection strategies

Monitoring Collaboration — national, tribal, regional, state and local initiatives, partnerships, and councils; inclusive stakeholder identification and engagement; Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Volunteer and Community-Based Monitoring — volunteer monitoring, school & community groups and watershed associations, data to action, stewardship, increasing diversity & inclusion

Aggregating, Analyzing,Visualizing & Disseminating Data and Information — Open data science tools and tool development; data portals; data equity; R-Shiny applications, story maps, and dashboards; communicating assessment, condition, and trends to decision makers and public

Hot Topics in Monitoring and Analysis ~ Climate Change (impacts on quantity, quality, and biota), Harmful Algal Blooms (freshwater & marine), Persistent Toxic Contaminants (emerging and bioaccumulative contaminants, including PFAS), Nutrients (dynamics, impacts, monitoring, modeling, and analysis), Source Identification (nonpoint source, point source, stormwater, atmospheric deposition), New and Emerging Technologies (in situ and continuous monitoring, remote sensing, analytical methods, eDNA), Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning


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M W M C 3/15/23 February 24, 2023 at 1:41 am

Maryland Water Monitoring Council Announces Stream Monitoring Roundtable March 15

Greetings, fellow water monitors. It’s that time of year again! Let’s get together (virtually) and coordinate stream monitoring efforts for 2023.

Many agencies, consultants, and watershed organizations monitor streams throughout Maryland. The Maryland Water Monitoring Council has organized an (almost) annual Maryland Streams Roundtable to foster collaboration and cooperation among these many and varied groups. This gathering will provide an excellent opportunity to learn where monitoring is being done and what’s being sampled.

The Roundtable is intended for professionals, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions monitoring streams throughout the state of Maryland. It is not a forum for general discussions of stream-related topics or to drum up interest in your group. With that in mind, we would like to invite you to attend the Maryland Water Monitoring Council’s 15th Stream Monitoring Roundtable on Wednesday, March 15, 2023. This is an opportunity for you and your group to tell your colleagues what and where you will be monitoring in Maryland’s streams in 2023.

The Roundtable will be held virtually from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. A link will be sent to attendees a few days prior to the Roundtable. If capacity is reached, preference will be given to those people giving presentations on their monitoring locations. Registration for the Roundtable is free, but please RSVP to Andy Becker (andy.becker@kci.com, 410-891-1767) before close of business Friday, March 3, 2023 and indicate whom from your organization will give a presentation. Active participation from all groups in attendance is vital to the success of the Roundtable.

Each presenter will give a 10-minute Powerpoint presentation that includes an overview of study design, parameters sampled, and the types and locations of stream monitoring activities planned for 2023. There will also be plenty of time for discussion and questions. If you would like your sites added to a map (public and internet accessible) of all 2023 sampling locations across the state, fill out the data template (Excel) available for download with the required information (e.g. site ID, coordinates, monitoring type, and contact information) for each site and email the completed spreadsheet to Andy Becker at KCI Technologies (see above). Please send Andy your map-able data no later than close of business on Wednesday, March 8, 2023. Click here to view last year’s Roundtable Map.

We will collect all this information and display these data on one large map so that attendees can locate areas of overlap and identify potential opportunities for collaboration.

A detailed agenda for the entire day will be sent to all registrants prior to the Roundtable.

Feel free to forward this announcement to your colleagues whom we may have missed.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you on March 15.


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