2017 Virginia Water Monitoring Council Conference

“Exploring Emerging Water Issues”
Henrico County Training Center, Henrico, Va.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Who should attend? Members of the environmental, technical, municipal, and educational communities & the public who are concerned with staying up-to-date on Virginia’s water resource issues. This conference offers valuable opportunities to network and continue a dialogue on Virginia’s water quality and quantity issues.

Program: Presentations run from 9:30 AM to 4 PM, with great coffee, donuts and networking starting at 8:45 AM. A draft agenda is shown below (Subject to change):

Keynote address: Carl Hershner, Virginia Institute of Marine Science — Climate Change Impacts on Virginia’s Water Resources

Dr. Carl Hershner is the Director of the Center for Coastal Resources Management and Associate Professor of Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.  He received his B.S. degree from Bucknell University and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.  Dr. Hershner’s primary research interests are in tidal and nontidal wetlands ecology, landscape ecology, and resource management/policy issues. Much of his current work is focused on climate change impacts and how we can adapt to them.

Panel: Harmful Algal Blooms, or HABs, occur when colonies of algae—simple plants that live in coastal waters, bays, and freshwater—grow out of control while producing toxic or harmful effects on people, fish, shellfish, marine mammals, and birds. Our speakers will address the growing concern about HABs in Virginia’s freshwater streams and reservoirs.

Margaret Smigo, Virginia Department of Health — The Virginia Harmful Algal Bloom Taskforce – Surveillance and Response to Protect Public Health

Cal Buelo, University of Virginia, Department of Environmental Sciences — Storms, Algal Blooms, and Copper Sulfate Treatment in a Drinking Water Reservoir

Mike Selckmann, Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin — Development of Algal Monitoring Strategies in the Chesapeake Bay Region and Beyond: New Strategies and Technologies 

Richard Groover, Reynolds Community College, School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Virginia: A Future of Drought?

Laura McKay, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program — Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program: Recent Projects Promoting Healthy Water Resources 

Sean-Thomas Pumphrey, Lickinghole Creek Craft Beer — More Than Brews: Water Effluent from the Brewhouse

Lea Rubin, Izaak Walton League of America, and Liz Chudoba, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay — Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative: Strengthening Connections between Citizen Science and Management Agencies

Steve Raabe, OpinionWorks LLC — Boosting Residential Adoption of Stormwater Practices: A Case Study

Registration Information: Registration includes morning coffee & donuts, lunch, and afternoon break. Early registration is $50/person until March 8, 5 PM.  After that date, registration is $60/person. Full-time college or high school students are $25 each. No refunds after March 8 but substitutions are allowed.  Several scholarships are being offered to cover the VWMC conference registration fees of students who are water quality monitors.  Students who wish to apply for a scholarship should complete this form prior to February 22, 2017, 6 PM.

To register:
1. All attendees MUST fill out the On-line Registration Form!
NOTE: You will not be fully registered until you complete the registration form AND pay.

2. Pay via check or credit card.

PAY BY CHECK: Make check payable to “LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY (CVW)” and mail it to: Cashiers Office, Longwood University, 201 High Street, Farmville, VA 23909. IMPORTANT: Include the NAME OF THE ATTENDEE on the check or with the check.

PAY BY CREDIT CARD: Available online at the end of the registration form.

Location: The conference will be on the second floor of the Henrico County Training Center, located at 7701 E. Parham Road, Henrico, VA 23294.  Parking is free.

Exhibitors: A limited number of exhibitor tables are available for $285 per table. Exhibitors can expect to reach 85 to 120 water professionals from governments agencies (local & state), universities & nonprofit organizations. The exhibitor fee includes registration for one representative. Contact Katie Register at Clean Virginia Waterways at 434-395-2602 or if you are interested in exhibiting at the conference or have questions.

Questions? Contact Clean Virginia Waterways at 434-395-2602 or if you have questions.

Sponsors and Organizers — If interested in sponsoring this conference, please contact Katie Register at 434-395-2602 or

Thank you to the sponsors and organizers of the 2017 Virginia Water Monitoring Council Conference!

YSI, Inc.
Storm Water Systems, Inc.

Virginia Water Monitoring Council
Clean Virginia Waterways
Longwood University
Henrico County
Virginia Water Resources Research Center
Virginia Tech

Comments about past conferences of the Virginia Water Monitoring Council:

“VWMC’s conferences are very informative & are a great value”

“This conference has provided me with some concepts, ideas and contacts that I will be able to use to accomplish tasks that I have been assigned.”

“Kudos to the speakers who were very engaging, relevant and informative.”

“Great professional networking and great coffee too!”