2018 Virginia Water Monitoring Council Conference

YES — the VWMC Conference will be held as planned on March 21, 2018 at the Henrico County Training Center!

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

  • Virginia DEQ and Citizen Bacteria Monitoring – James Beckley; Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
  • Shenandoah River Water Quality Changes Over Time Wayne Webb; Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District and Friends of Shenandoah River.
  • Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP): Making a Difference in Henrico Waters  Stacey Heflin; Henricopolis Soil & Water Conservation District.
  • Making Urban Trees Count: A Stormwater Crediting Framework for Urban Tree Planting Neely L. Law, PhD; Center for Watershed Protection.
  • Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative: Connecting the Dots with Volunteer Monitors — Emily Bialowas; Izaak Walton League of America.
  • An Overview of Virginia’s Healthy Waters Initiative — Gregory C. Garman, PhD; VCU Rice Rivers Center.
  • Plastic Pollution as a Vector for Pathogens — Amanda Laverty; Biological Oceanography, Old Dominion University.
  • Drones: A New Tool for Water Monitoring – Donglai Gong, PhD; Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
  • Freshwater Salinization Syndrome: An Emerging Threat in Virginia’s Rivers? — Shahan Haq; Department of Geology, University of Maryland
  • ColiFind: A Digital Image Analysis Application to Identify E. coli Colonies in Coliscan Easygel Water Quality Tests — Ana Humphrey; T.C. Williams High School.

* DEQ’s Tara Sieber is unable to present “Monitoring Filamentous Algae on the Shenandoah River” as planned. A FREE public informational webinar will be held by DEQ on March 29th on the “Shenandoah River Monitoring Plan.” For more information and to register for the webinar, see the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall website (; search “Shenandoah” and then click the “Meetings” link.

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. For a map and more information about the facility, see the Training Center webpage.

Registration includes morning coffee & doughnuts, lunch, and afternoon break. Registration has closed. No refunds after February 21, 2018 but substitutions are allowed.

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

Several 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.

Thank you to the exhibitors at the 2018 Virginia Water Monitoring Council Conference!


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Thank you to the sponsors of the 2018 Virginia Water Monitoring Council Conference!

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To view the presentation slides from past VWMC conferences, click the link below for the respective year.