MWMC 21st ANNUAL CONFERENCE
November 13, 2015
The Maryland Water Monitoring Council will hold its 21st Annual Conference at the Maritime Institute, North Linthicum, Maryland, on Friday, November 13, 2015. Registration will begin at 7:30 AM and the conference will adjourn at 4:30 PM. The conference will include a plenary session, six concurrent breakout sessions, lots of posters and exhibitor tables, plenty of snacks, and, of course, the famous Maritime Institute all-you-can-eat buffet lunch. You’ll also have lots of time to network and catch up with old friends and colleagues during the long breaks and the post-meeting social at Heavy Seas Brewery (details coming soon).
The theme of the 2015 conference is Protecting the Source - Sustaining Maryland’s Waters. In the face of many emerging environmental challenges such as climate change, the spread of exotic species, and population growth, Marylanders continue to expect a dependable water supply for drinking, recreation, and agriculture. Sustaining our waters for future generations will take focus and coordination. This year’s MWMC Annual Conference addresses many issues related to sustaining and restoring our waters. Possible themed sessions include Maintaining an Adequate Water Supply, Emerging Stressors, Monitoring and the Inter-county Connector, Invasive Species, Stream Restoration Effectiveness Monitoring, Volunteer Monitoring, and an NPDES Primer. A conference highlight will be a plenary talk by Rudy Chow, Director of the Baltimore City Department of Public Works.
The early-bird registration fee (deadline – October 30, 2015) is $60 and includes lunch, breaks, and conference materials. After October 30, the registration fee is $75. The early registration fee for presenters is $55. Discounts for full-time students and active members and volunteers with non-profit organizations are also available on a first come, first served basis. Sorry, we can't offer discounts to faculty. To register via credit card, check, or R-Stars (MD State Employees), and/or to submit an abstract, click HERE.
CALL FOR SPEAKERS AND POSTER PRESENTERS
Are you interested in giving a talk or presenting a poster? The abstract submission form is included in the registration link above. ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE – October 9, 2015.
CARL WEBER AWARD
2015 will mark the Ninth Annual Carl S. Weber Award presented to an individual (or individuals) involved in water monitoring in Maryland. The ideal candidate will share the spirit, vision and leadership exemplified by Dr. Carl Weber. The Award honors those who have volunteered their time and energy towards increasing watershed awareness, advocacy and stewardship of the waters of Maryland. Details on the award and an Award Nomination Form can be found HERE. Nominations must be submitted by October 2, 2015.
STUDENT POSTER AWARD
The Fourth MWMC Student Poster Award will be offered this year. Open to junior high, high school and college undergraduate students, the Award offers $50 for first place and $25 for second. Click HERE for information and scoring criteria. Teachers can also download and print this FLIER to post on your school’s bulletin board.
For information about the Maritime Institute, follow this link for directions and a parking lot map.
Vendors and sponsors should click HERE for a Vendor Registration Form.
MWMC 20th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
November 21, 2014
The Maryland Water Monitoring Council held its 20th Annual Conference at the Maritime Institute, North Linthicum, Maryland, on Friday, November 21, 2014. The theme of the one day conference was The 20th Annual MWMC Conference: Looking to the Past to Guide our Future. Registration began at 7:30 AM and the conference adjourned at 4:30 PM.
Much has happened in the world of water monitoring over the past 20 years. This year’s conference highlighted the advances in monitoring, improvements in methods and equipment, technological innovations, and environmental trends. Sessions included Stream Restoration Effectiveness Monitoring, Water Quality Trends in Chesapeake Bay, Freshwater Streams, and Coastal Bays, Columbia as an Early Attempt at Sustainable Development, Fish Kills, Maryland’s Coldwater Fishes, and Volunteer Monitoring. A conference highlight was a plenary talk by estuarine ecologist and environmental historian Dr. Kent Mountford, titled Monitoring: A Chesapeake Historical Perspective.
View the Agenda (and links to presentations)
The Heavy Seas Brewery social and tour was a success!
For information about the Maritime Institute, follow this link for directions classrooms and parking lot map.
2013 Annual Conference -- December 5, 2013
Conserving Maryland's High Quality Waters -
From Monitoring to Action
The Maryland Water Monitoring Council held its 19th Annual Conference at the The Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies in Linthicum Heights on Thursday, December 5, 2013. The theme of the one day conference was Conserving Maryland's High Quality Waters - From Monitoring to Action.
A morning plenary session included talks by Elizabeth Buxton of the Maryland Environmental Trust and Tom DeMoss, formerly of USEPA. Concurrent session topics included Land Conservation and Water Quality Benefits, EPA’s Healthy Watersheds Program, Maryland’s Coldwater Habitats, Environmentally Friendly Landscapes, Headwater Streams, Dam Removal in the Patapsco River, and Maryland’s Stormwater Fee. A Day-At-A-Glance Agenda including links to presentation files can be found HERE. Click HERE for the full Program.
This year’s Student Poster Award was a big success. There were six entries. First prize ($50) went to John Markovich, Corinne Glover, Sarah Johnson, and Dana Rogers of Towson University for their poster titled, Pre-restoration Monitoring of Nutrients and Attached Algae in Tributaries of an Urban Stream. Second prize ($25) went to Cassandra Schaeffer, Stephen Cloud, and Max Ruehrmund from Hood College. Their poster was titled Assessment of the Effects of Emergent Plants on Benthic Algal Growth in Carroll Creek, Frederick, MD.
Click HERE for photos from the 2013 conference.
Click HERE for a Professional Development Hours (PDH) form.
2012 Annual Conference -- December 6, 2012
What Else is in your Water? From Arsenic to Zinc
The Maryland Water Monitoring Council held its 18th Annual Conference at the Maritime Institute, North Linthicum, Maryland, on Thursday, December 6, 2012. The theme of the one day conference was What Else is in your Water? From Arsenic to Zinc. The conference addressed water quality issues beyond more conventional pollutants such as nutrients and sediments. Registration began at 7:30 AM and the conference adjourned at 4:30 PM.
A morning plenary session included a talk by Dr. Cliff Mitchell of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. His talk was titled, Where do we Go from Here? Water Quality Monitoring, Public Health, and the Era of Constraints. A second plenary talk was provided by Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator for the US EPA (title TBA). The annual Carl Weber Award ceremony was also included, as were six concurrent morning sessions with up to three talks each. A buffet luncheon and a poster session with about 25 posters occured at noon. Posters were on display throughout the day. The afternoon consisted of nine concurrent technical sessions with up to three talks each. Session topics included Mercury, Road Salt, Headwater Streams, Bacteria, Protecting Healthy Watersheds, Marcellus Shale, Harmful Algal Blooms, Environmental Information, Land Use Change, Groundwater, Fish Diseases, and Volunteer Monitoring. Click HERE for the agenda and links to Power Point presentations and posters.
The registration fee, which included a booklet of abstracts and lunch, was $70. To save money, the early-bird registration fee (postmarked before November 16, 2012) was $55. The early registration fee for presenters was $50. Discounts for full-time students were also available on a first come, first served basis by request.
Encouraging students to pursue careers in STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] has become particularly important again as our country faces a shortage of scientists and engineers. While students have presented posters at past MWMC annual conferences, this year we extended a special invitation to high school and undergraduate students to present posters on their water-related research. An award of $50 was presented to the best student poster! Click HERE to see Scoring Criteria for Student Posters. For more information on this student poster session, contact Dr. Sonja Schmitz (firstname.lastname@example.org). Also, check out our 2012 student poster submissions and contest winners HERE.
Many thanks to our 2012 vendors and sponsors - Biohabitats, Chesapeake Bay Trust, EA Engineering, Greenhorne & O'Mara, Inc., Hach Hydromet, Hartco Environmental, KCI Technologies, Inc., Microbac Laboratories, Rickly Hydrological Co., Sutron Corp., and YSI.
2011 Annual Conference -- December 1, 2011
Think Baywide, Act Streamside:
Implementing the Chesapeake Bay TMDL
The Maryland Water Monitoring Council held its 17th Annual Conference at
the Maritime Institute, North Linthicum, on Thursday, December 1, 2011.
See www.mitags.org for directions to the Maritime Institute and follow this link for a classroom and parking lot map.
The theme of the one day conference was Think Baywide, Act Streamside: Implementing the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. A morning plenary session included plenary talks by Jeff Corbin, EPA’s Senior Advisor for the Chesapeake Bay and Carl Hershner, Director of the Center for Coastal Resources Management at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Five concurrent sessions with up to three talks each were held throughout the day. Session topics included The Federal Urban Waters Initiative, Environmental Justice in Water Issues, The Baltimore Reservoir Technical Workgroup, Volunteer Monitoring, The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan, Maryland’s NPDES Stormwater Program, Communication and Social Media, Ecological Flows, and a Special “How to” Session on Water Monitoring Techniques. Registration began at 7:30 AM and the Conference ran from 8:30 until 4:30.
2010 Annual Conference -- November 18, 2010
Healthy Waters, Healthy Communities
The Maryland Water Monitoring Council held its 16th Annual Conference on Thursday,
November 18, 2010 at the Maritime Institute in North Linthicum, MD.
See www.mitags.org for directions to the Maritime Institute.
Environmental justice can be defined as the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, religions, incomes, and educational levels with respect to the development and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Fair treatment implies that no individuals or groups should be forced to shoulder a disproportionate share of exposure to the negative effects of pollution due to lack of political, social, or economic strength.
The theme of the 16th Annual Conference of the Maryland Water Monitoring Council was Environmental Justice: Healthy Waters, Healthy Communities. The conference goal was to bring together individuals from diverse groups who are interested in environmental justice, environmental issues and the application of sound science in water monitoring and decision-making. Through dialogue and cooperative learning. the conference provided a forum where government employees, academics, business and industry, non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, local community activists and others can strengthen and achieve equality in environmental monitoring and water resource management.
The Maryland Water Monitoring Council held its 16th Annual Conference at the Maritime Institute, North Linthicum, on Thursday, November 18, 2010. The theme of the one day conference was Environmental Justice: Healthy Waters, Healthy Communities. A morning plenary session included talks by Vernice Miller-Travis (Vice Chair of the Maryland State Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities), Steward Pickett (Director of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study Long-term Ecological Research Program), and five concurrent technical sessions with up to three talks each. A poster session with 25 posters took place during the lunch break. Posters were on display throughout the day. The afternoon consisted of eight concurrent technical sessions with up to three talks each. Session topics included Innovative Monitoring Methods, Citizen Science and Stewardship, Stream Restoration, Climate Change Adaptation, Urbanization and Eco-hydrology: Stormwater Management and Beyond, Education and Outreach, Stream Health Assessments, and Restoration Success Stories.
Follow this link for photos, PowerPoints,
and agendas from previous MWMC conferences
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2015 Board Meeting Schedule
Click on each date for an agenda as they are posted and links to presentations
- January 20, 2015
(10:00 AM to 2:00 PM)
USGS, Catonsville, MD
- April 14, 2015
(10:00 AM to 2:00 PM)
Tawes State Office Building, Annapolis, MD
- July 14, 2015
(10:00 AM to 2:00 PM)
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, MD
- October 20, 2015
(10:00 AM to 2:00 PM)
Tawes State Office Building, Annapolis, MD