Category Archives: Non-Virginia

Walking in Leesburg, Va., for Water in Western Africa – 13th Annual Walk on May 7, 2016

“Walking for Water” is an annual walk in Leesburg, Virginia, to raise funds for water wells and other needs in Burkina Faso and other countries in western Africa.  A student at Heritage High School in Leesburg began the event in 2004, which has now expanded to California.  The 2016 walk (the 13th annual) is on May 7.  For more information, visit; or contact Wisdom Spring, Inc., Walking for Water, 5960 South Land Park Drive #200; Sacramento, CA 95822; phone to Cheri Faley at (703) 201-9709, or Susan Hough at (703) 505-5152; or e-mail:

Carbon Capture and Storage at Coal-fired Boundary Dam Power Station in Canada Reviewed in Mar. 29, 2016, New York Times Article

Technology to Make Clean Energy From Coal Is Stumbling in Practice,” by Ian Austen in The New York Times, 3/29/16, reports on the progress and setbacks so far of implementing carbon capture and storage at the Boundary Dam Power Station in Saskatchewan, Canada.  Owned by SaskPower, the Boundary Dam station was the first commercial-scale attempt at carbon capture and storage when the station opened in 2014, according to the Times article.

Information from SaskPower on the Boundary Dam carbon capture project is available online at

Erosion and Sediment Control Planning and Design are Focus of April 28, 2016, Workshop in Hickory, N.C., Organized by the North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute

On April 28, 2016, in Hickory, N.C., the North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute (located at North Carolina State University; online at will hold an Erosion and Sediment Control Planning and Design Workshop for Design Professionals, Contractors, and Developers.  According to the organizers, the workshop aims to provide information on sediment control activities, requirements, and best practices in North Carolina as related to the NC Sedimentation Pollution Control Act.  Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits (for engineers and surveyors) and Continuing Education Units (for landscape architects) will be available.  More information:; (919) 515-2815; e-mail:

A Water Conference Sampler from around the United States, Canada, and Elsewhere – 2/3/16 Edition; Updated 5/17/16

Here are some water  and water-related meetings in the United States, Canada, and other countries in coming months, along with notes for events that recur annually, listed by the month the event typically occurs.

This post is updated as the Virginia Water Resources Research Center learns of new events and a new version is re-posted at least quarterly.  If you would like an event added, please send basic information (date, location, event title, event organizer, Web site, and contact information) to with subject line: For Water Central Editor.

Some of the information for this edition was provided by the Virginia Water Monitoring Council (VWMC), supported in part by grants from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s Citizen Monitoring Grant Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Virginia Department of Health.  More information about the VWMC is available online at

This post is for non-Virginia events; for water meetings and other events in the Old Dominion, please see the Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s online Quick Guide to Virginia Water Events.



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W. Va. (shown here in Sep. 2014) annually hosts many water-related meetings, including the annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum each September.


2016 Events

May 22-26, 2016, West Palm Beach, Fla.: World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2016. Organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers/Environmental & Water Resources Institute. More information:

Jun. 12-15, 2016, New Orleans, La.: Ports ’16: Gateways to a World of Opportunities. Organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers. More information:

Jun. 13-16, 2016, San Antonio, Tex.: National Environmental Health Association’s Annual Education Conference and Exhibition and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s National Healthy Homes Conference. More information:

Jun. 14-16, 2016, Colorado’s South Platte River Basin and Front Range: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Water Center’s annual Water and Natural Resources Tour.  More information:

Jun. 19-22, 2016, Chicago, Ill.: American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference & Exposition. The theme this year is “Uniting the World of Water.” More information:

Jun. 21-23, 2016, Pensacola Beach, Fla.: Universities Council on Water Resources and National Institute for Water Resources Conference. More information:

Jun. 26-29, 2016, Houston, Tex.: International Conference on Transportation and Development. Organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers. More information:

Jun. 28-30, 2016, San Francisco, Calif.: Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture: International Conference Linking Science and Policy. Organized by the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. More information:

Jul. 11-12, 2016, Washington, D.C.: U.S. Energy Information Administration Energy Conference. More information:

Jul. 11-13, 2016, Sacramento, Calif.: GIS [Geographic Information Systems] and Water Resources IX. Spring Specialty Conference by the Americna Water Resources Association. More information:

Jul. 17-20, 2016, Orlando, Fla.: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual Meeting. More information:

Jul. 17-22, 2016, Istanbul, Turkey: 35th International Conference on Coastal Engineering. Organized by the Turkish Chamber of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers. More information:

Jul. 24-27, 2016, Louisville, Ky.: Soil and Water Conservation Society International Annual Conference. The theme this year is “Managing Great River Landscapes.” More information:

Jul. 30-Aug. 3, 2016, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada: International Marine Conservation Congress. Organized by the Society for Conservation Biology. More information:

Aug. 7-12, 2016, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. This year’s theme is “Novel Ecosystems in the Anthropocene” (“anthropocene” is used by some scientists to refer to the most recent geologic time period, in which humans have had a dominant influence, according to More information:

Aug. 21-25, 2016, Kansas City, Mo.: American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting. This year’s theme is “Fisheries Conservation and Management: Making Connections and Building Partnerships.” More information:

Aug. 22-25, 2016, Asheville, N.C.: 2016 Stream Ecology and Restoration Conference.  Organized by North Carolina State University’s Stream Restoration Program.  More information:; Barbara Doll,; or Karen Hall,

Aug. 28-Sep. 1, 2016, Davos, Switzerland: International Disaster and Risk Conference. More information:

Aug. 29-31, 2016, Portland, Maine: International Low Impact Development Conference.  The conference theme is “Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure.”  Organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers.  More information:

Sep. 1-10, 2016, Honolulu, Hawaii: World Conservation Congress by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. This year’s theme is “Planet at the Crossroads.” More information:

Sep. 12-14, 2016, Charlotte, N.C.: Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference. Organized by the Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments team. More information:

Sep. 20-23, 2016, Sydney, Australia: International Conference on Emerging Contaminants and Micropollutants in the Environment. More information:

Sep. 25-28, 2016, Denver, Colo.: Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. More information:

Oct. 14-15, 2016, Princeton, N.J.: Water and the Making of Place in North America.  A graduate student conference featuring research on the relationship between water and place in North American history.  Organized by the Princeton University American Studies Department.  For more information, e-mail

Oct. 18-21, 2016, Davis, Calif.: Natural Areas Conference. Organized by the Natural Areas Association. More information:

Oct. 20-22, 2016, Baltimore, Md.: Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference. Organized by Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute, University of California, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, Stanford University, and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. More information:

Oct. 24-26, 2016, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada: Arctic Technology Conference. Organized by Offshore Technology Council, which is sponsored by a consortium of energy organizations (online at More information:

Oct. 24-27, 2016, Cape Town Stellenbosch, South Africa: Engineering and Technology Innovation for Global Food Security. Organized by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. More information:

Oct. 24-28, 2016, Indianapolis, Ind.: National States Geographic Information Council Annual Conference. More information:

Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2016, Toronto, Canada: GIS-Pro 2016. Annual conference of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. More information:

Nov. 2-6, 2016, Madison, Wisc.: Society of American Foresters National Convention. More information:

Nov. 6-9, 2016, Phoenix, Ariz.: Joint annual meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. This year’s theme is “Resilience Emerging form Scarcity and Abundance.” More information:

Nov. 9-11, 2016, Minneapolis, Minn.: Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education Annual Conference. More information:

Dec. 12-16, 2016, San Francisco, Calif.: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. More information:

Feb. 14-16, 2017, Sydney, Australia: 11th International Water Association Symposium on Tastes, Odors, and Algal Toxins in Water.  Organized by the University of New South Wales.  More information:; e-mail:

Annually Recurring Events

(Shown is the month(s) each year when the event is normally held; specific dates change each year, and locations may change.)

January, varying locations: annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society. More information:

February, Washington, D.C.: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting.  More information:

February, varying locations: Ocean Sciences Meeting. Organized by the American Geophysical Union, the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and the Oceanography Society. More information:

February, varying locations: International Conference on Water Management Modeling.  More information:

March, Raleigh, N.C.: Annual Conference of the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina.  More information:

March: North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. Organized by the Wildlife Management Institute.  More information:

March, in Lincoln, Neb.:  Annual symposium of the Nebraska Water Center, and  annual Nebraska Water Law Conference.  More information:; (402) 472-3305;

March or April:  National Hurricane Conference.  More information:

April: Annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference. More information:

April, in Lincoln, Neb.: Annual Water for Food Global Conference.  More information:; phone (402) 472-5145; e-mail:

April, in Washington, D.C.: National Environmental Policy Forum.  Organized by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Water Environment Federation, and Water Environment Research Foundation.  More information:

April, in Rapid City, S.D.: Western South Dakota Hydrology Meeting. Organized by the U.S. Geological Survey’s South Dakota Water Science Center and several partners.  More information:; Janet Carter, (605) 394-3215 or

April through September: Workshops by North Carolina State University Stream Restoration Program.  For more information click on the individual links below or go to; or contact Cathy Smith at (919) 515-6780 or

May: World Environmental and Water Resources Congress.  Organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers.  More information:; (800) 548-2723.

May:  National Monitoring Conference. Organized by the National Water Quality Monitoring Council.  More information:

May: Annual conference of the Choose Clean Water Coalition (a group of some 200 organizations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed; based in Annapolis, Md.).  More information (from 2015 conference):; (443) 759-3407;

May-Jun.: annual Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.  More information:

June: Conference on Broadcast Meteorology. Organized by the American Meteorological Society. More information (from 2015 conference):

June: Annual conference of the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR), the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR), and the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI).  More information:; or contact UCOWR at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, (618) 536-7571 or

June or July: National Marine Educators Association annual conference.  More information:; phone (844) 687-6632; e-mail:

June or July: Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference.  Organized by the American Chemical Society.  More information:

July, varying locations: Soil and Water Conservation Society’s Annual Conference.  More information:

August, different locations: American Fisheries Society Annual Conference.  More information:

September, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, W. Va.: Chesapeake Watershed Forum.  Organized by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.  More information:; (804) 775-0951 (Virginia office) or

September, varying locations: Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC).  More information:

October, varying locations: WaterSmart Innovations Conference.  Organized by the Southern Nevada Water Authority and several partners.  More information:; (702) 862-3400.

October, St. Paul, Minn.  Annual conference of the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center.  More information:

November, varying locations: American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Annual Conference.  More information:

Freshwater in North Carolina’s Coastal Plain is Focus of Feb. 16, 2016, Conference in New Bern, N.C.

“Freshwater in the North Carolina Coastal Plain: Understanding and Preparing for 21st Century Challenges” will be held February 16, 2016, at the New Bern Convention Center in New Bern, North Carolina.  The conference is sponsored by the North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute (at North Carolina State University in Raleigh), East Carolina University, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Cape Fear Public Service Authority.  The conference is intended for academic researchers and students, state agency staff, local governments, water utilities, and private consultants.  For more information, visit, or contact Anna Martin at the North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute, phone (919) 513-1203 or e-mail to

Flint, Michigan, Drinking-water Crisis Information Sources, Including Virginia Tech Research Team

As of April 2016, the Flint, Michigan, drinking-water crisis continued to focus nationwide attention on problems of lead in public water systems.  The problem in Flint began in 2014 when the city changed its source of water and began providing water that turned out to be highly corrosive, leaching lead from plumbing into household water.

Throughout spring 2016, a team of researchers from Virginia Tech was continuing to work on and report about the situation, and their work played a significant role in bringing to light drinking water contamination in Flint.  In fact, in April 2016, Time magazine named Dr. Marc Edwards, the leader of the Virginia Tech team, and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a Michigan pediatrician who documented high blood lead levels in Flint children, as two of its 100 Most Influential People for the current year.  Information about the Virginia Tech team’s work, along with a list of related news articles and other resources, is available online at; the contact e-mail is; see also Persistent Virginia Tech researchers exposed problems with Flint water, Roanoke Times, 1/28/16; Virginia Tech Researchers Fought for Flint in Water Crisis, Roanoke Times, 1/23/16.

On March 21, 2016, the Flint Water Advisory Task Force, appointed by Michigan Governor. Rick Snyder, issued a 116-page report, available online at  Here is the Summary Statement from that report:
“The Flint water crisis is a story of government failure, intransigence, unpreparedness, delay, inaction, and environmental injustice.  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) failed in its fundamental responsibility to effectively enforce drinking water regulations.  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) failed to adequately and promptly act to protect public health.  Both agencies, but principally the MDEQ, stubbornly worked to discredit and dismiss others’ attempts to bring the issues of unsafe water, lead contamination, and increased cases of Legionellosis (Legionnaires’ disease) to light.  With the City of Flint under emergency management, the Flint Water Department rushed unprepared into full -­time operation of the Flint Water Treatment Plant, drawing water from a highly corrosive source without the use of corrosion control.  Though MDEQ was delegated primacy (authority to enforce federal law), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delayed enforcement of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and Lead and Copper Rule (LCR), thereby prolonging the calamity.  Neither the Governor nor the Governor’s office took steps to reverse poor decisions by MDEQ and state-­appointed emergency managers until October 2015, in spite of mounting problems and suggestions to do so by senior staff members in the Governor’s office, in part because of continued reassurances from MDEQ that the water was safe.  The significant consequences of these failures for Flint will be long-­lasting.  They have deeply affected Flint’s public health, its economic future, and residents’ trust in government. The Flint water crisis occurred when state-­appointed emergency managers replaced local representative decision-­making in Flint, removing the checks and balances and public accountability that come with public decision-­making.  Emergency managers made key decisions that contributed to the crisis, from the use of the Flint River to delays in reconnecting to DWSD once water quality problems were encountered.  Given the demographics of Flint, the implications for environmental injustice cannot be ignored or dismissed.  The Flint water crisis is also a story, however, of something that did work: the critical role played by engaged Flint citizens, by individuals both inside and outside of government who had the expertise and willingness to question and challenge government leadership, and by members of a free press who used the tools that enable investigative journalism.  Without their courage and persistence, this crisis likely never would have been brought to light and mitigation efforts never begun.”

On April 15, 2016, Gov. Snyder proposed that Michigan implement new state regulations on lead and copper, including a 10 part per billion (ppb) action level for lead in drinking water, which would be lower than the federally mandated action level of 15 ppb.  The proposed changes would also strengthen testing requirements.  Michigan Governor Proposes Tighter Rules on Lead in Water in Wake of Flint Crisis; State regulations would be stronger than federal standards, require adoption of lead pipe removal plans within 10 years, Wall Street Journal, 4/15/16.

For an overview of the situation, its history, and its public-health impacts, see Toxic water crisis poisons public trust in Flint, PBS NewsHour, 1/20/16 (11 min/12 sec. video, with online transcript).

Other media accounts for later developments include the following:
Congress grills Michigan governor, EPA head over Flint water crisis, PBS NewsHour, 3/17/16 (12 min/25 sec. video, with online transcript; Virginia Tech’s Dr. Marc Edwards, leader of the research team working in Flint, is interviewed in this report).

Flint Water Crisis Inquiry Finds State Ignored Warning Signs, New York Times, 3/23/16.

EPA launching new water infrastructure effort after Flint, The Hill, 4/26/16

Following are some other sources of information about the Flint situation:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Flint Drinking Water Documents,” online at

U.S. EPA, “Flint Safe Drinking Water Task Force,” online at

State of Michigan, “Taking Action on Flint Water,” online at

Detroit Free Press articles on Flint water, online at

Some news articles on Virginia responses to the Flint situation are the following:
Special Report: Uncovering Flint-Could it happen here?, WAVY Hampton Roads, 4/7/16.

Virginia Tech researchers: Flint-like problems also present in Virginia wells, Roanoke Times, 4/10/16.

PBS NewsHour Story (Jan. 2, 2016) on Invasive Crayfish in Oregon’s Crater Lake

“Boom of invasive crayfish threaten species in Oregon’s Crater Lake,” broadcast on the Public Broadcasting System’s (PBS) “NewsHour” on January 2, 2016, explores the impacts of the invasive Signal Crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus) on the aquatic ecosystem in Crater Lake in Oregon, particularly the effects on the rare Mazama Newt (Taricha granulosa mazamae), an amphibian found only in Crater Lake.  The story provides an informative case study of how invasive aquatic species get introduced and become established and problematic in new water bodies.  The 5 minute/30 second video report is available online at

More information on the Mazama Newt is available from the National Park Service online at

More information on the Signal Crayfish is available from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service online (as PDF) at