Watershed Congress along the Schuylkill River

Date(s): 03/14/2015
Time(s): 7:30am to 3:15pm
Location : Montgomery County Community College - West Campus Pottstown, Pennsylvania

About the Watershed Congress:

The Watershed Congress has evolved since 1998 years to advance the best available information and techniques for protecting and restoring watersheds. The focus on networking across disciplines means that the Watershed Congress melds science, policy and practical applications into one program. As a result, the annual Watershed Congress is a highly anticipated event for people interested in understanding, protecting, and restoring their local streams.

Benefits:
Network across disciplines • Hear from experts and practitioners • Broaden your knowledge • Receive continuing education/professional development credits.


The 2016 Watershed Congress:

Plans are already underway for next year's Watershed Congress. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network will release the Call for Presenters in early fall 2015. The deadline for submissions will be October 31, 2015.

Who should attend?
Federal, state and local agency representatives; municipal officials and staff; environmental consultants and contractors; members of watershed organizations; Conservancy and land trust representatives; members of community groups; educators and students (high school and above); and the general public. 

Student Facilitator Scholarships
The Watershed Congress offers scholarships to introduce current undergraduate and graduate students to watershed issues and encourage them to become future presenters. Both full-time and part-time students from the area are eligible. Student facilitators will have responsibilities during the Watershed Congress program including making announcements, getting sessions started on time, time keeping, trouble shooting, etc. (student facilitators are not responsible for IT). Applications for those interested in becoming student facilitators for the 2016 Watershed Congress will be taken online in early 2016. The application deadline for Student Facilitator Scholarships is February 12, 2016.

Questions? Interested in helping to sponsor the 2016 Watershed Congress? Contact chari for more information or call 215-369-1188, ext. 109.

The 2015 Watershed Congress:

This year's program was held Saturday, March14th at the Montgomery County Community College's West Campus in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. The program featured a keynote discussion, "Pure Water, Clean Air and a Healthy Environment … For the Generations," presented by Maya K. van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper, and Jordan B. Yeager, Curtin & Heefner LLP.  The program also offered 20 concurrent and 7 poster sessions covering a broad range of watershed topics, and 18 exhibits by watershed organizations, environmental consulting firms and government agencies.  This year, registration for Saturday’s program totaled 219.  Participants and presenters hailed from throughout Pennsylvania and from as far away as Ringoes, New Jersey; Saint Michaels, Maryland; and Lewes, Delaware.

Video from select sessions from the 2015 Watershed Congress are online at the Delaware Riverkeeper Network’s YouTube channel.


The 2015 Watershed Congress was presented by The Delaware Riverkeeper Network along with:
Berks County Conservation District • Berks County Conservancy • Brandywine Valley Association • Cadastral Consulting • Center in the Park/Senior Environmental Corps • Dewberry, Inc. • Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation • Greater Pottstown Watershed Alliance • Green Valleys Watershed Association • Hay Creek Watershed Association • Hopewell Big Woods Partnership • Keystone Canoe Club • Water Resources Education Network (WREN), a project of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund • Maiden Creek Watershed Association • A.D. Marble & Co. • Montgomery County Community College • Montgomery County Conservation District • Nature Abounds • Octoraro Native Plant Nursery, Inc. • PennFuture • Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources • Penn State University, Pennsylvania Sea Grant • Pennsylvania Senior Environment Corps • Landscape Architecture Program, Philadelphia University • Reading Area Community College • Red Clay Valley Association • Schuylkill Action Network, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary  • Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area • Stell Environmental Enterprises, Inc. • Stroud Water Research Center • Temple University Center for Sustainable Communities • Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc. • Trout Unlimited, Tulpehocken Chapter • Trout Unlimited, Valley Forge Chapter • West Chester Fish, Game & Wildlife Association • The Write Beat


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