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The Watershed Congress Planning Committee is pleased to update plans for our 2020 event.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Watershed Congress Planning Committee postponed the 2020 Watershed Congress to September 21, 2020. However, our region continues to face challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, we're going virtual. The 2020 Watershed Congress will be held entirely online.

In past years, the Planning Committee has packed around 30 hours of programming into just one day. For 2020, our virtual conference will take place online over the course of a week in September. This will allow participants opportunities to take in more presentations even while balancing the demands of home, work, and family.

The Planning Committee is now working with our presenters to re-shape our program into an interactive online event to be presented during the week of September 21. The 2020 Watershed Congress will continue to feature the great presentations participants have come to expect, but there will also be some changes to the planned programming. This annual gathering is an intentional community that comes together to advance watershed protection and restoration. It is the hope of the Planning Committee that the Watershed Congress can be a vehicle to advance justice and inclusion as well as the best new watershed science.

Registration remains open. To register for this year’s program, go here. For those who have already registered, there is no need to register again. Registration fees that have been paid will be applied to virtual Watershed Congress registrations.

Questions? Call 215-369-1188, ext. 109, or email the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.

For more information, the Watershed Congress page.

Registration Is Now Open!

Register online or download a printable registration form.

A student rate is available. Learn more.

Sharing information, tools, and practices for watershed protection and restoration

The Watershed Congress Along the Schuylkill River advances the best available information and techniques for protecting and restoring watersheds. The focus on networking across disciplines means that the Congress melds science, policy and practical applications into one program. Every year, a growing and changing group of individuals attends to gain new knowledge, acquire tools, and practice techniques that will allow them to take active roles in the stewardship of their natural resources.

What do people say about the Watershed Congress?

“An amazing experience, one I hope to be a part of again in the future! … I learned a lot and walked away with new friends … The sessions I attended resulted in lots of questions and discussion … Very good presentations … This was a lot of fun … Always valuable and relevant … Affordable and always learn new, up-to-date information … A wonderful and organized event … A great Congress this year with some really good session presenters … The Watershed Congress on Saturday was wonderful! I’m so happy I was able to attend … We got a lot out of the Congress & look forward to next year.”

Comments from people who attended in 2019

Watershed Congress Organizers

The 2020 Watershed Congress is presented by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and its partner organizations as well as private individuals.

Current organization partners represent:

Berks County Conservation District • Berks Nature • Bucks County Conservation District • Cadastral Consulting, LLC • Center in the Park / Senior Environment Corps • Delaware Nature Society • Delaware River Steamboat Floating Classroom, Inc. SPLASH • Delaware Valley University • Green Valleys Watershed Association • A.D. Marble & Company • Montgomery County Community CollegeMontgomery County Conservation DistrictOctoraro Native Plant NurseryPartnership for the Delaware Estuary • Penn State University, Pennsylvania Sea Grant • Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources • Pennsylvania Department of Education • Pennsylvania Environmental Council • Reading Area Community College • Schuylkill Action Network Schuylkill River Greenways NHAStroud Water Research Center • Sustainable Choices, LLC & Philadelphia Water • Temple University • Valley Forge Trout Unlimited • The Write Beat • Yellow Springs Farm

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Be a part of this great program - Consider becoming a partner or sponsor

Becoming a partner is easy:

  • Help share news about the Congress with your members or contacts.
  • Help promote the Watershed Congress in your publications.
  • Donate educational materials or door prizes.

Interested in sponsoring the 2020 Watershed Congress?

For Students

  • A special Student Rate of $35 is available for current graduate or undergraduate students. To qualify for a student rate, submit your verification of enrollment along with: 1) your registration form, and 2) payment. Obtain verification of your enrollment history from National Student Clearinghouse, print a copy of your schedule to provide as proof of enrollment, or provide an unofficial transcript. Verification of enrollment should be mailed or email to the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.
  • The Watershed Congress Planning Committee is offering scholarships to current undergraduate and graduate students in the region in order to introduce them to watershed issues and the Watershed Congress, and to encourage them to present sessions in the future. Both full- and part-time students are eligible to apply. Student facilitators will have responsibilities during the event, including making announcements, timekeeping, troubleshooting, etc. Student facilitators are not responsible for IT.
    • Students interested in becoming student facilitators for the 2020 Watershed Congress should apply online.
    • Applications for Student Facilitator Scholarships will be accepted until all positions are filled.

Learn more about the Watershed Congress

See presentations from past years:  2019201820172016,  and  2015.


Email for more information or call 215-369-1188, ext. 109.

Monday, September 21, 2020 - 07:30 AM to Friday, September 25, 2020 - 03:30 PM