Working Watersheds and Coastal Systems:
Research and Management for a Changing Future

National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV

July 23-26, 2018 

Registration is now open!

Healthy working watersheds and coastal systems provide a wide array of useful economic goods and services. Managing these systems across the nation is challenging, particularly from the perspective of maintaining aquatic condition and integrity. Great strides have been made since the 1970s, but stressors such as invasive species, nutrient and pollutant loading, landscape disturbance (e.g., growth and development, fires, floods), and hydrologic alterations continue to degrade human and environmental health. The Sixth Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds (ICRW) will explore research and adaptive management that aims to meet these challenges now and into the future. This ICRW will highlight the challenges of sustaining working watersheds and their components that are involved in economic production such as agriculture, urban development, forestry, mining/energy extraction, and outdoor recreational activities, while balancing issues that arise from these complex ecosystems and landscapes. Presentations characterizing reference watersheds and coastal systems are also welcome, as these systems provide contrast and in some cases set management targets for working systems. The conference will feature presentations on cutting-edge reach- to watershed-scale research conducted in these working landscapes – including studies of estuarine and coastal environments – by federal and state scientists, academics, NGOs, and others. The Sixth ICRW will be held July 23-26, 2018 at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. 

Plenary speakers include Dr. Nandita Basu (Univ. of Waterloo), Dr. Emily Bernhardt (Duke University), Dr. Beth Boyer (Penn State University), Dr. Ryan Emanuel (NC State) and Dr. Terri Hogue (Colorado School of Mines). 

Presentations will be organized around the following themes, with a narrative description of each session provided here. Poster presentations are also welcome.

    • Coastal and Estuarine Processes and Management
    • Complex Regional Efforts in Managing Watersheds: Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Initiative
    • Disturbance Effects on Watersheds: Assessing Watershed Vulnerability and Resilience
    • Ecology and Watershed Management
    • Integrated Data and Tools for Effective Management of Forested and Grassland Watersheds
    • Interdisciplinary Research and Adaptive Management in Watersheds
    • Managing Competing Water Demands in the Coastal Southeastern US
    • Monitoring Aquatic Systems from Daily to Decadal Scales: Advances and Applications
    • Novel Approaches and Applications in Hydrologic Modeling for Watershed Research 
    • Nutrient Cycling and Harmful Algal Blooms
    • Quantifying and Valuing Ecosystem Services
    • Remote Sensing Applications in Watershed Research
    • Restoration of Streams, Rivers, and Wetlands
    • Urban Systems: Ecology and Hydrology of the Built Environment
    • Using Long-term Data on Assessing Extreme Climatic Events Effects on Watershed Processes, Functions and Management Practices
    • Water Quality Research in the Appalachia Region
    • Waters at the Border – Science, Management, and Policy Challenges for Transboundary Watersheds
    • Watershed Evapotranspiration in a Changing Environment
    • Watershed Research and Management in a Changing Climate
    • Watershed Restoration to Protect and Restore Coastal Habitats and Resources
    • Wetland Trends in Coastal Watersheds: Drivers, Effects, and Adaptive Management

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Contact Information

Conference Chair: Charles Lane, US EPA 


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