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

National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV

July 23-26, 2018 

Registration is closed.

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. 

A wide-range of stimulating Plenary Speakers at the 6th ICRW include:

  • Ryan Emanuel (North Carolina State University): Environmental Justice, Indigenous Rights, and Implications for Decision-Making at the Watershed-Scale and Beyond
  • Nandita Basu (University of Waterloo): Landscape Legacies:  Long-Term Nitrogen Trajectories in the Mississippi River Basin and Beyond
  • Terri Hogue (Colorado School of Mines): Challenges and Opportunities in Human-Water Interactions in Urban Centers: Advancing Decision-Making Tools for Holistic Management of Water Resources
  • Beth Boyer (Penn State University): Advancing Understanding of the Critical Zone: Lessons from Long Term Watershed Studies
  • Emily Bernhardt (Duke University): Where Land Use Legacies and Global Change Collide: The Ecosystem Impacts of Salt Water Intrusion in Coastal Agricultural Landscapes

Presentations will be organized around the following themes:

  • Coastal Habitats and Resources: Management, Protection, and Restoration [Chair: Lisa Vandiver (NOAA)]
  • Managing and Characterizing Complex Aquatic Systems across Different Land Uses and Spatial Scales [Chairs: Ana Garcia and Jennifer Keisman (USGS)]
  • Monitoring Aquatic Systems from Daily to Decadal Scales: Advances and Applications [Chairs: Jim Latimer (US EPA) and Rick Webb (USGS)]
  • Novel Approaches and Applications in Hydrologic Modeling for Watershed Research [Chairs: David Bosch (USDA-ARS) and Bill Kepner (US EPA)]
  • Using Long-term Data on Assessing Extreme Climatic Events Effects on Watershed Processes, Functions and Management Practices [Chairs: Jami Nettles (Weyerhaeuser) and Tae Hee Hwang (USFS)]
  • Water Quality Research in the Appalachia Region [Chair: Jason Hubbart (WVU)]
  • Waters at the Border – Science, Management, and Policy Challenges for Transboundary Watersheds [Chairs: Jana Compton (US EPA), Jiajia Lin (US EPA/NRC), and Jill Baron (USGS)]
  • Watershed Evapotranspiration in a Changing Environment [Chair: Ge Sun (USFS)]
  • Watershed Research and Management in a Changing Climate [Chair: Tanya Spero (US EPA)]
  • Wetland Trends in Coastal Watersheds: Drivers, Effects, and Adaptive Management [Chair: Megan Lang (US FWS)]

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Contact Information

Conference Chair: Charles Lane, US EPA 


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