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

National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV

July 23-26, 2018 

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. 

Sessions and both oral and poster presentations will be organized around the following themes, with additional theme submissions welcome: 

  • Interdisciplinary Research in the Watersheds
  • Disturbance Effects on Watersheds
  • Nutrient Cycling and Harmful Algal Blooms
  • Assessing Vulnerability and Resilience in Watersheds
  • Coastal and Estuarine Processes and Management
  • Quantifying and Valuing Ecosystem Services 
  • Ecology and Watershed Management 
  • Urban Systems: Ecology and Hydrology of the Built Environment
  • Complex Regional Efforts in Managing Watersheds: Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Initiative
  • Adaptive Management in Working Watersheds
  • Restoration of Streams, Rivers, and Wetlands
  • Long-term Monitoring and Sensors: Insights for Projecting Change
  • Watershed Research and Management in a Changing Climate
  • Modeling and Remote Sensing as Novel Tools for Watershed Research

Conference Supported By


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Contact Information

Conference Chair: Charles Lane, US EPA 


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