Hudson River Watershed Alliance
Annual Watershed Conference 2016

The mission of the Hudson River Watershed Alliance is to support a collaborative network of information, innovation and effective watershed stewardship throughout the region. This Annual Watershed Conference is an important way we connect with watershed groups and municipal stakeholders, sharing technical information and trends and encouraging thought-provoking discussion and brainstorming. This conference is designed for a diverse audience interested in the protection and restoration of Hudson River water resources, including watershed groups, municipal officials, other professionals and interested citizens.

Date & Location: The Annual Watershed Conference will be held on November 2, 2016 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library & Home in Hyde Park, NY.  Registration for this conference will open in early September.
Theme: This year’s Annual Watershed Conference will focus on science, policy and communications, challenges and case studies relevant to protecting drinking water supplies and source waters in the Hudson Valley in the context of changing climate, drought and flood risks, contaminants of emerging concern, and other issues.
We are currently accepting proposals for presentations related to the following topics:
  • Implications of increasing flood risk for regional water resources, including drinking water, and floodplain and upland flooding.
  • Sea level rise planning for drinking water and wastewater systems drawing from the Hudson River.
  • Water budgets, balancing in-stream flow needs and water capacity, availability, and current and future needs.
  • Managing drought through impoundment monitoring systems to identify low level concern points and conditions.
  • Developing guidance for water withdrawals under low water stress conditions.
  • Water supply, quality concerns, and planning steps needed to prepare for drought, changing precipitation patterns, and climate change issues.
  • Water rates and pricing issues relevant for meeting infrastructure maintenance, water affordability, economic development, and social justice goals and priorities.
  • Financing watershed protection and restoration through user groups, such as water utilities and customers.
  • Historical perspectives on water conservation and planning for droughts.
  • Risk management and communication.
  • Policy and public communications challenges and strategies for addressing contaminants of emerging concern.
  • Innovative water supply planning and management case studies in the Hudson River watershed and/or neighboring regions.
How to submit a proposal/abstract for presentation:
For those interested in submitting a proposal for presentation, all abstracts aredue by 5 pm on August 19, 2016 to conference@hudsonwatershed.orgProposals must contain, in PDF format, the primary author name, address, email and phone; any secondary author names; and an abstract that is no more than 300 words in length.
Please note:
  • All proposals must be in PDF format.  Other formats cannot be accepted.
  • The file name format should be: PrimaryAuthorLastName-AbstractTitle-HRWA2015 (e.g. Smith-WatershedPlanning-HRWA2015).
  • The abstract should be no more than 300 words in length.
  • We will send you an email within one week letting you know that we received your proposal.
  • Abstract submissions must explain how the presentation will address the conference theme.

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This conference is supported by the Hudson River Estuary Program, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, with support from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, in cooperation with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.