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    Maryland Water Monitoring Council – 23rd Annual Conference

    The MWMC will hold its 23rd Annual Conference at the Maritime Institute, North Linthicum, Maryland, on Friday, December 8, 2017. Registration will begin at 7:30 AM and the conference will adjourn at 4:30 PM. The conference will include a plenary session, six concurrent breakout sessions, posters and exhibitor tables, and the famous Maritime Institute all-you-can-eat buffet lunch. You’ll also have plenty of time to network and catch up with old friends and colleagues during the long breaks and the post-meeting social (location TBA).

    The challenges of restoring and protecting our aquatic resources are daunting. Stressors related to climate change and population growth will require us to adapt as we move further into the 21st Century. But there are reasons to be optimistic. Enhanced implementation of sound science, supported by robust water monitoring will undoubtedly be essential to ensure healthy aquatic ecosystems in the future. With such challenges in mind, the theme of the 2017 MWMC conference is Managing Water Quality in a Changing World. Concurrent sessions will focus on these challenges and our need to adapt to them. These sessions include Climate Change and Adaptation, Stream Restoration Biomonitoring, Leveraging Data Sources, New Monitoring Technologies, Agriculture and Water Quality, Citizen Science, and Communicating Progress and Successes. The morning plenary session will feature two presentations:

    “The 2016 Ellicott City Flood: A 225-Year-Old Mill Town’s Survival Story” by Jim Caldwell – Director, Howard County Office of Community Sustainability

    “A 10,000 Year Record of Climate, Forests, Land Use, and Chesapeake Water Quality” by Grace Brush – Professor, Johns Hopkins University
    For more information about registration, submitting an abstract, the annual Carl Weber Award and Student Poster Awards, see the Annual Conference web page.

    Questions? Email Dan Boward at dan.boward@maryland.gov

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    Natural Resource Biologist I

    The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Resource Assessment Service (Monitoring and Non-Tidal Assessment Division), is currently accepting applications for a Natural Resources Biologist I. This position is located in the Annapolis, MD office. The selected candidate will participate in the planning and implementation of freshwater stream ecological assessments and will serve as a member of a field crew responsible for the collection of data on fishes, benthic macroinvertebrates, herpetofauna, crayfishes, freshwater mussels, physical habitat, water quality, and land use in non-tidal streams and rivers as part of the Maryland Biological Stream Survey. Duties will include field data collections, data analysis and interpretation, and reporting related to the status and distribution of Maryland’s aquatic resources.

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    Tenth Maryland Stream Monitoring Roundtable

    Many agencies, consultants and watershed organizations monitor streams throughout Maryland.  The Maryland Water Monitoring Council has organized an annual Maryland Streams Roundtable to foster collaboration and cooperation among these many and varied groups.  This gathering will provide an excellent opportunity to learn where monitoring is being done and what’s being sampled. The Roundtable is intended for professionals, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions monitoring streams throughout the State. It is not a forum for general discussions of stream-related topics.  With that in mind we would like to invite you to attend the Maryland Water Monitoring Council’s Tenth Stream Monitoring Roundtable on Friday, February 10, 2017.  This is an opportunity for you and your group to tell your colleagues what and where you will be monitoring in Maryland’s streams in 2017.

    The Roundtable will be held from 9:30 AM until 4:00 PM at the USGS Water Science Center near UMBC . There’s plenty of free parking but conference room space is limited.  If capacity is reached, preference will be given to those people giving presentations on their monitoring locations.  MWMC will provide drinks.  Lunch will be on your own (there is a Subway within easy walking distance).  Registration for the Roundtable is free, but please RSVP to Andy Becker (andy.becker@kci.com , 410-891-1767); before C.O.B. Friday, February 3rd, 2017) and indicate whom from your organization will give a presentation.  Active participation from all groups in attendance is vital to the success of the Roundtable.

    Each presenter must bring to the Roundtable (on a flash drive) a 10 – 20 minute Powerpoint presentation that includes an overview of study design, parameters sampled, and the types and locations of stream monitoring activities planned for the upcoming year. There will also be plenty of time for discussion and questions.  An LCD projector and laptop running Powerpoint 2003 will be provided.  If you would like your sites added to a BIG MAP (internet accessible) of all 2017 sampling locations across the state, fill out the data template available for download HERE with the required information ( e.g. site ID, coordinates, monitoring type, and contact information) for each site and email the completed spreadsheet to Andy Becker at KCI Technologies (see above). Please send Andy your map-able data no later than close of business on Friday, February 3rd, 2017. Click here to view the 2016 Roundtable Map.

    We will collect all this information and display these data on one large map so that attendees can locate areas of overlap and identify potential opportunities for collaboration.

    A detailed agenda for the entire day will be sent to the registrants prior to the Roundtable.

    Feel free to forward this announcement to your colleagues whom we may have missed.

    We look forward to seeing you on February 10.

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    Maryland Biological Stream Survey – Natural Resources Biologist II and IV

    Maryland DNR has four full-time, permanent positions for Natural Resource Biologists to support the Maryland Biological Stream Survey (MBSS) and other freshwater monitoring programs. The selected candidates will participate in the planning and implementation of freshwater stream ecological assessments and will serve as a member of a field crew responsible for the collection of data on fishes, benthic macroinvertebrates, herpetofauna, crayfishes, freshwater mussels, physical habitat, water quality, and land use in non-tidal streams and rivers as part of the Maryland Biological Stream Survey. Duties may also include data analysis and interpretation, and reporting related to the status and distribution of Maryland’s aquatic resources.

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    Maryland Water Monitoring Council – 22nd Annual Conference

    Don’t miss the 22nd Annual Conference of the Maryland Water Monitoring Council on December 2 at the Maritime Institute in North Linthicum, MD. The conference theme is A River Runs Through It: Strengthening Networks and Connections. The program will include 63 talks, 40 posters (including 14 student posters),  a student-professional networking session, 15 exhibit tables, the famous Maritime Institute all-you-can-eat lunch, and lots of time for networking with colleagues and friends.

    CLICK HERE FOR A DETAILED AGENDA

    Early registration ends on November 18 (registration may close if capacity is reached)

    Questions? Email Dan Boward at dan.boward@maryland.gov

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    2016 Maryland Water Monitoring Council Conference

    The Maryland Water Monitoring Council will hold its 22nd Annual Conference at the Maritime Institute, North Linthicum, Maryland, on Friday, December 2, 2016. Registration will begin at 7:30 AM and the conference will adjourn at 4:30 PM. The conference will include a plenary session, six concurrent breakout sessions, lots of posters and exhibitor tables, plenty of snacks, and, of course, the famous Maritime Institute all-you-can-eat buffet lunch. You’ll also have plenty of time to network and catch up with old friends and colleagues during the long breaks and the post-meeting social at Heavy Seas Brewery (registration required).

    We Marylanders love our water. We depend on clean fresh water for drinking, bathing and recreation. We continue to cherish the Chesapeake Bay in the face of continued threats to its fragile ecosystem.  In these times of tight budgets and limited resources, it behooves us all to seek partners, build connections, and work together on our efforts to restore and protect our waters. The theme of the 2016 MWMC conference is A River Runs Through It – Strengthening Networks and Connections.  With this common thread, this year’s conference will address many issues and challenges facing our waters. Possible themed sessions include Climate Change, Sustainable Bay Fisheries, Stream Restoration Monitoring, Community Partners, Blue-green Algae, National Aquatic Resource Surveys, Citizen Science, and Road Salt. Conference highlights include plenary talks by Wayne Gilchrest (former US Representative from Maryland’s 1st District) and George Hawkins (CEO and General Manager – District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority).

    REGISTRATION

    The early-bird registration fee (deadline – November 18, 2016) is $65 and includes lunch, breaks, and conference materials. After November 18, the registration fee is $80. The early registration fee for presenters is $60. Discounts for full-time students and members of non-profit organizations are also available on a first come, first served basis. These registration fees are $35. To register via credit card, click HERE. To register with a check or via R-Stars (MD State Employees), email dan.boward@maryland.gov . All registration will close on November 28 at midnight. Walk-in registrations will not be accepted.

    CALL FOR SPEAKERS AND POSTER PRESENTERS

    Are you interested in giving a talk or presenting a poster? Click HERE for an abstract submission form. ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE – October 19, 2016. See the guidelines for speakers and poster presenters.

    CARL WEBER AWARDS

    2016 will mark the Tenth Annual Carl S. Weber Award presented to an individual (or individuals) involved in water monitoring in Maryland. And – new in 2016 – the MWMC will offer a pecial Recognition Award to recognize contributions of an up-and-coming member of the Maryland’s environmental community who has given time and energy towards the monitoring of Maryland’s waters and has made a significant contribution to increasing watershed awareness, advocacy, education, and stewardship. Ideal candidates will share the spirit, vision and leadership exemplified by Dr. Carl Weber. Details on the awards and a Nomination Form can be found HERE.  Nominations must be submitted by October 2, 2016.

    STUDENT POSTER AWARD

    The Fifth MWMC Student Poster Award will be offered this year. Open to junior high, high school and college undergraduate students, the Award offers $50 for first place and $25 for second. Click HERE for information and scoring criteria.

    For information about the Maritime Institute, follow this link for directions and a parking lot map.

    Vendors and sponsors – please see the MWMC Vendor Registration Form.

    Please refer all conference questions to Dan Boward (MD DNR; 410.260.8605; dan.boward@maryland.gov)

    See PHOTOS from previous MWMC Annual Conferences.

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    Road Salt Workshop Sponsored by the Maryland Water Monitoring Council

    Announcing  – Road Salt Usage and Environmental Impacts

    Date: April 13, 2016

    Patuxent Wildlife Visitors Center – 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708-4027

    Topics include:

    Road Salt Use: Practices and Alternatives
    Impacts to Water Resources
    Effects on Local Ecology
    Management Planning and Policy

    Description: Data collection and analysis across the Mid-Atlantic region has shown in recent years that the increasing usage of road salt during winter months has an impact on our local waterways and groundwater. This all-day conference will provide information on current road salt operations, applications, and best management practices within the state and local counties. Presenters will also discuss current scientific analysis and monitoring efforts, and the effects of elevated chloride levels on surface water, groundwater, and local ecology. Lastly, the workshop will provide an overview of management strategies, including regional policies. A panel discussion will invite attendees to identify additional information and monitoring needs.

    Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM; registration opens at 8:30am

    Speakers: TBA (an agenda will be posted soon at http://dnr.maryland.gov/streams/MWMC/announcements.asp)

    Cost: $30 per person, includes continental breakfast and lunch

    Space is limited and registration will close when capacity is reached. Walk-in registrations will not be accepted. Click HERE to register online (registration closes at noon on April 8, 2016).

    Contact Michele Gandee, mgandee@usgs.gov for questions

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    Conference on the Future of Stream Restoration and Preservation in Maryland – there’s still time to register

    April 2, 2016 | 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Mount St. Mary’s University Conference Center
    Frederick, Maryland

    This conference brings together experts, citizens and government officials to discuss future challenges facing Maryland’s streams and rivers in a way that is accessible to the public. A conference highlight will be a keynote presentation by Margaret Palmer, Ph.D.

    The Conference is free but registration is required. Details can be found at http://msmary.edu/School_of_natural_science_and_math/Future-of-Stream-Restoration-and-Preservation-Conference.html

    Please register by March 18, 2016

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    Maryland Water Monitoring Council 21st Annual Conference

    MWMC 21st ANNUAL CONFERENCE

    November 13, 2015

    The Maryland Water Monitoring Council will hold its 21st Annual Conference at the Maritime Institute, North Linthicum, Maryland, on Friday, November 13, 2015. Registration will begin at 7:30 AM and the conference will adjourn at 4:30 PM. The conference will include a plenary session, six concurrent breakout sessions, lots of posters and exhibitor tables, plenty of snacks, and, of course, the famous Maritime Institute all-you-can-eat buffet lunch. You’ll also have lots of time to network and catch up with old friends and colleagues during the long breaks and the post-meeting social at Heavy Seas Brewery (details coming soon).

    The theme of the 2015 conference is Protecting the Source – Sustaining Maryland’s Waters.  In the face of many emerging environmental challenges such as climate change, the spread of exotic species, and population growth, Marylanders continue to expect a dependable water supply for drinking, recreation, and agriculture. Sustaining our waters for future generations will take focus and coordination. This year’s MWMC Annual Conference addresses many issues related to sustaining and restoring our waters. Possible themed sessions include Maintaining an Adequate Water Supply, Emerging Stressors, Monitoring and the Inter-county Connector, Exotic Species, Stream Restoration Effectiveness Monitoring, Volunteer Monitoring, and an NPDES Primer. A conference highlight will be a plenary talk by Rudy Chow, Director of the Baltimore City Department of Public Works.

    REGISTRATION

    The early-bird registration fee (deadline – October 30, 2015) is $60 and includes lunch, breaks, and conference materials. After October 30, the registration fee is $75. The early registration fee for presenters is $55. Discounts for full-time students and members of non-profit organizations are also available on a first come, first served basis. To register via credit card, check, or R-Stars (MD State Employees), click HERE.

    CALL FOR SPEAKERS AND POSTER PRESENTERS

    Are you interested in giving a talk or presenting a poster? The abstract submission form is included in the registration link above. ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE – October 9, 2015.

    CARL WEBER AWARD

    2015 will mark the Ninth Annual Carl S. Weber Award presented to an individual (or individuals) involved in water monitoring in Maryland. The ideal candidate will share the spirit, vision and leadership exemplified by Dr. Carl Weber. The Award honors those who have volunteered their time and energy towards increasing watershed awareness, advocacy and stewardship of the waters of Maryland. Details on the award and an Award Nomination Form can be found HERE.  Nominations must be submitted by October 2, 2015.

    STUDENT POSTER AWARD

    The Fourth MWMC Student Poster Award will be offered this year. Open to junior high, high school and college undergraduate students, the Award offers $50 for first place and $25 for second. Click HERE for information and scoring criteria.

    For information about the Maritime Institute, follow this link for directions and a parking lot map.

    Vendors and sponsors should click HERE for a Vendor Registration Form.

    If your organization or agency wishes to reserve a display at no additional charge, simply reply to this email with your request.

    Go to the MWMC homepage for updates on the Council and the Annual Conference

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