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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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