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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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