NWQMC 8th National Monitoring Conference – Call for Papers

Join the National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC) for their 8th National Monitoring Conference – “Water:  One Resource – Shared Effort – Common Future”, to be held in Portland, Oregon from April 30 – May 4, 2012.

This conference will focus on the many facets of water quality and quantity monitoring for improved understanding, protection, and restoration of our natural resources and communities.  It is a centerpiece forum that generally attracts 500-800 water practitioners from all backgrounds, including federal, state, local, tribal, volunteer, academic, private, and other water stakeholders.  Attendees exchange information about water monitoring, assessment, research, protection, restoration, and management; learn about new findings on the quality of the Nation’s streams and rivers, groundwater, estuaries, lakes and wetlands; and develop new skills and professional networks.  For the first time, this biennial conference and River Network National River Rally are coordinating an overlap day (May 4th) with mutually developed themes and presentations geared toward fostering improved collaboration between government and nonprofit groups working together for clean water.

Abstracts for presentations are being accepted now..  The NWQMC is interested in presentations on climate and water availability issues, sharing water quality monitoring data, addressing contaminants and emerging threats to water quality, among others.  Please refer to the attached “Call for Abstracts” for more specifics on themes and potential topics of interest.  For additional conference information or to submit an abstract go to: http://acwi.gov/monitoring/conference/2012/index.html.  All abstracts must be received no later than September 23, 2011.