2019 Watershed Congress Along the Schuylkill River: Call for Presenters
The Organizing Committee is now accepting proposals for the Watershed Congress Along the Schuylkill River, scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2019
With a focus on networking across disciplines and a goal of presenting new information about watershed restoration, the annual Watershed Congress has become a highly anticipated event for citizens interested in understanding, protecting and restoring their local streams.
Topics for Proposals
The Organizing Committee recommends the following topics, but we will consider all suggestions:
* Climate change & watershed impacts
* Invasive species
* Municipal outreach
* Habitat restoration
* Environmental justice
* Volunteer building
* Funding options
* River sojourn photo album
* Fisheries management
* Reptiles & amphibians
* Carbon credits
* Perfluorinated compounds
* Actions & adaptations for individuals
* Outreach to new audiences
* Management of extreme weather events
* Cutting-edge stormwater designs
* Advocacy training
* Guidelines for public comment periods
* Case studies
* Urban water quality & health impacts
* Lessons from other states
* Road salt
* Delaware River Watershed Initiative projects
* Climate justice
* Delaware River Basin Fracking Ban
* Dam removals
* Jobs in the environmental field
* Agriculture & watersheds
* Water quality testing basics
* Fish passage
* DIY environmental projects
* Introduction to reading site plans
* Riparian buffers
* Green infrastructure
* Updates of prior sessions
Help us protect and conserve our watersheds by sharing your expertise with a concerned and active audience.
Information for Potential Presenters
Presenters receive complimentary registration for the Watershed Congress; however, presenters are required to register. A separate registration link will be sent to all presenters in January 2019.
The Organizing Committee does not pay an honorarium and all speakers are responsible for the cost of their travel and accommodations.
Those chosen to present must provide a copy of their presentations the Delaware Riverkeeper Network by March 1, 2019.
Presenters are required to complete a simple time log documenting the time spent preparing for, traveling to, and presenting at the Watershed Congress. This information is required for our reporting for nonprofit record keeping.
Proposal submission does not guarantee inclusion in the Watershed Congress program
All sessions, regardless of format, must include a question-and-answer component.
Hands-on, interactive presentations are encouraged.
Proposals that discuss lessons learned will be viewed favorably.
Plenary – A plenary session is presented as the first session of the Watershed Congress. To select plenary speakers, the Organizing Committee considers proposals on topics of broad interest to our audience. A plenary session may include a single speaker or multiple speakers. Audience size: approximately 200.
Breakout Sessions – The total number of concurrent sessions offered each year varies based on decisions made by the Organizing Committee. The program has featured as many as eight concurrent sessions in one time slot. A maximum of three time slots are available. As presented at the Watershed Congress, concurrent sessions are talks or media presentations on a single topic or program, followed by a question and answer component. Audience size: 20 - 40.
Poster Sessions – Poster dimensions should be in the range from 36" x 48" to 42" x 52". DO NOT mount posters on any type of backing or foam-core. For more details about presenting posters in 2019, please email
Session Length and Schedule
Planned session length is 60 minutes. However, the Organizing Committee will consider other session lengths depending on interest, program fit, and scheduling needs.
Presentations are scheduled by the Watershed Congress Organizing Committee. The Watershed Congress Organizing Committee will try to accommodate presenters who are traveling a distance to present; however, presenters cannot be given a preference or choice of time slots.
Rooms for all breakout sessions are equipped with a PC laptop, LCD projector, and SMART Board. Presentations must be provided to the Delaware Riverkeeper Network by March 1, 2019 so they can be loaded onto the PC laptops in advance.
Proposal submission deadline: 11:59 pm, October 31, 2018
Presenter notification: 5:00 pm, December 1, 2018
Presenter's registration / Revised abstract deadline: 5:00 pm, February 8, 2019
Presentations due: 5:00 pm, March 1, 2019
Watershed Congress: March 9, 2019
Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Watershed Congress along the Schuylkill River.
The 2019 Watershed Congress will be held Saturday, March 9th, at the Montgomery County Community College-West Campus in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
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