2018 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 10, 2018.

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:

*The current state of environmental regulations
* Environmental justice
* Model My Watershed v2
* Macroinvertebrates
* Municipal outreach
* Riparian restoration
* Overview of shale gas drilling
* Watersheds & wildlife
* Plastics in the environment
* Climate change & water quality
* New stormwater management techniques
* Lessons from failures
* Algal blooms
* Environmental education
* Wetland research
* Dam removals
* Health of fish populations
* Climate change & native plants
* Perfluorinated compounds
* Jobs in the environmental field
* Site plan evaluation
* Sediment monitoring
* Watersheds & demographics
* Farmer perspectives on best management practices
* Delaware River Watershed Initiative
* Low-flows & water scarcity
* Volunteer recruitment
* Data sharing
* Ecotoxicolgy
* Flood resilience
* Low cost environmental monitoring solutions
* Infiltration
* Sustainable design
* Actions and adaptations for homeowners
* Restoration effectiveness
* Invasive plant removal
* Endocrine disruptors
* Watershed-based recreation
* MS4s

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 2018.

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 2, 2018.

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

Session Formats
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 2018, please email chari@delawareriverkeeper.org.

Session Length and Schedule
All sessions are 60 minutes each (see “Session Formats").

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.

Audio-Visual Equipment
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 2, 2018, so they can be loaded onto the PC laptops in advance.
Key Dates
Proposal submission deadline: 11:59 pm, October 31, 2017

Presenter notification: 5:00 pm, December 1, 2017

Presenter's registration / Revised abstract deadline: 5:00 pm, February 9, 2018

Presentations due: 5:00 pm, March 2, 2018

Watershed Congress: March 10, 2018

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Watershed Congress along the Schuylkill River.
The 2018 Watershed Congress will be held Saturday, March 10th, at the Montgomery County Community College-West Campus in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.

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