Working Watersheds and Coastal Systems:
Research and Management for a Changing Future
All river basins and coastal systems provide a wide range of goods and services useful for the economy of cities. The management of these systems in all countries is considered a challenge, mainly from the perspective of maintaining aquatic condition and integrity. Many advances have been made since 1970, but stressors such as invasive species, nutrient and pollutant loading, landscape disturbances (e.g. growth and development, fires, floods) and hydrological variations continue to degrade the environment and human health.
The Sixth Conference on Research in Watersheds (ICRW) will examine research and adaptive management to address these challenges now and in the future. This ICRW will highlight the challenges of sustaining sustainably functioning watersheds and their components involved in the economic production, such as agriculture, urban development, forestry, mining/energy extraction and outdoor recreation while leveling out the problems arising from these complex ecosystems and landscapes. Presentations characterizing the reference river basins and coastal systems are also welcome, as these systems provide contrast and in some cases set management objectives for the working systems.
The conference will feature presentations on cutting-edge watershed-scale research conducted in these working landscapes – including studies of coastal environments – by federal and state scientists, academics, NGOs, and others. The Sixth ICRW will be held July 23-26, 2018 at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
Registration is now open and will close on Friday, July 13th!