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Watershed Resources Management and Sustainability

With the increasing demand for clean water and the impact of both point and nonpoint stressors on our water resources, focus on a sustainable watershed approach to water resources is key. This symposium presents papers on surface water and ground water quality and ecology, and sustainable water resources management issues.

Surface and ground water quality and ecology 

Case studies and creative approaches are included for the topics of watershed management, total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), water quality monitoring, assessment and modeling, ecological studies, standards and permitting, and site-specific or pollutant-specific projects. Special topics include:

  • Nutrients permitting and criteria development
  • Pathogens and microbial source tracking studies
  • Habitat restoration
  • Antidegradation 
  • Impacts of climate change
  • Water quality trading
  • Microconstituents and contaminants of emerging concern (EDCs, PPCPs, etc.)
  • Nonpoint source investigations and control projects
  • Source control projects
  • Regulatory compliance issues
  • Public outreach and communications
  • Disinfection, including pathogens and emerging contaminants, microbial indicators, molecular methods, risk assessment, treatment, and byproducts
  • Groundwater and ground water–surface water interaction studies 

 Sustainable water resources management 

Surface water, groundwater, precipitation, drinking water, stormwater, and wastewater are each important and integral components of our water resources. New ways of viewing the interdependence of these components and their intersection with the natural and built environment and other resources including energy are being explored to achieve truly sustainable
water resources management principles, policies, and practices. Presentations include those that address sustainable water resources management issues, including but not limited to topics listed below:

  • Descriptions of geographically sustainable systems stable for long durations
  • Compromise solutions to management problems that are measured by sustainability indicators and metrics
  • Developing frameworks, indicators, and tools to allow tracking of water sustainability for public policy issues over time
  • Applications to water use, including competition among major uses, conservation, reclamation, water allocation, and demand management
  • Applications to water availability and water quality issues at large or small scale
  • Case studies that show testing and revision to address sustainable urban growth
  • Water-energy nexus interactions and effects on sustainability 
  • Triple-bottom-line approach to water resources sustainability