2023 Annual Watershed Conference

The Hudson River Watershed Alliance’s 2023 conference theme is Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice.

Advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental justice (DEIJ) is critical to achieving our goals of clean water and healthy tributaries in the Hudson River watershed. We can’t find solutions to the complex and intertwined problems of water pollution, climate change, and racism without working together as a community. This year’s Annual Watershed Conference will share DEIJ strategies and highlight water-related case studies that are moving this critical work forward in our region.

Our Annual Watershed Conference will have two components:

  • Wednesday, October 11 from 1-3:30 pm: a virtual session via webinar | Agenda
  • Tuesday, October 24 from 9 am – 3 pm: an in-person session at the Henry A. Wallace Center, FDR Presidential Library & Museum in Hyde Park, NY | Agenda

The virtual session will be held on Wednesday, October 11 from 1 to 3:30 PM via Zoom webinar. The webinar will feature presentations from a panel of speakers, followed by a discussion with questions and answers. It will provide key context on DEIJ issues, along with case studies and resources. Registration for the virtual session is included with the in-person conference registration, and is also available to attend or view on its own. The webinar will be recorded and shared with all conference registrants. It will set a valuable foundation for the content of the in-person session, and we highly recommend that everyone who plans to attend in-person watches the webinar beforehand, either live or the recording.

The in-person session will be on Tuesday, October 24 from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Henry A. Wallace Center, FDR Presidential Library & Museum in Hyde Park, NY. This session will focus on DEIJ strategies and case studies from the Hudson River watershed. The day will be structured with both plenary and breakout sessions, along with space and time for networking. This session includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee/tea throughout the day. 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Environmental Justice are immense topics, and we know we will not be able to cover everything in these two sessions. We are prioritizing content for the conference based on responses to our Community DEIJ survey this summer, conversations with partners actively working on these issues, and our own experience to date. The Hudson River Watershed Alliance is working in partnership with The Support Center on the conference. We look forward to continuing these conversations with future programs. 

Conference registration is available on the form below. We are working to make the conference as accessible as possible for participants. Our ticket price reflects the actual costs of the venue and catering, while speaker honoraria and other program expenses are covered by our generous sponsors. We have a discounted ticket option for students, along with a number of complimentary tickets available for those in need. To request a free ticket, please reach out to Emily Vail at

Masks are optional for the in-person conference session. If you do not feel well, please stay home. The health of our watershed community remains a high priority.

Conference registration is available on the online form below.

Sponsor the Annual Watershed Conference

Interested in sponsoring the watershed conference? More details are available here. If you’d like to pay for sponsorship by credit card, you can use our online form.

Your sponsorship will fund the conference proceedings and support individuals and groups in need of financial assistance to attend. We anticipate strong participation from watershed communities from throughout the Hudson River watershed. In 2022, our virtual and in-person conference sessions reached over 200 people.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Watershed Sponsors:

Creek Sponsors:

Delaware Engineering, D.P.C.
Fuss & O’Neill
Hudson Valley Credit Union
JSA ESG Impact
LaBella Associates
Nuvance Health
Pace University
Restaino Design Landscape Architecture
Rockland County Soil & Water Conservation District
SLR Consulting

Stream Sponsors:

Bard College Center for Environmental Studies and Humanities
GEI Consultants, Inc., P.C.
Gordon & Svenson LLP
Princeton Hydro
Stephen Tilly, Architect
Tighe & Bond
Water Action Compliance Assistance and Planning
Westchester County Soil & Water Conservation District

Brook Sponsors:

American Dairy Association North East
Blair Environmental Consulting
CEA Engineers, P.C.
Center for the Urban River at Beczak
Common Ground Consulting, LLC
Insite Engineering
One Nature LLC
Planning4Places, LLC
Resilience Communications & Consulting, LLC
Scenic Hudson
Stewart’s Shops
Strong Outcomes
thread collective
Upstate GIS
Wallkill River Watershed Alliance