Annual Watershed Conference

Save the dates for our 2021 Annual Watershed Conference: October 25-28, 2021.

The Hudson River Watershed Alliance’s Annual Watershed Conference is going virtual in 2021 to keep everyone as safe as possible while we continue to unite and empower communities to protect local water resources.

Our 2021 Annual Watershed Conference theme is Aligning Actions for Clean Water. The conference will be held October 25-28, 2021, with a different session each afternoon. We will focus on watershed planning as a process and product to help build consensus and develop strategies that inform watershed management. The conference sessions will share processes, resources, and case studies for watershed-scale planning that leads to coordinated actions that improve clean water and reduce flooding.

Each session will walk through the planning process: from setting goals and engaging stakeholders, to monitoring and modeling, to implementing actions. While we are focused on planning, the content will also be more broadly applicable to watershed work.

Participants may choose to attend some or all of the sessions, and pay for their selected sessions only. All sessions will be recorded, and links to the recordings will be shared with registrants after the event. If registration cost is a barrier, please contact us.

Our virtual Annual Watershed Conference will be hosted on the Whova platform. You will need to register for the conference below, and then sign up for Whova with the same email address.

Conference Overview

Monday, October 25, 7-8 PM: Environmental Justice
More details to come.

Tuesday, October 26, 1-4 PM: Watershed Planning Foundations
This session will provide an overview of various types of watershed plans, New York State programs that support watershed planning, and initial steps to set priorities and engage stakeholders.

Wednesday, October 27, 1-3 PM: Understanding Watershed Conditions
What information goes into a successful watershed plan? This session will focus on data used to inform planning, including monitoring and modeling. We’ll hear about watershed-based flood studies, stream management plans, and the New York State Department of State’s framework to identify actions.

Thursday, October 28, 1-3 PM: Implementing the Plan
This session will discuss how to move from planning to implementing priority actions and strategies. Case studies include the Upper Hudson River Watershed Management Plan and Quassaick Creek Watershed Management Plan, two successful plans with different geographies and scales. We will also discuss leadership transitions and best practices so that programs can be sustainable.

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Sponsor the Annual Watershed Conference

Interested in sponsoring the watershed conference? More information is here. Your sponsorship will help to fund the conference proceedings and enable participation by individuals and groups in need of financial support.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Conference Sponsors:

River Sponsor:
SLR (formerly Milone & MacBroom)

Creek Sponsors:
D&B Engineers and Architects
Delaware Engineering
Pace University
Riverkeeper

Stream Sponsors:
Chazen, A LaBella Company
Gordon & Svenson LLP
GroundPoint Engineering
Rockland County Soil & Water Conservation District

Brook Sponsors:
CEA Engineers
SunCommon
Wallkill River Watershed Alliance
Woodstock Land Conservancy