ANNOUNCING! MWMC 26th Annual Conference - December 3-4, 2020

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The Maryland Water Monitoring Council will hold its 26th Annual Conference virtually on Thursday and Friday, December 3-4, 2020. The plenary session will begin at 9 a.m. and the conference will adjourn at noon each day. In addition to the plenary session, the conference will include several concurrent breakout sessions, posters, and exhibitor connections.

In an examination of the world in which we currently live, one can’t help but see how interconnected the health of the environment is with the lives and health of the people living in its midst. Our 2020 theme, Clean Waters, Healthy Humans: The Environment Rx, is an exploration of that link. Concurrent sessions will include Streams 101, Clean Waters and Healthy Humans, Blue Carbon and Near-Shore Sequestration, Chesapeake Bay Water Quality, Data Gaps and How to Handle Them, Chesapeake Bay TMDL, PFAS, and Stream Restoration.

The morning plenary session on December 3 will feature a presentation by Dr. Rita Colwell, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University and former director of the National Science Foundation. On Friday, December 4 the plenary session will feature a presentation from Congressman John Sarbanes, co-chair of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus and author of the No Child Left Inside Act. Come join your friends and colleagues in celebrating 26 years of the MWMC!

Click HERE for a draft agenda  (subject to change)


The Maryland Water Monitoring Council has decided to waive registration fees for the 2020 Annual Conference. Many organizations are currently restricted in their ability to pay for conference attendance, and in the interest of serving our community’s needs, we are allowing free access to the conference for all who register by November 25 at noon or until we meet our capacity, whichever occurs first. Register today!

Again, all registration will close on November 25 at noon. Registration is on a first come-first served basis. The past few conferences have sold out. Walk-in registrations will not be accepted.


Are you interested in giving a talk or presenting a poster? Click HERE for an abstract submission form (student poster abstract form is below). ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE – November 11, 2020. See the guidelines for speakers and poster presenters.


This year, we will present the 14th Annual Carl S. Weber Award to an individual (or individuals) involved in water monitoring in Maryland. In addition to the traditional award, the MWMC will again offer the Above and Beyond Award to recognize contributions of an up-and-coming member of Maryland’s environmental community who has volunteered time and energy toward the monitoring of Maryland’s waters or has made a significant contribution to increasing watershed awareness, advocacy, education, and stewardship. A Nomination Form can be found HERE. Nominations must be submitted by November 11, 2020.


The 9th MWMC Student Poster Award will be offered this year and is open to junior high, high school and college undergraduate students. Winners will be awarded $200 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place. Click HERE for a student poster abstract submission form and HERE for a flier and poster scoring criteria. Photos from last year’s conference can be found HERE.

Sponsors – see the MWMC Sponsor Registration Form.

Many thanks to the 2019 MWMC Annual Conference vendors and sponsors.

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