Mid-Atlantic Conference 2013
Declared A Success!
The Mid-Atlantic Sections of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) hosted the Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC) “Water Resources Adaptation and Advancement” on September 26-27, 2013. The New Jersey State Section of AWRA took the lead in planning, with significant support from the Delaware, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia-Metro and National Capital sections.
Water resource professionals from around the Mid-Atlantic joined the hosting sections for two days of “Community, Conversation, Connections” at the Conference Center at Mercer.
Then-current national AWRA President and Executive Director of the Delaware River Basin Commission Carol Collier welcomed attendees to MAC on Thursday morning and provided an overview of AWRA's role and activities.
Thursday’s keynote speaker, Dr. Radisav Vidic from the University of Pittsburgh discussed “Environmental Challenges and Opportunities in Shale Gas Extraction”. Thursday’s concurrent sessions included presentations on green infrastructure, water resources data and stormwater.
On Friday morning, attendees were treated to not just one, but three keynote speakers. Fred Sickels, Director of the Division of Water Supply & Geoscience, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, presented “New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure...Enhancing Resiliency Post Sandy”.
We also welcomed Dr. David Robinson, NJ State Climatologist and Gary Szatkowski, National Weather Service, discussing the data and impacts from Superstorm Sandy. Fridays’s concurrent sessions included a double session on Superstorm Sandy, as well as sessions on stormwater and water quality.
The above was excerpted from Kathy Hale's write-up in the Fall 2013 NJ-AWRA Aquaduct.
2013 Water New Year's Eve Banquet and
NJ-AWRA Award Presentations
In 2013, the Mid-Atlantic Sections of AWRA celebrated the annual Water New Year’s Eve Celebration and conference banquet.
The New Jersey State Section of AWRA presented
awards to two outstanding projects: Hopkins Pond - A Multifaceted
Approach to Improve Water Quality and Habitat and Ocean County's
Subsurface Gravel Stormwater Wetland Program.