Welcome to the 11th National Monitoring Conference

The National Water Quality Monitoring Council is thrilled to welcome you to Denver to share advances in water quality monitoring with colleagues from across the U.S. and beyond our borders. We have an outstanding program packed with opportunities to learn, to share, and most importantly to interact with people dedicated to answering questions with data. Examples of topics featured in the concurrent and sessions include:

  • Building monitoring networks through partnerships
  • Biological assessment tools and applications
  • Data management, analysis and visualization
  • Groundwater monitoring and modeling
  • Microplastics in atmospheric deposition and aquatic environments
  • Nutrients and algal toxins
  • Turning data into assets, policy, and decisions
  • Urban waters, stormwater and BMP effectiveness

We hope you take advantage of over 300 oral presentations, 130 posters and numerous panels, workshops, field trips and networking sessions. Plus, we’re calling on you to:

  • Be inspired by the plenary speakers on Tuesday morning and Thursday lunch.
  • Participate in the Networking Block to meet people with similar interests and participate in after-hours networking, both scheduled and improv.
  • Explore exhibits throughout the week and speak with vendors and representatives about what their products and services offer your monitoring programs. Be sure to attend the Exhibitors Reception on Tuesday evening.
  • Visit demonstrations of the Water Data Portal, NARS field app, data analysis tools and more scheduled at the EPA, NWQMC and USGS booths.
  • Participate or support the Fluid 5k Run on Thursday morning. Donations support scholarships for volunteer monitors at the next National Monitoring Conference.
  • Explore Denver with the free 16th Street trolley providing easy access to restaurants, micro-breweries and a range of other activities.

We sincerely hope you find tools and approaches that will enhance your own monitoring program and you make connections that will build your network of colleagues into the future. On behalf of all the Council members and friends of the Council who made this conference happen, we extend our gratitude to YOU for your contributions to advance data driven decision making in support of water quality protection and restoration. We thank you for being part of this conference and invite you to contribute your time and creativity to the Council. Learn more about our vision, goals, products, and people and let’s work together for clean water.


Susan Holdsworth
Co-Chair, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Gary Rowe
Co-Chair, U.S. Geological Survey