Networking Session

Tuesday, March 26, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm


Meet Your Peers – Who is Working On What You Care About?

Registration desk has a handout displaying the specific meeting location for each topic breakout.

Ever wish you had more time to ask peers about a challenge? Or perhaps vet a new approach, strategy or technology but you are not giving a presentation? Great ideas often come from conversations with new people about a shared interest. The purpose of this unique, facilitated networking session is to share perspectives with a subset of peers working on the same topic. Meet your peers start a discussion and continue it throughout the week and beyond.


How do I know what topic to attend?

When you registered, you selected a first and second priority topic based on conference themes presented in a menu. Your selection is printed on your name badge. Find your #/a below and the room location for this session. If you do not have a #/letter topic ID on your registration receipt please select one from the list below. When possible we have honored your first choice. Please attend the topic session printed on your name badge as we have made room arrangements based on it.


Where will my topic be meeting during this Networking Block?

Registration desk has a handout displaying the specific meeting location for each topic breakout. Find your topic and associated room number. Once you enter the room please find your peers as several topics will be meeting in the same room. Yell your topic title so others can find you. Look to create groups of 6–10 members. Due to limited time, two groups of 6 or 8 are better than a group of 12 or 16, so please split until size is 6–10 as quickly as possible to maximize discussion time. Multiple SMALL groups can meet on the same topic.


Once we are a group of 6–10 then what?

Identify a leader or several willing to be timekeepers and willing to facilitate several rounds of discussion. Review ground rules and begin one of two rounds of exchange (see below). These are meant to get discussions going and the group can decide collectively (not a takeover by one or two individuals) to deviate from this format.


Ground Rules

  1. BREVITY. Don’t tell the whole story. Pick the valuable items relevant to others in the group. Be selective.
  2. HERE HERE. If someone has said what you think, experienced or believe, even if it is in different words, say “here here” instead of repeating so more variety can be shared.
  3. 3 OR Pass. Three minutes or Pass. Sharing is optional you do not have to share you can listen. If you do share, please honor your 3 minutes or agreed time and do not hold the entire group hostage. See number 1. If you have more to share, agree to go offline with person or set another time to continue topic discussion.
  4. ACCOUNTABILITY. Take responsibility for your experience, if everyone is the time keeper, everyone honors the time. Decide to share names and who will do that within the group.


Two suggested rounds of exchange:

You have a tad less than 90 minutes. For guidance, if each person speaks for three minutes per round, 10 people, each round is 30 minutes. There is time for three rounds.

The first round will be introductions, where each participant shares their name, state, organization and primary roles or duties as they pertain to the topic under discussion.

The second and possible third round will include a share from the following choices, in context with the topic, share a specific strategy/vision, challenge, or request to the group.


How do we continue to network?

If your group wants to stay in touch, agree on who in the group, will collect names and send contact information to the group after the conference (we provide a form for this). You can just exchange business cards among relevant individuals as well.


Topic Room / Level # of expected registrants # of Groups
Size 6-10
Emerging or Persistent Risks in Water Quality  
1a. Monitoring and Assessment of microplastics that leads to policy or other effective change. Spruce, Mezzanine, SW Corner 11 1
1b. Harmful Algal Blooms, coastal or freshwater. Grand Ballroom 2–NW Corner, 2nd level 22 2
1c. Monitoring and Assessment of PFAS (Perfluoroalkyl substances). Grand Ballroom 2–NE Corner, 2nd level 21 2
1d. Identifying Emerging Risks in Agricultural Terrace, Terrace level, NE Corner 10 1
1e. Emerging or Persistent Risks in Urban Environments, including Pharmaceuticals, road salt or storm water. Grand Ballroom 1 –NW Corner, 2nd level 30 3
Measuring Effectiveness of Management Actions, Improvement and Restoration Activities
2a. Measuring the Effectiveness of Cleanup and Restoration Actions, including BMP’s Grand Ballroom 1 –NE Corner, 2nd level 26 3
2b. Identifying, measuring and integrating Ecosystem Services or the Economics of Clean Water Terrace, Terrace level, NW Corner 8 1
2c. Developing and Using Interim Measures of Effectiveness and Expectations for Incremental Improvements Spruce, Mezzanine, SE Corner 10 1
2e. Monitoring the Effectiveness of Green Infrastructure and Climate Resiliency Practices Tower A, 2nd level, NW Corner 12 1
2f. Development of Reference Condition and Use to Establish Benchmarks Columbine, Terrace level, SW Corner 7 1
Tools to Manage, Mine, Share or Visualize Water Quality Data
3a. Development and Use of Data Standards, Portals, and Warehouses, including Volunteer/Citizen Science data comparability Spruce, Mezzanine, NE Corner 16 2
3b. Innovative and Effective Approaches Communicating and Marketing Water Quality Results


Grand Ballroom 2 – SE Corner, 2nd level 23 2
3c. Leveraging Webservices to manage, mine, share or visualize data Tower B 2nd level, NE Corner 12 1
3d. Effective use of Water Quality Report Cards or Story Boards Century, Mezzanine, Left side 15 2
3e. Advances in data analyses tools, including analysis Apps


Grand Ballroom 1 -SE Corner, 2nd level 27 3
3f. The Future: Internet of Water, Big Data or Open Source Communities Spruce, Mezzanine, NWCorner 14 2
3g. Innovations and strategies among R-User Groups and other statistical tools Century, Mezzanine, Right side 20 2
3i. Sharing for Biological Assessments Denver, Mezzanine, Right side 20 2
Holistic Water Quality Monitoring: Exploring Chemical, Physical and Biological Integrity
4a. Integrating multiple lines of evidence (chemical, physical and biological) in assessment Grand Ballroom 1 -NE Corner, 2nd level 43 4
4b. Advances in macroinvertebrate, zooplankton, fish or fish tissue monitoring Tower A, 2nd level, SE Corner 16 2
4c. Using holistic monitoring to protect wild and scenic or high quality waterways Denver, Mezzanine, Left Side 10 1
4e. Advances and challenges in monitoring, assessing or protecting wetlands Tower B 2nd level, NW Corner 11 1
4f.  Innovations in assessing or applying stressor response relationships Vail, Majestic level, NE Corner 6 1
Monitoring and Assessment to Protect Human and Ecosystem Health
5a. Challenges with current or future water quality standards or criteria Grand Ballroom 2 – NE Corner, 2nd level 26 3
5b. Identifying and incorporating social and cultural uses or values into assessment and protection processes Tower B 2nd level, CENTER of room 6 1
5c. Threats and strategies to protect headwater, intermittent or ephemeral waterways Terrace, Terrace level, SW Corner 7 1
5e. Effective integration of Volunteer/Citizen Science Data for Decision Making Tower D, 2nd level, SE corner of room 9 1
5g. Effective strategies to protect health and environment of underserved communities Tower A, 2nd level, SW Corner 14 2
Innovations in Monitoring and Assessment
6a. Remote Sensing  efforts or networks using satellites or drones Tower A, 2nd level, NE Corner 16 2
6b. Remote Sensing with sondes, including nitrate sensors Gold, Mezzanine, Right side 19 2
6c. Approaches for monitoring in-situ groundwater quality Columbine, Terrace level, SE Corner 6 1
6d. Technology for Collecting Field Data including Apps Tower B 2nd level, SE Corner 15 2
6e. Advances in monitoring and assessment technologies such as eDNA Gold, Mezzanine, Left side 16 2
Effective Monitoring Networks
7a. Creating or maintaining a hydrologic monitoring network Tower C, 2nd level, NE Corner 10 1
7b. Connecting coastal, estuary and freshwater monitoring networks Columbine, Terrace level, NE Corner 7 1
7d. Expanding or integrating Volunteer/Citizen Science Monitoring Networks into State or Regional networks Tower D, 2nd level, SW corner of room 10 1
7e. State monitoring Designs and Strategies Vail, Majestic level, NW Corner 6 1
Water Quality Prediction: State of the Art and Future Direction
8a. Tools for Forecasting HABS Tower C, 2nd level, NW Corner 11 1
8b. Contribution and Challenges of Using Data from Legacy Monitoring Sites & 8e. Using Long-Term Trends for Prioritization Activities Columbine, Terrace level, NW Corner 9 1
8c. New Methods in Trend Analyses Terrace, Terrace level, SE Corner 10 1
8d. Integrating Climate Change in Water Quality Modeling Tower D, 2nd level, NW corner of room 9 1
Monitoring Water Across a Changing Hydrologic Cycle
9a. Advances in monitoring and assessment for extreme water events (floods and droughts) Tower C, 2nd level, SE Corner 19 2
9c. Integrating climate change and resiliency into water protection and restoration efforts Tower D, 2nd level, NE corner of room 7 1
                                                                     Collaborations and Partnerships
10a. Developing or enhancing Partnerships through State and Regional Monitoring Councils Tower C, 2nd level, SW Corner 6 1
10b. Effectively managing or working with volunteers or citizen scientists Tower B 2nd level, SW Corner 13 1