Call for Abstracts

Please join us for the 12th National Monitoring Conference online during the week of April 19, 2021. This conference provides opportunities for water stakeholders – federal, state, tribal and local water professionals, nonprofits, academia, and volunteer citizen scientists – to network, develop new skills and partnerships, and exchange information.

The NWQMC is requesting abstracts for oral presentations, posters, and extended sessions covering topics related to rivers and streams, lakes, wetlands, coastal waters and estuaries, groundwater, nonpoint source work, and TMDLs. Abstracts are due October 8, 2020.

Submit your abstract.

The Conference Program Committee is accepting oral and poster abstracts that fit in the following themes and associated conference sessions. The 11 themes for the 2021 conference are:

1. Monitoring Biological Integrity and Ecological Health in Rivers and Streams, Lakes and Reservoirs, Wetlands and Estuaries

2. Emerging and Persistent Contaminants of Concern to Aquatic Life and Human Health

3. Monitoring Water Across a Changing Hydrologic Cycle

4. Tools to Mine, Share, and Visualize Water Quality Data

5. Tools to Acquire, Analyze and Model Water Quality Data and Relationships

6. New Technologies for Remote Sensing and Satellite Applications, Continuous and Discrete Monitoring, and Other Applications

7. Effective Monitoring Collaborations and Partnerships

8. Assessing Nonpoint Source Impacts on Water Quality and Measuring Effectiveness of Best Management Practices

9. Assessing and measuring the effectiveness of TMDLS and Watershed-based Management

10. HABs and Other Nutrient Relationships

11. Groundwater monitoring, characterization, and trends.

Additionally, the conference committee has received 42 proposed sessions that may fit your abstract. The proposed sessions and a short description of each are available at

When completing your abstract submission, please choose up to 3 themes (required) that fit your abstract and up to 3 proposed sessions (optional). Also, please provide any keywords that may help distinguish your abstract. Abstracts do not need to fit in a proposed session to be considered for the conference.

The NWQMC welcomes proposals for the following types of presentations at this conference:

Instructions for submitting abstracts and proposals, including more detail on these types of presentations, are available on the conference website at:

All abstracts MUST be received no later than October 8, 2020. Authors will be notified by early December 2020 if they have been accepted to present.

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