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10th National Monitoring Conference

Tampa, Florida, May 2 - 6, 2016 

Over 710 people attended our 10th National Monitoring Conference in Tampa. Featuring over 300 oral presentations, 70 posters, 8 field trips, 20 workshops, short courses, panels, and discussion sessions, the conference was vibrant and packed full of interesting and informative activities. In addition, ample opportunities for attendees, presenters, and exhibitors to network and expand connections brought the week to life for everyone. Interactive demonstrations of a wide range of products and services including data portals, apps, software, and models provided close-up views of the latest developments in the monitoring community. The NWQMC awards recognized individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to water quality monitoring and water resource protection (see box).

Highlights from the 10th Biennial National Conference:

Conference Results

(Disclaimer - Please note, in some cases, authors did not provide presentations for these conference proceedings)

A and B Sessions: Workshop: Discover, Retrieve, and Analyze Water Data in R: The dataRetrieval, EGRET (Exploration and Graphics for RivEr Trends) and EGRETci R Packages

Robert M. Hirsch, USGS

C1: Continuous Monitoring: Past, Present, and Future

Moderator: Dan Sullivan, USGS
  How 20th Century Technology Innovations Shaped the Development and Delivery of Real-time Water-Quality Data Myers (USGS )
  Facilitating Innovations in Environmental Monitoring Technologies Stauffer (Univ. of Louisiana at Lafayette)
  A Vision on Water Sensor Data Interoperability Young (USEPA)

C2: Advances in Harmful Algae Bloom Monitoring and Assessment Programs

Moderator: Aaron Borisenko, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  Understanding Cyanobacterial Ecological Strategies

Rosen (USGS)

  Changes in Bacterial Communities and Microbial Functional Capabilities in Relation to Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Bloom Formatin and Toxin Production Givens (USGS)
  HAB Impacts: A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Prospective Clyde (USACE)
  Microcystin and Harmful Algae Bloom Monitoring in Kansas City Urban Lakes Webb (USEPA)

C3: Nutrient Reduction Effectiveness in Florida

Moderator: Shelly Krueger, University of Florida
  Twenty Years of Success: The Everglades Agricultural Area Nonpoint Source Program - Contributing to the Restoration of America's Everglades Ecosystem Pernett (South Florida Water Management District)
  Improvements to the C-139 Basin Phosphorus Source Control Program Through the Enhancement of Water Quality Monitoring Data and Farm-Scale Best Management Practice (BMP) Implementation Hansing (South Florida Water Management District)
  Successful Water Quality Management in the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Iudicello (South Florida Water Management District)
  Evaluating Drawdown Effects on Nutrient Removal Efficiencies in a Treatment Wetland: Lake Apopka Marsh Flow-Way, Florida, USA Guyette (St. John's RiverWater Management District)

C4: Integration of Remote Sensing into Water Quality Monitoring and Applications, Part I

Moderator: Jerad Bales, USGS
  Radar Remote Sensing for Identifying and Characterizing Oil Spills in Coastal and Open Waters Jones (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
  NASA Applied Sciences Program: Water Resources - The Role of Remote Sensing Applied Research in Improving Water-Related Information Products and Supporting Water Resources Management Lee (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
  Using Satellite Observations of Watersheds to Enhance Source Water Quality Monitoring Weiss (Hazen and Sawyer)
  Advances in the Development of a Statewide Aquatic Remote Sensing Program for Wisconsin Greb (WI DNR)

C5: Ecological Endpoints and Modeling in Great Lakes Monitoring

Moderator: Glenn Skuta, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  Improvement in Estimated Nutrient and Sediment Loading to the Great Lakes Using Continuous Surrogate Regression Techniques Robertson (USGS)
  Relating Variation in Ecosystem Properties to Cyanobacterial Abundance Using a Common Consumer Approach Evans (USGS)
  Impacts of Lake Erie Harmful Algal Blooms on the Abundance and Growth of Larval Fishes and Their Prey Resources Scholze (MI State Univ.)
  From Monitoring to Modeling: Assessing Best Management Practices at Subbasin and Field Scales Using the SWAT and APEX Models Russell (USGS)

C6: Recovery and Use of Historic Water Quality Data

Moderator: Robert Baskin, USGS
  Sustainable Scientific Data Access and Management at the Library of Congress France (Library of Congress)
  USGS Laboratory Data Rescue Project: Rescuing the Irreplaceable Baskin (USGS)
  Metadata Recovery as an Important Step in Trusting and Using Water Quality Data Reed (USGS)
  Historical Water-Quality Data from the Harlem River, New York Fisher (USGS)

C7: Monitoring Reefs and Other Sensitive Coastal Areas

Moderator: Steve Wolfe, Florida Institute of Oceanography
  Water Quality Monitoring of Texas Offshore Artificial Reefs Lee (USGS)
  Effects of Nutrient Input on Phytoplankton Productivity and Community Structure in the Grand Bay Estuary in Mississippi Baine (Univ. West Florida)
  A Coastal Water Quality and Benthic Habitat Assessment Program in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, Florida Stamates (NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory)
  Monitoring the Response of Water Quality and Nekton in the Tidal Portion of the Brazos River, Texas to Varying Freshwater Inflow Guillen (Environmental Institute of Houston, Univ. of Houston, Clear Lake)

C8: Integrated Regional Collaboration

Moderator: Mike Higgins, USFWS
  Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring: Moving from Assessment to Action O'Donnell (USEPA)
  Designing a Coastal Restoration Monitoring Program for Citizen Scientists Donkersloot (Vol. Mon. Rep., NWQMC)
  Development of an Integrated Watershed-Wide Monitoring Program for the San Gabriel River (California) Wisenbaker (Aquatic Bioassay & Consulting Laboratories)
  Integrating Citizen and Non-Traditional Monitoring Data into the Chesapeake Bay Program Network Vastine (Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring)

C9 Workshop: Relative Bed Stability - Using "R" to Calculate Quantitative Physical Habitat Metrics

Presenters: Emma Jones (VA DEQ), Lawrence D. Willis (VA DEQ), Jason R. Hill (VA DEQ)

D1: Continuous Monitoring, Continually Improved

Moderator: Erik Host-Steen, Hach Company
  Performance Evaluation of Five Turbidity Sensors in Three Primary Standards Snazelle (USGS)
  Continuous Water-Quality Monitor Installation Example: An Air Purge System to Reduce Sediment Fouling and Improve Data Quality Etheridge and Williams (USGS)
  Continuous UV Nitrate Monitoring in Central Florida: Challenges and Opportunities Johnston (USGS)
  National Guidelines for Developing an Documenting Surrogate Regression Models to Compute Continuous Water-Quality Concentrations Rasmussen (USGS)

D2: Monitoring in the Mississippi River Basin: Efforts of the Hypoxia Task Force and Its Partners

Moderator: Reumann-Moore, USEPA ORISE
  Mississippi River Basin Monitoring Collaborative: Establishing a Network to Evaluate Progress Towards Reducing Nutrients in Streams and Rivers Woodside (USGS)
  Small-Scale Watershed Monitoring Helmers (Iowa State Univ.)
  High Frequency Nitrate Monitoring in the Mississippi River Basin Pellerin (USGS)
  Monitoring Impacts of the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) Lowenfish (USDA NRCS)

D3: Contaminants of Emerging Concern

Moderator: Anne Rogers, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  Effect of Wastewater-Treatment-Facility Closure on Shallow-Groundwater Pharmaceutical Contamination Bradley (USGS)
  The Geographically Expansive Watershed and Environmental Monitoring by Citizen Scientists: A Perfect Storm? Kolok (Univ. of Nebraska at Omaha)
  Investigations of Sucralose and Select Pharmaceuticals and Pesticides as Tracers for Contaminants of Concern in Florida's Ambient Freshwaters Silvanima (FL DEP)
  Microplastic Pollution in the Gallatin Watershed: Utilizing Volunteers to Study an Emerging Pollutant Across a Diverse Landscape Walenga (Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation)

D4: Integration of Remote Sensing into Water Quality Monitoring and Applications, Part 2

Moderator: Christine Lee, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  NASA Health and Air Quality Applications: The Intersection with Water Quality Haynes (NASA)q
  Cyanophyte and Algal Composition of the 2015 CyanoHAB Bloom in Sandusky Bay, Lake Erie Ortiz (Kent State Univ.)
  Monitoring of Lake Water Quality and Blooms Using Digital Imagery Park (Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst)
  Facilitating Water Quality Monitoring in the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary with Remote Sensing: New Advances and Challenges Fichot (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CIT)

D5: Using WRTDS to Determine Long and Short Term Trends

Moderator: Mary Skopec, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  A Method for Estimating the Uncertainty of Water Quality Trends Using Weighted Regressions on Time, Discharge, and Season (WRTDS) Hirsch (USGS)
  Sensitivity of Trend Estimates to Sampling Frequency and Collection of High-Flow Samples Johnson (USGS)
  Sediment Trends in Rivers Across the United States, 1972 to 2012 Murphy (USGS)
  Load and Trend Analysis with Heterogeneous Water-Quality Records: Is Ignorance Really Bliss? Yang (Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions, contractor to USGS)

D6: National Scale Modeling Perspectives

Moderator: Amina Pollard, USEPA
  Technical Approaches for Answering the Question: "What is the Condition of the Nation's Waters?" Paulsen (USEPA)
  Lakes and Reservoirs: Guidelines for Study Design and Sampling - A New Chapter in the U.S. Geological Survey National Field Manual for the Collection of Water-Quality Data" Green (USGS)
  Stream and River Condition Across the BLM's National System of Public Lands Miller (BLM/USU National Aquatic Monitoring Center)
  National Coastal Condition Assessment - What is the Condition of our Nation's Coastal Waters? Sullivan (USEPA)

D7: Monitoring Groundwater Quality in Areas of Energy Development

Moderator: Bret Bruce, USGS
  Design of Regional Monitoring of the Potential Effects of Oil and Gas Development on Groundwater Resources in California Landon (USGS)
  High Methane Concentrations in Los Angeles Groundwater Kulongoski (USGS)
  A Texas Study of Dissolved Methane in Fresh-Water Aquifers Nicot (The Univ. of Texas at Austin)
  Groundwater Quality in the Fayetteville and Haynesville Shale Gas Production Areas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas McMahon (USGS)

D8 Panel: Reducing Barriers in Publishing Data to the Water Quality Portal: Enabling Data Sharing for States, Tribes, Citizen Scientists, Volunteers, and Other Local Groups

Presenters: Dwane Young, US EPA Office of Water, Assessment Watershed Protection Division; Barb Horn, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Water Resources Specialist; Danielle Donkersloot, Volunteer Monitoring Rep., NWQMC; Cathy Alexander, Manager, Division of Surface Water, OH EPA; ; Joel Creswell, Ph.D., AAAS Fellow at USEPA , Office of Research and Development; Katie Stofer, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, STEM Education & Outreach, University of Florida

D9 Short Course: Are Soil Health Management Systems a Solution to Agriculture Water Quality Issues? - The School Branch Project

Presenters: Shannon Zezula, USDA - NRCS; Bob Barr, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

E1: Great Lakes Restoration Monitoring

Moderator: Joe Duris, USGS
  Water Data to Answer Urgent Water Policy Questions: Harmful Algal Blooms, Agriculture, and Lake Erie Betanzo (Northeast-Midwest Institute)
  Evaluation of Storm Drain BMP Effectiveness on Water Quality and Environmental Health in East Bay, Traverse City, MI Brennan and Givens (USGS)
  Monitoring Methods Used to Improve Agricultural Best Management Practices Evaluations at the Edge-of-Field Scale Komiskey (USGS)an and Duriancik (USDA NRCS)
  Great Lakes Offshore Water Quality Monitoring: Status, Trends, and Current Uses of Nutrient Data O'Donnell (USEPA)

E2: Assessing Water Quality with Remote Sensing

Moderator: Jim Dorsch, Denver Metro Wastewater Reclamation District
  Applied Remote Sensing for Mapping and Monitoring of the Great Lakes Battaglia (MI Technological University)
  Modeling a Superbloom in a Subtropical Estuary Using Landsat Imagery Ellis (St. Johns River Water Management District)
  Development of Water Quality Products Derived from NOAA Operational Satellite Sensor (VIIRS) Data Hernandez (Univ. of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez)
  Virtual Buoy System (VBS) to Monitor Coastal and Estuarine Water Quality from Satellite Measurements Carlson (Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute)

E3: Ecosystem Indicators of Coastal and Freshwater Health

Moderator: Brandon Jarvis, USEPA
  The Role of Biological Indicators in Florida's Numeric Nutrient Criteria Hammond (Cardno)
  Developing a Coastal Health Index for Texas Waters: Moving Towards Meaningful Ecosystem Based Management Oakley (Texas A&M Univ., Envtl. Inst. of Houston)
  Predictions of Salt Marsh Loss with Sea-Level Rise and Implications for Water Quality Crosby (Harbor Watch)
  Phytoplankton Reference Communities and Phytoplankton Index of Biotic Integrity for Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor Estuary, New Jersey Ren (Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University)

E4: Cool Applications of R for Scientific Workflows, Part I

Moderator: Emily Read, USGS
  Advanced Techniques for Automated State-Wide Surface Water Quality Assessment for 305(b) Reporting Pflaumer (NJ DEP)
  Enhancing Data Interpretation in the Delaware River Basin with R Limbeck (DRBC)
  An R-based Web Application to Search, Analyze and Display Water Quality Data in Oregon State, USA Bryant (OR DEQ)
  Using R to Conduct Hydrostatistical Analysis at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Carr (USGS)

E5: Emerging and Legacy Contaminants

Moderator: Alan Ellsworth, National Park Service
  Environmental Chemical Mixtures: A Field Approach to Assessing Exposure and Effects Bradley (USGS)
  How Evaluations of Low Concentrations of Organic Chemical Contaminants are Important in Managing Lake Ecosystems Rosen (USGS)
  Assessment of Stream Quality in the Piedmont and Appalachian Mountain area of the Southeastern United States Journey (USGS)
  Toxic Contaminants (Emerging and Legacy) in Oregon's (USA) Aquatic Environments: A Statewide Assessment Pillsbury (OR DEQ)

E6: Regional Scale Monitoring Perspectives

Moderator: Sarah Lehmann, USEPA
  The National Coastal Condition Assessment for Western Lake Michigan and Southern Lake Superior Greb (WI DNR)
  Arctic Coastal and Freshwater Surveys 2010-2015: Challenges and Successes Bethe (AK DEC)
  The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association: Our Build Out Plan and the Process Used in its Development Simoniello (Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association)
  Development of the Gulf of Mexico Habitat and Water Quality and Quantity Monitoring and Assessment Program for the RESTORE Council Giordano (NOAA)

E7: Managing and Sharing Volunteer Data

Moderator: Chelsea Hopkins, Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  Creating an Effective Volunteer Monitoring Database - Changing Data Management Techniques and Lessons Learned Sparacino (Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring)
  Missouri Stream Team VWQM Interactive Map Perry (MO Dept. of Conservation)
  Rapid Provisional Reporting in Long-Term Monitoring Programs for Detection of Illicit Discharge by NPDES SMS4 Communities Libes (Coastal Carolina University)
  The External Data Framework - Facilitating Greater Data Sharing with a New, Systematic and Streamlined Approach to Solicit and Review Secondary Data for Potential Use in Clean Water Act Programs Arthur (IN DEM)

E8 Panel: How to Assess and Mitigate HABs and Hypoxia Challenges

Presenters: Mary C. Erickson, Co-Chair, IWG-HABHRCA, Director, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, NOAA; Dr. Ellen Gilinsky, Co-Chair, IWG-HABHRCA, Senior Advisor, Office of Water, USEPA; Donna N. Myers, Chief, Office of Water Quality, US Geological Survey; Dr. Mary Skopec, IOWATER & Stream Monitoring Coordinator, Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources; Nancy Schuldt, Water Projects Coordinator, Fond du Lac Environmental Program, Fond du Lac Reservation; Caitlin Gould, Coordinator, IWG-HABHRCA, Policy Analyst, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Sciences

E9 Short Course: Field Protocols for Collecting Continuous Thermal and Hydrologic Data, Part I

Presenters: Jen Stamp, TetraTech; Michelle Craddock, Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration, Department of Fish and Game; Britta Bierwagen, EPA Office of Research and Development National Center for Environmental Assessment

F1: Continuous Monitoring in Florida's St. Johns River Basin

Moderator: Steve Wolfe, Florida Institute of Oceanography
  Implementation of Continuous Monitors at the SJRWMD Hornsby (St. Johns River Water Management District)
  Quality Assurance Procedures for Continuous Water Quality Monitoring Peacock (St. Johns River Water Management District)
  Process Rates Parameterization in a Blackwater River Estuary - The St. Johns River, FL Hendrickson (St. Johns River Water Management District)
  Lessons, Conclusions, and Plans for Future Use of Continuous Monitors at St. Johns River Water Management District Mundy (St. Johns River Water Management District)

F2: Harmful Algae Bloom Prediction and Forecasting

Moderator: Guy Foster, USGS
  Using Advanced Detection Methods to Further Understand the drivers of Growth and Toxicity of Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms in Western Lake Erie Davis (NOAA)
  The Feasibility of Developing Models for Predicting Microcystin Concentrations in Freshwater Recreational Lakes Francy (USGS)
  Cyanobacteria and Associated Toxins and Taste-and-Odor Compounds in the Kansas River, Kansas Graham (USGS)
  Computational Approaches to Predict Indices of Cyanobacteria Toxicity Kreakie (USEPA)

F3: Seeing the Forest Through the Trees with BMPs

Moderator: Michael Crump, USDA Forest Service

History and Development of the U.S. Forest Service's National BMP Program; Integration of the Agency's National BMPs with State and Local BMPs

Crump (USDA Forest Service)
  Development of BMP Monitoring Protocols Edwards (USDA Forest Service)
  Data Management and Rating Evaluation Outcomes: Scoring/Rating System for BMP Implementation, Effectiveness and Overall Results Carlson (USDA Forest Service)
  BMP Program: Implementation, Results and Adaptive Management Eberle (USDA Forest Service)

F4: Cool Applications of R for Scientific Workflows, Part 2

Moderator: Emily Read, USGS
  Reproducible Streamflow Data Analysis on the Server or Desktop Using Open Source R Packages Mills (USGS)
  A Novel Use of R to Couple Hierarchical Bayesian Methods with a Spatially Explicit Hydrological Model Across Regional and Continental Scales Alexander (USGS)
  Statistical Methods in Water Resources: New Edition, New Methods, Now Using R Ryberg (USGS)
  USGS-R: A Community to Support and Expand R Scientific Computing Capacity

Read (USGS)

F5: Diverse Approaches to Assess Sensitive Coastal Environments

Moderator: David Chestnut, South Carolina Dept. of Health and Environmental Control
  Understanding Long-Term Changes by Linking Monthly Chlorophyll Measurements to High-Frequency Water Quality Data Cressman (Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve)
  Nitrogen Availability in Seagrass Beds Dominated by Thalassia testudinum and Halodule wrightii and Its Effect on the Seagrass Health and Proliferation Capps (Univ. of West Florida)
  Southwest Florida Tidal Creeks: Linking Contributing Source Water Concentrations, Creek Specific Attributes and Estuarine Biological Responses to Develop a Nutrient Management Strategy Related to Protecting Tidal Creek Biological Integrity Wessel (Janicki Environmental)
  Comparison of Isotope-Based Biomass Pathways with Groundfish Community Structure in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Huelster (Univ. of South Florida, Cardno)

F6: National Groundwater Monitoring Network

Moderator: Bill Cunningham, USGS
  The National Ground-Water Monitoring Network - A Ten-Year Odyssey Copeland (FL DEP)
  Status of the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network Pope (USGS)
  Building Effective Map-Based Portals for Dissemination and Communication of Water Resource Data: NGWMN Case Study Lucido (USGS)
  An Overview of the USGS National Water Quality Assessment of Groundwater: Perspectives on Integration with the National Groundwater Monitoring Network ad Other Monitoring Efforts Belitz (USGS)

F7: Metals, Mining and More: Monitoring Watersheds to Restore

Moderator: Nancy Schuldt, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  Trace-Element and Suspended-Sediment Loads in the Big River, Southeastern Missouri Barr (USGS)
  Occurrence and Transport of Selected Trace Metals in the Coeur d'Alene and Spokane River Basins, Idaho and Washington Hopkins (USGS)
  St. Louis River Water Column Mercury Monitoring and Sediment Mobility Assessment Ilieve (RTI International)
  Measuring Success: Biological Recovery in Impaired Streams Shively (Rural Action)

F8: Cancelled

F9: Short Course: Field Protocols for Collecting Continuous Thermal and Hydrologic Data, Part 2

Presenters: Jen Stamp, TetraTech; Michelle Craddock, Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration, Department of Fish and Game; Britta Bierwagen, EPA Office of Research and Development National Center for Environmental Assessment

G1: Keeping an Eye on E. coli

Moderator: Martha Clark Mettler, Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management
  The Surfrider Foundation's Blue Water Task Force: Bringing Together Coastal Communities to Protect Clean Water Dias (Surfrider Foundation)
  Synoptic Longitudinal Sampling Along a Bacteria Impaired Reach of the Little Blue River, Independence, Missouri Christensen (USGS)
  Microbial Source Tracking at a Freshwater Swimming Beach at Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Missouri Wilson (USGS)
  Instream Bacteria Concentrations and the Influence of Bird Colonies at Bridges Pendergrass (Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research)

G2: Integrating Watershed Assessments to Promote Protection and Restoration Synergy

Moderator: Douglas Norton, USEPA
  Revised Landscape Development Intensity (LDI) Index: Accounting for a Non-Linear Human Disturbance Gradient Reiss (Univ. of Florida, Gainesville; American Public University System, West Virginia)
  Tennessee's Healthy Watersheds Assessment: Landscape-Based Approach to Prioritize Watershed Protection and Inform Management Decisions Matthews (RTI International)
  Use of the RPS Tool to Develop State Watershed Restoration and Protection Priorities for the CT TMDL Program Sullivan (CT DEEP)
  The Watershed Index Online: A Tool for Comparative Watershed Assessment Smith (USEPA)

G3: Adventures in the Water Quality Portal

Moderator: John Marshack, California Water Quality Monitoring Council
  Overview and Progress on the NWQMC Water Quality Portal Kreft (USGS)
  Leveraging the Water Quality Portal to Characterize Historic Conditions under Tight Time Frames: A Lessons Learned Report Young (USEPA)
  Water Quality Portal (WQP) STORET Data Discovery Tool Wesley-Snider (RTI International)
  The National Network of Reference Watersheds Web Resource Rowe (USGS)

G4: Organic Contamination: Occurrence and Risk

Moderator: Pillsbury, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality
  Where are Concentrations of Hydrocarbons and Inorganic Constituents Found in Lake Powell? Recent Findings and Future Assessment and Monitoring Hart (USGS)
  Occurrence and Characterization of Pesticide Mixtures in Midwest Streams and Rivers, and Implications for Sampling Strategies Norman (USGS)
  Predicting Pesticide Toxicity Indices for Midwest Streams Shoda (USGS)
  Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in Fish Tissue in U.S. Fresh Waters Wathen (USEPA)

G5: Effects of Climate Change and Extreme Weather Patterns

Moderator: Amina Pollard, USEPA
  From Drought to Flood: Benefits and Challenges to Aquatic Life in Texas Rogers (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)
  Critical Aspects of the Coastal Drought Index: Length of Salinity Data Record and Ecological Response Data Conrads (USGS)
  Occurrence and Dispersal of Invasive Zebra Mussels Through Municipal Water Transfer Pipelines and Lake/Stream Potable Source Waters Under Different Reservoir Levels and Downstream Flow Conditions Churchill (USGS)
  What Happens to Near-Shore Habitat When Lake and Reservoir Water Levels Decline? Kaufmann (USEPA)

G6: Doing More with Less: Models for Community Collaboration

Moderator: Danielle Donkersloot, Volunteer Monitoring Representative, National Water Quality Monitoring Council
  Is the Whole Greater then the Sum of its Parts?: Assessing Costs and Benefits of a Volunteer Monitoring Program Stepenuck (Univ. of Vermont, Burlington)
  Engaging the Water Action Volunteers (WAV) Stream Monitors to Monitor Total Phosphorus in Wisconsin Streams Albright (Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District)
  Aquatic Citizen Science: A Sound Investment Vastine (Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring)
  Using Volunteers in Groundwater Monitoring and other Spring Protection Activities in Florida Copeland (Aquifer Watch, Inc.)

G7: Tools for Visualizing Water Quality

Moderator: John Jastram, USGS
  The Water Connection / South Platte Urban Waters Partnership's Water Quality Visualization Tool: A Tool to Increase Accessibility of Water Quality Data in the Denver Metro Area Novick (City and County of Denver) and Tyler (Leonard Rice Engineers)
  Utilizing Maps for Complex Multivariate Data Visualization for Stakeholders to Address Nonpoiont Source Pollution in Athens-Clarke County Truszczynski (Athens-Clarke County, GA)
  Revealing the Invisible: How Visualization can Translate Water Quality Data into Accessible Stories that Inspire Solutions Seibert (Landscape Metrics, LLC)
  Great Lakes to Gulf Virtual Observatory: A National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Initiative to Advance the Understanding of Large River Ecology and Decision Making Through an Interactive Geospatial Web Application that Integrates and Visualizes Relevant Data from a Wide Variety of Sources Kratschmer (National Great Rivers Research and Education Center)

G8: Short Course: Advancing Sensor Technology for Priority Water Parameters

Presenters: Denice Shaw, Senior Innovation Advisory, EPA; Alan Lindquist, Associate Division Director, EPA; Mario Tamburri, Executive Director, Alliance for Coastal Technology; Beth Stauffer, Assistant Professor, University of Louisiana, Lafayette; Joel Creswell, AAAS Fellow, EPA

G9: Workshop: The Science and Management of Water Quality on Coral Reefs, Part I

Presenters: Dana Okano, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program; Rob Ferguson, National LBSP Coordinator, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program; Lisa Vandiver, Habitat Restoration Specialist, NOAA Restoration Center

H1: Remote and Autonomous Sensors for Detecting Harmful Algae Blooms

Moderator: Greg Youngstrom, ORSANCO

  Remotely Sensed Cyanobacteria Harmful Algal Blooms (cyanoHABs) in the United States: CyAN (Cyanobacteria Assessment Network) Loftin (USGS)
  A Multi-Tiered Approach to Monitoring Cyanobacteria and Documenting Algal Bloom Occurrences in New England Snook (USEPA)
  Spatial Assessment of Harmful Algal Blooms in Kansas Reservoirs Foster (USGS)
  Use of Satellite Data to Monitor and Evaluate Cyanobacteria Blooms in Lake Erie and Other Lakes Stumpf (NOAA Centers for Coastal Ocean Science)

H2: Monitoring Management Actions in Agriculturally-Influenced Watersheds

Moderator: John Hendrickson, St. Johns River Water Management District
  Water Quality Monitoring to Assess a Regional Plan Approach to Effectively Treat Agricultural Stormwater Runoff Livingston-Way (St. Johns River Water Management District)
  Monitoring Water Quality for Performance Evaluation of a Treatment Wetland Guyette (St. Johns River Water Management District)
  Monitoring Fish-Tissue Contaminant Loads as an Indicator of Agricultural Remediation Success McCloud (St. Johns River Water Management District)
  Monitoring the Efficacy of Chemical Amendments for Nutrient Control in Wetland Restorations Hoge (St. Johns River Water Management District)

H3: Modeling from Source to Sea

Moderator: Peter Bryant, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  Benefits of Open Federal Data to State Programs Pflaumer (NJ DEP)
  Operational Model for Comprehensive Inland and Coastal Monitoring Bonner (Clarkson Univ.)
  Spatial Statistical Network Models (SSNM) for Data on Stream Networks: Background, Theory, and Applications Isaak (USFS)
  Rocky Mountains to Tropical Rainforests: Using Monitoring Results and Computer Simulations to Understand Fundamental Watershed Processes Webb (USGS)

H4: Working Across Agency Boundaries

Moderator: Candice Hopkins, USGS
  Integrating Water Resource Monitoring and Reporting - Measuring Water Resources Together in Oregon Marcoe (OR Dept. of Ag.)
  Oklahoma Kill Response Management Team (OKRMT): A Collaborative Response to Managing Water Quality in Oklahoma March (OK DEQ)
  Water Quality, Water Level, and Meteorological Monitoring at the USF COMPS Clam Bayou Station: A Successful Collaborative Effort as Demonstrated by the Continuous Monitoring Record During the 2015 St. Petersburg Sewage Overflow Event Scudder (Univ. of South Florida)
  A Case Study in Implementing Standardized Restoration Monitoring in Mobile Bay Subwatersheds Collini (Mobile Bay National Estuary Program)

H5: Assessing Groundwater Quality Trends

Moderator: Bruce Lindsey, USGS
  High Frequency Groundwater-Quality Monitoring and Insights into the Variability of Nitrate in Surficial Aquifers near Agricultural Land Use in Delaware Fleming (USGS)
  Fine-Scale Temporal Trends in Water-Level and Water-Quality in Two Monitoring Wells in the Central Sands Region of Wisconsin Hood (USGS)
  Timescales of Groundwater Quality Change in Karst Groundwater: Edwards Aquifer, Central Texas Musgrove (USGS)
  Triennial Changes in Groundwater Quality in Aquifers used for Public Supply in California: Are Such Changes Indicators of Temporal Trends? Kent (USGS)

H6: Around the Globe: Citizen Science and Community Education

Moderator: Holden Sparacino, Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring
  Baywatchers - Citizen's Water Quality Monitoring Program Williams (Buzzards Bay Coalition)
  Assessing the Awareness and Difficulties of Water Quality Monitoring in Rural Areas: The Case of Non-PRASA Communities in Puerto Rico Nerida De Jesus-Villanueva (Univ. of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez)
  Establishing a Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program in the Dominican Republic Wood (Charles River Watershed Association)
  Leveraging the Local to Go Global: Citizen Scientists Exploring the Drivers of Eutrophication Eddowes and Thornhill (Earthwatch Institute)

H7: A Fish, A Mussel, and a Mayfly Walk Into a Sand Bar...

Moderator: Barb Horn, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

  Great Lakes Mussel Watch: Embracing Innovative Approaches to Meet Changing Environmental Priorities Johnson (NOAA)
  YOU SHALL NOT PASS: Use of Continuous Carbon Dioxide and Water-Quality Monitoring in Development of Barriers to Asian Carp Movement Bailey (USGS)
  Using Biological Data to Measure and Communicate Restoration Success in a Dam Removal Project in Redby, MN Bowe (Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians)
  Fish Assemblage Indicators for the National Rivers and Streams Assessment: Performance of Model-Based vs. Traditionally Constructed Multimetric Indices Peck (USEPA)

H8 Workshop: How to Access and Acquire USGS Water Data and Information

Presenters: Stan Skrobialowski, USGS; James Kreft, USGS; Melanie Clark, USGS; Scott Grotheer, USGS; Donna Myers, USGS

H9 Workshop: The Science and Management of Water Quality on Coral Reefs, Part 2

Presenters: Dana Okano, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program; Rob Ferguson, National LBSP Coordinator, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program; Lisa Vandiver, Habitat Restoration Specialist, NOAA Restoration Center

I1: Tools to Manage, Display, and Share Continuous Monitoring Data

Moderator: Callie Oblinger, USGS

  Streaming Sensor Data: Tools for Acquisition, Management, and Visualization Jones (Utah State Univ.)
  Managing, Displaying, and Sharing Continuous Monitoring Data via 52° North Sensor Observation Service (SOS) White (Tetra Tech, Inc.)

Automated Baseflow/Stormflow Separation and Load Calculation for Continuous Flow Data and Water Quality Sample in Urban Storm Sewers

Sellner (Capitol Region Watershed District)
  Methods and Examples to Quantify Uncertainty Associated with USGS Time-Series Water-Quality Data Rounds (USGS)

I2: Using Technology to Address Challenges in the Field

Moderator: Michele Wheeler, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

  What Happens When You Aren't at Your Sampling Site: The Use of Cameras to Document Environmental Impacts on Deployed Monitoring Equipment, and Implications for Nutrient Budgets Rawlik (South Florida Water Management District)
  Barnacles, Barges, and Brines... Oh My: Overcoming the Challenges of Monitoring Water Quality on the Arroyo Colorado in South Texas Canova (USGS)
  Water Quality Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement at Your Fingertips: Using Custom GIS Software, Tablets, and GPS Technologies to Meet Water Quality Monitoring, Inspection, Reporting, and Enforcement Goals Rodriguez and Zangrilli (District of Columbia Dept. of Energy and Envt.)
  Camo, Hose Clamps, and Pixels: Arizona's Approach for Low-Cost Intermittent Stream Monitoring Smart (AZ DEQ)

I3: Nutrient Trends in the Rivers of the United States, Part I

Moderator: Lori Sprague, USGS

  Trends in Water-Quality in New Jersey Streams During Water Years 1971-2011 Hirsch (USGS)
  Crop Rotation and Raccoon River Nitrate Seeman (Iowa Soybean Association)
  Water-Quality Trends in the Lower Grand River Basin, Missouri in Response to Integrated Conservation Practices Krempa (USGS)
  Decade-Scale Changes in the Riverine Flux of Carbon, Nitrogen, and Phosphorus to Coastal Waters of the Conterminous United States Stets (USGS)

I4: Understanding Multi-Stressor Response in Streams at the Regional Scale

Moderator: Richard Mitchell, USEPA and Peter Van Metre (USGS)

  Evaluation of Three Different Methods for Developing Reference Condition Criteria for Wadeable Streams in Wisconsin Miller (WI DNR)
  Occurrence and Potential Invertebrate Toxicity of Pesticide Mixtures in Water and Sediment in Midwestern U.S. Streams Nowell (USGS)
  Combining Probabilistic and Targeted Sampling Designs of the USEPA and USGS: The Midwest Stream-Quality Assessment Van Metre (USGS)
  Understanding Agricultural Land Use Disturbance in Streams Through a Series of Models: Landscape to Water Quality to Invertebrates Waite (USGS)

I5: Water Quality Management Using WQX and ATTAINS

Moderator: Karla Urbanowicz (OR DEQ)

  Role of WQX in Water Monitoring Data Activities Holdsworth (USEPA)
  Creating a Comprehensive Data Management Network: Reshaping Without Reinventing Porter (OK Water Resources Board)
  A New Era for EPA Clean Water Act Tracking and Reporting with the Assessment TMDL Tracking and ImplentatioN System (ATTAINS) Redesign Tulloch (RTI International)
  Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Implementation of WQX Within their Data Management and Assessment System Voss (MO DNR)

I6: Wetlands are Water Too: Moving into Under-assessed Waters

Moderator: David Neils, New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services

  Increasing Percentage of Assessed Waters in the United States Rubin (Izaak Walton League of America, Inc.)
  Results from the Southeast Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Intensification Study with North Carolina, South Carolina,, Alabama, and Georgia to Assess Forested Wetland Condition Gianopulos (NC DEQ)
  Results of the 2011 National Wetland Condition Assessment in California Clark (Moss Landing Marine Laboratories)
  Results from the National Wetland Condition Assessment 2011 and Future Directions Serenbetz (USEPA)

I7: National Scale Assessments of Groundwater Quality

Moderator: Gary Rowe (USGS)

  Hormones and Pharmaceuticals in Groundwater of the United States Toccalino (USGS)
  Evaluating and Communicating Decadal-Scale Changes in the Nation's Groundwater Quality Lindsey (USGS)
  A National Assessment of Fecal Indicators in Groundwater DeSimone (USGS)
  Metrics for Assessing the Quality of Groundwater Used for Public Supply, CA, USA: Equivalent-Population and Area Belitz (USGS)

I8: Workshop: Effective Science Communication, Part I

Presenters: Danielle Donkersloot, Volunteer Monitoring Representative, National Water Quality Monitoring Council; Caroline Donovan, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

I9: Short Course: Water Quality Monitoring Using NASA Remote Sensing Observations, Part I

Presenters: Amita Mehta, NASA-UMBC-JCET; Cedric Fichot, NASA-JPL

J1: Making Sense of Continuous Monitoring Datasets

Moderator: Brian Pellerin, USGS

  Illinois' Continuous Near-Real-Time Nutrient Concentration and Loading Network Terrio (USGS)
  Data, Data, Everywhere: What Has Continuous Water Quality Monitoring in the Suwanee River Water Management District Taught Us About Our Springs? Saindon and Rodgers (Suwanee River Water Management District)
  Review of King County's Lake Buoy Monitoring System DeGasperi (King County Water and Land Resources Division, Washington)
  New Insights into Nitrate Dynamics in a Karst Groundwater System Gained from High-Frequency Optical Sensor Measurements Opsahl (USGS)

J2: Understanding Variability in Pathogenic Microbial Communities

Moderator: Leslie McGeorge, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

  Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Indicator Bacteria Concentrations in a Connecticut River Cantatore (Harbor Watch)
  Monitoring for Pathogens in the Upper Illinois River Watershed, Northwest Arkansas Scott (Arkansas Water Resources Center, Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville)
  Virus Synoptic of Major Watersheds of the Continental United States Using Metagenomic Methods Dunigan (Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln)
  Using Molecular Techniques to Assess the Microbial Community Associated with Cladophora, Sediment, Invertebrates and Mussel Micro-Habitat Samples Collected from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore: Does the Microbiome of These Sample Types Facilitate Avian Botulism Outbreaks? Isaacs (USGS)

J3: Nutrient Trends in the Rivers of the United States, Part 2

Moderator: Edward Stets, USGS

  Nutrient Trends in the Nation's Rivers and Streams Since 1972 Sprague (USGS)
  River Nutrient Trends from Minnesota's Watershed Pollutant Load Monitoring Network Ganske (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency)
  Assessing the Causes of Changes in Nutrient Loading from Major Tributaries of Chesapeake Bay Ryberg (USGS)
  Establishing Nutrient Trends in Iowa's Rivers in Support of Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy Skopec (IA DNR)

J4: Open Water Data Initiative

Moderator: Dwane Young, USEPA

  Overview of the Open Water Data Initiative Rea (USGS)
  NHDPlus - The OWDI's Geospatial Hydrologic Framework Dewald (USEPA)
  Interoperable Sensor Networks Bergenroth (RTI International)
  The OWDI and Communicating Water Data Fitness and Quality: Accommodating New Data Providers While Maintaining High Data Standards Larsen (WSWC)

J5: Regional Coastal Monitoring Program

Moderator: Ken Schiff, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project

  Southern California Bight Regional Marine Monitoring Schiff (Southern California Coastal Water Research Project)
  The Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay, California, USA: Science in Support of Managing Water Quality Trowbridge (SFEI)
  The Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership's Long-Term Water Quality Monitoring Program: Supporting Assessment, Synthesis, Science and Communications Tango (USGS at Chesapeake Bay Program Office)
  Tampa Bay Estuary: Monitoring Long-Term Recovery Through Regional Partnerships Sherwood (Tampa Bay Estuary Program)

J6: Combining Technology and Collaboration for Strategic Condition Assessment

Moderator: Nancy Schuldt, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

  New Advances in EPA Watershed Assessment Tools, Data and Programs Norton (USEPA)
  Lake Observer: Harnessing the Power of Collaboration, Citizen Science and Mobile App Technology to Advance Understanding of Lake Ecosystems Weathers (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies)
  Supporting STEM and Citizen Water Quality Monitoring Through Self Developed and Produced Technology Burres (CA SWRCB, Clean Water Team)
  Advocating and Achieving Regional Data Comparability: Southwest Florida's Regional Ambient Monitoring Program Dickrell (Pinellas County, FL)

J7: Approaches for Determining Biological Condition

Moderator: Monty Porter, Oklahoma Water Resources Board

  Influence of Antecedent Streamflow Conditions on Detecting Trends in Biological Communities Zuellig (USGS)
  Determining the Impacts of Temporal Variability on Field and Chemical Water Quality Parameters within a Probabilistic Monitoring Sampling Frame Hill (VA DEQ)
  Persistence of Environmental Reference Conditions: A Case Study in the Central United States McCord (MO DNR)
  Applications of Regional Monitoring Network (RMN) Data, Both Now and in the Future Stamp (Tetra Tech, Inc.)

J8 Workshop: Effective Science Communication, Part 2

Presenters: Danielle Donkersloot, Volunteer Monitoring Representative, National Water Quality Monitoring Council; Caroline Donovan, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

J9 Short Course: Water Quality Monitoring Using NASA Remote Sensing Observations

Presenters: Amita Mehta, NASA-UMBC-JCET; Cedric Fichot, NASA-JPL

K1: Continuous Monitoring from Yellowstone to the Gulf of Mexico

Moderator: Pat Rasmussen, USGS

  Geothermal Solute Flux Monitoring using Electrical Conductivity in Major Rivers of Yellowstone National Park McCleskey (USGS)
  Evaluation of Antifouling Techniques for Water-Quality Sensors in Coastal Waters Stull (USGS)
  Lateral Carbon Flux in Sweetwater Strand, Big Cypress National Preserve, Southern Florida Booth (USGS)
  High Frequency Monitoring of Diel-Cycling and Episodic Hypoxia in Northern Gulf of Mexico Estuaries Jarvis (USEPA)

K2: Effectiveness of Nutrient Reduction Strategies

Moderator: David Neils, New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services

  TMDL Nutrient Targets for Nearshore Waters of Lake Pend Oreille Idaho - An Evaluation Using Long-Term Trophic and Periphyton Productivity Monitoring Data Larson (ID DEQ)
  Edge-of-Field Monitoring Program to Evaluate Agricultural Conservation Practice Performance in the Lake Champlain Basin Braun (Stone Environmental)
  Water-Quality Monitoring in an Agricultural Watershed- Building a Framework to Assess the Effectiveness of Conservation Practices Hyer (USGS)
  Measuring Water Quality Improvement Due to BMP Implementation in Four Oklahoma Watersheds Lamb (Oklahoma Conservation Commission)

K3: Found in Space: National Geospatial Applications

Moderator: Tommy Dewald, USEPA

  New GIS Platform and Tools for Improved Source Water Monitoring and Assessment McConnell (Tampa Bay Water)
  Discovering Geospatial Patterns Using NHDPlus and the Water Quality Portal Shumway (USEPA)
  The National Stream Internet: BIG DATA = Gig Possibilities Isaak (USFS)
  Geospatial Products of the USGS National Geospatial Program for Lake and Watershed Management Rea (USGS)

K4: West Coast Connections: From Fresh Water to the Sea

Moderator: Gretchen Hayslip, USEPA

  Monitoring Human Impacts on the Nutrient Dynamics in Vancouver's Streams Using Citizen Scientist Data Shupe (University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, British Columbia)
  What's in a Bivalve? A Comparison of Contaminants in Shellfish on the Oregon Coast Pillsbury (OR DEQ)
  The San Diego Bay Regional Harbor Monitoring Program Stransky (Amec Foster Wheeler, Inc.)
  Potential Impacts upon the Rocky Intertidal Community of the La Jolla ASBS from Short-Duration Exposures to Storm Water Runoff McCoy (Weston Solutions)

K5: Revealing Impairments with Innovative Statistical Methods

Moderator: Susan Holdsworth, USEPA

  Advanced Techniques for Automated State-Wide Surface Water Quality Assessment using "R" Pflaumer (NJ DEP)
  Using Bayesian Methods to Help Identify Impaired Waters Hess (Retired)
  Use of Multivariate Analysis in a State Water Quality Monitoring Program for Linking Stressors to Biological Impairments Miltner (OH EPA)
  A Triage Approach Using Statistical Inference to Prioritize Actions in Response to Water Quality Impairment Listings Wessel (Janicki Environmental)

K6: Criteria and Threshold Development

Moderator: Monty Porter, Oklahoma Water Resources Board

  A Diatom-Based Biological Condition Gradient (BCG) Approach for Assessing Impairment and Developing Nutrient Criteria for Streams Charles (Patrick Center for Environmental Research, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University)
  Approaches in Monitoring and Assessment for Statewide Adoption of the Biotic Ligand Model to Derive Aquatic Life Criteria for Copper in Oregon McConaghie (OR DEQ)
  The Application of Continuous Monitoring to Chlorophyll a Criteria Derivation, Evaluation, and Implementation Robertson (VA DEQ)
  N-STEPS into Stream Nutrient Thresholds - Analysis of Numerous Biological and Diel Dissolved Oxygen Response Variables for Threshold Development Joseph (New Mexico Environment Department)

K7: Moving Forward in Volunteer Monitoring by Learning from the Past

Moderator: Elizabeth Herron, University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension

  The Value of Volunteer Collaborations Switzer (USEPA)
  Lessons Learned from Building and Supporting Volunteer Engagement in a Regional Monitoring Effort Sparacino (Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring)
  The Past, Present, and Future of the Secchi Dip-In Salvato (North American Lake Management Society)
  Lessons Learned From Macrophyte Monitoring Program in Indiana Powers (Indiana University)

K8 Panel: Regional Monitoring Collaborations: The Success of Southwest Florida's Regional Ambient Monitoring Program

Presenters: Natasha Dickrell, SWF-RAMP Co-Chair, Pinellas County; Robert Brown, Manatee County Environmental Protection Division; Dr. David J. Karlen, Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County, Florida; Keith Kibbey, Lee County Division of Natural Resources, Florida

K9 Workshop: Procedures and R Scripts for QCing, Formatting and Deriving Summary Outputs for Continuous Temperature and Hydrologic Data (for Beginning R Users)

Presenters: Erik Leppo, Tetra Tech; Jen Stamp, Tetra Tech

L1: Collaborative Approaches to Biological Monitoring

Moderator: Larry Willis, Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality

  Determination of Changes in Water Quality, Streambed Sediment, and Benthic Macroinvertebrates as a Result of Stormwater Runoff from Selected Bridges in South Carolina Journey (USGS)
  Stream Macroinvertebrate Monitoring: A Side by Side Comparison of Field Methods, Lab Protocols, and Assessment Outcomes from Two Different Bioassessment Programs Smith (Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment)
  An Assessment of Macroinvertebrate Assemblages, From 2011-2014, in the Marcellus Shale Region of the Susquehanna River Basin Steffy (Susquehanna River Basin Commission)
  A Comparison of Volunteer and Agency Water Quality Assessments Using Macroinvertebrate Assemblages Young (The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center)

L2: Effectiveness of Wastewater Management Strategies

Moderator: Richard Mitchell, USEPA

  Missouri River Water-Quality Monitoring in Relation to Combined Sewer Overflow Systems near Omaha, Nebraska, 2012-2015 Anderson (USGS)
  Benthic Invertebrate Response to Restoration Activities in Paradise Creek, Moscow, Idaho from 1994-2014 Lester (EcoAnalysts, Inc.)
  Biological Responses to Changes in Wastewater Operations in Streams of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Area, Indiana, 1981-2012 Shoda (USGS)
  Water-Quality Monitoring in an Urban Watershed - The Influence of Septic Systems on Nitrate Concentrations and Spatial Patterns Webber (USGS)

L3: Assessing Water Quality Conditions in Damaged and Contaminated Areas

Moderator: Mike Eberle, USDA Forest Service

  Trees: Novel In situ Groundwater and Soil-Vapor Monitors Wilson (USGS)
  Monitoring Water Resources of the Gulf Mountain Wildlife Management Area in Northcentral Arkansas to Evaluate Possible Effects of Natural Gas Development Austin (University of Arkansas, Fayetteville)
  Novel Methods for Sampling and Monitoring at Contaminated Sites: An Overview of Recent Developments at the National Crude Oil Spill and Natural Attenuation Research Site near Bimidji, Minnesota Trost (USGS)
  Discussion / Q&A  

L4: No Data without Metadata

Moderator: Dean Tucker, National Park Service

  Challenges in Combining Water-Quality Data from Multiple Agencies Oelsner (USGS)
  Adventures in Data Mining and Statistics: How Third Parties are Using Your Data and What They Would Like You To Know Robbins (Cardno)
  Metadata and Diagnostics: Information for Real-Time Quality Assurance of Field Sensors Pellerin (USGS)
  datEAUbase: A Powerful Large Capacity Database for Raw and Validated Water Quality Data with Emphasis on Their Metadata Plana Puig (Universite Laval, Quebec)

L5: Long-Term Trends in Coastal Water Quality

Moderator: Hugh Sullivan, USEPA

  Monitoring and Assessing Water Quality and Hypoxia in the Western Long Island Sound, an Estuary of National Significance Jazxhi (Interstate Environmental Commission)
  A Multi-Decadal Analysis of Water Quality in a Long Island Sound Embayment Cooper (Harbor Watch)
  A Proposed Water Quality Index for Tampa Bay and Evaluation of 40 Year Watch Quality Trends: 1974-2015 Karlen (Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County, Florida)
  Integrated Analysis Tools for the NERRS System-Wide Monitoring Program Data Beck (USEPA ORISE)

L6: Southern Volunteer Monitoring Initiatives

Moderator: Seira Baker, Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources

  Volunteer Monitoring Case Studies in Georgia: A Review of Methods and Approaches to Engage Citizen Scientists Harbert (GA DNR)
  Florida Keys Water Watch and Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Programs: A Successful Multi-State Outreach Partnership Krueger (Univ. of Florida)
  Tributaries of Teamwork - The Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Program Flows into South Carolina Foster (Clemson University Extension Service) Hollis (Upstate Forever)
  Making a Difference Using Volunteer Collected Data and Parnerships Between Federal, State, County, and City Agencies: Crow Creek Community and Pennington Creek Miller (Oklahoma Conservation Commission)

L7: Assessing Radioactivity in Drinking Water Aquifers

Moderator: Christopher Greene, Minnesota Department of Health

  Elevated Radioactivity in Groundwater in Charles County, Maryland Bolton (Maryland Geological Survey)
  Polonium-210 and Drinking Water: Occurrence in Minnesota and Health Risk Implications Greene (Minnesota Department of Health)
  Occurrence of Radium Isotopes in the Cambrian-Ordovician Aquifer System Stackelberg (USGS)
  Naturally Occurring Radionuclides in Water from Bedrock Aquifers, Northern New Jersey Szabo (USGS)

L8 Panel: Useful, Timely, Florida-Specific Monitoring Products... From a Council of Your Peers

Presenters: Kate Muldoon, Florida Department of Environmental Protection; Rick Copeland, Florida Department of Environmental Protection; Shawn Landry, University of South Florida Water Institute

L9 Workshop: Procedures and R Scripts for QCing, Formatting and Deriving Summary Outputs for Continuous Temperature and Hydrologic Data (for Advanced R Users)

Presenters: Erik Leppo, TetraTech; Jen Stamp, TetraTech

M1 Panel: From the Office to the Field: Perspectives on a Global Citizen Science Project

Presenters: Diana Eddowes / Rita Galdos, Earthwatch institute; Dr. Scott Shupe, University of Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada; Dr. Ian Thornhill, Earthwatch Institute; Jannice Velazquez, Universidad Nacional Autonoma of Mexico; Nate Drag, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Buffalo, New York

M2 Workshop: The Water-CAT: A Useful, Timely, Florida-Specific Resource Management Tool

Presenters: Kate Muldoon, Florida Department of Environmental Protection; Amanda Gillium, University of South Florida