2018 West Virginia State Water Conference: Post Conference Reflection

2018 West Virginia State Water Conference: Post Conference Reflection

MORGANTOWN, W.VA. – The 2018 West Virginia State Water Conference ended on September 28, 2018.

The event, held September 27-28, 2018, featured plenary sessions, breakout sessions with local experts, networking, as well as a reception featuring a student poster session at the WVU Wise Library.

The conference had 85 attendees that included WVU faculty and students, Marshall faculty and students, the WV Department of Environmental Protection, the WV Division of Natural Resources, and many other local organizations and agencies.

Morgantown Mayor, Bill Kawecki, delivered opening remarks on the first day. Following opening remarks, thirty-five speakers presented research at the event, most of them WVU faculty and students. The student poster presentation brought sixteen WVU, Shepherd, and Marshall students to the WVU Wise Library to present their research at the networking reception.

On Thursday, September 27 the conference featured state water policy updates, a panel presentation on cutting-edge water research in West Virginia, as well as breakout sessions featuring local experts.

The concluding day of the conference boasted a session detailing the aging water infrastructure in the state, breakout sessions, and the final panel session discussing pipelines in West Virginia.

The Conference provided opportunities for researchers, policymakers, state and federal agencies, private organizations, environmental consultants and the public to become educated on water research happening in the state and share the latest information and technologies.

Following the conference, the Exponent Telegram produced a story featuring the event. The story highlighted the presentation on flood modeling by Dr. Michael Strager. “West Virginia has, and I say this sarcastically, three things going for it when it comes to flooding. These three things are the state’s mountainous topography and location in the center of three converging weather systems from the Atlantic Ocean, Midwest and Gulf of Mexico,” said Strager. The rest of the presentation featured further information expounding on related topics.

For more information on the 2018 West Virginia Water Conference, contact Megan Kruger at mkruger@mail.wvu.edu.

View the article produced by the Exponent Telegram at https://www.wvnews.com/theet/news/conference-details-west-virginia-water-research/article_2c14a561-f7d8-5ac5-85e2-2c4c58120f28.html.

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