Cascade Falls in Giles County, Va.



Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Henrico County Training Center
7701 East Parham Road, Henrico, VA 23228

Thank you to all who made the 2023 VWMC Conference a success!

PRESENTATIONS: Thank you to our conference presenters! Click the name of the presenter to see the presentation slides. 

    • Virginia Conservation Assistance Program: Financial Assistance for Water Quality Projects at Homes, Schools, Businesses, or Places of WorshipBlair Blanchette, Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
    • To the Rescue: Virginia’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Investment in Septic AssistanceLauren Linville, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (Virginia DEQ)
    • An Overview of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s PFAS DashboardJoe Famularo, Virginia DEQ
    • Detecting PFAS in Virginian Private Wells Leigh Anne Krometis and Kathleen Hohweiler, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
    • Chesapeake Bay Policies: 2025 and BeyondAnna Killius, Chesapeake Bay Commission
    • KEYNOTE ADDRESS: “Chesapeake – A Love Letter to a Watershed” – Showcasing the Beauty of our Home Waters Eric Braker, Braker Bros, LLC / Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
    • Characterizing the Impact of Deicers on Engineered Ecosystems: Implications for Performance, Resilience and Self-Repair through PhytoremediationMegan Rippy, Virginia Tech
    • Microplastic Exposure Increases Disease-Related Mortalities in FinfishRob Hale, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
    • Assessing Stream Health through the Lens of Fish Environmental DNA (eDNA)Joe Buckwalter, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech

SCHOLARSHIPS: The VWMC is proud to honor the memory of longtime VWMC Steering Committee member Ken Brooks by offering two scholarships in his name. Ken was a champion of student involvement in the VWMC’s annual conferences.  The “2023 Ken Brooks Scholarships” will cover the conference registration fee for two full-time college students.  Congratulations to our 2023 Ken Brooks Scholarship recipients:

    • Joe Presinzano, a junior at Ferrum College majoring in Environmental Studies, and
    • Tabitha King, a graduate student at George Mason University in Environmental Science and Public Policy.

EXHIBITORS: Thank you to our conference exhibitors!

U.S. Geological Survey     USGS logo

In-Situ    In-Situ logo

YSI   YSI logo

PARTNERS: Thank you to our conference partners!

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality    DEQ logo

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency   

Henrico County    Henrico County logo

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay  Logo for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Virginia Water Resources Research Center     VWRRC logo

Virginia Tech  Virginia Tech logo

RECENT CONFERENCES: To learn more about past VWMC conferences, click the link below for the respective year. Recordings of VWMC Conferences in 2020, 2021, and 2022 can be found on the VWMC’s YouTube Channel.

2022 VWMC Conference

2021 VWMC Conference 

2020 VWMC Conference

2019 VWMC Conference