2021 VWMC Conference

September 30, 2021   (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Thank you to all who made the 2021 VWMC Conference a success. 

A recording of the Conference is available on our YouTube Channel, here.


    • Keynote Speaker: The Great Decoupling Between Water Use and Growth – Brian Richter, Sustainable Waters
    • Spatial and Temporal Patterns in Streamflow, Water-Chemistry, and Benthic Macroinvertebrates of Selected Streams in Fairfax County, Virginia, 2007-2018 – Aaron Porter, U.S. Geological Survey
    • The Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD): Promoting Conservation Across Virginia’s Various Landscapes – Maura Christian, VASWCD
    • Stormwater Management Impacts on Virginia’s Solar Farms – Erin Belt, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
    • In-situ PCB/PAH Remediation Using Sediment Amendments: State of the Art and Lessons from Full-scale Projects – Upal Ghosh, University of Maryland (Baltimore County)
    • Ecology and Conservation of Vernal Pools – Michael Hayslett, Virginia Vernal Pools, LLC
    • Expanding Use of Community-Based Data on a Regional Scale – Liz Chudoba, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
    • Fun and Educational Activity to Teach Youth about Water Quality and Its Importance – Daina Henry, Peninsula Master Naturalist Water Quality Team

Ken Brooks Scholarships — The VWMC provided two scholarships in memory of longtime VWMC Steering Committee member Ken Brooks. The recipients of the 2021 Ken Brooks Scholarships were:

    • McKenna Dunbar, Environmental Studies/Business Administration, University of Richmond
    • Max Moran, Environmental Science/Environmental Thought and Practice, University of Virginia

Water Center Scholarships – The Virginia Water Resources Research Center (Water Center) provided five scholarships to college students to cover their conference registration fees. The Water Center’s scholarship recipients were:

    • Abigail Belvin, Entomology, Virginia Tech
    • Liz Buikema, Environmental Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Joshua Mouser, Fisheries and Wildlife Science, Virginia Tech
    • Zachary Perkins, Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
    • Julia Portmann, Biology, James Madison University

PARTNERS: Thank you to our conference partners!

Henrico County   Henrico Co. Logo

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay  Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay logo

Virginia Water Resources Research Center  VWRRC logo

Virginia Tech  Virginia Tech logo

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality  DEQ logo

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 

Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association  VLWA logo

Lake Anna Civic Association