Greetings fellow water monitors,

Several agencies, consultants and watershed organizations monitor streams throughout Maryland.  The Maryland Water Monitoring Council has organized a Maryland Streams Roundtable to foster collaboration and cooperation among these many and varied groups.  This gathering will provide an excellent opportunity to learn where monitoring is being done and what’s being sampled. The Roundtable is intended for professionals, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions monitoring streams throughout the State. It is not a forum for general discussions of stream-related topics.  With that in mind we would like to invite you to attend the Maryland Water Monitoring Council’s Ninth  Stream Monitoring Roundtable on Friday, February 19, 2016.  This is an opportunity for you and your group to tell your colleagues what and where you will be monitoring in Maryland’s streams in 2016.

The Roundtable will be held from 9:30 AM until 4:00 PM at the USGS Water Science Center near UMBC . There’s plenty of free parking but conference room space is limited.  If capacity is reached, preference will be given to those people giving presentations on their monitoring locations.  MWMC will provide drinks.  Lunch will be on your own (there is a Subway within easy walking distance).  Registration for the Roundtable is free, but please RSVP to Andy Becker (andy.becker@kci.com, 410-891-1767); before C.O.B. Friday, February 13th, 2016and indicate whom from your organization will give a presentation.  Active participation from all groups in attendance is vital to the success of the Roundtable.

Each presenter must bring to the Roundtable (on a flash drive) a 10 – 20 minute Powerpoint presentation that includes an overview of study design, parameters sampled, and the types and locations of stream monitoring activities planned for the upcoming year. There will also be plenty of time for discussion and questions.  An LCD projector and laptop running Powerpoint 2003 will be provided.  If you would like your sites added to a BIG MAP (internet accessible) of all 2016 sampling locations across the state, send a “map-able” file (shapefile or spreadsheet) with coordinates (specify which projection), monitoring type (e.g., geomorph, chemical, flow, biological, etc.), and contact information for each site to Andy Becker at KCI Technologies (see above). Please send Andy your map-able data no later than close of business on Friday, February 5th, 2016. Click here to view the 2015 Roundtable Map.

We will collect all this information and display these data on one large map so that attendees can locate areas of overlap and identify potential opportunities for collaboration.

A detailed agenda for the entire day will be sent to the registrants before the day of the Roundtable.

Feel free to forward this announcement to your colleagues whom we may have missed.

We look forward to seeing you on the 19th of February.

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