CALL FOR PAPERS


13TH NATIONAL WATERSHED CONFERENCE
A FORUM: THE FUTURE OF WATERSHED BASED NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION
MAY 19-22, 2013
HARRAH'S VERANDA HOTEL AND TUNICA CONFERENCE CENTER
TUNICA, MISSISSIPPI

You are invited to be part of the National Watershed Coalition's (NWC) 13th National Watershed Conference. The format for the conference is a forum addressing both current and future water resource issues related to conservation, management and flood protection on a watershed scale.

Background: The value of managing natural resources based on watershed boundaries is widely recognized. In many areas across the Nation the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program has continued to evolve as one of the successful models for natural resource management on a watershed basis. In recent years many of the pioneering concepts and principles that serve as the basis for this program have been extended into the arena of both environmental quality and landscape scale conservation.

The 13th National Watershed Conference will provide a forum to examine five key areas: watersheds; changing models for natural resource program delivery; water management strategies for the future; funding and finance alternatives for aging watershed infrastructure; and improving project operation and maintenance capacity and performance for project partners.

The forum will examine five key areas as well as USDA Watershed Program specific concerns. Abstracts that highlight the key areas as well as the following concepts will be accepted for concurrent session oral presentations and case studies:

* Strategies and tools for natural resource conservation delivery

* Funding alternatives for traditional and non-traditional cooperative watershed projects

* Small Watersheds as a planning unit for landscape scale conservation

* Building successful partnerships for watershed protection

* Raising the bar: Improving the quality of State and Local operation and maintenance activities

* Innovative approaches to non-structural and structural water resource management, project planning, design and engineering

* Successful State and Local funding strategies for meeting watershed sponsor project responsibilities

* Protecting the investment and enhancing the benefits: Case studies in watershed rehabilitation

All accepted papers will be eligible for publication in the conference proceedings. To submit your abstract, prepare a 400 word, or less, description of your presentation. Electronic copies must be submitted in Microsoft Word format. Abstract deadline is December 20, 2012. Include your name, complete mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address with your abstract and e-mail to: Dan A. Sebert, Ph.D. at nwchdqtrs@sbcglobal.net.

Abstracts will not be returned. Notification of accepted abstracts will start in January 2013. If your abstract is accepted, your full paper is due April 1, 2013. Maximum length of your final manuscripts is 6000 words, about 9 pages. Questions concerning presentation categories and potential topics of interest may be directed to Dr. Sebert at nwchdqtrs@sbcglobal.net . Presenters are responsible for providing their own conference travel, registration and other related expenses.


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