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Upper Oconee Science and Policy Summit

 Registration and Call for Abstracts

Upper Oconee Watershed Network/UGA River Basin Center/UGA Office of Sustainability/Watershed UGA/ACC Stormwater and Water Conservation

The Upper Oconee Watershed Network (UOWN) and its partners are now accepting abstract submissions for the second Upper Oconee Science and Policy Summit, "Exploring the Intersection of Science and Policy in the Upper Oconee Watershed", that will occur on Friday September 21, 2018 in the UGA Special Collection Library in Athens, Georgia.

The summit will bring together scientists, policymakers, activists, students, managers, and community members from across the region to explore the intersection between water resource science, management, and policy in the Upper Oconee Watershed.

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Oral and poster presentations will:

  •      Educate attendees on the water resource activities occurring in the watershed
  •      Highlight the integral connection between science and policies and management
  •      Identify research and policy needs as well as opportunities for collaboration and action in the watershed
  •      Introduce decision makers and managers to some of the brightest student researchers at UGA

Aquatic research programs can yield valuable knowledge to inform policies and management decisions.  Frequently, much is lost in the translation between scientific research and policy development. The summit seeks to address this challenge by: (1) highlighting effective ways in which science can inform policy development, (2) foster a collaborative environment where scientists, policy professionals, and community members can share needs and interests, and (3) identify gaps in research that are needed to support effective watershed management.  Oral presentations will be limited to 5-7 minutes (depending on number of presenters) to encourage more time for questions and interactions.

In addition to abstracts, we would like to compile a list of potential panel and group discussion topics for the afternoon session. Please suggest your discussion topic ideas and/or provide general feedback to the steering committee using this form.

Abstract submission: Please submit proposals via this form by August 27, 2018.

For more information or questions, contact uosps@uown.org.

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Mission Statement

The Upper Oconee Watershed is dedicated to protecting water resources and improving stream health in our watershed through community-based advocacy, monitoring, education, and recreation


Protecting Our Watershed

The Upper Oconee Watershed Network (UOWN) was formed in January 2000 in response to citizen concern about the region's rapid growth and its impact to local streams and rivers.


Preserving our Community

UOWN members actively engage in various advocacy, education and stream monitoring initiatives in an effort to raise community awareness about local water resource issues and to facilitate a cooperative spirit for long-term watershed protection.


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