Upper Oconee Science and Policy Summit

The Upper Oconee Watershed Network in partnership with UGA River Basin Center, UGA Office of Sustainability, ACC Stormwater,  and ACC Water Conservation will host the third biennial Upper Oconee Watershed Policy Summit.  “Exploring the Intersection of Science and Policy in the Upper Oconee Watershed” will occur on Friday September 25, 2020. This will be a virtual event!

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.

Register for FREE Here! The deadline to submit an abstract will be September 18, 2020. There is no deadline for registration.   

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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.

Access to UOSPS

Thanks for registering for the 2020 Upper Oconee Science and Policy Summit!  We hope that you all find something in the content that you enjoy and that spurs you to work harder as an environmental steward.  Here are three links that you will find most useful:

This is the link to the YouTube Playlist created by Liz French for you to view, it went public at 4:45 p.m. on September 24, so you should be able to view it now!  Thanks so much Liz for putting the videos together to make viewing easier for all.  
2. Join Zoom Meeting


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This is the link to the zoom meeting for our Q&A session on September 25,  between 1 and 2 p.m., during which time the presenters will answer questions from the community.
This is the link that will allow you to submit questions about the presentations as you peruse them on YouTube.  You also have the option of asking questions in the chat tomorrow during the Q&A session, which will be moderated by UOWN President Cassidy Lord.  If you prefer to send questions via email, you may do so before noon on September 25.  Be aware that we will answer as many questions as we have time for and we will also strive to spread the questions out between presenters.  Presenters may be able to answer questions via email after the fact.  Thanks to all and we appreciate your patience as we have prepared the content for tomorrow.  The YouTube playlist will stay available for 30 days and then we will take it down.  But don’t miss the opportunity to interact with the presenters live during the Summit.  Lastly, please join us from 2-4 p.m. on September 25 for a panel discussion led by Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Director Suki Jannsen that deals with plastics in the environment.  Enjoy the playlist and we’ll “see” you tomorrow on zoom!  Cheers,
Your UOSPS Planning Committee

2020 Schedule 

YouTube Playlist of Rapid-Fire Presentations and Introductory Remarks by UOWN Education Chair Bruno Giri
1-2 p.m. Interactive Q&A Session with All Presenters (Both Rapid-Fire and Poster Presentations), Moderated by UOWN President Cassidy Lord
2-4 p.m. Plastics in Environment Panel Led by Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Director Suki Jannsen
4 p.m. Brief Closing Remarks by UOWN President Cassidy Lord

2020 Discussion Panel 

Panel Topic:  Stream of Plastic in Georgia

Join experts from Athens-Clarke County and the University of Georgia for a session packed with all the information you’ve been searching for when it comes to plastics. Topics include:

  • Plastics in the Recycling Stream in Georgia: Suki Janssen, Director Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department
  • Plastics in Our Streams and Waterways (Monitoring with Marine Debris Tracker): Kathryn Youngblood, Research Engineer, University of Georgia New Materials Institute and Research Engineer, Jambeck Research Group, University of Georgia
  • Technology to Keep Plastics Out of the Waste Stream (Solution Framework, Can I Recycle This): Katherine Shayne, Jambeck Research Group, University of Georgia
  • Keeping the Stream of Plastics Out of Our Homes (Repair Cafes and more): Mason Towe, Program Education Specialist Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department
  • New Methods to Remanufacture Plastics: Dr. David Blum, University of Georgia, Director Bioexpression and Fermentation Facility and Master of Biomanufacturing and Bioprocessing

Post-Summit Survey


At the end of the Summit, please let us know what you thought about the event this year by completing the survey (above). 

Please contact us with questions or feedback at UOSPS2020@gmail.com.