Upper Oconee Science and Policy Summit

The Upper Oconee Watershed Network in partnership with UGA River Basin Center, UGA Office of Sustainability, Watershed UGA, ACC Stormwater,  and ACC Water Conservation will host the second biannual Upper Oconee Watershed Policy Summit.  “Exploring the Intersection of Science and Policy in the Upper Oconee Watershed” 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.

Tentative Schedule

9:15-9:45 Registration and Breakfast/Coffee
9:45-10:00 Welcome and Introduction Remarks by UOWN Board President
10:00-12:00 Presentations (view presentation abstracts)
12:00-13:00 Lunch and Poster Session
13:00-13:50 Presentations (view presentation abstracts)
14:00-15:00 Discussion Panel
15:00-17:00 Reception

Discussion Panel

The Discussion Panel will address local implications of infrastructure maintenance, water quality, and effects of recreation on our watershed. The Panel, led by Katie Hill (UGA River Basin Center), will answer pre-formulated questions and questions from the audience. Panelists are:

Charles Armentrout,PE; Principal at Armentrout, Metheny, & Thurmond; Member Upper Oconee Regional Water Planning Council
Marilyn Hall; ACC Water Conservation Office
Dr. Richard Milligan; Georgia State University
Gwyneth Moody; Georgia River Network
Dr. Jonathan Frye; USDA