2023 National Capital Region Water Resources Symposium
University of the District of Columbia - Student Center
4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008





The 11th National Capital Region Water Resources Symposium, titled “Equitable and Resilient Water Resource Management and Practices,” was held at the University of the District of Columbia Student Center on Friday, April 14, 2023, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

With concerns increasing from development patterns, climate change, and rising sea-levels, flooding is becoming a significant factor impacting virtually all parts of the U.S. and around the world. Finding ways to anticipate, ameliorate, and adapt to stronger and more frequent extreme storms, locate residences and businesses to reduce current and future damages, reduce risks to humans and the health and well-being of the environment, and to address and redress long-standing inequities experienced by many economically-disadvantaged and communities of color -- at all levels -- will be key themes of this year’s discussion.

This one-day symposium brought together experts from governmental agencies, academia, the private sector, and nonprofits to discuss challenges and opportunities for equitable and resilient management and practices of water resources and infrastructure in the region, nationally, and internationally. A number of our speakers and panelists have been among the nation’s and region’s leaders helping define and address these problems.

The AWRA NCRS seeks to serve as a convenor in the water resources community to educate and inform professionals, academics and

students, and the general public about major issues in water resources policies and management.



Board of Directors and Program Committee
Contact: Lorena Kowalewski (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Read more: NCR Water Symposium-2023

Grassroots Efforts to Protect Surface Waters in DC

Membership Meeting

Thursday, January 19, 2023

   Opening: 5:30 p.m. Presentation & Discussion: 6:30 p.m. Wrap Up: 7:30 p.m.

Jointly Hosted by AWRA-NCRS and Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Catholic University of America



5:30 – 6:15 Networking Reception (Refreshments provided)

6:15 – 6:30 Welcome and Announcements

Arash Massoudieh, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Catholic University of America

6:30 – 7:30 Presentations and Discussions

Trey Sherard

Anacostia Riverkeeper

The Anacostia Riverkeeper is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the Anacostia River for all who live, work, and play in the watershed. This presentation will provide an overview of the Anacostia Riverkeeper water quality monitoring program, which documents the progress towards a swimmable Anacostia River, as well as advocacy by the Riverkeeper focused on toxics cleanup to move the river closer to a safely fishable Anacostia River. Other programs managed by Anacostia Riverkeeper to be discussed will include connecting people to the river, watershed trash cleanups, and implementing green infrastructure.

Jeanne Braha

Executive Director, Rock Creek Conservancy

Rock Creek Conservancy is the only organization dedicated solely to Rock Creek and its parks, which meander 33 miles through Montgomery County and Washington, DC. The Conservancy uses people-powered restoration to build stewardship and support for the restoration of Rock Creek. This presentation will cover Rock Creek Conservancy’s suite of programs - from casual events to connect new audiences to Rock Creek to invasive plant removals and litter cleanups to community science programs – that provide meaningful experiences in places people love to visit each year as a springboard for long-term care for Rock Creek. Coupled with workforce development and education programs to advance green infrastructure, these provide a foundation to move towards a swimmable, fishable Rock Creek buffered by healthy, resilient forests in a world class national park and recreation area for all people here in the mid-Atlantic region.


REGISTRATION: Students - $5; Members -$10, Non-Members -$15

Professional Development Hour (PDH) certificates provided for attendance.

Please register online by 5:00 p.m Thursday, January 19, 2023 here

or email Mathini Sreetharan/Membership Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The meeting will take place in the Scullen Room in Pangborn Hall (A campus map can be obtained here)

Pangborn Hall is accessed from the Brookland/CUA metro station. Paid parking is available on John McCormack Rd, NE



Coastal Development in the Nation's Capital and Beyond

Annual Fall Workshop

Monday, November 7, 2022

   Opening: 5:30 p.m. Presentation & Panel Discussion: 6:30 p.m. Wrap Up: 7:30 p.m.

Jointly Hosted by AWRA NCRS and the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science

(This is an in-person event held on the bottom floor of the GWU Science and Engineering Hall (800 22nd St NW))


Event Speakers:

Matthew Landers

Division Chief, Department of Project Implementation, City of Alexandria, VA

Mark Pirrello

Senior Project Manager, Moffatt & Nichol


REGISTRATION: Members - $10; Students - $5; Non-members -$15.

Online Registration is available until 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 4, 2022 at: https://connect.clickandpledge.com/w/Form/8fcfe0f9-4802-4272-80d5-2558fc29a616 

or email Mathini Sreetharan/Membership Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Professional Development Hour (PDH) certificates provided for attendance


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