The 2014 Water Education Summit:

Think Globally - Act Locally

Only 2.5% of earth's water is fresh and less than one percent of this small fraction is available for human use. This century we face increasing pressure on our very limited and highly valuable water resources. Human population increase, climate change and economic development are affecting both water quality and quantity worldwide. From polluted rivers to wetland loss to water resource mis-management, our planet's freshwater resources are under a growing threat. Yet, while these challenges face us on a global scale, agencies, landowners, farmers, community leaders, and professionals can take action at the local level to make a difference and invoke change.

The 2014 Water Education Summit in Asheville, NC will focus on water resource challenges and ways to make a difference at the local level. This is your opportunity to network with and learn from leading educators working to improve several aspects of water resources protection and management. Topics of discussion will include climate change, water resources management, ecosystem restoration and preservation, watershed planning, and educational programs for elected officials and decision-makers. Presentations, discussions, workshops, and tours will emphasize innovative approaches for using information, technology transfer, and hands-on learning experiences to change behaviors and inspire water stewardship locally.

Who Should Attend:

  • Local, state, and federal government
  • Extension professionals
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Watershed groups
  • Private consultants and industry
  • Formal educators (K-12 and University)
  • Natural resource professionals
  • Anyone interested in learning more about effective communication and new trends in education and outreach

This conference is made possible through the collaboration of:

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September 8-10, 2014


Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville
One Resort Drive
Asheville, NC 28806

REGISTRATION will open soon!



Detailed agenda coming soon!

Monday, September 8


  • Welcome
  • Conference Overview - Karen Hall, NC State University

1:15-5:00 Opening General Session

5:00-6:00 Poster Presentations (light hors d'ouvres)

6:30 Evening Gathering (dinner on your own)


Opening Session Presenters (Information coming soon!)

Tuesday, September 9

8:15-1:00 Concurrent Sessions (3) with lunch provided
1:00-5:00 Tours and Workshop

6:00 Evening Social

Wednesday, September 10

8:00-10:45 Concurrent Sessions (3)

11:00 - 1:00 Panel Discussion, Closing General Session with lunch provided

1:00pm SRWPC/SERA Meeting


Tour and Workshop Descriptions (coming soon!)


Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville
One Resort Drive
Asheville, NC 28806

A Conference Group Rate is available at the Crowne Plaza Hotel for $99 per night plus tax for a double-bedded room and $114.00 for king-bedded room. The $99 rooms are very limited, so please book your reservation early! The cutoff date for booking this group rate is midnight on August 9, 2014. Reservation requests received after the cut-off date will be accepted at Hotel’s prevailing rate, based on availability. Check-in time is after 4pm. Check out time is before 11am.

Book your reservation online using our personalized web link: (link coming soon! Please check back.)

Or make your reservation by calling the hotel's Reservations Department at 1-888-211-7755 prior to midnight on Aug. 9, 2014 to obtain the group rate. They will request a valid Credit Card with each guest room reservation.


The hotel has a 24 hour cancellation policy. Individual reservations cancelled less than 24 hours prior to arrival will be charged one night room and tax. Individuals checking out early without 24 hour notice will be charged a $50.00 early departure fee.

Parking is free.  


Registration fees will be $200 per person if registering by August 25, 2014.

If registering within 2 weeks of the conference and on-site, the fee will be $250. REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SHORTLY.

A student rate of $100 is available. Students will need to present a current student ID at the registration desk.

Cancellation Policy: If cancelling at least two weeks prior to the start of the conference, you will receive a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee. If cancelling within two weeks of the conference, there will be no refund given.

Attendee substitutions from within the same company may be made at any time.

PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS: We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and checks. If paying by check, please make your check payable to: NC State University. Mail your check with a copy of your registration form to:

Campus Box 7625
Raleigh, NC 27695
Attention: Christina Shepard



We invite companies and organizations to sponsor the 2014 Water Education Summit. Sponsors will receive one registration, an exhibit space, web link, and recognition during the conference. Please click here to download a Sponsorship Commitment Form. Payment instructions are on the form.

Please contact Cathy Smith at if any questions.


Topics for Abstract Submittal

The abstract submission period is open. Please read the instructions below before proceeding to the ONLINE ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FORM.
Click here to submit an abstract!

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are accepted in the following categories:

  • Ecosystem Restoration and Preservation
  • Watershed Planning and Stewardship
  • Education for Public Officials and Decision-Makers
  • Stormwater Management
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Funding and Programmatic Resources
  • Climate Change and Water Resources
  • Innovative Knowledge and Technology Transfer
  • Private Sector Educational Programs

Abstract Format:
When submitting your abstract, please follow the format below and upload your file (preferably in MS Word or pdf) at the Abstract Submittal form online. Please use 12 pt. Times New Roman for the body of the abstract, and 14pt Bold for the title and first author's name. Please limit your abstract to 300 words or less. No graphics. Please include a short biosketch at the end of your abstract. Before submitting your abstract, please have all the following information ready:

  • Name, title, affiliation, full mailing address, email address, phone number of the main contact and the presenting author.
  • Abstract Title
  • Abstract (300 words or less) NO GRAPHICS

REVIEW: Abstracts should be limited to 300 words in length. Abstracts should communicate clearly and concisely the purpose, findings and results of your topic or study. Abstracts will be reviewed and ranked for acceptance and placement in the program. Papers and posters will be selected for presentation based on their scientific, technical and/or policy merit, currency, and relevance to conference focus. Abstracts received after the July 1, 2014 deadline may not be accepted.

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE/PLACEMENT: Applicants will be notified around July 20, 2014 whether their abstracts have been selected for oral or poster presentation. If the abstract is accepted, the notification will state the oral or poster session to which the abstract is assigned.

Posters Instructions: Poster authors will have an area of 4 ft by 4 ft to display their poster. The poster display boards that will be provided are double-sided cork boards and we will supply thumbtacks. We will have a list of poster presenters at registration, along with information on where to hang your poster. We hope that you display and man your poster for as many of the networking breaks throughout the summit as possible. We've scheduled a poster presentation and reception between 5:00 and 6:00pm on Tuesday evening, Sept. 9, right after the General Session ends. Light hors d'ouvres will be provided.

Click here to submit an abstract.


Questions? Please contact Cathy Smith or Christina Shepard at; or 919-515-6780; 919-513-2192.

Planning Committee

  • Karen Hall, NC State University, Chair
    Barbara Doll, North Carolina Sea Grant
    Andrea Ludwig, University of Tennessee
  • Eve Brantley, Auburn University
  • Mark Risse, University of Georgia
  • Calvin Sawyer, Clemson University
  • Greg Jennings, Jennings Environmental