Mid-Atlantic Conference 2013 Declared A Success!
Kathy Hale, MAC 2013 Co-Chair
The Mid-Atlantic Sections of the
American Water Resources Association (AWRA) – NJ, DE, PA, Philadelphia Metro
and National Capital – hosted the Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC) “Water
Resources Adaptation and Advancement” on September 26-27, 2013.
Water resource professionals from
around the Mid-Atlantic joined the hosting sections for two days of “Community,
Conversation, Connections” at the Conference Center at Mercer.
The Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC) was first held in 1991 at West Point, NY. During the 1990s and early 2000s, the conference was held every year. Matamoras, PA was the location for many of the conferences. Responsibility for planning was shared among the participating sections.
In 2005, when it was NJ-AWRA’s turn to host MAC, the section decided to take a new approach. MAC 2006 was held at the NJ School of Conservation in Branchville, NJ and a high bar for the MACs to follow. DE-AWRA took the lead (some say they were coerced into taking the lead!) for the 2007 MAC and continued to set an excellent standard. The 2013 MAC followed the high standards set in 2006 and 2007.
NJ-AWRA took the lead in planning, with significant support from the Delaware, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia-Metro and National Capital sections.
The call for abstracts resulted in nearly 50 proposals for posters and presentations. These presentations combined to yield an outstanding set of five concurrent sessions over two days.
Current national AWRA President and Executive Director of the Delaware River Basin Commission Carol Collier welcomed attendees to MAC on Thursday morning and provided an overview of AWRA's role and activities.