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NCWRA holds quarterly luncheons with guest speakers presenting a variety of water resources topics.  Luncheons are open to members and non-members alike. 

Have a water resources issue you'd like to see a presentation for, or have a speaker suggestion?  Email Amy Crowley ( with your topic suggestions.

Online Registration:  Online Registration usually ends 5 business days before the event!

Members: You must log in to receive the member price for online payment. Your login is the email address you provided to NCWRA. If you have not received a password in a recent email, you may click the link in the login box to reset it.

Non-members: You do not have to be a member to register online.  If you wish to receive the member rate for events using online payment, you must first join NCWRA, then you can register and pay online for the event at the member rate. Sign up and pay for membership by going to the NCWRA Membership page.

Paper Registration:  members and non-members can also register offline for events by sending a registration form along with cash or check.  A PDF registration form is available for download on each individual event page below.

Multiple Registrations:  You can register multiple attendees with a single check by mailing in a paper registration form.

Webinars: NCWRA is pleased to now offer an online viewing option for its quarterly forums.  To help manage this offering, please take a moment to read our webinar policies and FAQs here, in particular the details of group viewings.

Upcoming events

    • 02 Nov 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • The Marriott in downtown Winston-Salem

    Please join NC Water Resources Association and NC Association of Environmental Professionals in downtown Winston Salem on Thursday, November 2 to hear Marion Hopkins (EPA Region 4), Cam NcNutt (NCDEQ), and Andrew McDaniel (NCDOT) discuss TMDL Alternatives: Category 4B Success Stories and Other Options.  This workshop will focus on alternatives for addressing impaired waters without full TMDL development and implementation and where such alternatives have been successfully implemented.

    All current NCAEP members or those who wish to become a sponsor should visit the NCAEP website to register for this event:

    The event flyer and agenda are available.

    A Total of 4 PDH credits will be offered during this event.

    DATE:             November 2, 2017    

    WORKSHOP:  1:00 PM

                           Marriott - Downtown Winston-Salem
                           425 North Cherry Street
                           Winston-Salem, NC 27101

    SOCIAL:         5:30 PM

                           Foothills Brewpub

                           638 West Fourth St.

                           Winston-Salem, NC 27101

    EPA Perspective on Alternative Restoration Approaches

    Marion Hopkins,  EPA Region 4

    The Clean Water Act statute and regulations are clear. Impaired waters require Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) or an enforceable plan, known as Category 4B demonstrations, designed to meet water quality standards in a reasonable amount of time. Many 4B approaches are relatively straightforward and involve permit limits or specific actions. Still, the bar for 4B demonstrations can be relatively high, requiring similar technical rigor and costs as a TMDL with an accompanying implementation plan.


    EPA recognizes that under certain circumstances there are alternative restoration approaches that may be more immediately beneficial or practicable in achieving standards than pursing the TMDL approach in the near term. Placing an impaired water in Category 5-ALT keeps it on the 303(d) list but acknowledges the presence of restoration activities on the ground. This has several benefits including flexibility to leverage partnerships and resources as well as transparency to the public as waterbody restoration moves forward. While a 5-ALT approach may help justify a lower priority for TMDL development or 4B demonstration, the Clean Water Act ultimately requires specific actions if impaired waters are not restored in a timely manner.


    Another opportunity to restore waters where TMDLs are not required is Category 4C. The United States Geological Survey reports that hydrologic and habitat alteration is extensive across the nation, and may be a primary cause of ecological impairment. Yet the identification of this problem is underreported. Examples include water withdrawals, impoundments, or extreme high flows that scour out stream beds, destabilize stream banks and cause a loss of habitat. When a water is impaired in this way, states can list, or in some cases delist, waters to Category 4C. States and stakeholders can then adopt a variety of approaches to understand the extent of these problems and to make the case for restoring them. 

    Ms. Hopkins will share some examples of alternative restoration approaches in other southeastern States.


    Strategies for Addressing Impaired Waters in North Carolina

    Cam McNutt, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Division of Water Resources

    There are over 1,100 Clean Water Act Section 303(d) impaired waters in North Carolina.  NC Department of Environmental Quality is responsible for identifying impaired waters and developing restoration plans for these waters.  This presentation will provide an overview of the water quality assessment process, prioritization process and the different types of restoration plans or strategies. Water quality assessment includes development of the Integrated Report (303d list and 305b).  Prioritization includes workflows for identifying waters for plan development by DEQ staff.  There are three basic restoration plan types- TMDL, 4b demonstration, and 5r  demonstration.  The presentation will describe the differences and pros and cons of each planning approach.  There will also be a brief demonstration of tools and workflows being developed in DEQ to streamline the planning process.

    Little Alamance Creek 4B Restoration Plan

    Andrew McDaniel, North Carolina Department of Transportation Stormwater Program

    The City of Burlington, City of Graham, and NCDOT worked together on a 4b Demonstration Plan to improve the water quality within Little Alamance Creek. The 4b Demonstration Plan is one of the first of its kind, in both the state and the country. The 4b Plan was approved in January 2015 and is the document that serves as the guidance for the NCDOT’s stormwater program within Little Alamance Creek.  This presentation will provide insight into the planning process and the success the NCDOT has had in working to improve water quality while fulfilling NCDOT’s mission of providing and supporting a safe and integrated transportation system that enhances the state.


    • 05 Nov 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 09 Nov 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Red Lion Hotel on the River, Portland, OR



                2017 AWRA Annual Conference             

    November 5 - 9, 2017 - Portland, OR


    Early Bird Registration Discount

    Deadline:  October 16, 2017 


            You can expect a great conference full of information on the latest national and local water resources topics, along with four days of productive community building, conversation, and connections while enjoying what Portland offers.  There will be a workshop on the practical application of drones, 280 oral presentations, 40 posters, two lunch-and-learn events, and a career fair!

    Find out more from the conference website.


    Field Trips:  Moving from pilot projects to a landscape conservation program (9:00 am to 4:00 pm) & Willamette Falls Legacy Project & Locks Tour (9:45 am to 3:45 pm)


    Sunday, November 5th

    Register by: October 15, 2017    



    Conference Location: 

    Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach in Portland, OR

    909 N Hayden Island Drive 

    Portland, OR, 97217, USA




    Registration at the site is now open! 










    • 09 Nov 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Tyler's Taproom on the American Tobacco Campus




    It's that time of year again!  Join us for Happy Hour on Thursday, November 9th at Tyler's Taproom on the American Tobacco Campus (324 Blackwell Street, Durham, NC)

    View the event flyer

    This is an open event for members and potential members, including professionals and students alike.  With gatherings of 20 plus attendees at our socials, networking opportunities abound.  Meet the current NCWRA board members and hear more about how you can get involved!  Appetizers will be provided. 




Past events

25 Sep 2017 Emerging Contaminants: Gen X and the Cape Fear River
06 Aug 2017 Think Blue - NC Watershed Awareness Outreach
20 Apr 2017 NCWRA 2017 Spring Social
15 Mar 2017 19th Annual WRRI Conference
06 Feb 2017 What's in Wastewater: Bacteria, Virus & Parasite Pathogens, Plus Their Genes
05 Dec 2016 Green Infrastructure - The Future of Stormwater
13 Nov 2016 2016 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference
20 Oct 2016 NCWRA 2016 Fall Social
16 Sep 2016 Calling all Wake County BIG SWEEP Volunteers!
12 Sep 2016 Leading (and following) During Adversity: Lessons from Coal Ash
22 Aug 2016 EcoStream 2016: Ridgeline to Thalweg
16 Jun 2016 The 6th Annual Water Symposium - "The Future of Water in a Green World"
17 May 2016 Tools of Watershed Management
21 Apr 2016 NCWRA Spring Social
17 Mar 2016 13th Annual NCWRA Annual Symposium: The Economic Value of Water
08 Feb 2016 SCITS, WRAPS and FOATS - New Tools to Satisfy Regulatory Needs and Track Water Restoration and Protection Efforts
07 Dec 2015 Emerging and On-going Challenges for Water and Wastewater Systems
22 Oct 2015 NCWRA Fall Social
01 Oct 2015 Regional Conference: Nutrient Management and Implications for Mitigation
21 Sep 2015 The Effect of the New Definition of Waters of the US from the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (COE) in North Carolina
15 Jun 2015 2015 Summer AWRA Conference - Climate Change Adaptation
30 Mar 2015 2015 Spring AWRA Conference - Water for Urban Areas
18 Mar 2015 NCWRA Annual Symposium: Resiliency in Water Resources
09 Feb 2015 Changes in Water Infrastructure Funding
08 Dec 2014 Big Environmental Regulatory Changes Coming to North Carolina
04 Dec 2014 NCAEP Raleigh Dinner Meeting - 2014 Legislative Update
17 Nov 2014 2014 Southeast Stream Restoration Conference, EcoStream
08 Sep 2014 National Flood Insurance Program BW-12 and Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014
19 Aug 2014 NCWRA Social - Durham Bulls Baseball Game
10 Feb 2014 Recent NCSU Stormwater Research and Corresponding Changes to NCDENR’s BMP Manual
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