Learn & Preserve: Water Symposium

Learn and Preserve: Jefferson County Regional Water Symposium 

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019. Clarion Inn, Harpers Ferry, WV. 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Rural Agricultural Defenders (RAD) is pleased to present the second in a continuing series of symposia focused on providing the public with clear, unbiased and accurate scientific information to allow for evidence-based decision making and action at the individual and community level.

This single day symposium will focus on a natural resource that connects the residents of Jefferson County, WV to each other and the larger region, water!

Protecting and monitoring the health of this invaluable resource starts with education and organized action. Residents and community organizations of Jefferson County, and our neighbors in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, are invited to attend.

Symposium morning sessions will focus on groundwater education. Afternoon sessions will include practical information for water testing and opportunities to take action. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to put what they learn into immediate action by visiting the Water Resources and Action Expo Hall . Local and regional water advocate organizations will be on-hand to showcase their projects and programs and connect with individuals who want to start taking action immediately! 

Registration will be FREE! 

Registration includes the full day of Symposium sessions, beverages and snacks, buffet lunch (including a vegetarian option!), entrance to the Water Resources and Action Expo Hall, and an invitation to organize with neighbors to put learning into action!

Symposium Information

Check out the Symposium Agenda Here 

Check out the Expo Hall Here 

Interested in Sponsorships or Exhibiting ? Please visit the websites and Email RAD (info@radwv.org)for more information.

Tentative Schedule

Session 1- Our Changing Climate and Local Watershed 
Speaker - Dr. Nicholas Zegrev Ph.D, Associate Professor  of Forest Hydrology, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Design, West Virginia University. Director of the West Virginia University Mountain Hydrology Laboratory

Session 2 - Jefferson County Groundwater, with a special focus on Karst. 
Speaker - Dr. Daniel H. Doctor Ph.D., Research Geologist , U.S. Geological Survey, KARST Project, Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center, Reston, VA

Session 3- Case Study - Groundwater Contamination in Bradford and Clinton County, PA
Speaker - John W. Clune, Hydrologist , U.S. Geological Survey, Pennsylvania Water Science Center, Williamsport, PA. 


Session 4 - Environmental Justice and Community Action
Speaker - Dr. Sacoby Wilson, MS, PhD; Associate Professor , Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Maryland-College. Program Director , Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health (CEEJH) Initiative. 

Session 5 - Water Sampling 101
Speaker – Liz Chudoba, Water Quality Program Manager, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative.  

Emily Bialowas - Chesapeake Monitoring Outreach Coordinator, Izaak Walton League of America, Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative  

Session 6 - Sympoisum Q&A and Community Discussion  
Speakers - Symposium Speakers and West Virginia Rivers Coalition 

Please consider a donation to support the symposium!

Admission is free but the symposium is not, every little bit helps!

Donations (0)

  • Lynn Yellott 
    • $30 
    • 6 d
  • Sharon Wilt 
    • $20 
    • 15 d
  • Jeffrey Gustafson 
    • $30 
    • 15 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 15 d
  • Anastasya Tabb 
    • $40 
    • 23 d


Giuliana Abbott Brogna 
Harpers Ferry, WV
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