The National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium


This year, the five symposium themes are:

·         Climate Change

·         Maritime Culture and Heritage

·         Recreational Boating

·         Waterfront Industries

·         Working Waterfronts Workforce Development

Why should I go?

Being in the company of hundreds of such like-minded souls can be downright transformative! This describes the atmosphere when people gather during a National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium.

Symposia attendees are dedicated champions of local working waterfronts and they come from throughout the U.S. (and elsewhere) to share ideas and solutions and to learn about new approaches. They come because waterfront communities, whether rural, urban, recreational, commercial or industrialized, have been subject to economic, technological, ecological, and demographic changes that challenge their continued existence or development.

There will be ~100 speakers from industry, academia and government organizations. Some of these speakers will be giving keynote addresses and others will be serving on various panels focusing on the five themes. The full agenda can be found at:

Panels of particular interest to Floridians include:

·         “Waterway management of large vessel congregations: A case study”

·         “Anchoring conflicts on Florida’s Waterways – A case study”

·          “Water access projects: How can we address permitting delays”

·         “Aquaculture: A powerful tool in the preservation of commercial working waterfronts”

·         “Maintaining the stream of commerce: Issues facing the Atlantic Intracoastal waterway”

·         “Solving the abandoned/derelict vessel dilemma”, organized by Boat US.

·         “NWWN policy roundtable: Bracing for working waterfront policy change”, organized by the NWWN.

Included in the symposium is also ample time to network and share ideas, so come with questions in mind!

Want to see examples of successful waterfront management up close?

Attendees will also get to choose from 7 informative field trips on Wednesday afternoon:

Who should attend?
Planners, managers, attorneys, policy makers, elected/appointed officials, waterway and waterfront advocates, users and developers, property and business owners, researchers and students, and others from the following entities:

*   Federal, tribal, state, county and municipal governments
*   Navigation districts and port authorities
*   Citizen marine advisory committees and harbor boards
*   Local, regional, state, tribal and federal government organizations
*   Environmental and maritime consultancies
*   Marine, boating, fishing, aquaculture and tourism industries
*   Coastal and marine oriented non-profit organizations
*   Educational organizations
Convinced? Don’t delay, register today!

Regular registration ends October 19, 2015. For more information, and to register, visit:

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