The 2018 Confluence Conference will be held on September 13-14 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in beautiful Greenville, SC.  This year marks the 20th year that North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia have partnered together to collaborate on water issues affecting our region.

More details to come soon.
Confluence 2017 – “Protecting our water resources, are you up to the challenge?”
Thursday, September 14th 2017
  • 8:00 am – Registration Desk Open at the Francis Marion Hotel
  • 8:30 – 11:30 am – Pre-conference Workshop
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm – Opening Remarks:  Jason Lemieux, HDR, Confluence Conference Chair
  • Opening Lunch – Keynote Speaker:  Mayor Karen Weaver, Flint Michigan

  • 1:15 – 3:15 pm – Session I:  Responding to Water Quality Challenges
    • Astrid Schnetzer, Associate Professor in the Department of Marine Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at NCSU – Toxic Algae: The Not-so-Simple State of the Science and Considerations for Water Management and Utilities
    • Ken Tuck, Director of Water Treatment at Spartanburg Water and Scott Willett, Executive Director of Anderson Regional Joint Water System - Taste and Odor Control
    • Harold Harbert, Watershed Outreach Manager at GAEPD - Rivers Alive, Project WET and Adopt-A-Stream – Collaboration and Partnerships:  Is Citizen Engagement Right for You?
  • 3:15 – 3:40 pm – Networking Break
  • 3:40 – 5:10 pm  Session II:  Responding to Water Availability Challenges
    • Barry Gullet, Director of Charlotte Water and Chairman of Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group – History and next steps for the Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group
    • Katherine Zitsch, Natural Resources Division Manager with Atlanta Regional Commission – A 16-Year Story:  How Metro Atlanta water planning has dramatically driven down water use and affected future needs
    • Clay Duffie, General Manager at Mount Pleasant Waterworks - Groundwater Resources Availability and Planning
  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Networking Social – Scarecrow Hearth & Liquor Bar (23 Ann Street, Charleston, SC 29403)

Friday, September 15th 2017
  • 7:30 – 8:15 am – Morning Mojo – Breakfast for attendees
  • 8:15 – 9:15 am – Session III:  Regulatory Response:  State Regulators Interactive Panel Discussion – Facilitated by Dr. Carol Couch, Executive Director of the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences
    • David Baize, Water Resource Policy Advisor, Environmental Affairs, SCDHEC
    • Jennifer Welte, Environmental Program Manager at Georgia Environmental Protection Division
    • Dan McLawhorn, Associate City Attorney, Raleigh, NC
  • 9:15 – 9:45 am  Networking Break
  • 9:45 – 11:45 am – Session IV:  Responding to Extreme Events
    • John Shelton, USGS Assistant Director for Data-South Carolina – Hurricane Matthew: U.S. Geological Survey Response
    • Mark Wilbert, Director of Emergency Management and Resilience and Tracy Mckee, GIS Director, City of Charleston – Planning and Preparing Sea Level Rise
    • Rebecca West, Chief Operating Officer, Greenville Water – Responding to Wildfires
    • Scott Willett, Executive Director of Anderson Regional Joint Water System – South Carolina Drought Committee Update
  • 11:45 am – Closing Remarks

2017 Confluence Invitation

Every year since 2003, a group of about 130 water professionals from Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina gather for a unique meeting we call the “Confluence Conference.”  This meeting is set aside for provocative presentations and rich discussion about water in our communities.  To work beyond our local circles, we have found this annual experience among the three states to greatly deepen our connections and commitments to protecting shared waters, and to inspire our work. Our attendees are primarily from water utilities and agencies that work every day to protect drinking water supplies and the environment.

This year as the Joint Conference Committee planning began, it became evident that many of the issues we face collectively are related to the approach our industry takes when responding to challenges. With so many current struggles in our communities, we are re-doubling our efforts to work on issues concerning public trust in our water management.

The theme for the 2017 Confluence Conference is “Protecting our water resources, are you up to the challenges?”. Come find out if:
You are ready to respond to water quality challenges?
You are prepared to respond to water availability issues?
How your regulators are responding to these challenges?
What others are doing to prepare for extreme event?

Knowledgeable is power and being prepared will help all of us better serve our communities. We hope you will join us. Come to work beyond your “local circle” and cultivate a new partnership that is mutually beneficial.


Confluence Joint Planning Committee

2017 Confluence Conference - Preparations are Under Way

2017 Confluence Conference preparations are in full swing.

Key Facts

Location: Charleston, SC
Hotel: Francis Marion Hotel
Dates: September 14th and 15th of 2017

The website is being updated, the agenda is being finalized, speakers are being booked and its time to start thinking about registering, sponsorships and reservations. Please check back regularly for updates to the website.

Lets make this the best conference yet!

Confluence Conference Committee Memebers

Thank You to all of the Confluence Conference Committee Members for putting together what will be a great conference. See you all there September 8th and 9th.

See our Membership Page and consider becoming involved next year.

Check out the 2017 Confluence Conference Sponsors...Thank You!!!

Thank you to all of our sponsors.

2017 Sponsors Page

South Carolina Sponsors:

Who should attend?  Anyone involved in the water resources community will benefit from this conference. This includes consultants, ecologists, economists, researchers, educators and students, utility managers, water law attorneys, legislative staff, hydrologists, geologists, engineers, planners, NGO's and community-based organizations.

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