VCWQ Summit 2022: Registration is live!

Registration is now open for the 2022 Citizens for Water Quality Summit! You must register to reserve your space, the cost of registration is $25 and includes light refreshments in the morning and a boxed lunch. Registration will close Friday, October 14th.

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VCWQ Summit 2022: Save the Date!

We are pleased to announce that the Virginia Citizens for Water Quality Summit will be held this year at Randolph Macon College, in Ashland, VA on Saturday, October 22, 2022. We are currently finalizing the agenda, so if you have topic or speaker recommendations, please take this short survey!

Registration will open in September 2022!

VCWQ Summit 2020

Due to the current COVID pandemic, we unfortunately will not be hosting a 2020 summit. We do not feel that it is possible or safe at this time to gather a large group in person given the uncertainty of the coming months and we don’t feel a virtual experience would give the same networking and idea sharing atmosphere that we all know and love about the summit. We will resume again in the fall of 2021, stay tuned for more information!

VCWQ 2019: Save the Date!

We are excited to announce that after a few year hiatus the Virginia Citizens for Water Quality conference is back on October 19, 2019 at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA! The theme this year is more money, more monitoring, with a goal of providing monitoring groups and individual monitors with diverse resources and partnership opportunities to increase or sustain monitoring programs.

Check out the agenda here, registration opening soon!

Hurry! Sign up NOW! Registration Closes December 7th!


We still have plenty of space available but you must reserve your space before Wednesday December 7th. Visit: to register. The cost is $20 and $15 for students.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
9 am to 3 pm
Randolph Macon College
Copley Science Center (#38 on campus map)
Calhoun St
Ashland, VA 23005

Please click here to see the agenda.

This summit is intended to be a space for volunteer monitors across Virginia to come together, swap stories, network, gain some new skills, and hear about how volunteer monitoring is contributing to the larger picture in the state. This year will include workshops on how to calibrate your probes, how to ID aquatic bugs to the family level, storm water BMPs of Ashland, and expanding monitoring networks in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

We hope you can attend!

VCWQ 2016: Save the Date!

Don’t fret fellow monitors! We will be having our 2016 VCWQ conference on December 10th, 2016 at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. Be sure to add the date to your calendar and keep your eyes peeled for more information coming soon!



2015 Mid Atlantic Conference Presentations

Integrating Citizen Science into the Chesapeake Bay Program – Mathis, TANGO

Friday Breakout Session 1

Chesapeake Bay Volunteer Monitoring Network – Mathis.1A

How Agencies Use Volunteer Data 
Maryland’s Use of Data – Boward.1B
West Virginia’s Use of Data – Craddock.1B
Virginia’s Use of Data – Shiflet.1B
Volunteers in Fish and Wildlife Management – Bugas.1B

Trash and Marine Debris: Keep it Curbed
Waterwheel Powered Trash Interceptor – Appleby-Kellett
Trex Coorporation – Hicks.1C
Trash and Marine Debris Survey – Register.1C
Virginia’s Marine Debris Reduction Plan – KRegister.1C

Projects Spanning Across State Lines
Accomplishing Cross-Border Science Research in the Clinch and Powell Rivers – Beaty.1D
Overview of the Chesapeake Bay Program – Johnson.1D
The Role of ICPRB in the Development of Algae Monitoring Methodologies – Selckmann 1D

Effective Ways To Get Your Message Across
Training and Educating Digitally – Beckley.1E
Connecting Human Health to Water Quality – Calvert.1E
Tap Into Your Creative Side – Fleming.1E
Shenandoah River Water Window – Webb.1E

Friday Breakout Session 2

Volunteer Monitoring: The Next Generation
A Digital Application to Analyze Coliscan Easygel Results – Humphrey.2A
Suitable Habitat Survey for SAV in Mathews and Middlesex Counties – Kaylor.2A
Radical Radishes: Improving Urban Soil – Mecca,2A
A Study for Possible Acidification of Estuarine Water – Selph.2A.Acidification of CB
Moringa, The Miracle Tree – Shukla.2A

Quality Assurance/Quality Control of Volunteer Data
Components to Develop a Strong Quality Assurance Program – Beckley.2B
Quality Assurance Project Plans for Macroinvertabrate Monitoring – Miller.2B
Delaware: A model for the Chesapeake Bay Region – Muller.2B
Friends of the Shenandoah River QA Program – Andersen.2B

Volunteers Helping Localities Meet MS4 Goals
Utilizing Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring to Meet Local Program Objectives – French.2C
Reframing the Permit’s Ownership – McDonnell.2C
City of Richmond: An Example of Localities Working with Volunteers – Revene.2C

Habitat Restoration: Volunteer Examples
Flip This Swamp! – Beckley.2D
The Habitat Partners Program – Crall.2D
Habitat Restoration and Volunteer Opportunities for Living Shorelines – Karen Duhring.2D

Volunteer Monitoring Success Stories
Citizen Science Bacteria Monitoring – Dunckel.2E
Developing a Volunteer Gas Shale Monitoring Program – Dunlap.Tyner.2E
Smith Mountain Lake Citizen Water Quality Monitoring Program – Thomas Pohlad.2E

Saturday Breakout Session 1

Lab B: Macroinvertabrate Field Identification – Miller.1Lab B
Lab C: Uploading and Using STORET – Shumway
Classroom A: Effective Communication of Data to the Public Dawes.1ClassroomA

Saturday Breakout Session 2

Lab A: Quality Assurance/Study Design Workshop – Beckley.4Lab Muller.LabA
Lab B: Gas Shale Monitoring Workshop – Sparacino.PresentatioHands On ActivityMeter Directions





Last week to register for the Mid-Atlantic Volunteer Monitoring Conference!

Don’t forget to register for the Mid Atlantic Volunteer Monitoring Conference taking place August 7-8, 2015 at the beautiful Shenandoah University Campus!

Check out the agenda:

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2015 Conference Abstracts and Bios are now available!

For more details, including hotels that are offering discounted rates, check out the facebook page:

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