Confluence Schedule and Session Registration

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See all session times, speakers, and descriptions below. To register for a session, click on the hyperlinked session name. 

Monday, March 15th

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary  

Kimberly Roberson, Research Coordinator for Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary

Learn about Georgia's very own natural hardbottom reef and hear what's going on at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary from new scientific research projects to how you can get involved.


Hidden Rivers Screening

Jeremy Monroe, Executive Director of Freshwaters Illustrated

Hidden Rivers is a 1-hour film that explores the rivers and streams of the Southern Appalachian region, North America’s most biologically rich waters. The film follows the work of conservation biologists and explorers throughout the region - revealing both the beauty and vulnerability of this aquatic life - and how many people are finding ways to protect these ecosystems.


Tuesday, March 16th

Keynote Address, Adopt-A-Stream Year in Review, and Awards Ceremony

11:00am-12:00pm Keynote Address: Climate Change: What are the Facts and What Can I Do?
Dr. Kimberly Nicholas, Sustainability scientist, writer, speaker

Visit Dr. Nicholas's website to learn more about her work. 

12:00 pm-1:00pm Adopt-A-Stream Year in Review and Awards Ceremony

Join us as we celebrate and honor fellow AAS volunteers with a Year in Review video and awards ceremony.


Water Science Research Session


Come learn what fellow AAS volunteers and students across the state are learning about many water-related topics. 


Wednesday, March 17th

Protecting Georgia's Waters and Biostabilization Erosion Control Techniques

11:00am-12:00pm Protecting Georgia's Waters
Dr. Ania Truszczynski, Assistant Branch Chief of Watershed Protection Branch (EPD)

In  this session, Dr. Ania Truszczynski, Assistant Branch Chief in the Environmental Protection Division’s Watershed  Protection Branch, will provide an overview of EPD’s efforts to protect Georgia’s waters through existing regulatory and non-regulatory programs, and updates regarding rule making changes that address water quality, water efficiency, and drought protection in Georgia.

12:00 pm-1:00pm Biostabilization Erosion Control Techniques
Callie Moore, Western Regional Director of Mountain True

The most widespread threats to streams and rivers in the upper Hiwassee River watershed and the Southern Appalachian Mountains are excess sedimentation and a lack of healthy native vegetation along these waterways. This seminar will address where the excess sediment (soil that’s been deposited in water) comes from, as well as watershed-friendly techniques for correcting minor erosion problems on your property. The most threatening non-native, invasive plants found in streamside areas in the mountain region will also be identified, along with information about why it’s so important to have native trees and shrubs along waterways.


Water Science Research Session


Come learn what fellow AAS volunteers and students across the state are learning about many water-related topics. 


Thursday, March 18th

Amphibians of the Georgia Piedmont

Mark Mandica, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Amphibian Foundation 

Join Mark for a comprehensive look at the amphibians native to the Georgia Piedmont, an area filled with a diverse and fascinating assortment of slimy critters. Learn some tips and tricks to identify our frogs and salamanders, including frogs by their call, habitat types, and the phenology (seasonality) of breeding seasons. Learn about conservation efforts aimed at native frogs and salamanders, and what you can do to help them.


Water Trivia


Grab your favorite beverage, snack, and trivia teammates for a fun evening of water-related trivia.  


Friday, March 19th

Macro Magnificence

Kathy Church, GA DNR Programming Coordinator at Smithgall Woods State Park 

Join Kathy Church on a wet and wild adventure to explore the pristine waters of Duke’s Creek. Learn how biotic and abiotic factors affect the health of the stream, how regional streams differ, and how the macroinvertebrate population is used to determine water quality in a renowned trophy trout stream. Put on your virtual waders and let’s jump in!


Adopt-A-Stream Social 


Let's kick off the first ever Wonder of Water Weekend by socializing with fellow AAS volunteers. Grab your favorite beverage and after work snack, and join us!

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Wonder of Water Weekend Events

The weekend after Confluence, Adopt-A-Stream encourages all volunteers, partners, and community members to get outside and appreciate water! Whether you take a hike along a river, pick up trash along your local waterbody, monitor your AAS site, or attend a community event, take some time to celebrate the wonder of water!