2021 WRRI Annual Conference, March 24-25, 2021

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Virtual Annual Conference Sessions Series


WRRI’s Third Virtual Conference Session – June 19

Awareness, Engagement and Action Around Water

Friday, June 19, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Join NC WRRI for our third Virtual Annual Conference session discussing recent projects to engage local communities. Speakers will discuss economic development via outdoor recreation, connection with the environment through group cleanups, and education of future community leaders about local watersheds.

Registrants will receive a confirmation email with a link and password to join the Zoom meeting.

Upon completion of the webinar, participants may request a certificate of attendance by emailing Anna A. Martin.



Moderator: Christy Perrin, NC WRRI


  • Rachel Taylor, UNC-Chapel Hill: The French Broad River: Leveraging river recreation to promote economic development
  • Tatiana Height, UNC-Greensboro: Fostering environmental behavior change in the Cottage Grove neighborhood through community-engaged education, outreach, citizen science and riparian cleanup to enhance stormwater quality and strive for environmental equity.
  • Christy Perrin: Watershed Wisdom: A lesson plan from NC Watershed Stewardship Network and UNC-TV Science for advancing watershed literacy and action.

Our thanks to McAdams Co. for generously sponsoring this Virtual Annual Conference session.




Thanks also to YSI, a Xylem Brand, for their generous continuing support of the Virtual Annual Conference series.




WRRI’s Second Virtual Conference Session

Wetlands Research in North Carolina

Carolina Wetlands Association and NC WRRI hosted a Virtual Annual Conference session on wetlands research in North Carolina, in honor of American Wetlands Month. The webinar offered updates on ongoing studies, as well as news on how wetlands are gaining further protections so they can continue to provide valuable ecosystems services.

Watch the virtual session here.

WRRI’s First Virtual Conference Session

Wastewater Treatment Along North Carolina’s Changing Coastlines

Wastewater infrastructure is designed to provide safe and efficient conveyance and treatment of sewage to protect human health and the environment. Increasingly though, climate change threatens the effectiveness of this infrastructure, particularly in coastal communities. High-tide flooding and extreme precipitation events, as well as sea level rise, result in immediate and long-term losses of system functionality. These systems are at risk with impaired ability to process contaminants, which may lead to human illness, ecosystem damage and, ultimately, the un-livability of communities that depend on them.

Watch the virtual session here.

Multimedia Project “Dance for the River”

NC photographer Christine Rucker’s project connects audiences to the Yadkin River through dance, photography, video and storytelling. See the conference agenda to learn more.


Intro to R for Water Resources Management

This workshop is designed for water resource managers, students and young professionals without prior R experience who are interested in learning how it can help with their water resources work. NCSU Postdoctoral Researcher Sheila Saia leads you through an interactive session to help you learn how R can help you save time on data analysis, easily share your work, keep a record of your data and analyses, learn about open-source tools, and turn your data into quality figures and reports. Saia teaches the pros and cons of using R for water resources work and the use of R to load and plot water-related data, and also offers additional resources for pursuing this new skill.

The WRRI Conference Experience

WRRI’s annual conference brings together all sectors and all disciplines working in water resources across North Carolina. Here you’ll find water utilities, students, consultants, academics, nonprofits, state agency staff, among many others, working across diverse fields such as stream restoration, water supply planning, stormwater management, hydrology, community engagement and many more!

We feature presentations on the latest research and on-the-ground practices and implementation, ample networking opportunities, hands-on interactive sessions to get you out of your seats and working with others to learn new skills and solve problems, student engagement opportunities such as mentoring, exhibitors and highlights such as art, music and dynamic keynote speakers who remind us of the value of the work we do to study, protect and manage water resources.

What Others Are Saying:

“A focus on water resources; well-planned; good mix of speakers, interactive, and networking!”

“I love the diversity of the topics covered, location, size, networking ability. Overall, a very professional, organized conference.”

“This was my first WRRI Conference and I was very impressed. Great talks and well organized.”