International conference on Wetlands and Remediation set for September 2001 in USA


Wetlands conference announced

Wetlands and Remediation: The Second International Conference

Background: In November, 1999, Battelle Memorial Institute, a not-for-profit research organization based in Columbus, Ohio, sponsored and organized a wetlands and remediation conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, that brought together more than 300 wetland and remediation experts to discuss common issues related to cleaning up contaminated wetlands and using wetlands (both natural and constructed) for treating contaminated ground-, surface-, and waste-water. Based on the success of that meeting, Battelle is pleased to announce that Wetlands and Remediation: The Second International Conference will be held September 5-6, 2001, at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont. Website:

Organization: Karl Nehring of Battelle (614/4246510,, Conference Chairman, will be responsible for coordinating the development of the technical program. Carol Young (614/4247604, will be the Conference Coordinator, responsible for scheduling, correspondence, and issues involving abstract and manuscript submittal and preparation. The Conference Group (800/7836338, of Columbus, Ohio, is handling the meeting logistics.

Format: After an opening plenary session, there will be multiple platform sessions (two or three concurrent tracks), and a poster session on Wednesday evening. Speakers at the Plenary Session will include Dr. Barry Warner of the University of Waterloo (current vice president of the Society of Wetland Scientists) and Dr. John Pardue of Louisiana State University.

Sponsorship: Battelle is the sponsor and organizer, and we are hoping to add cosponsors for the 2001 conference. Parsons Engineering Science, Morrison Knudsen Corporation, the U.S. DoD Environmental Security Technical Certification Program/Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, and the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command were cosponsors of the 1999 Conference. Organizations/firms interested in being cosponsors of the 2001 Conference should contact The Conference Group.

Participating Organizations: Organizations committed to helping with publicity for the conference and encouraging participation should contact The Conference Group at 800/7836338. Participating organizations for the 1999 meeting included The Center for Wetlands and Riparian Design (University of Utah), Environmental Business Journal, the USDA NRCS Wetlands Science Institute, the University of Florida Center for Wetlands, The Michigan State University Institute of Water Research, the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park (The Ohio State University), The Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences/Coastal Ecology Institute (Louisiana State University), The U.S. Army Construction Engineering Laboratory, the Utah Water Research Laboratory (Utah State University), the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the New York State Wetlands Forum.

Exhibitors: Companies or organizations interested in having an exhibit booth at the conference should contact The Conference Group at 800/7836338.

Schedule: The Call for Abstracts will be mailed in November 2000; the deadline for submitting abstracts will be March 5, 2001. Once the program has been finalized and accepted presenters have been sent acceptance letters, a preliminary program will be mailed.

Proceedings: A proceedings volume will be prepared and then published by Battelle Press and mailed to registrants shortly after the conference. Proceedings papers will be optional but strongly encouraged from all presenters, both platform and poster. Authors wishing to have their papers appear in the proceedings will be requested to provide cameraready copies of their papers by July 13.

Registration: Because registration fees are by far the major source of funding for the conference and a significant percentage of registrants will make presentations, all presenting authors and session chairs are expected to register and pay the standard fees.

Potential topics for this conference include:

  • Natural Attenuation in Wetlands
  • Biological and Ecological Considerations
  • RiskBased Wetlands Remediation
  • Regulatory Trends
  • Economic Factors in Wetlands Remediation and Restoration
  • Wetlands Hydrology and Morphology
  • Phytoremediation and Macrophytes in Wetlands
  • Wetlands for the Remediation and Treatment of Wastewater
  • Wetlands Treatment of Contaminated Sediments
  • GIS and Remediation
  • Nonpoint Source Pollution and Agricultural Runoff
  • Research Programs and Funding Opportunities
  • Remediation of Contaminated Wetlands
  • Wetlands Design and Construction
  • Creating Wetlands using Dredge Spoils
  • Wetlands Restoration and Mitigation
  • Explosives and Wetlands
  • HydrocarbonContaminated Wetlands
  • Mine Waste Considerations
  • Metals and Inorganics in Wetlands

-- reported by Karl W Nehring [ ]

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