National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend

Planners, managers, attorneys, policy makers, elected/appointed officials, waterway and waterfront advocates, users and developers, property and business owners, researchers and students, and others from the following entities:


  • Federal, tribal, state, county and municipal governments
  • Navigation districts and port authorities
  • Citizen marine advisory committees and harbor boards
  • Local, regional, state, tribal and federal government organizations
  • Environmental and maritime consultancies
  • Marine, boating, fishing, aquaculture and tourism industries
  • Coastal and marine oriented non-profit organizations
  • Educational organizations


Benefits of Attending

Being in the company of people who share your passion is invigorating: particularly when they include knowledgeable and solution-oriented individuals. Being in the company of hundreds of such like-minded souls can be downright transformative! This describes the atmosphere when people gather during a National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium.


Symposia attendees are dedicated champions of local working waterfronts and they come from throughout the U.S. (and elsewhere) to share ideas and solutions and to learn about new approaches. They come because waterfront communities, whether rural, urban, recreational, commercial or industrialized, have been subject to economic, technological, ecological, and demographic changes that challenge their continued existence or development.

Please plan to attend the 4th National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium:

  • To listen to, learn from, and interact with people from around the country who represent a diversity of working waterfronts, both small and large.
  • To learn about local, state and national level initiatives, management approaches and tools to address issues of water access and water dependent industries.
  • To help build on a national dialog that grew out of the three previous symposia and has resulted in a National Working Waterfront Network and a Sustainable Working Waterfront Toolkit.
  • To help define future research, outreach, education and policy needs for working waterfronts.
  • To learn how other communities and industries are resolving their problems.
  • To take advantage of ample networking opportunities, including breaks, meal times, ice-breaker and reception.

What Past Attendees Have Said About NWWWS

"It really was an excellent symposium: very well organized, excellent attendees and speakers. Congratulations on a job well done.


"I was pleased with the content, organization, and networking opportunities. I'll look forward to attending another one!"


"Very well-run program. Very impressed with attention to details."


"Excellent organization for event - everything went smoothly and it was clear there was a strong commitment from the organizing committees to do this right."


"I think all the organizers of the 2013 symposium did a really great job putting it together and helping it to run so smoothly."


"I just wanted to thank you for a great conference last week. I thought it was very organized and ran very smoothly. You did a great job. I received a lot of questions and positive feedback regarding our agency so I’m glad I was able to attend and participate. I’m looking forward to the next conference."


"I just wanted to compliment you all on your successful conference. It was an honor to be a part of the panel for this conference. Out of my entire career with the Corps I have never attended such a well-organized, informative and diverse conference. Well done. Thank you."


"First, I want to congratulate you and the entire team who created this symposium. It was well-run, informative and very pleasant."


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