Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Waters Conference

             Water Resilience: Sustaining Communities, Protecting Ecosystems      

April 23-25, 2024

Register Now for 2024 ACF Waters Conference!

Registration is open! Early rate for general registration is available until March 31. 

Our 2024 conference, Water Resilience: Sustaining Communities, Protecting Ecosystems, will highlight recent studies, changes in basin conditions, and use of that information in management of shared resources in the Apalachicola-Flint-Chattahoochee River (ACF) Basin. Researchers, managers, water users, and other stakeholders are invited to join us to exchange information and learn about shared resources.

Early registration for the two-day program is $200, ending March 31. On April 1, registration for the full conference package increases to $225. Student registration for the two-day program is $50 and one-day registration rates are also available.

The conference opens the afternoon of Tuesday, April 23 with two optional field trips, bus and walking tour of three restoration/conservation sites or a paddle tour of the Flint River from Newton to Hopeful, GA. Both fields trip will end with a reception and dinner at CoveyRise (space is limited; register early). 

Program sessions on April 24-25 will be held at Albany State University's West Campus. A preliminary program can be found below. A poster session and reception at the Flint RiverQuarium is scheduled for Wednesday evening.


Our Opening Keynote Presenter will be Dr. Jennifer Tank of Notre Dame University who will talk about effects of agricultural conservation practices on water quality. Dr. Tank has been a Galla Professor of Biological Sciences since 2000 and a full professor since 2010. She is also the Director of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI). Her research focuses on the influence of human activities on ecosystem function in streams and rivers including: 1) nutrient and carbon cycling in streams and rivers; 2) influence of agricultural land use and conservation on streams; 3) Stream restoration by restoring floodplains to formerly incised streams, reducing erosion, sediment, and associated phosphorus export to sensitive downstream ecosystems; and 4) Using experiments to quantify stream transport at the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF).


Our Closing keynote Presenter will be Molly Samuel, a WABE reporter in Atlanta who will share her experiences reporting on ACF basin issues from the headwaters to Apalachicola Bay. Before joining WABE in November 2014, she was a science producer and reporter for KQED in San Francisco, where she won awards for her reporting on hydropower and on crude oil. Molly is from Atlanta, has a degree from Oberlin College, was a fellow with the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism, and a journalist-in-residence at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center.


The program on Thursday, April 25 features an ACF drought exercise coordinated by the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders (ACFS). Building on the success of last year’s exercise in Eufaula, this two-part session will bring together representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other federal partners, state agencies responsible for drought management from Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and other basin stakeholders representing water supply, agriculture, industry, NGOs and many others. Detailed drought scenarios are being developed for the exercise and will provide participants a robust foundation for learning and discussion. Attendees are welcome to stay for the ACFS business meeting that follows.


Preliminary Program

Water Resilience: Sustaining Communities, Protecting Ecosystems      

Submit A Poster

To submit a poster, please email a 250-word abstract to [email protected] by March 15.

Conference Hotel:

A conference rate of $135/night (includes parking) is available at the Hilton Garden Inn Albany, under the group name ACF Waters Conference. The hotel is located at 101 S. Front St, Albany, GA 31701. Book directly by phone by March 22 at 229-888-1590 and reference the ACF Waters Conference.

Be a Sponsor

Sponsors will be recognized in all conference materials and at the conference. There are four different sponsor levels with varying benefits: including field trip tickets, conference registrations, and exhibitor tables. Sponsorships also contribute to support student engagement by allowing us to have a low-cost student registration.

2024 Conference Sponsors

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2024  Conference Planning Committee

Paula Marcinek, The Nature Conservancy

Linda MacGregor, City of Gainesville

Ania Truszczynski, Georgia EPD

Dan Calhoun, USGS

Chris Manganiello, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

Gail Cowie, GWPPC at ASU

Ben Emanuel, American Rivers

Ken Jones, Consultant, Riparian County Stakeholder Coalition, Apalachicola Caucus

Stacy Blersch, Columbus State University, GA Representative for SERSE

Steve Golladay, GWPPC / Jones Center at Ichauway

Matt Waters, Auburn University

Sechindra Vallury, UGA River Basin Center

Chair: Courtney Cooper, GWPPC / Berry College

Materials from the 2022 ACF Waters Conference