The West Virginia Water Research Institute, a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University, is accepting abstracts through May 30 for the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Conference.

The Conference combines exceptional educational programs with opportunities for researchers, policy makers, regulators, agencies and the public to share in the latest information, technologies and research relating to the Mid-Atlantic region’s water resources.

The West Virginia Water Research Institute will be one of several Mid-Atlantic National Institutes for Water Resources to co-host the Conference. The Conference will take place on Sept. 24 and 25 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown.

The theme for this year’s Conference is, “The Future of Mid-Atlantic Water Infrastructure: Challenges and Solutions.” Researchers from colleges and universities, federal and state agencies, private organizations, consulting firms, industry and students are invited to submit abstracts for consideration for oral presentation. Abstracts for basic and applied research papers are being solicited in all areas related to water infrastructure including drinking water, dams, hazardous waste, levees, wastewater, storm water and others.

“Water infrastructure is a vitally important issue moving into the future,” said Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute. “January’s chemical spill on the Elk River in West Virginia highlighted the need to seriously study the Nation’s water infrastructure to find better ways to protect source water and to improve the resiliency of the entire water system.”

For more information about the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Conference and complete abstract submission details, visit,

The West Virginia Water Research Institute has been in existence since 1967 and serves as a statewide vehicle for performing research related to water issues. It is the premier water research center in West Virginia and, within selected fields, an international leader.



CONTACT: Glenn Waldron, West Virginia Water Research Institute

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