Registration Open

 Registration is Open  for the December 2021 Conference!!!!!

Below is an overview of our super-exciting Agenda for the long-awaited, re-branded, more-awesome Confluence Conference which we're planning to have IN-PERSON in ASHEVILLE.  We hope you can join!  See the Agenda tab for more details on speakers.


Strengthened Economies. Resilient Environment. Equitable Communities.

December 9-10, 2021, The Village Hotel at Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC


Optional Pre-conference Service Project - Wednesday Dec 8th 2-4 pm 

Stream Cleanup with Riverlink 

Day 1 – Thursday December 9, 2021

Morning Workshop (9 AM) Innovation in Workforce Development Programming

Luncheon Keynote (11:30 AM) – Dr. Michael Walden

Dr. Walden is the William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at NC State University and member of the Graduate Economics faculty with The Poole College of Management.  Dr. Walden specializes in the Southeast’s regional economy and is the author of “North Carolina Beyond the Connected Age: The Tar Heel State in 2050”. He will discuss the nexus of the economy and water.

Session 1 (1:30-3 PM) – Strengthened Economies

A case-study level discussion about the intersection of economic development and utility services needed to support that development.

Session 2 (3-5 PM) – Resilient Environment

Various views on the dynamic challenges, goals, and perspectives on our environmental resilience and sustainability.

Social Hour (5-6 PM)  Light refreshments and networking.

Day 2 – Friday December 10, 2021

Session 3 (8-10am) – Emerging Regulatory Concerns 

A well-rounded discussion on a very relevant and important topic: emerging contaminants. What can we learn from one another’s approach?

Session 4 (10am-12pm) – Equitable Communities

An honest conversation on incorporating equitability and representation into design, regulation, and affordability.  A chance to hear engaging, real stories.

Save the Date!

After a successful confluence conversation in December 2020 (thank you!!!) we are excited to announce that we will be having a full conference this December 2021!  The plan is to-be in-person in Asheville, NC December 9-10, but more details will come soon!  Thanks for staying engaged with confluence and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Link will be emailed - don't worry :)

Wondering when you'll get the link? (we know, we're excited too!)  Don't worry - if you registered, you'll receive an email with the link 24-48 hours prior to our conversation (THIS THURSDAY!).  

So be sure to make your own calendar appointment & then grab the link from your email once it comes:)  Thanks for your understanding in these ever-tricky times.  We promise it will be worth it.  

If you're feeling festive consider joining our panel in wearing festive holiday sweaters to share in the best kind of contagious - holiday cheer!

Getting Excited!

Here's a reminder of the (awesome!) agenda (including some fun panel adjustments). Haven't registered? What are you waiting for?  You won't want to miss it it (on Thursday Dec 10th from 10-12pm)

  • Welcome
  • Keynote + Q&A with Dr. Michael Walden 
  • Panel Discussion + Q&A  
  • Closeout

Confluence Conversation (2hr virtual event) Registration now open!

 Join us for a Confluence Conversation: Forecasting the Future – a sneak-peek of 2021’s conference and a fast-paced 2 hour conversation about how the water industry has been permanently changed by the pandemic.  

A Confluence Conversation: Forecasting the Future

Thursday Dec 10th via zoom (Register Now to save your spot for free)


The interactive conversation includes insights from economist & keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Walden, as well as a tri-state panel focusing on the question “what are the biggest things that will be different for the water industry & economy in a post-vaccine world?

 Come with your stories & questions.  Expect to connect with peers and experts.  Leave enriched ready for the future.  (Consider submitting questions for discussion ahead of time by emailing

Note: Because of the brief & conversational nature, there will be no PDHs available as is typically the case with our in-person conferences.  Save the date for Dec 2021 when we hope to see you in Asheville, NC!

Hotel arrangements now available!

You will find the information for your online reservation link below. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your business and look forward to a successful event.
Event Summary:
Confluence Conference 2020
Start Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
End Date: Friday, May 29, 2020
Last Day to Book: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
  • Renaissance Asheville Hotel for 139 USD per night

Who should attend?  Anyone involved in the water resources community will benefit from this conference. This includes consultants, ecologists, economists, researchers, educators and students, utility managers, water law attorneys, legislative staff, hydrologists, geologists, engineers, planners, NGO's and community-based organizations.

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