Registration is now open for the Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium on Water Access, set for Sept. 27-30 in Portland, Maine.
Building on the inaugural 2007 symposium in Norfolk, Va., participants at the September conference will learn about the economic, social, cultural and environmental values of waterfronts and the important role of water-dependent uses in sustainable coastal communities.
A walking tour of the Portland waterfront and optional field trips will highlight Maine's working waterfronts and local efforts to preserve water access that have become national models.
Symposium participants will work together to generate an agenda for maintaining and enhancing the nation's working waterfronts.
Across the United States, communities, water-dependent industries and citizens face conflicts over access to waterways, waterfronts, shorelines and beaches. The challenge will only increase in the years to come: by 2050, the U.S. population is expected to exceed 400 million people, more than half of whom will live in a coastal county if growth trends continue.