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NCWRA holds quarterly luncheons with guest speakers presenting a variety of water resources topics.  Luncheons are open to members and non-members alike. 

Have a water resources issue you'd like to see a presentation for, or have a speaker suggestion?  Email Amy Crowley ( with your topic suggestions.

Online Registration:  Online Registration usually ends 5 business days before the event!

Members: You must log in to receive the member price for online payment. Your login is the email address you provided to NCWRA. If you have not received a password in a recent email, you may click the link in the login box to reset it.

Non-members: You do not have to be a member to register online.  If you wish to receive the member rate for events using online payment, you must first join NCWRA, then you can register and pay online for the event at the member rate. Sign up and pay for membership by going to the NCWRA Membership page.

Paper Registration:  members and non-members can also register offline for events by sending a registration form along with cash or check.  A PDF registration form is available for download on each individual event page below.

Multiple Registrations:  You can register multiple attendees with a single check by mailing in a paper registration form.

Webinars: NCWRA is pleased to now offer an online viewing option for its quarterly forums.  To help manage this offering, please take a moment to read our webinar policies and FAQs here, in particular the details of group viewings.

Upcoming events

    • 15 Sep 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Parking: 5611 Jaguar Park Drive, Raleigh, NC

    Hello Big Sweep volunteers across Wake County!  Each year Wake County sponsors trash pickups around public water bodies in the county.  Big Sweep is coordinated by the Wake Soil & Water Conservation District and made possible by Wake County, Ocean Conservancy, and a host of partners from our local towns, parks, civic clubs, businesses, schools and other organizations who care about clean water and advocate litter prevention.  If you have an appreciation for our waters, enjoy the great outdoors, and like to meet new people with the same interests, then here is your opportunity!   

    And this year, come out to the family-friendly event, Craft Happiness Cleanup of Lake Johnson on Saturday, September 15th at 4601 Advent Ferry Road in Raleigh from 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM (Parking is at Thomas G Crowder Woodland Center at 5611 Jaguar Park Drive).  Following the cleanup, there will be local music, lunch, and raffle prizes!   

    Visit the website through the link above to register and get more information, or to contact the event organizer.  Since this is not a NCWRA sponsored event, you must register with Eventbrite through the link above.  NCWRA members will be standing by the check-in table at the Woodland Center during registration for those who would like to join us. 

    See you there! 



    • 24 Sep 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Jane S. McKimmon Center, Raleigh, NC

    Dam Removal: Propagation of Sediment and a NC Case Study

    Presented by 

    Celso Castro-Bolinaga, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, BAE, NCSU &

    George Howard, CEO Restoration Systems.     

    The occurrence of sediment pulses due to dam removal is expected to become more common in the near future. Over the last three decades, more than 1,000 dams have been removed in the U.S., of which nearly 60% have been removed within the past ten years. This presentation will examine lessons learned from previous removals and the challenges that remain when predicting the fate of the impounded sediment. 

    Dam Removal Case Study: Restoration Systems proposed removing the Milburnie Dam in Raleigh for compensatory mitigation in 2010, obtained an approved Mitigation Banking Instrument for the project on March 16, 2017, and removed the dam between Nov. 15, 2017 and Jan. 12, 2018. The project is the nation’s first mitigation bank for stream impacts based on large-scale dam removal and will produce more than 40,000 stream restoration credits based on monitored improvements in four areas: T&E species habitat, Water Quality, Aquatic Habitat and Fish Passage. Migratory fish were allowed passage this spring to critical spawning grounds in the upper reaches of the Neuse not visited since 1760. The presentation is expected to coincide with the release of a national Regulatory Guidance Letter from the U.S. Army Corps calling on Corps Districts to encourage mitigation through dam removal. George will provide an update on the prospects for the Wilmington District to reissue the NC Dam Removal Guidance document, which was retracted shortly after the Milburnie proposal in 2010.

    Continuing Education Credits:  This forum will provide 1 PDH (professional development hour) credit for professional engineers and surveyors, contingent upon board approval.

    Consider joining the NCWRA!  Click here to download the offline registration form to pay with cash or check.  Members receive discounts on forums.

    Luncheon location:  Jane S. McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC

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    Refund Policy: NCWRA will refund forum fees up to 7 days prior to the event. After this, only substitutions will be accepted. NCWRA CANNOT give credit for future forums as the funds are used to cover FORUM expenses. Faxed registrations paid by check will not be registered until the check is received.

    Questions: Contact WRRI at 919-515-2815 or

    Adverse Weather Policy: Call WRRI at 919-515-2815 for meeting information in case of inclement weather.

Past events

19 Apr 2018 NCWRA 2018 Spring Social
14 Mar 2018 20th Annual WRRI Conference
05 Feb 2018 Wake County Efforts to Protect Private Well Users from Contamination
04 Dec 2017 What's New in NC's Stormwater Program?
09 Nov 2017 NCWRA 2017 Fall Social
05 Nov 2017 2017 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference
02 Nov 2017 TMDL Alternatives: Category 4B Success Stories
25 Sep 2017 Emerging Contaminants: Gen X and the Cape Fear River
06 Aug 2017 Think Blue - NC Watershed Awareness Outreach
20 Apr 2017 NCWRA 2017 Spring Social
15 Mar 2017 19th Annual WRRI Conference
06 Feb 2017 What's in Wastewater: Bacteria, Virus & Parasite Pathogens, Plus Their Genes
05 Dec 2016 Green Infrastructure - The Future of Stormwater
13 Nov 2016 2016 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference
20 Oct 2016 NCWRA 2016 Fall Social
16 Sep 2016 Calling all Wake County BIG SWEEP Volunteers!
12 Sep 2016 Leading (and following) During Adversity: Lessons from Coal Ash
22 Aug 2016 EcoStream 2016: Ridgeline to Thalweg
16 Jun 2016 The 6th Annual Water Symposium - "The Future of Water in a Green World"
17 May 2016 Tools of Watershed Management
21 Apr 2016 NCWRA Spring Social
17 Mar 2016 13th Annual NCWRA Annual Symposium: The Economic Value of Water
08 Feb 2016 SCITS, WRAPS and FOATS - New Tools to Satisfy Regulatory Needs and Track Water Restoration and Protection Efforts
07 Dec 2015 Emerging and On-going Challenges for Water and Wastewater Systems
22 Oct 2015 NCWRA Fall Social
01 Oct 2015 Regional Conference: Nutrient Management and Implications for Mitigation
21 Sep 2015 The Effect of the New Definition of Waters of the US from the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (COE) in North Carolina
15 Jun 2015 2015 Summer AWRA Conference - Climate Change Adaptation
30 Mar 2015 2015 Spring AWRA Conference - Water for Urban Areas
18 Mar 2015 NCWRA Annual Symposium: Resiliency in Water Resources
09 Feb 2015 Changes in Water Infrastructure Funding
08 Dec 2014 Big Environmental Regulatory Changes Coming to North Carolina
04 Dec 2014 NCAEP Raleigh Dinner Meeting - 2014 Legislative Update
17 Nov 2014 2014 Southeast Stream Restoration Conference, EcoStream
08 Sep 2014 National Flood Insurance Program BW-12 and Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014
19 Aug 2014 NCWRA Social - Durham Bulls Baseball Game
10 Feb 2014 Recent NCSU Stormwater Research and Corresponding Changes to NCDENR’s BMP Manual
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