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Water Management Association of Ohio

                                The only organization dedicated to all of Ohio's water resources.


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52nd Annual WMAO Meeting and Symposium


Water: Our Most Valuable Resource


Crowne Plaza Columbus North, Worthington

November 7 - 8, 2023




We frequently forget the embarrassment of riches that are Ohio’s water resources. On our north, east and south we are bounded by Lake Erie and the Ohio River - transportation routes, places for recreation, and the source of drinking water for millions. Most major tributaries to the waters are entirely within our state, avoiding costly conflicts with our neighbors over who has control of these resources. We have extensive, productive, and well understood aquifer systems. Throughout Ohio’s history access to these resources has attracted industry to our state. Programs like H2Ohio and investment in our water infrastructure increases the value of our water resources. Although the recent events have impacted our water resources, we use the knowledge gained to protect this most valuable resource.


Call for Abstracts: Presentations


Abstracts are sought for 20-minute oral presentations, Presentations should fit within one of the following categories:


  • Agriculture
  • Aquatic habitats
  • Commerce
  • Dam safety
  • Data analysis
  • Drinking water
  • Ecology
  • Education & outreach
  • Fisheries
  • Floodplain management
  • Groundwater
  • Infrastructure
  • Lakes
  • Nonpoint sources
  • Programs / Initiatives
  • Public policy
  • Public health
  • Recreation
  • Sample analysis
  • Streams
  • Stormwater
  • Technology
  • Wastewater
  • Watershed management


Submit an Abstract here

Abstracts not selected for presentations may be offered the option of presenting a poster.

Accepted abstracts will be posted on the WMAO web site ( as part of the conference program. Membership in WMAO is not required of presenters, though we encourage you to consider joining WMAO to support the water resources management community in Ohio.

Presenters will receive complimentary registration on the day of their presentation.


Student Posters Abstracts are due by October 15, 2023

WMAO will award 1st and 2nd place prizes ($250 and $100, respectively) for the posters that best capture and explain the research project.


Nominations For WMAO Recognition Awards

WMAO awards recognize individuals for distinguished service or demonstrating leadership in the management, use, or enjoyment of Ohio’s water resources. Nominations are being accepted for the following awards:

Ohio Water Hall of Fame
Distinguished Service Award
Technician of the Year
Wayne S. Nichols Award
R. Livingston Ireland Award 

Information about the criteria for each award can be found at WMAO Awards

Nominations are due by September 15, 2023, and can be made at Award Nominations



Silent Auction to Benefit WMAO Scholarships


Please plan on participating in this year’s silent auction, with all proceeds benefiting our WMAO Scholarships and Project WET.

Exhibitor and Sponsorships Opportunities are also available. Check out the WMAO Exhibitor Hall, below.

WMAO Conference Planning Committee

Alex Covert, USGS 

Eugene Braig, OSU 

Dennis Clement, OEPA 

Melissa Menerey,  ODNR

Greg Nageotte, ODA

Kim Shaffer, USGS

Craig Smith, Retired OEPA
Katharine Schleich, OEPA
Lindsay Taliaferro III, OEPA