[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”2776″ img_size=”medium” animation=”no-animation” scroll_animation=”disable” delay=”0.1″ align=”vc_align_center”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]WPN Annual Meeting 2015 group photoOn September 23-24, more than 70 attendees from 38 member organizations met in Washington DC to talk about opportunities and tools for modernizing water resources projects and policies to ensure a sustainable future.

Expert panels looked at: opportunities and tools for improving water resources planning before disaster strikes; improving the science that guides federal water resources decisions; using ecosystem services to improve project planning; opportunities for building partnerships to promote nature and nature-based solutions; and improving management of existing water projects to protect people and wildlife.

The Network also provided technical training on mitigation requirements and on using state constitutional provisions to improve environmental protections.  Network members met with their Members of Congress to call for appropriations bills free from bad policy riders (including riders prohibiting the Corps’ use of new planning guidelines and blocking implementation of the Clean Water Rule.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_empty_space][vc_btn title=”Review Full Agenda” color=”sky” i_icon_fontawesome=”fas fa-star” add_icon=”true” link=”url:%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2015%2F09%2FWPN-Agenda-Sept-2015.pdf|target:_blank”][vc_btn title=”View Photos from the Meeting” color=”sky” i_icon_fontawesome=”fas fa-star” add_icon=”true” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dropbox.com%2Fsh%2Fkscqhwacokqm172%2FAACx7hGh24Kk1DrnchplVtY2a%3Fdl%3D0|target:_blank”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_text_separator title=”Member Organizations that Attended 2015 WPNetwork Annual Meeting” border_width=”2″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Alabama Rivers Alliance
American Rivers
Apalachicola Riverkeeper
Arkansas Wildlife Federation
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Inc
Citizens Against the Widening of the Industrial Canal
Columbia River Crab Fisherman’s Assoc.
Conservation Federation of Missouri
Cry of the Water
Delaware Riverkeeper Network
Delta Chapter Sierra Club/Louisiana Audubon Council[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Florida Wildlife Federation
Friends of Penobscot Bay
Friends of the Rivers of Virginia
Great Rivers Environmental Law Center
Gulf Restoration Network
Idaho Rivers United
Mississippi River Network
Missouri Coalition for the Environment
Missouri University
National Audubon[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Nebraska Wildlife Federation
New River Conservancy
Northeast-Midwest Institute
Natural Resources Defense Council
The National Wildlife Federation
Prairie Rivers Network
RESTORE Campaign
Save the River
Taxpayers for Common Sense
Virgin Islands Conservation Society
Water Alliance[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_text_separator title=”Links to Presentations from our Expert Speakers” border_width=”2″][vc_column_text]Re-Imagining Lower Mississippi River Management — David Muth, National Wildlife Federation

Clean Water Act Mitigation — Jan Goldman-Carter, National Wildlife Federation

Clean Water Act Mitigation — Jan Goldman-Carter, National Wildlife Federation

Using Natural Approaches Post Disaster — Eileen Shader, American Rivers

Apalachicola Riverkeeper: Saving an American Treasure — Dan Tonsmeire. Apalachicola Riverkeepers

Communicating Ecosystem Services Using Collaborative Learning and Mental Modeals — Christine Feurt, Ph D., Center for Sustainable Communities

Welcome to the Federal Resource and Management and Ecosystem Services Guidebook — Lydia Olander, The Nicholas Institute, Duke University

The Visible Benefits and Hidden Costs of Levee Infrastructure — Nicholas Pinter, PhD, UC Davis[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”The Battles of the Barriers” border_width=”2″][vc_raw_html]