Call for Abstracts

Please consider submitting an abstract proposal for the 14th National Monitoring Conference from March 10 to 14, 2025, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This conference provides opportunities for water practitioners – federal, state, tribal and local water professionals, nonprofits, academia, water consultants and industry, and volunteer and community scientists – to network, develop new skills and partnerships, and exchange information. The conference will be offered in a hybrid format, primarily consisting of in-person presentations and events as well as some virtual components.

The National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC) is requesting abstract proposals (15-minute oral presentations or posters) that align with the 2025 conference themes and sessions. The Conference Planning Committee has already reviewed and accepted proposed sessions that may fit your abstract. The proposed sessions and a short description of each are available at

Abstracts are due August 19, 2024. Submitters will be notified in November 2024 if they have been accepted to present.

When submitting your abstract proposal, please choose up to 3 proposed sessions (or “other”) and up to 3 themes (at least one required) that best fit your abstract. Also, please provide any specific keywords that may help categorize your abstract further. Abstracts do not need to fit into a proposed session to be considered for the conference. Abstract proposals must be submitted using the abstract submission form found on the conference website at: If you have already been contacted by a session chair to be part of a session you still need to submit your abstract through this process for consideration. There will be no exceptions and late submissions will not be accepted.

The 2025 National Monitoring Conference will focus on monitoring and research done in the Great Lakes, groundwater, streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, estuaries, and oceans that address (but are not limited to) the following general themes and topics:

  • Monitoring for the Protection of Aquatic Resources
  • Volunteer Monitoring and Community Collaborations
  • Increasing Inclusivity and Accessibility
  • Contaminants and Source Tracking 
  • Open Data Life Cycle
  • Measuring Success – Effectiveness Monitoring and Water Quality Trends
  • Local (Green Bay Watershed) and Regional (Great Lakes and Midwest) Monitoring
  • Other – The 2025 conference themes and topics are from past surveys of attendees and Council members and are in no way comprehensive. If you feel that your abstract does not fit into any of the expanded conference themes or proposed sessions (available from our conference website), please still submit it.