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2022 Urban Waters Learning Forum

June 4 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT



Saturday, June 4th, 2022 – 1:30pm-4:30pm

Capital Hilton – Federal Room A & B, Washington DC

Welcome! This in-person networking opportunity is sponsored by EPA and hosted by River Network and Groundwork USA. The Urban Waters Learning Network (UWLN) is a nationwide peer-to-peer network of people and organizations working to conserve, restore, and revitalize America’s urban waterways. We deliver tools, training, mentoring, and financial assistance to support the work of UWLN members as they collaborate, develop solutions, and elevate community priorities. Together, we foster solutions that advance water equity and environmental justice, build healthy ecosystems and resilient communities, and address the disparate impacts of environmental degradation and climate change. Note:  Please remember that all attendees are required to wear well-fitting masks in indoor conference spaces.

1:30 PM Welcome & Introductions

  • UWLN Coordinating Team members
  • Nicole Silk, River Network President
  • Catherine Aubee, Deputy Director of EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds (EPA OWOW)

1:45 PM Urban Waters Learning Network Awards  

  • Award Introduction: Catherine Aubee, EPA OWOW 
  • Award Presentation: Ann-Marie Mitroff, UWLN founding member & John Valinch, UWLN Coordinating Team member
  • Award Recipients:
    • Groundwork Hudson Valley – Signature Award
    • Melanie Garate, Mystic River Watershed Assn. – EJ and Equity Expert Award
    • Andy Hyrcyna, Mystic River Watershed Assn. – Water Quality & Monitoring Expert Award
    • Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership – Stormwater & Green Infrastructure Expert Award

2:15 PM Connect and Converse  – A facilitated exercise to help UWLN members get to know each other and (re)build personal connections


3:10 PM Peer Learning Session – Brainstorm, network and share insights with your peers on topics  identified through a pre-Rally survey of participants. 

4:00 PM Strengthening the UWLN to Bring You More Value

4:15 PM Announcements & Wrap-Up 

4:30 PM Adjourn – Welcome Reception starts immediately @ the Congressional Room


June 4
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT