The 33rd Annual Nonpoint Source (NPS) Conference was held on April 12-13 in Saratoga Springs, New York, drawing more than 120 attendees representing professionals and stakeholders from across the country. The conference focused on NPS pollution and its effects on the environment, with an overarching theme of “Environmental Justice, Equity, and Climate Change.” The event emphasized the importance of collaboration and communication among stakeholders in addressing NPS pollution, with speakers highlighting the need for government agencies, NGOs, and community members to work together to achieve common goals of water quality.
Throughout the conference, attendees participated in workshops and breakout sessions focused on specific aspects of NPS pollution. Experts presented on topics such as harmful algal blooms, dam removal, and nature-based solutions. These sessions provided a forum for exchanging ideas and exploring innovative solutions for protecting water resources, vulnerable communities, and promoting sustainable development.
One of the key messages conveyed throughout the conference was the importance of incorporating environmental justice and equity in NPS pollution management. Several speakers emphasized that NPS pollution disproportionately affects low-income and minority communities; addressing this inequity requires active engagement with these communities to ensure their voices are heard and their needs are met.