Conference to Tackle Watershed Issues

Government officials, coastal planners, and boating representatives will discuss problem of dwindling water access

Loss of water access will be the topic of a United States forum set for May 9-11, 2007 at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Virginia. The conference, titled "Working Waterways & Waterfronts-A National Symposium on Water Access," will bring local government officials, coastal management planners, legal scholars, and boating industry reps together to discuss solutions to this problem, which hinders recreational boaters, commercial fishing, and water-dependent businesses on all of the nation's coasts.

Rising real estate prices and the public's desire to live by the water are two major factors leading the conversion of working waterfronts such as marinas, boat repair yards, seafood handling facilities, boat builders, and other water-dependent businesses to private residential and non-water dependent businesses.

The symposium will examine local, state, and national initiatives to address water access challenges and support water-dependent industries. More information about the conference can be found at www.wateraccess2007.com .