Office of Water Sponsors 2009 National Beach Conference

The 2009 National Beach Conference will be held April 20-22 in Huntington Beach, Calif.

This three-day conference, “Riding the Wave of Emerging Science,” is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water and will bring together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers from around the world to discuss water quality at beaches. It will provide a national framework for discussion of beach water quality issues, exchange of information, and coordination of efforts in research and decision-making.

The conference will include presentations, panel discussions, and a debate between universities. World-class waterman and big wave surfer, Laird Hamilton, will be one of the keynote speakers.

Registration is open to all and attending the conference is free. For more information, visit