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Topic: shrinking water access

MARCH 5 — An upcoming conference exploring solutions to preserving public access to water is gaining interest from groups from all over the country and abroad, organizers say.

“It seems that coastal management professionals, land use planners and water-dependant businesses are grappling with this issue all around our coasts and even abroad,” conference co-chairperson Thomas Murray says in a news release about “Working Waterways & Waterfronts — A National Symposium on Water Access,” scheduled for May 9 to 11 in Norfolk, Va.

The conference will feature a panel of experts who will discuss topics including regulatory options available to state and local governments and will highlight case studies of successful water access preservation programs already in place around the country, the release says. Panelists will include National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich, NOAA assistant administrator John Dunnigan and NOAA Fisheries Service director William Hogarth.

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, according to the release. Registration prior to April 1 is $325, and is $375 after. For more information or to register, call (800) 249-0179, or go to

— Jason Fell