Southeastern Fishes Council 2010 Annual Meeting Announcement
Where: Athens, Georgia
When: Thursday 11th and Friday 12th of November 2010
Got Water? At the crossroads of fish conservation and water supply
Do you know where your water supply comes from? The fact is that many of us don't know the source of our drinking water. This is partly because we have been blessed with abundant water resources in the southeastern U.S. and until recently have not been forced to think about current and future water supply issues. The southeastern U.S. is one of the fastest growing regions in the country, and the human population continues to expand at a rapid pace. In some states, including Georgia, the population has more than doubled in the past 50 years (to nearly 10 million people today). There is a direct relationship between land and water use and imperilment of fishes. It is clear that conservation of our diverse fish fauna and other aquatic resources faces huge challenges ahead as demands grow to impound streams, divert stream flow, and pump groundwater. As various government entities begin to look for future water supply for cities, agriculture and industry it is critical to conservation that habitat needs of fishes and other aquatic biota are taken into consideration.
Aquatic animals have experienced dramatic declines in recent decades. There are currently 582 species of animals on the Federal list of Endangered and Threatened species; 268 (46%) of these are found in freshwater habitats. Distribution of imperiled fishes across North America reveals distinct geographic trends, generally reflecting the high diversity in the Southeast, as well as land use patterns. Because of this, the highest number of species at risk occurs in the southeastern United States. Of the 675 fishes found in southeastern waters, more than 25% are considered imperiled. While all of the North American ecosystems are in trouble, freshwater habitats are recognized to be at severe risk because of their scarcity and the high demands placed on them by humans. The combined effects of agriculture, damming, dredging, construction, logging, overharvest, and pollution are destroying this critical resource for animals, plants, and even ourselves.
Please join the Southeastern Fishes Council at its annual meeting in Athens, Georgia, Thursday 11th and Friday 12th of November 2010 to examine the issue of future water supply and fish conservation in southeastern rivers, creeks, swamps, springs, and caves.
SFC 2010 will be held at The Classic Center in downtown Athens, GA. Athens, home to the University of Georgia, is just about 60 miles northeast of Atlanta, in the headwaters of the Altamaha River system. The meeting will run from 8:00 AM on Thursday until 5:00 PM on Friday, November 11-12, and will feature a poster session and social on Thursday evening, a special symposium ("Got Water? At the Crossroads of Fish Conservation and Water Supply"), contributed papers, and many opportunities for networking and catching up with colleagues.
We have blocks of rooms reserved at each of the following.
Rooms are limited, and reservations must be made by 10 October 2010 to receive the group rates (use custom links, or say you are with Southeastern Fishes Council and ask for the group rate).
- The Foundry Park Inn and Spa is located about 2 blocks from the Classic Center, with free parking and a shuttle to the Classic Center. Forget the "spa"; the Foundry is recently renovated and has a great bar and music venue, "The Melting Point", where we're hoping to book some local musicians for an informal pre-meeting opener, Wednesday evening. Rooms are $109/night, + tax, for 2 full size beds or 1 king. The Foundry will also honor the federal per diem rate ($94) for those qualified.
Click here to make reservations at the special SFC rate.
- Hotel Indigo, also about 2 blocks from the Classic Center, is new and LEED certified. This is the place for those of us trying to minimize our environmental footprint. Hotel Indigo also has a very interesting bar, and is a short walk from The Melting Point and the Classic Center. Rooms are $109/night + tax for double occupancy; parking is $10/day.
CLick here to make reservations at the special SFC rate.
- The GA Center for Continuing Education is on the UGA campus, about a 5 min drive from downtown. The GA Center offers comfortable single rooms at $89/night + tax, and also has a small lounge, coffee shop, and restaurant. The GA Center will shuttle folks downtown (although you may be on your own getting back).
Other hotels/motels near the Classic Center:
- Hilton Garden Inn - Across the street from the Classic Center, and a bit more expensive. 706 353-6800
- Holiday Inn Hotel Athens - About 6 blocks from the Classic Center but close to downtown restaurants and watering holes; a good alternative to the Foundry and Hotel Indigo if you want a cheaper room. 706 549 4433
You'll probably want to drive to the Classic Center if you stay at the following, all located just west of the main downtown area.
- Holiday Inn Express - 706 546 8122
- Courtyard Athens Downtown - 706 369 7000
- Days Inn - 706 543 6511