Monday, June 17, 2019 
1:00 pm (check-in opens at noon)
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
1:00 pm


George Mason University
Arlington Virginia Campus (Founders Hall)
3351 North Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22201

Driving Directions


Sign-up at the link below!  Once you have completed the registration form, follow the instructions provided to pay your registration fee via credit card or check. Once we have received your payment, you will be added to the participation list.  

Register Today!


Remember to bring your favorite travel mug and water bottle so we can keep this event as trash-free as possible!


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Attendees are encouraged to bring posters, exhibits, or other objects that are relevant to marine debris (research, litter prevention, intercepting litter in stormwater, education and outreach, artwork made from debris, etc.).

Easels, foamcore (30” x 40”) and mounting pins will be provided for posters. A few tables will be set up during the Summit for you to give away materials, handouts or related resources.

If you plan on bringing a poster or other item, indicate that on the Registration Form.  Details will be sent to you.  

Requests for extra space to accommodate artwork, equipment, displays or larger items should be made by sending an email to registerkm@longwood.edu.



Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Katie Register: 434-395-2602 or registerkm@longwood.edu.



Katie Register, Executive Director
Clean Virginia Waterways

Virginia Witmer, Outreach Coordinator 
Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program 

On-line registration is closed.  If you would like to attend the summit, but are not yet registered, please send an e-mail to Katie Register, Clean Virginia Waterways, at registerkm@longwood.edu.  

Mid-Atlantic Marine Debris Summit

Join researchers, educators, policy-makers and businesses at this collaborative summit as we explore Mid-Atlantic regional solutions to decrease litter and marine debris. 

The goals of this summit are to inspire and empower our partners in marine debris reduction, and to take the first steps in creating a marine debris reduction plan for the Mid-Atlantic.  

Summit attendees will receive updates on current marine debris science and trends and will explore techniques and tools effective in enhancing knowledge, changing behavior and influencing policies that reduce marine debris.  

Attendees will depart with increased capacity to collaboratively and successfully reduce marine litter in the Mid-Atlantic.

Download detailed agenda here

Agenda Outline

This summit is solutions-based.  Our speakers will share examples of programs that have made a difference and can be replicated and implemented throughout the region.  

Monday, June 17 - Global and National Solutions
Tuesday, June 18 - National, Regional, State and Local Efforts
Wednesday, June 19 - Financing and Designing Successful Projects


  • Honorable Matthew J. Strickler, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources
  • Laura McKay, Program Manager, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program
  • Nancy Wallace, Director, NOAA Marine Debris Program
  • Christopher Corbin, Programme Officer, Assessment and Management of Environmental Pollution (AMEP), United Nations Environmental Programme
  • Elizabeth Andrews, Director, Virginia Coastal Policy Center, William & Mary Law School 
  • Denice Wardrop, PhD., Senior Scientist & Professor of Geography and Ecology, Pennsylvania State University  
  • Dann Sklarew, PhD, Associate Professor, George Mason University & Faculty Fellow, Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center
  • Stewart Harris, American Chemistry Council
  • Eric DesRoberts, Senior Manager, Trash Free Seas, Ocean Conservancy
  • Mark Swingle, Director of Research & Conservation, Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
  • Jason Rolfe, Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator, NOAA Marine Debris Program
  • Matt Robinson, Environmental Protection Specialist, District Department for Energy & Environment
  • Laura Cattell Noll, Program Manager, Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative, Alice Ferguson Foundation
  • Nicole Rodi, Planner, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
  • Katie Register, Executive Director, Clean Virginia Waterways:
  • Steve Raabe, OpinionWorks
  • Virginia Witmer, Outreach Coordinator, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program
  • Jim Toomey, Award-winning Cartoonist and Filmmaker
  • Donna Morrow, Program Manager, Center for Marine & Coastal Stewardship, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Alison McCarthy, Coastal Watershed Protection Coordinator, Clean Ocean Action
  • Swarna Muthukrishnan, PhD, Staff Scientist,Clean Ocean Action
  • Krista Stegemann Haas, Ocean & Marine Outreach Coordinator, Stony Brook University
  • Kirk Havens, PhD., Director of the Coastal Watersheds Program, Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
  • Jessica Conway, Planning and Preparedness Specialist, NOAA Marine Debris Program
  • Jennifer Coffey, Executive Director, Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions
  • Lillian Power, Environmental Protection Specialist, Department of Energy &
    Environment, Government of the District of Columbia
  • Christina Trapani, Eco Maniac Inc & Marine Debris Researcher
  • Wayne Jones, Litter Control Coordinator, City of Suffolk
  • Matt Gove, Mid-Atlantic Policy Manager, Surfrider
  • Catherine Lowry Franssen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychology, Longwood University
  • Thomas G. Sprehe, PE, BCEE, KCI Technologies, Inc.
  • Christina Trapani, Eco Maniac Inc & Marine Debris Researcher 
  • Kaity Goldsmith, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation 
  • Jason Rolfe, Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator, NOAA Marine Debris Program 
  • Kacey Wetzel, Director of Programs for Outreach & Education, Chesapeake Bay Trust
  • Angel Braestrup, Executive Director, The Curtis & Edith Munson Foundation

FREE BOAT TOUR - Anacostia Riverkeeper
Enjoy a tour of the Anacostia River, including a trash trap in action!

Meet at The Yards Marina, 1492 4th St SE., Washington DC.  Street parking available but can be limited in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. The Navy Yard/Ballpark metro is a 10-minute walk.

Sunscreen, hats, water are recommended. Tours will run rain or shine but captains may cancel tours up until departure due to adverse conditions. Participants will be informed of cancellations as soon as possible.


STEP 1: COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FORM - click on the link above. 


Regular Registration ($180) closes Wednesday, June 12 at 5 PM 

Student Registration ($65) closes Wednesday, June 12 at 5 PM

The registration fee covers participation in all sessions on June 17, 18 & 19; lunches on Tuesday, June 18 and Wednesday, June 19; one reception on the evening of Monday, June 17; and, morning and afternoon snacks and coffee.

CREDIT CARD (Visa or Master Card ONLY) - click on the link below:  

Click on "Clean VA Waterways". You do not have to become a
“Registered User.” Choose the “Continue Unregistered” button. 

CHECK, make payable to “Longwood University (CVW)". IMPORTANT: In the Memo line write “Marine Debris Summit and name of attendee(s)".  

Mail check to:
Cashiers Office
Longwood University
201 High Street 
Farmville, VA  23909 

Register as soon as you have any necessary approvals and then follow-up with your payment.      

Once we have received your payment, you registration will be complete.  We cannot accept payment at the door.  Questions? C
ontact Clean Virginia W
aterways at cleanva@longwood.edu or 434-395-2602.



Refunds are no longer available.  Substitutions are allowed; please put your substitution request in writing, providing the names and addresses for the person who is canceling as well as the person who will be attending. 

Summit Partners/Funding 

Summit coordination led by the Virginia CZM Program and Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University.  Planning assistance provided by the Mid-Atlantic Marine Debris Work Group operating under the auspices of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean and the Mid-Atlantic Committee on the Ocean. 

The Summit is being funded by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (led by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality) through federal Coastal Zone Management Act grants from the NOAA Office for Coastal Management and funding from the NOAA Marine Debris Program.