(April 2017) The WCC Program Committee received more than one hundred abstracts and speaker proposals from eight countries and 10 US states. We are continuing to finalize selections to build a program that highlights some of the most exciting activities on the world’s waterways and creates an environment where we can learn and share.
Here’s a sneak preview of the program:
- Restoring Historic Canals and Canal Structures, with presentations highlighting successes in the U.K., Canada, and here in New York State.
- Waterway Engineering and Operations, with presentations on the use of modern materials in historic canal structures, lock enlargement, automation, and structural assessments above and below the water.
- Re-imagining Canal Waterfronts, drawing inspiration from exciting developments in Poland, Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland, Bath England, Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, Lowell, and in cities and villages across New York’s Canal System.
- Using Public Art to Highlight Waterways, from sculpture and murals to lighting and outdoor projection to raise awareness, inspire conversation, and extend the day and season along canals from Phoenix, Arizona to Amsterdam, Holland.
- Canal Recreation for All, boating and canal-side trails for users of all abilities and interests.
- Promoting Canals to New Visitors, with creative ideas from Europe, Canada, and Asia.
- The Power of Water, with presentations on energy production on canals ranging from traditional hydroelectric plants to innovative hydro-kinetic installations.
- World Heritage Waterways, France’s Canal du Midi, Amsterdam’s canal ring, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Wales, Canada’s Rideau Canal, and the Grand Canal in China are all on the UNESCO World Heritage List. How has it affected them? What can we learn?
- Transformation of Onondaga Lake, Syracuse’s link to the Erie Canal was, until recently, one of the most heavily polluted bodies of water in North America. Witness the clean-up firsthand and learn how this and other industrialized inland waterways are getting cleaned up.