North America's Inland River Response Conference

Call for Participation

The CLEAN WATERWAYS 2018 Call for Presentations

Currently closed

CLEAN WATERWAYS will focus on improving oil and hazardous materials spill prevention and response on inland river systems. Our goal is to serve the spill response industry by hosting a forum that facilitates an open exchange of ideas, case studies and best practices for stakeholders from industry, government, environmental, emergency planning and response industries throughout maritime, facilities, rail and pipeline.

The CLEAN WATERWAYS program is developed by a government/industry-based committee of approximately 40 industry professionals. All abstracts are reviewed for content and relevance by the committee and are selected by consensus. Our audience is particularly interested in content that is tactical in nature. All abstracts considered sales pitches or product specific will be rejected.

We are seeking practical abstracts including but not limited to

Area contingency plans

Tactical response methodologies

Fast water response

Oil and HAZMAT transportation

Best practices for spill response

Planning and Preparedness

Case studies/lessons learned


       Common Operating Picture

Preventing ground spill water access

Contingency planning

Railway incidents


Response techniques and programs

Drills and exercises

Booming technologies

      Interagency and Industry coordination


      Emerging spill response technologies 

Restoration methods

      Environmental issues

Risk assessment and management

      Hazmat response techniques and safety

Safety assessments and planning

      Health and safety issues for responders

Security concerns during an incident

      Incident Command for local responders

Unified and/or Area Command

      Resource identification

Solid spill removal

      Sunken/submerged oil response and recovery

River salvage

      Asset security

      Cold water response

All submissions must:

  • Be objective and include practical and impartial information. They must not be commercial in nature or product specific
  • Identify primary and contributing authors. Abstracts authored or co-authored by users/operators will receive favorable consideration
  • Abstracts involving case studies will receive favorable consideration
  • Limit of two (2) submissions per speaker

Accepted speakers receive complimentary registration to the conference. Notifications regarding acceptance into the program will be emailed prior to year’s end.

For questions non exhibit related contact Cassie Davie, 713-343-1891, email

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