Upcoming Events

Save the Date: Murphy North Carolina WATERS Summit

October 13, 2021
Contact: Ray Celeste

REMINDER: Rep. Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03) will be hosting the first annual Water Adaptations to Ensure Regional Success (WATERS) Summit on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 9am-4:30pm. The purpose of this conference will be to hear from leading national experts and local leaders about human adaptation strategies to waterway challenges in Eastern North Carolina over the next 5, 25, and 100-years.

Who: Rep. Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03), Rep. David Rouzer (NC-07), Rep. G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) (invited), leading scientific and academic experts, and many state and local leaders.

What: Water Adaptation to Ensure Regional Success (WATERS) Summit to highlight human strategy responses to water adaptation in Eastern North Carolina including flooding, hurricane mitigation, and other marine coastal issues.

When: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 9:00am – 4:30pm

Where: Hilton Greenville at 207 Greenville Blvd, SW, Greenville, NC 27834*

Questions/RSVP: Ray Celeste, waterwaychallenges@mail.house.gov

*Please note: we have changed the location of this event to the Hilton Greenville to accommodate additional guests. The event will also be livestreamed online. Email Ray Celeste if you are interested in attending virtually.*


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