16TH Annual EPA Drinking Water Workshop - Sept. 24-26

Location: Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH45202

Addressing Challenges and Solutions for Small Systems

This free annual workshop, held in partnership with the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA), provides in-depth information and training on various solutions and strategies for handling small drinking water system challenges. The workshop is primarily designed for state personnel responsible for drinking water regulations compliance and treatment technologies permitting; however, others may also benefit, including system owners and operators, local and tribal governments, academics, design engineers, technical assistance providers, and consultants.

Confluence Connects - Sept. 25, 6-8P

Location: Backstage Entertainment Center, 625 Walnut St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Confluence Connects - Nov. 13 TBA

Tech Showcase - December 11, 8AM-5PM

Location: Cincinnati Marriott North, 6189 Muhlhauser Rd., West Chester, OH 45069

NEWS UPDATE - March 1, 2018:


NKU wins regional university competition focused on needs of area water utilities

Cincinnati, OH (March 1, 2018) – Confluence is awarding its first annual Water Research Consortium Grant Challenge to Dr. Kirsten Schwarz of Northern Kentucky University.  The WRC grant challenge is a competition for research faculty and students at regional universities. The grant is made possible through the Confluence Innovation Grant Fund.

The inaugural competition focused on the needs of regional water utility with the following identified research areas of interest:  1) novel predictive exposure models and Identification of at-risk communities, 2) development of real-time sensors to identify exposure sources, 3) development of sensors for personal exposure assessment, and 4) novel outreach, education, and community engagement concepts. 

The $15,000 WRC Challenge Grant will support an urban watershed project lead by Dr. Kirsten Schwarz, Director of Northern Kentucky University’s Ecological Stewardship Institute. The project, Strategic Depaving, will design green infrastructure for vacant lots in the Buena Vista neighborhood of Newport, KY in partnership with community members, non-profits, city officials and planners. This project addresses a critical gap regarding the long-term sustainability of green infrastructure in urban watershed management – the role of the community in shaping and creating solutions to protecting urban water resources.  

About Confluence

Confluence, water technology innovation cluster, is a 501(c)(3).  Confluence works to identify, educate and facilitate solutions to current and emerging water challenges that impact the health of our community.

About Water Research Consortium

The Confluence Water Research Consortium is a network platform for connecting researchers affiliated with member organizations to develop sustainable, innovative, environmental technologies in response to today's regional, national and global water challenges.


News Update: August 25, 2017



Regional Water Technology Innovation Cluster Receives Federal Laboratory Consortium’s Highest Honor for Successful Partnership Initiative

Cincinnati, OH (August 25, 2017) – Confluence, the water technology innovation cluster in the Ohio River Valley Region, is the winner of the 2017 Federal Laboratory Consortium for Tech Transfer's Midwest Regional State and Local Economic Development Award. The award, one of FLC’s highest honors, recognizes successful initiatives that involve partnership between state or local economic development groups and federal laboratories.

Confluence partners with colleagues at the US EPA Breidenbach Research Laboratory to identify technological innovation and private sector research partners. Confluence leverages its geographic concentration of interconnected large and small businesses, utilities, universities, local/regional governments, entrepreneurs and investors to attract, develop and commercialize cutting-edge water technology and promote investment.

The Confluence/US EPA team will be honored at the 2017 FLC Midwest and Southeast Regional Awards Ceremony Luncheon in Cincinnati on April 29 at the Cincinnati Art Museum.