Hundreds of water resource professionals, researchers, regulators, planners and the public from throughout the state will gather March 19 at the Augusta Civic Center for the 2013 Maine Water Conference, founded in 1994 by the University of Maine’s Senator George J. Mitchell Center. The daylong event begins with registration at 7:30 a.m., with the first in a series of workshops, presentations and panel discussions starting at 8:30 a.m. The event also will include a juried poster competition and exhibitors’ tables. Topics range from groundwater management, sustainability and municipal decision making to the status of Maine’s water resources, fisheries habitat and nonsource point pollution and emerging contaminants. For additional information, including registration fees and disability accommodations, visit the Senator George J. Mitchell Center, or call the center at 207.581.3244.