As we experience varying weather events, our water resource management techniques and research areas must also evolve & adapt. While different regions face specific concerns, there are ubiquitous lessons to be learned from our coastal communities that apply to regions throughout the country. This conference will explore high-priority water issues and solutions nationwide that are also relevant for communities in other climatic regions. The integration of coastal and upland restoration affects all coastal communities. Pollutants such as sediment, microplastics, water-borne trash, harmful algal blooms, and emerging contaminants of concern are pervasive across all climatic zones.