Clean Currents 2023

Networking Opportunities

Don’t Miss These Great Opportunities to Connect with Your Peers

Monday, October 9th, 2023

3rd Annual “Tour De NHA” Bike Outing at Clean Currents
This event is open to all Clean Current attendees.

Location for the Ride: The Loveland Bike Trail
This trail is 30 minutes from the Duke Energy Convention Center (home of 2023 Clean Currents). The trail is also known as the Little Miami Scenic Trail and it starts in Hamilton, which has multiple local breweries and taverns located along it. The trail is over 70 miles long and has connections to well over 100 miles if any folks want to log a century.

Bike Rentals
There are three bike shops right on the trail that will rent bikes:
Montgomery Cyclery, Loveland Location
Loveland Bike Rental
Bishops Bicycles
There may be other bike shops in the Cincinnati metro area as well.

Two Ride Options
Group A
20-25 mile ride
Start time: 9 a.m.; Finish Time: 12 p.m.
Start Location: Bishops Bicycles, 313 Main Street, Milford, Ohio (public parking across the street)
Post-Ride Celebration: The Trailyard, 368 Center Street, Miamiville, Ohio (couple of miles north of Bishops Bicycles)
Group Leader: Don Nims, Colliers Engineering & Design

Group B
50 mile ride
Start time: 9 a.m.; Finish Time: 2 p.m.
Start Location: Bishops Bicycles, 313 Main Street, Milford, Ohio (public parking across the street)
Post-Ride Celebration: The Trailyard, 368 Center Street, Miamiville, Ohio (couple of miles north of Bishops Bicycles)
Group Leader: Seth Green, Southern Company


Upload Image
Upload Image

Monday, October 9th, 2023

NHA’s Inaugural River Sweep: Ohio River Valley
Did you know: The Ohio River supports over 160 species of fish and other wildlife? NHA is working with the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) to organize NHA’s Inaugural River Sweep.

Recommended Dress Code:
• Waterproof shoes highly recommended
• Weather appropriate attire
• Sun-protection highly recommended (hats)
• Quick-dry pants highly recommended

ORSANCO Will Provide:
• Trash bags
• Gloves
• Attendees who RSVP with their registration will receive a free T-shirt to commemorate!

Schedule:
1:00 PM: Depart from Duke Energy Convention Center
1:00 – 3:45 PM: River Clean Up
3:45 PM: Return to Duke Energy Convention Center


Tuesday, October 10th, 2023

Refreshment and Networking Break
The National Hydropower Association will host a refreshment break for ALL attendees of Clean Currents. Enjoy this time to network with others.

Tuesday, October 10th, 2023

Welcome Happy Hour
Whether you are walking out of a Deep Dive Workshop, completed participation in an NHA committee meeting, finished setting up your exhibit space, or just landed in Cincinnati, join other Clean Currents attendees for a drink and a bite at the Welcome Happy Hour on the 2nd floor of the Duke Energy Convention Center!

It’s a great way to meet up with friends and make new ones before your evening activities begin.

Tuesday, October 10th, 2023

NHA Future Leaders of Waterpower (FLOW) Happy Hour
Networking social event for NHA Future Leaders of Waterpower (FLOW) and Young Professionals. Join us for appetizers and drinks and get to know your colleagues across the industry at Tokyo Kitty.

This ticketed event ($15) is open to all Clean Currents attendees under the age of 40. To add this off-site event to your registration, email us at registration@hydro.org.

Click here to learn more about FLOW.

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

Networking Coffee Break in CC Central
Come network! Grab a cup of coffee after the Plenary Session and catch up with your colleagues.

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

Networking Lunch in CC Central
Clean Currents will host a “come and go” buffet lunch for ALL attendees on both Wednesday, October 11 (from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM), and Thursday, October 12 (from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM) right in CC Central.

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

PM Coffee / Dessert Break in CC Central
Clean Currents will host a coffee and specialty dessert break for ALL attendees on both Wednesday, October 11 (from 2:15 PM to 3:00 PM), and Thursday, October 12 from (2:30 PM to 3:00 PM) right in CC Central.


Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

You’re Invited: Waterpower Industry Welcomes NHA Future Leaders of Waterpower (FLOW) and Young Professionals to Clean Currents
Gather at the National Hydropower Association (NHA) Booth to mingle and welcome the Future Leaders of Waterpower (FLOW) and young professionals to the industry. This is a great way to meet other industry professionals as well as up-and-coming rising stars.

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

Official Networking Event: Celebrate Waterpower!
NHA will be hosting the Official Networking Social: Celebrate Waterpower! at the Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team.

Wrap-up your first full day at Clean Currents at the Official Networking Social – Celebrate Waterpower! All Clean Currents attendees are invited to join this reception to network with colleagues. Located on the winding banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Great American Ball Park serves as the home of the Cincinnati Reds, baseball’s first professional franchise.

A complimentary ticket is already included with a full conference or a Wednesday-only registration. Additional tickets for guests are available for $75.

See photos from last year’s Official Networking Social: Celebrate Waterpower! event:





Thursday, October 12th, 2023

Women in Waterpower Networking Breakfast: ‘Future-Proofing’ the Industry — Creating an Environment for Excellence
Network with others interested in supporting and advocating for women in waterpower over a hot breakfast!

Join us at the Women in Waterpower Breakfast as we delve into the theme of “Future-Proofing Our Industry: Creating an Environment for Excellence.” In this inspiring session, we will have the privilege of hearing from accomplished women representing various career stages within the waterpower sector. They will share their insights on the crucial factors that have contributed to their personal and professional growth, offering valuable perspectives on how we can foster an environment that empowers women to excel in this dynamic industry. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain wisdom and inspiration from trailblazing women in waterpower.

Additionally, we are excited to welcome the recipient of the Julie Keil Scholarship!

All are welcome to participate in this breakfast session, regardless of gender.
This ticketed event ($45; $30 for NHA members) is open to all Clean Current attendees.

Upload Image
Upload Image

Thursday, October 12th, 2023

Networking Coffee Break in CC Central
Come network! Grab a cup of coffee after the Plenary Session and catch up with your colleagues.

Thursday, October 12th, 2023

Networking Lunch in CC Central
Clean Currents will host a “come and go” buffet lunch for ALL attendees on both Wednesday, October 11 (from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM), and Thursday, October 12 (from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM) right in CC Central.

Thursday, October 12th, 2023

PM Coffee / Dessert Break in CC Central
Clean Currents will host a coffee and specialty dessert break for ALL attendees on both Wednesday, October 11 (from 2:15 PM to 3:00 PM), and Thursday, October 12 from (2:30 PM to 3:00 PM) right in CC Central.


Thursday, October 12th, 2023

Power Party in CC Central: Power Up. Plug In!
Get energized about waterpower! Come together as a community in CC Central for the grand finale of Clean Currents 2023. Enjoy food, drink, excitement, and spend a bit of time with colleagues before we all go our separate ways.

A complimentary ticket is already included with a full conference or a Thursday-only registration.

Thursday, October 12th, 2023

Networking Reception/Dinner for Operations and Technical Professionals, organized by NHA Hydropower Technical Community (HTC)
This informal, casual evening at the Moerlein Lager House, right across the street from the Cincinnati Reds ballpark, features plenty of opportunity to enjoy each other’s company, network, roam around, talk to lots of fellow attendees, and enjoy substantial food and drink.

Join this fun “community” networking activity among those who work on the operational/technical/dam safety side of the hydropower business.

It’s also a good way to share with each other about what you do related to operational excellence, dam safety, and/or project operations and maintenance, in preparation for the event’s Friday morning workshops, tours, and NHA member meetings.
The casual reception/dinner is organized by NHA’s Hydropower Technical Community (HTC).

This ticketed event ($150; $100 for employees of NHA member organizations) is open to all Clean Current attendees.

Through its Hydropower Technical Community (HTC), NHA offers employees of member organizations a variety of ongoing opportunities and collaborative tools for benchmarking and exchange of critical information related to the technical and environmental aspects of operating hydroelectric projects.

How to Sign Up for Ticketed Events

Purchase tickets for any of the ticketed events during the registration process. If you are already registered and want to add one or more ticketed events to your registration, please use this link to log in to your existing registration.

  • You will need to log in using the email address associated with your registration and your Registrant ID or Confirmation Code (both can be found within your confirmation email, but if you cannot find either please email registration@hydro.org)
  • Once logged in you can edit/update your registration, add items to your registration and submit payment via credit card.

Networking Tip #1

  • It’s always beneficial to arrive early and stay late during Clean Currents 2022. 
  • Being present in the “off hours” allows you to arrange meetings and have conversations with influential people in the field. 
  • You can review the agenda ahead of time to plan your days. 
  • You may also want to rethink how you use your breaks. Many people spend the time in between presentations checking in with their office, but this is one of the best times to make connections. 
  • Don’t dismiss the social activities—networking receptions and happy hours — as some of the best networking takes place at these events. 
  • You may also want to consider having dinner with fellow waterpower professionals to network.

Networking Tip #2

As you meet colleagues, presenters, and future collaborators during Clean Currents 2022, be prepared with a 30-second elevator pitch: share who you are, what you do, and why you are attending. 

Be sure to tailor your pitch to the people you are meeting – and even consider preparing multiple elevator pitches for different audiences. 

And of course, don’t forget to bring plenty of business cards!

Quick Links

Share