The theme for the 2014 NH Water & Watershed Conference is Sustainability of New Hampshire’s Water Resources and we appreciate your interest in submitting an abstract for a talk at the conference. Talks will be 20-30 minutes. We encourage talks that focus on project results, either preliminary or final, rather than on projects that are just beginning. All speakers will be required to register for the conference. Registration will occur in January.
As of December 10, 2013, we are no longer accepting abstracts. The conference committee is working on the the conference agenda which will include the following topics related to water resource sustainability
- Sustainability of New Hampshire’s Water Resources: As part of the conference, we are including a meeting of the Sustainable Water Resource Roundtable (SWRR). SWRR is a national organization focusing on advancing our understanding of the nation’s water resources and the development of tools for their sustainable management. This track will include invited talks by New Hampshire and out-of-state speakers as well as submissions related to sustainable management of water resources, infrastructure, and services in New Hampshire.
- Built and Natural Water Infrastructure: Water infrastructure can include both natural (ecological) and built components. Talks in this session will explore various aspects of infrastructure including valuation of resources, payment for ecosystem service schemes, funding for built infrastructure, and recent infrastructure innovations in New Hampshire.
- Water Resource Outreach, Education, and Citizen Science: Do you have a recent project that combines aspects of outreach, education, and working with citizens in scientific research or implementing solutions? We invite talks that share information and examples of positive outcomes from engaging people in water resource projects.
- Land Use Planning and Conservation for Water Sustainability: Land use planning and land conservation can have a positive impact on the sustainability of our water resources. We invite examples of best practices and innovative projects from New Hampshire to demonstrate how local planning can be used in to help sustain our water resources.
- Quality, Quantity, Timing, and Distribution of Water Supply: Water supply for a variety of uses is dependent on water quality, quantity, timing, and distribution. Talks will cover these areas and provide examples of the relationship to supply and demand for water resources along with the reuse and recycling of water.
- Water Law, Policy, and Management: Water law, policy, and management are important aspects of our water resources. We invite talks that outline issues and case studies that provide examples of how our laws and policies influence management and recommendations for the future.
- Successes in Integrating Science with Decision Making for Water Resources: Decisions about water resources should rely on good science and for science to be readily used in decision making, decision makers should be included in the scientific process. This session will outline New Hampshire successes on this topic.
- Where are New Hampshire’s water data? We have extensive data on water amount and quality in New Hampshire, collected by many different organizations and individuals. An opportunity exists to significantly advance our understanding the State’s water resources by coordinating these data sets to empower new analyses of this large collective data set. Before any of this can happen, we need to conduct an inventory of what data are out there and identify the barriers to making these data broadly and easily available. This session and panel discussion will provide a forum to discuss these issues and identify solutions and we invite presentations that will help us understand existing data sets and needs.
- Emerging Issues in Water and Public Health: Natural contaminants along with changes in climate, land-use, and resource management practices pose unique stressors to water quality and watershed sustainability. This session will explore how these emerging issues are also linked to public health. Relevant topics might include: arsenic in ground water, responding to extreme precipitation impacts such as stormwater and beach closures, adjusting to changes in seasonal water availability, managing invasive plant and animals, protecting public health from heavy metals and contaminants in streams, rivers, and groundwater wells.
- Posters on New Hampshire Water Topics: We will have a poster display as part of the conference and we encourage watershed groups and students to submit abstracts for a poster on topics and research related to New Hampshire’s water resources.
Notification of acceptance of abstracts for presentations will be sent in early January. PowerPoint presentations are encouraged. LCD projectors and laptops will be provided. No overhead or slide projectors will be available. Presentations will be 20-30 minutes, with an additional time for questions and answers. Presenters will be required to register for the conference and we hope you will attend for the day. Registration will occur in January and we anticipate the registration fee to be approximately $50 ($35 for students).