Plymouth State University’s Center for the Environment (CFE) hosts the 2013 New Hampshire Water and Watershed Conference, Friday, March 22 in PSU’s Hartman Union Building. The event features more than 30 talks addressing current water related research as well as effective strategies at the local, regional, state, and federal levels about changing environmental and societal conditions and their effects on New Hampshire’s water resources and aquatic environment. Specific topics to be covered include watershed planning, restoration, and management; education and outreach; ecosystem services of lakes, rivers, and watersheds; coordinating a response to climate change; and water quality and quantity.
The plenary speaker is Linwood Pendleton, director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and acting chief economist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). His talk will be on Clean Water and the New Hampshire Economy.
Governor Maggie Hassan is also expected to attend and speak about current water issues in New Hampshire.
CFE Director Dr. Joe Boyer stated the conference will provide an extensive amount of information about the region’s water resources.
“Water is a common denominator in the environment, society and economy of this region,” Boyer said. “This meeting will help further the research and management of water resources for the benefit of both nature and people.”
The sessions and talks at the conference are designed to meet the information and networking needs of a broad audience. In past years, scientists; educators; consultants; students; lake, river, and watershed groups; environmental organizations; volunteer monitors; municipal board and staff members; elected officials; local and regional planners; and policy makers have all found the conference to be full of valuable information addressing current water and watershed topics in New Hampshire.
Information about the event, registration, and the agenda are at http://www.plymouth.edu/center-for-the-environment/2013-nh-water-watershed-conference/