The 2012 New Hampshire Water and Watershed Conference was held on March 23, 2012 at Plymouth State University, hosted by CFE. 225 people attended the event to hear over 35 talks on a variety of water related topics on Tropical Storm Irene, water infrastructure, floodplain management, surface water quality, low impact development, and the Great Bay. For the first time, the conference included a poster display featuring student research projects and other important water topics. Plenary talks covered the Governor’s Commission on Water Sustainability and an overview of a new New Hampshire based research project on the interactions among climate, land use, ecosystem services, and society.
The NH Water & Watershed Conference is organized by a group of people from PSU’s Center for the Environment, NH Department of Environmental Services, UNH NH Water Resources Research Center, UNH Cooperative Extension, NH Rivers Council, NH Lakes Association, NH Fish and Game Department, US Geological Survey, White Mountain National Forest, Weston & Sampson.
June Hammond Rowan was the lead organizer for the conference along with graduate student Kristi Wilkinson. Mark Green gave a talk on “The Hydrology of the Pemigewasset Valley Flood Following Tropical Storm Irene” and Denise Burchsted presented on “The Impact of Natural Dams on Headwater Streams.” The following posters were presented by CFE staff and graduate students:
- Characterizing River Metal Fluxes to a Northwest Iceland lake – Christina Maki
- A Climate of Change: The need for water resource education in Pakistan to meet the current and upcoming challenges – Marguerite Crowell
- Developing a Lake Recreation Management Decision System (LRMDS) for the Squam Lakes – Andrew Veilleux
- Effectiveness of a Sulfate-Reducing Bioreactor at Ore Hill Mine Site – Aaron Johnson & Auston Davis
- Forest Harvest and Watershed Hydrology as Controls on the Mobilization of Aluminum in the White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire USA – Christopher Nealen
- Snow Hydrology at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest – Joe Molloy
- Using Community Based Social Marketing to Improve Angler Recruitment and Retention in NH – Matt Bartley
- Using Water Stable Isotopes to Interpret Seasonal Dynamics in the Pemigewasset River Watershed, NH – Kristin Brandt
For more information, visit the conference website.