Plymouth, N.H. – In the past 100 years, the northeastern United States has experienced a 50 percent increase in annual precipitation. The frequency of extreme precipitation events in the region is projected to more than double by the end of this century. This trend in extreme weather events is becoming a serious concern in the Granite State, which is the core theme for the 2016 New Hampshire Water and Watershed Conference, “Managing New Hampshire’s Water for a More Resilient Environment.” The event, scheduled for March 18 at Plymouth State University, will survey the resiliency of our natural watersheds, water systems and built infrastructure to respond to and recover from disturbances.
Plymouth State University’s Center for the Environment (CFE) hosts the event each year, with the goal of providing current information about New Hampshire’s water resources and related topics. The agenda includes a morning plenary talk on the resilience of New Hampshire’s hydrology to forest harvesting. Throughout the day, there will be informative sessions on a variety of topics and the event ends with an afternoon panel discussion about water and tourism in New Hampshire.
Conference organizer and CFE’s Associate Director June Hammond Rowan ’10CAGS, ’11EdD said the conference provides the latest information about a critically important natural resource.
“Water resources are a vital part of New Hampshire’s landscape and economy,” Hammond Rowan said. “We have over 30 talks and more than ten posters presentations this year covering a broad range of topics related to resiliency, including floods and flood hazards, modeling our watersheds, water infrastructure, storm water management, valuing water and watershed planning.”
CFE Director Joe Boyer said much of the conference is about how to prepare for problems caused by changes in the weather.
“This conference will explore what we can do to help nature resist and respond to disturbances in the watershed,” Boyer noted. “I’m especially looking forward to the discussion on water and tourism as a way to publicize the watersheds role in our economy.”
Registration for the conference is almost full. For additional conference and registration information, visit plymouth.edu/center-for-the-environment/2016-nh-water-watershed-conference.
The NH Water and Watershed Conference is organized by PSU’s Center for the Environment with assistance from NH Department of Environmental Services, NH Geological Survey, NH Fish and Game Department, UNH NH Water Resources Research Center, US Geological Survey, New England Water Science Center, Tighe and Bond and the City of Portsmouth.
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