Throughout the first quarter of 2021, the Princeton Hydro team has participated in a variety of virtual events focused on conserving, restoring, and protecting our precious water resources. Here’s a snapshot of what’s to come:
March 1 – 3: Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit
The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary’s Science and Environmental Summit, happening virtually this year, brings together scientists, managers, restoration practitioners, and educators from different sectors to share the latest scientific information and make ecological linkages that promote a better understanding of the Delaware watershed as a whole. During this year’s summit, Princeton Hydro is virtually exhibiting and leading four presentations:
- President Geoffrey Goll is presenting, “Dam Removal Should Not Be Just About Dam Removal.”
- Vice President Mark Gallagher and Jennifer Rogers of Mercer County Park Commission are presenting, “Lessons Learned: Restoring the Northernmost Freshwater Tidal Marsh on the Delaware River.”
- Senior Aquatic Ecologist Jack Szczepanski, PhD and Natural Resources Project Manager Robert George, PWS are presenting, “Nekton Monitoring to Assess Beneficial Reuse of Dredged Material in Salt Marsh Restoration.”
- Aquatic Ecologist Michael Hartshorne; Environmental Scientist Emily Bjorhus, PWS; and Landscape Architect Cory Speroff, RLA, ASLA, CBLP are presenting, “Carversville Farm – Stream, Floodplain & Multi-Functional Riparian Buffer Restoration.”
The schedule also includes many student presentations and posters, which will judged and evaluated by a panel of volunteer judges. Princeton Hydro President Geoffrey Goll will judge three of the student presentations. The winners will be announced at the Summit closing ceremony.
March 3 & 4: PENNSYLVANIA LAKE MANAGEMENT SOCIETY (PALMS) ANNUAL CONFERENCE
PALMS is hosting its 31st annual conference during which lake professionals, students, recreation enthusiasts, lakeside residents, and community members explore a variety of topics related to managing lakes and reservoirs. This year’s conference, themed, “Managing for Emerging Threats,” will be held virtually via Zoom. Attendees can participate in a collection of professional presentations, workshops and panel discussions. Princeton Hydro’s Director of Aquatic Resources, Dr. Fred Lubnow, is presenting on the “Implementation of Various In-Lake Management Techniques to Address HABs in Lake Hopatcong, NJ.”
March 8: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Annual Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Summit
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is hosting an all-day, virtual Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Summit. Attendees will participate in interactive educational sessions, lead by HAB and lake management experts, on topics like emerging HAB treatment technologies and best management practices for controlling HABs. Princeton Hydro’s Director of Aquatic Resources Dr. Fred Lubnow is giving a presentation on “The evaluation of innovative measures to prevent, mitigate, and/or control HABs in Lake Hopatcong.” Participants will also be introduced to the newly established NJ HAB Expert Team, which includes two Princeton Hydro scientists: Dr. Lubnow and Dr. Steve Souza. The HAB Summit is part of Governor Phil Murphy and the NJDEP’s multi-pronged initiative to reduce and prevent future HAB outbreaks in waterbodies throughout the state.
March 9: Community Engagement – The Key to a Successful Dam Removal Project
The NJ Statewide Dam Removal Partnership will host a virtual event titled, Community Engagement: The Key to a Successful Dam Removal Project. This free one-hour information session will focus on the “who, what, where, when, and how” of a successful dam removal implementation and community outreach campaign. Presenters include experts from Raritan Headwaters Association and Musconetcong Watershed Association. Registration is required.
May 4: Society for American Military Engineers (SAME) North Atlantic Industry Day
North Atlantic Industry Day 2021 is a virtual event during which registrants can participant in briefings and presentations from government officials, industry experts, and agency members from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, and FEMA. Topics include the latest trends in resiliency, cybersecurity, COVID-19, sustainability, government contracting evaluation, tips for landing government contracts, and much more! SAME aims to provide leaders from the A/E/C, environmental, and facility management industries the opportunity to come together with federal agencies in order to showcase best practices and highlight future opportunities for small businesses to work in the federal market.
INCASE YOU MISSED IT: NJ HIGHLANDS COALITION WEBINAR – Benefits of Riparian Buffers
On February 9, NJ Highlands Coalition hosted a webinar lead by Princeton Hydro Founding Principal Dr. Stephen Souza and Policy Director for the NJ Highlands Coalition Elliott Ruga. Participants of the webinar – “A River Runs By It: The Environmental and Societal Benefits of Riparian Buffers” – learned about riparian buffers; what they are, why they exist, and how they protect water quality in streams and rivers. By showcasing real-world examples, the presenters illustrated the importance of restoring stream banks to enhance water quality and promote healthy aquatic life and fish populations. The webinar and preceding Q&A discussion are available to view on the Highlands Coalition YouTube Channel.
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