2018 NH Water & Watershed Conference Agenda

Draft Agenda for 2018 NHWWC at Merrill Place, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH

March 23, 2018

Note: Agenda is a draft and subject to change. The order of talks may change.

8:00 am – 8:30 am: Registration and networking – Merrill Place Lobby

8:30 am – 9:20 am: Plenary Talk “An Aquatic Symphony: The Ongoing Revolution in in situ Water Quality Sensing and What It Means for Watershed Science and Resource Management – Wilfred Wollheim, Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources and co-director of the Water Systems Analysis Group, University of New Hampshire

9:20 am – 9:45 am: Update on The NH Drinking Water and Groundwater Advisory Commission and Trust Fund – Senator Chuck Morse

9:45 am – 10:25 am: Poster Session

10:25 am – 10:30 am: Walk to breakout sessions

10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Morning Talks (4 breakout sessions, 4 talks per session)

Water Quality Monitoring and Modeling Chair: Joseph Boyer

  • Lowell Water’s Clean Stream Initiative on the Merrimack River – Greg Coyle, Steve Chapra, and Tim Devine
  • Potential Drivers of a Regional Stream Water Nitrate Pulse – Mark Green
  • Quantifying the Impact of Dams on Floods, Droughts, and Nutrient Flux in the Lamprey River Watershed – Dave Simon, Anne Lightbody, and Shan Zuidema
  • Assessing Models of Arsenic Occurrence in Drinking Water from Bedrock Aquifers in New Hampshire – Melissa Lombard

Addressing Stormwater Chair: Carolyn Greenough

  • How do New Hampshire Communities Address Stormwater in their Master Plans? – June Hammond Rowan, Jason Spencer, and Carolyn Greenough
  • How New England can Benefit from Parking Lot Trees: Municipal Data and Recommendations – Tyler Simonds
  • Tree Filter Systems for Stormwater Management – Paul Iorio
  • The Stormwater Benefits of High-Performance Urban Trees – Shane Carpani

Public Engagement in Water and Watershed Issues Chair: Vivien Taylor

  • Using a Mental Models Approach to Understand Expert and Community Perceptions of Arsenic in Drinking Water – Kathrin Lawlor, Shannon Rogers, and Mark Borsuk
  • Improving Resilience in a Time of Disturbance – Kallie Matso
  • The New Hampshire Drinking Water Festival: Celebrating Water and Water Professionals – Andrew Madison and Lara Hooper
  • The Twin State Mercury Project: Promoting Mercury Science and Data Literacy Through Participatory Research – Kate Buckman

Data and Information Tools for Water Resources Decision Support Chair: Shane Csiki

  • Buffer Options for the Bay: A New Buffer Resource for Watershed Managers and Practitioners – Steve J Miller
  • Leveraging Drones for Data Collection – Andy Street
  • Map Services to Support Flood Hazard Mitigation and Stream Restoration Efforts Across the State – Thomas Taggart and Cheryl Bondi
  • DAM Dashboard: Dam Assessment and Management Tool Pilot Project – David Roman

12:30 pm – 1:25 pm: Lunch

1:25 pm – 1:30 pm: Walk to breakout sessions

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Afternoon Talks (3 breakout sessions, 3 talks per session)

Streams, Habitats, Fish, and How eDNA Can Help Us Find Them Chair: Allison Watts

  • Riparian Influences on Stream Habitat, Nutrients, and Ecology – John Magee
  • The Effects of Historic Land Use on Wild Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in Headwater Streams – Tyson Morrill
  • Environmental DNA: An Emerging Tool in Water Resource Management – Alison Watts

Municipal Infrastructure and Water Supply Chair: Brian Goetz

  • Public Water Systems: Keeping up with Technology, Weather Patterns, Emerging Contaminant and Customer Expectation – Brian Goetz
  • Drinking and Ground Water Commission and Trust Fund: Renewed Investment in Infrastructure and Source Protection – Paul Susca
  • Perspectives on Municipal Stormwater Infrastructure –Tim Puls and Bill Boulanger

Ecological Health In New Hampshire Chair: Carolyn Greenough

  • Squam Lake Loons and Contaminants in the Squam Watershed – Tiffany Grade
  • Successes and Challenges Using Co-Indicators along with Traditional Source Tracking Methods to Better Pinpoint Human Sources of Fecal Contamination: A Case Study in North Hampton, NH – Laura Diemer
  • Ecological Models for Improved Management of Vibrio parahaemolyticus Risk in the Great Bay Estuary – Meghan Hartwick

3:00 pm – 3:10 pm:    Break & walk to Merrill Place

3:10 pm – 4:15 pm:   Panel Discussion on Regional Watershed Management Issues: The good, the bad, and the ugly – Join us for an engaging discussion that explores a variety of issues related to why and how we manage our watersheds. We will explore challenges, goals, scale, capacity, team building, and governance as drivers of success.

Throughout the Day: Posters on New Hampshire Water Topics Chair: Emma Handy

  • Newfound Lake’s clear water system: an ecosystem approach – Robert Pinsonneault
  • A Permaculture Perspective on Low Impact Landscape Design – Andrew Veilleux
  • Future Risk of Dams in New England Under Land Use & Climate Change – Iman Hosseini-Shakib
  • PFAS Sampler Development – Scott Greenwood
  • Hot and Salty: Assessing ecological stress in New Hampshire streams at community and population levels – Katerina Crowley
  • Quantification of HSP70 in Stonefly Nymphs: A novel approach to biomonitoring – Roy Fruit
  • Spatial Model to Map Sandbars in the Connecticut River Water for Floodplain Conservation – Bogumila Backiel
  • Potential Impact of Sulfamethoxazole on Microbial Communities Indigenous to the Nashua and Nissitissit Rivers – Susan E. Barbaro