2020 NHWWC Agenda

Agenda for March 13, 2020 NH Water and Watershed Conference at Merrill Place, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH

8:00 am – 8:45 am: Registration and networking – Merrill Place Lobby

8:45 am – 9:45 am: Plenary Talk: What’s in Your Water? Legal Approaches to Addressing Persistent Threats – Patrick A. Parenteau, J.D., Professor of Law and Senior Counsel in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, Vermont Law School

9:45 am – 10:30 am: Poster Session

10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Morning Talks (3 breakout sessions, 4 talks per session)

Watershed Trends and Tools Chair: Amy Villamagna

  • Trends in New Hampshire’s Water Quality Kirsten Nelson
  • High elevation waters: Declines in air pollution inputs & surface water response – Georgia Murray, Ralph Perron and Sarah Nelson
  • Diatom Indicators of Environmental Changes in Sediments of Northern New England Lakes Sydney Welch & Lisa Doner
  • New Web Apps by NHGS: Stream Temperature and Groundwater Data Discovery Gregory Barker & Joshua Keeley

Watershed and Lakes Protection Chair: Shane Csiki

  • DDT Contamination in Squam Lake, NH: A Watershed Approach Amanda May
  • Contaminants in Loon eggs in New Hampshire Tiffany Grade
  • The Elephant in the Outhouse – Jon Balanoff & Sally Soule
  • LakeSmart – a Lake-Friendly Living Program Inspiring a New Conservation Ethic –Krystal Costa Balanoff

PFAS Chemicals in the Water Cycle: A Municipal Perspective Chairs: Lisa Coté & Brian Goetz

  • PFAS Primer What You Should Know About This Emerging Contaminant – Andrea Tokranov
  • PFAS in the New Hampshire Fire Service – Michael Foss
  • New England PFAS Timeline and Current Status of PFAS Management in Drinking Water – Brian Goetz
  • PFAS levels in NH Waters and Implications for Schools on Septic Systems – Brandon Kernen

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch

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

Public/Private Partnerships: Water-based entrepreneurship Chair: Katie Zink

  • Source Water Protection in Francestown, NH – Justin Shaw
  • Wood in Streams Benefits Trout and Watershed Donna Hepp and Colin Lawson
  • A Seat at the Table for Science: Lessons for water quality management from negotiation – Lindsey Williams

Climate Change Impacts Chairs: Michelle Shattuck & Joe Boyer

  • Taking Nitrogen by storm: Environmental controls on Nitrogen removal in reservoirs and implications for management – Eliza Balch
  • The Vulnerability and Resilience of High-elevation Watershed Waters to a Changing Climate Michael Simpson
  • Confronting changing winters: documenting loss of cold and snow across the Northeast – Sarah Nelson, Alix Contosta, Nora Casson, Sarah Garlick, Liz Burakowski and Georgia Murray

PFAS Chemicals in the Water Cycle: A Municipal Perspective Chairs: Lisa Coté & Brian Goetz

  • PFAS in Municipal Wastewater and Residuals (Biosolids) – Chip Chesley
  • Management of PFAS in Municipal Solid Waste and Leachate – Marc Morgan
  • PFAS Q&A Panel – Integrated PFAS Management at the Municipal Level – How to Break the Cycle? All track Speakers

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Break

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm: Q & A with Persistent and Evolving Water Resource Leaders: Panel discussion


  • Johnathan Bumgarner, Director, New England Water Science Center, US Geological Survey
  • Lisa Coté , M.A., Senior Hydrogeologist, GEOSPHERE Environmental Management, Inc.
  • Brian Goetz, Deputy Director of Public Works, City of Portsmouth, NH
  • Tom O’Brien, President, NH LAKES
  • Tom O’Donovan, P.E., Director, Water Division, NH Department of Environmental Services

Throughout the Day: Posters on New Hampshire Water Topics