CFE to Host Panel Discussion on “Presence of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Stream Sediments of the Squam Lake Watershed”

A public meeting sponsored by the Squam Lakes Association and the Center for the Environment at Plymouth State University

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 @ 5:30 pm, Boyd Science Center – Room 144, Plymouth State University

squam-contaminants-flyer-nov-1-2017The Squam Lakes Association (SLA) and Plymouth State University’s Center for Environment (CFE) invite the public to attend a panel discussion pertaining to recent findings of environmentally-significant levels of persistent organic pollutants (POP) in sediments of certain streams draining into Squam Lake. A report released by the Loon Preservation Committee showed that three of their sampled sites contained environmentally-significant levels of PCBs and that two of those also had elevated levels of DDT and degradation products. Previous analysis of unhatched loon eggs showed presence of significant levels of PCBs, dioxins, flame retardants, stain guards, and pesticides (DDT and chlordane).

Joining us to provide more information and answer questions are:

  • Ted Diers, Watershed Management Bureau Administrator @ NHDES
  • Bob Lucic, Attorney @ Sheehan Phinney and SLA Board Chair
  • Dick McGrath, Principal Environmental Consultant with the Isosceles Group
  • Harry Vogel, Director of the Loon Preservation Committee
  • B. James, Executive Director of the Squam Lakes Association
  • Moderator: Joe Boyer, Director of CFE @ PSU

The purpose of this meeting is to provide best available, balanced information. We will discuss issues pertaining to POP sources and persistence, effects on animals and ecosystem, and private property liability and legacy contaminants. We will also discuss next steps for surveying/identifying sources and potential for confinement and remediation.

The Boyd Science Center is located on Highland Street in Plymouth. Parking is available on the street.