2014 Agenda – NH Water & Watershed Conference

Making Snow

The 2014 NH Water & Watershed Conference was held on March 21, 2014 at Plymouth State University. The conference focused on Sustainability of New Hampshire’s Water Resources with the following agenda (see links for presentations):

8:45 – 10:00 am: Morning Plenary

10:00 – 10:30 am: Poster Session & Refreshments

10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Morning Talks

Sustainability of New Hampshire’s Water Resources Chair: Judy Tumosa

  1. Developing Social Indicators Regarding Water Resources in New Hampshire – Shannon Rogers and Jill Ferrell
  2. Developing Indicators of Water Use and Availability in New Hampshire – Steve Norton and Daniel Barrick
  3. Population Projections, Housing Demand and Water Sustainability – Steve Norton and Dennis Delay

Integrating Science with Decision Making for Water ResourcesChairs: Wayne Ives & Shane Csiki

  1. Comprehensive Management of Lakes and Rivers:  The Lamprey River/Pawtuckaway Lake Management Plan – Wayne Ives
  2. Application of Long-Term Water Level Monitoring to Assess Sustainability – Dan Tinkham, John Brooks, Jeff Marts
  3. Province Lake Watershed Restoration Plan: Engaging Citizens to Address High Phosphorus Levels and Cyanobacteria Blooms – Forrest Bell, Linda Schier

Climate Change and Water Resources Chair: Chris Keeley

  1. How Species and Habitats Can Help Your Town Adapt to Climate Change and How You Can Help – Emily Preston
  2. Patterns of Snow Accumulation and Snowmelt in New Hampshire Watersheds – Carrie Vuyovich, Jennifer Jacobs
  3. Sustainable Water in New Hampshire: The Future of Snow – Jennifer Jacobs, Bryan Carignan, Carrie Vuyovich
  4. Assessment of Hydrologic Change in New Hampshire as a Result of Climate Change Using a Regional Precipitation Runoff Model – David Bjerklie and Joseph Ayotte, U.S. Geological Survey New England Water Science Center; and Matt Cahillane, Climate and Public Health Program, NH DHHS/DPHS/Bureau of Public Health Protection

Emerging Issues in Water and Public Health Chair: Kathleen Bush

  1. Groundwater Monitoring for Parameters Related to Arsenic Mobility – Jason Jarvis
  2. Impacts of road salt application on heavy metal mobilization in New Hampshire Watersheds – Kathleen Bush, Jess Wilhelm, Daniel Bain
  3. Using Virtual Beach to Protect Actual Beaches: Using a computer modeling program to predict bacteria at New Hampshire beaches – Sonya Carlson

Integrated Land Use Planning for Water ResourcesChair: Alison Watts

  1. Integrated Watershed Management in the Great Bay, NH Watershed: Many challenges, one Solution – Paul Stacey
  2. Integrated Planning to Reduce Nitrogen Loads in the Oyster River Watershed – Bill Arcieri, Theresa McGovern, Zach Henderson
  3. Integrated Planning in the Exeter/Squamscott Watershed – Alison Watts, Robert Roseen, Paul Stacey
  4. Climate Adaptation Plan for Exeter (CAPE) – Paul Kirshen

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Poster Session & Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 pm: Afternoon Talks

Sustainability of New Hampshire’s Water Resources Chair: Marcy Lyman

  1. Revising DES’s Nonpoint Source Management Plan to Address New Hampshire’s Water Quality Challenges – Jillian McCarthy
  2. Water Infrastructure Sustainability Funding Commission (SB60) Report – Senator Martha Fuller Clark
  3. Preparing Our Youth as Sustainable Water Stewards – A Water Education Plan for New Hampshire – Laurel Pushee and Judy Tumosa
  4. Addressing New Hampshire’s Water Planning Challenges – Potentially Useful Models from Other States – Rhonda Kranz

Integrating Science with Decision Making for Water Resources Chairs: Wayne Ives & Shane Csiki

  1. Water Quality Management: All Lakes are Not Created Equal – Joe Boyer
  2. A Comparison of Maintenance Cost, Labor Demands for LID and Conventional Stormwater Management – James Houle
  3. Detecting Geomorphologic Changes – Applying Innovations to Spatial Data Gathering – Jeremy Nicoletti

Water Resource Outreach, Education, and Citizen Science Chair: Denise Burchsted, Barbara McMillan

  1. Squam Watershed Assessment Report: Communicating decades of data to the Squam Community – Rebecca Hanson
  2. The WaterViz for Hubbard Brook – Lindsey Rustad
  3. Talk to Me: Generating Interest in Water Quality through Better Reporting – Sara Steiner
  4. Using Specific Electrical Conductance to Compare Rainfall Runoff in NH Urban and Rural Catchments– Ashley Hyde

Where are New Hampshire’s Water Data? Chairs: Mark Green & Rick Chormann

  1. USGS National Water Information System – Richard Kiah
  2. Groundwater Data for New Hampshire – Stephen Roy
  3. Blue Lines and Beyond:  The New Hampshire Hydrography Dataset as a Framework for Data Discovery and Analysis – Rick Chormann
  4. Environmental Monitoring Database: Overview of the data collection program & where the data live – Deb Soule

Land Use Planning for Conservation and Water SustainabilityChair: Shannon Rogers, Barbara McMillan

  1. A land conservation plan for the Merrimack Watershed of NH and MA – Chris Wells
  2. Breaking New Ground: A Collaborative Approach to Protecting New England’s Surface Water Supplies – John O’Neil, Kira Jacobs
  3. Water Resource Conservation Achievements Through the NHDES Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund (ARM) – Lori Sommer
  4. Improving Wetlands Regulations to Reflect Community Values – Michael McCrory and Rick van de Poll

2:30 – 2:45 pm: Break

2:45 – 3:45 pm: Closing Plenary

Join a panel of moderators and reporters from the day’s break-outs to discuss and address overarching questions posed in the morning plenary, plus general discussion – Moderators: David Berry or Rhonda Kranz

Throughout the Day:

Posters on New Hampshire Water Topics Chair: Cory Gucwa

  1. Remediation of Acid Mine Drainage:  Five Years of Monitoring at Ore Hill Mine Site, Warren, New Hampshire – Aaron Johnson
  2. Hodgson Brook Watershed Analysis – Pamela Ordung
  3. NH Wilderness Water Quality – Georgia Murray and Aaron Emerson
  4. Spatial and temporal variability of nitrogen cycling in riparian wetlands – David Rosengarten
  5. A Recent History of Snow Observations and Trends in New England – Douglas Osborne, Jennifer M. Jacobs, Carrie Vuyovich
  6. Systems Research at the Secondary Level: Hydrology and Ecology in the Salmon Brook Watershed – Megan Reilly, Quinn DiPasquale, Eleanor Loconte
  7. Distribution of Fluvial Wetland Area and Stream Elevation along the Lamprey River – Sophie Wilderotter
  8. Use of the World Café method of stakeholder engagement for developing a Squam Watershed plan – June Hammond Rowan, Rebecca Hanson, Chelsea Berg, Greg DiSanto, Jonathon Loos
  9. Evaluating Watershed Ecosystem Services in New Hampshire – Chelsea Berg, Jonathon Loos, Shannon Rogers
  10. A Rapid Floristic Quality Assessment for NH Wetlands – Jennifer-Lee Bell
  11. Sensing Suspended Solids: Using in-situ water quality sensors to provide insight into the suspended solids dynamics of high flow storm events in the Lamprey River – Nicholas Shonka
  12. Nitrate uptake kinetics in suburban streams of New Hampshire – Bianca Rodriguez-Cardona
  13. Use of Community-Based Social Marketing to Promote Sustainable Fishing Behavior in New Hampshire Recreational Lakes and Rivers – Melissa Leszek