2017 NH Water & Watershed Conference

Past and Future Challenges of Water Resource Management in NH

The 10th New Hampshire Water & Watershed Conference was held on March 24, 2017 at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH.

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10 Years of NHWWC Sessions. By Carolyn Greenough

The 2017 conference focused on what has transpired during the past ten years and what we might expect during the next ten and beyond. Over time, the NHWWC has explored a variety of topics and this year the event focused on key issues related to pollutants, rivers and streams, water infrastructure, climate change, mitigation and restoration, technology and tools,  and outreach. The 2017 conference featured a plenary speaker, approximately 30 talks, a poster session, and a workshop style session in the afternoon designed to summarize progress over the past 10 years. A summary report of the conference is available.

2017 NHWWC Agenda:

8:00 am – 8:30 am: Registration and networking

8:30 am – 9:30 am: Plenary Talk “Water Power, Paradoxes, and Rainmakers” – Thomas Burack, Former Commissioner, NH Department of Environmental Services, Attorney at Sheehan Phinney

9:30 am – 10:15 am: Poster Session

10:15 am – 11:45 pm: Morning Talks

Riparian Corridors Chair: David Patrick

Pollutants Chairs: Dave Cedarholmdavid-cedarholm-pollutants-stagnant-pond-in-newmarket-impacted-by-sceptic

  • Ghosts of MtBE Past, Present, and Future – Gary Lynn
  • Trends in Methyl Tert-Butyl Ether Concentration in Private Wells in Southeast New Hampshire, from 2005 to 2015 – Sarah Flanagan
  • The New Hampshire PFC Investigation – Brandon Kernen

Outreach Chair: Barbara McMillan

River and Stream Infrastructure for Improvements Chair: Shane Csikibrian-goetz-old_pipe_portsmouth_nh

Legacy Issues Chair: Paul Susca

11:45 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch & Talk by Governor Chris Sununu (invited)m-simpson-climate-change-warner-road-in-henniker

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm: Afternoon Talks

Climate Change Chair: Michael Simpson

Pollutants Chair: Joe Boyer

Outreach Chair: Judy Tumosagood-group-shot-with-part-of-garden-in-front

Mitigation and Restoration Chair: Jennifer Palmiotto

  • To Restore or Not to Restore, that is the McQuesten – Michele Tremblay & Stephen Landry
  • Buffer Options around Great Bay: Understanding the scientific and social context – Steve Miller & Shea Flanagan
  • The Homestead Dam removal and broader implications for river restoration and geomorphic predictions – John Gartner

Planning and Assessment Technology and Tools Chair: Michelle Shattuck

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm: Break

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Workshop – Interactive session designed to gather ideas and summarize the day

Throughout the Day: Posters on New Hampshire Water Topics Chair: Carolyn Greenough

Demonstration – in the lobby throughout the day:

  • Massachusetts Watershed-Based Plans: A new web-based tool for statewide watershed planning – Robert Hartzel