Cayuga Lake Watershed Network Community Conference

03-24-14 - Presentations and discussions will follow the theme "Cayuga Lake: Watershed Modeling, Monitoring & TMDL Projects."

Wells College is pleased to host the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network’s 2014 community conference, titled “Cayuga Lake: Watershed Modeling, Monitoring & TMDL Projects.” The conference will consist of a short series of public presentations and panel discussions centering on issues of concern to watershed residents and instructing participants about new Cayuga Lake water quality research projects and how they might impact land use in the watershed. It will take place the morning of Saturday, April 5; admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

“This conference presents a great opportunity for the interested public to catch up with the latest developments around the lake,” said Wells Professor of Environmental Studies Niamh O’Leary. “We’ll be talking very specifically and openly about what issues the lake is facing today and how we’re able to assess and work against the threats to its future.”

The conference will begin at 10 a.m. with a welcome and introductions by Hilary Lambert, steward and executive director for the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network. Following this, Eileen O’Connor, director of Environmental Health Services, Cayuga County Health and Human Services Department, and chair of the Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency, will discuss the technical vocabulary of the project. Terms such as lake source cooling, TMDL implementation plan, use attainability analysis, and designated use will be explained in order to establish their relevance in later programming.

At 10:30 a.m., Jeff Myers, director of the Bureau of Water Assessment Management for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation will give a talk titled “Cayuga Lake/Watershed Modeling and TMDL Projects.” This discussion will cover our current understanding of Cayuga Lake water quality and new monitoring; Cornell University’s Lake Source Cooling project; the role of phosphorus and algae; why and where a TMDL may be implemented; and potential impacts to land activities.

A short break at 11:30 will give attendees a chance to stretch their legs and write down questions that they have for presenters; these questions will be addressed during an 11:45 panel discussion with Eileen O’Connor, Jeff Myers, and others. Hilary Lambert will moderate the discussion.

Throughout the event there will be refreshments, table displays and information for attendees.



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