search
WP_Query Object
(
    [query] => Array
        (
            [page] => 
            [pagename] => blog
        )

    [query_vars] => Array
        (
            [page] => 0
            [pagename] => blog
            [error] => 
            [m] => 
            [p] => 0
            [post_parent] => 
            [subpost] => 
            [subpost_id] => 
            [attachment] => 
            [attachment_id] => 0
            [name] => 
            [page_id] => 0
            [second] => 
            [minute] => 
            [hour] => 
            [day] => 0
            [monthnum] => 0
            [year] => 0
            [w] => 0
            [category_name] => company-news
            [tag] => 
            [cat] => 29
            [tag_id] => 
            [author] => 
            [author_name] => 
            [feed] => 
            [tb] => 
            [paged] => 1
            [meta_key] => 
            [meta_value] => 
            [preview] => 
            [s] => 
            [sentence] => 
            [title] => 
            [fields] => 
            [menu_order] => 
            [embed] => 
            [category__in] => Array
                (
                    [0] => 29
                )

            [category__not_in] => Array
                (
                )

            [category__and] => Array
                (
                )

            [post__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [post__not_in] => Array
                (
                )

            [post_name__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [tag__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [tag__not_in] => Array
                (
                )

            [tag__and] => Array
                (
                )

            [tag_slug__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [tag_slug__and] => Array
                (
                )

            [post_parent__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [post_parent__not_in] => Array
                (
                )

            [author__in] => Array
                (
                )

            [author__not_in] => Array
                (
                )

            [posts_per_page] => 11
            [ignore_sticky_posts] => 
            [suppress_filters] => 
            [cache_results] => 1
            [update_post_term_cache] => 1
            [lazy_load_term_meta] => 1
            [update_post_meta_cache] => 1
            [post_type] => 
            [nopaging] => 
            [comments_per_page] => 5
            [no_found_rows] => 
            [order] => DESC
        )

    [tax_query] => WP_Tax_Query Object
        (
            [queries] => Array
                (
                    [0] => Array
                        (
                            [taxonomy] => category
                            [terms] => Array
                                (
                                    [0] => 29
                                )

                            [field] => term_id
                            [operator] => IN
                            [include_children] => 
                        )

                )

            [relation] => AND
            [table_aliases:protected] => Array
                (
                    [0] => ph_term_relationships
                )

            [queried_terms] => Array
                (
                    [category] => Array
                        (
                            [terms] => Array
                                (
                                    [0] => 29
                                )

                            [field] => term_id
                        )

                )

            [primary_table] => ph_posts
            [primary_id_column] => ID
        )

    [meta_query] => WP_Meta_Query Object
        (
            [queries] => Array
                (
                )

            [relation] => 
            [meta_table] => 
            [meta_id_column] => 
            [primary_table] => 
            [primary_id_column] => 
            [table_aliases:protected] => Array
                (
                )

            [clauses:protected] => Array
                (
                )

            [has_or_relation:protected] => 
        )

    [date_query] => 
    [queried_object] => WP_Post Object
        (
            [ID] => 6
            [post_author] => 1
            [post_date] => 2021-01-18 12:51:43
            [post_date_gmt] => 2021-01-18 12:51:43
            [post_content] => 
            [post_title] => Blog
            [post_excerpt] => 
            [post_status] => publish
            [comment_status] => closed
            [ping_status] => closed
            [post_password] => 
            [post_name] => blog
            [to_ping] => 
            [pinged] => 
            [post_modified] => 2021-01-18 12:51:43
            [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-01-18 12:51:43
            [post_content_filtered] => 
            [post_parent] => 0
            [guid] => https://princetonhydro.com/?page_id=6
            [menu_order] => 0
            [post_type] => page
            [post_mime_type] => 
            [comment_count] => 0
            [filter] => raw
        )

    [queried_object_id] => 6
    [request] => SELECT SQL_CALC_FOUND_ROWS  ph_posts.ID FROM ph_posts  LEFT JOIN ph_term_relationships ON (ph_posts.ID = ph_term_relationships.object_id) WHERE 1=1  AND ( 
  ph_term_relationships.term_taxonomy_id IN (29)
) AND ph_posts.post_type = 'post' AND (ph_posts.post_status = 'publish' OR ph_posts.post_status = 'acf-disabled') GROUP BY ph_posts.ID ORDER BY ph_posts.post_date DESC LIMIT 0, 11
    [posts] => Array
        (
            [0] => WP_Post Object
                (
                    [ID] => 9631
                    [post_author] => 1
                    [post_date] => 2021-09-30 07:14:19
                    [post_date_gmt] => 2021-09-30 07:14:19
                    [post_content] => 

The Princeton Hydro team is proud to be participating in and sponsoring a variety events focused on conserving, restoring, and protecting our precious water resources. In this edition of our Events Spotlight, we provide a snapshot of upcoming events this Fall and information on how to get involved:

 

October 5: "Facebook Live" Q&A with Princeton Hydro HAB Experts

Do you have questions about harmful algal blooms? Now is your chance to get answers! Join us on Tuesday, October 5 at 6:30 PM EDT for a "Facebook Live" conversation with two of Princeton Hydro's HAB experts, Dr. Fred Lubnow and Mike Hartshorne. Participants will get an overview of HABs and engage in a live Q&A session. You can submit a question by joining the live feed and typing in the comments. Get more info and register.

October 11-15: SAME MEGA Maryland - Small/Minority Business Conference for A/E/C

This year’s conference features a mix of in-person and virtual events,  including informative keynotes; local, State, and Federal agency panels; networking sessions; training workshops; webinars; and two special field trip activities. Princeton Hydro is honored to sponsor MEGA Maryland, which is seen as the premier event for the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. Our Director of Marketing, Dana Patterson, will be exhibiting at the in-person portion of the event. Get more info and register.

October 13: NJ Invasive Species Strike Team Professional Conference

Presented by the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space and hosted by Duke Farms, the 2021 Annual New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team Conference will focus on the use of prescribed burning to combat invasive species. Princeton Hydro is sponsoring this event, which is being held outdoors under a tent. We look forward to seeing you there in October! Get more info and register

October 14: Linden Blue Acres Tour - Green Infrastructure & Floodplain Restoration

Join NJ-AWRA and Princeton Hydro for a tour of the Award-Winning Linden Blue Acres Green Infrastructure & Floodplain Restoration Project. This project set the precedent for enhancing ecological and floodplain function on flood-prone properties acquired by the NJDEP Blue Acres Program. This event is approved for one (1) credit hour of continuing education for Certified Floodplain Managers. Get more info and register

 

October 18: Fall 2021 Regional Lake Communities Symposium 

Western Connecticut State University presents its Fall 2021 Regional Lake Communities Symposium “Fall Science at Night Virtual Seminar Series." The seminar, titled “Threats to Our Lakes: Beyond Aquatic Invasive Plants,” welcomes members of the public, students, and scientists to participate in a variety of workshops focused on local lake conservation and management. Princeton Hydro’s Director of Aquatic Programs Dr. Fred Lubnow is presenting “The Lake Hopatcong (NJ) Story.” Get more info and register

October 19-20: 2021 Living Shorelines Tech Transfer Workshop

Join Restore America's Estuaries, American Littoral Society, NJDEP and the Chesapeake Bay and New Jersey field offices of the USFWS for the Living Shorelines & Nature - Based Methods Tech Transfer Workshop. The workshop, which is being held both virtually and in-person at the Grand Hotel in Cape May, NJ, features field trips to local restoration projects, workshops, networking events, and an exhibit hall. Princeton Hydro is a proud sponsor of the event and our Director of Marketing & Communications Dana Patterson is exhibiting! Please note: Attendees must provide confirmation of COVID-19 vaccination as part of registration. Get more info and register

October 19-22: ANJEC 2021 Environmental Congress

We are thrilled to sponsor the 48th Annual Environmental Congress, which is being held in an all-virtual Zoom format. Each day includes a variety of workshop sessions on topics like stormwater management, environmental justice advancement in New Jersey, and local climate action. The closing session on Friday includes entertainment by Musician Maxwell Kofi Donkor. Get more info and register

October 26: Colorado Lake & Reservoir Management Association Conference

Princeton Hydro’s Senior Project Manager and Senior Aquatic Ecologist Chris L. Mikolajczyk, CLM, is giving a Halloween-inspired presentation titled "In Celebration of All Hallows Eve: Reflections of a Study on One of the Spookiest Lakes in the U.S." This free, one-day conference will be held virtually and is open to he public. Get more info and register

October 26-28: NJ Association for Floodplain Management 16th Annual Conference

The 16th Annual Conference will be held at the Hard Rock Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. With more than 40 speakers lined-up, conference workshops will focus on a robust array of floodplain management topics, including flood hazard identification and mapping; flood hazard mitigation; technical assistance and training; and natural resource protection and enhancement. Princeton Hydro is happy to sponsor this event and our Director of Marketing, Dana Patterson, will be attending and exhibiting. Get more info and register

 

November 1-4 and 8-11: Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation Biennial Conference

The theme of the 26th Biennial CERF Conference is "CERF at 50: Celebrating Our Past, Charting Our Future." The virtual, eight-day conference aims to connect science and society in the collective goals of preserving coastal and estuarine habitats, resources, and heritage. The conference, which is expected to draw 1,300+ scientists and researchers from all over the world, includes a virtual exhibit hall, networking events, a film festival and a variety of workshops. Johnny Quispe, Princeton Hydro Natural Resources Project Manager, is presenting on November 3 at 10 AM as part of the session on "Transdisciplinary design and adaptation for sustainable, resilient urban coastlines: realizing triple-bottom line outcomes." His presentation features The South River Ecosystem Restoration & Flood Resiliency Enhancement Project. Get more info and register.

November 3-5: Fifth Annual Watershed Conference

The Watershed Institute’s 5th Annual Watershed Conference will be in a hybrid format with participants selecting socially distanced, in-person sessions at the Watershed Center and Reserve or choosing to attend virtually if they prefer. Princeton Hydro is sponsoring the event and leading two workshops. Our Director of Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management, Dr. Clay Emerson, P.E., CFM, along with Kathy Hale, Principal Watershed Protection Specialist, NJ Water Supply Authority, is presenting on “Naturalizing Detention Basins.” And, Vice President Mark Gallagher, along with Patrick Ryan of the NJDEP, is presenting on "Understanding Permit Requirements for Conservation Activities." Get more info and register.

November 6-10: American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting 2021

Science professionals from throughout the world will come together for this hybrid-format event offering both virtual and in-person participation opportunities. This year's conference, themed “Investing in People, Habitat, and Science” includes scientific sessions, a poster hall, a tradeshow and exhibits, and a variety of Plenary Speakers. Princeton Hydro President Geoffrey Goll is presenting on, "Dam Removal in History, Current State of Removal, and Future Needs." Get more info and register

 

November 9-10: Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference

The Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference is coordinated by the New Jersey Highlands Coalition, with the support of partner organizations in the Highlands and Ridge & Valley regions of New Jersey. Together, these groups are collaborating to restore water quality under the four-state Delaware River Watershed Initiative. The 2021 Conference, held in an online-only format, will focus on three key themes, "Sustainability & Economic Development," "Land Use Planning & Conservation," and "Water Quality Monitoring & Management." The conference is free and open to the public, and includes a variety of presentations, workshops and a virtual exhibitor hall. Princeton Hydro is exhibiting.  Get more info and register

November 15-18: North American Lake Management Society 41st International Symposium

Princeton Hydro is sponsoring the NALMS 2021 International Symposium, which will be held virtually. The event consists of multiple panels and discussions focused on the value of water for economics, ecology, and culture. Senior Project Manager Christopher L. Mikolajczyk, CLM is giving a presentation titled "A Public-Private Approach to Lake and Watershed Management in the Highlands Region of New Jersey.” Our Director of Aquatic Resources, Dr. Fred Lubnow, is presenting on "Monitoring and Management of HABs in New Jersey Waterbodies From 2019 to 2021." Get more info and register

November 21: Camden Environmental Summit

This one-day virtual summit, hosted by the The Camden Collaborative Initiative, focuses on preserving the environment in the city of Camden. Princeton Hydro is proud to sponsor this event, which is free for Camden residents and students, and $25 for all other attendees. Get more info and register.

 

Stay Tuned for More! 

[post_title] => Fall Events Spotlight: Virtual Conferences and 'Facebook Live Chat' with HABs Experts [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => fall-events-spotlight-2021 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-11-10 12:34:03 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-11-10 12:34:03 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://princetonhydro.com/?p=9631 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 9578 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2021-09-21 16:03:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-09-21 16:03:00 [post_content] =>

Lake Hopatcong Commission partnered with Lake Hopatcong Foundation, with in-kind contributions from the NJDEP, municipal governments, Morris and Sussex Counties, Musconetcong Watershed Association, Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum, Rutgers University, NJ Highlands Council, and Princeton Hydro, to address three priority streambank stabilization projects within the Upper Musconetcong River Watershed.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced that the Lake Hopatcong Commission would receive $480,650 through the Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund (DWCF). The DWCF aims to conserve and restore natural areas, corridors, and waterways on public and private lands to support native migratory and resident wildlife and fish, and native plants; and to contribute to the social health and economic vitality of the communities in the Delaware River watershed. Major funding for the DWCF is provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“It’s great to see funding awarded to the Upper Musconetcong River Watershed at the federal level. The Commission was created to promote public health and welfare through the preservation of Lake Hopatcong for recreational and conservation purposes. These projects are consistent with our organizational goals and will enhance water quality and recreational access within the watershed,” said Ron Smith, Chairman of the Lake Hopatcong Commission.

The grant will fund the design and implementation of three streambank stabilization projects, identified as priority projects in the 2021 Upper Musconetcong River Watershed Implementation Plan as prepared by Princeton Hydro for the Lake Hopatcong Commission. They will address important stormwater issues that had been previously identified.  The projects are:

  • Musconetcong River Streambank Stabilization and Floodplain Enhancement in Hopatcong State Park (Roxbury Township). This portion of the Musconetcong River at Lake Hopatcong’s outlet has been identified as having serious stormwater and flooding issues. An approximate four-acre section of streambank will be restored and stabilized. As part of this effort, invasive species will be eradicated and the existing floodplain rehabilitated through the establishment of native vegetation.
  • Glen Brook Streambank Stabilization in Memorial Park (Borough of Mount Arlington). Glen Brook is a major stream entering Lake Hopatcong at Mount Arlington Beach. It is a significant source of stormwater runoff and has been identified as having a negative impact on water quality. Approximately 75 linear feet of Glen Brook immediately downstream of Memorial Pond will be regraded and vegetated to naturally treat runoff into the lake.
  • Lakefront Public Access & Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance at Witten Park (Borough of Hopatcong). Witten Park, a forgotten public area, will be restored and serious stormwater issues will be addressed. The severely eroded Sperry Spring, which feeds Lake Hopatcong, will be rehabilitated and a regenerative stormwater conveyance will be installed. This device will convey and treat stormwater runoff down a naturally occurring slope, reconnecting it to the original floodplain. 

“Environmental impacts associated with development pressure in the upper Musconetcong Watershed around Lake Hopatcong have contributed to reduced water quality. By implementing these projects, we will be able to continue our efforts to improve water quality by reducing phosphorus and sediment entering Lake Hopatcong and the Musconetcong River all while enhancing local wildlife habitat and increasing recreational access around New Jersey’s largest lake,” said Kyle Richter, Executive Director, Lake Hopatcong Foundation.

The grant application requested $480,650 from the DWCF with a combined local in-kind match of more than $489,000 from the Lake Hopatcong Commission, Lake Hopatcong Foundation, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Borough of Hopatcong, Township of Roxbury, Mount Arlington Borough, Morris and Sussex Counties, the Musconetcong Watershed Association, Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum, Rutgers University, NJ Highlands Council, and Princeton Hydro. This is the first grant that has been awarded to the Lake Hopatcong Commission from NFWF.

“Lakes in the Upper Musconetcong Watershed, like Lake Hopatcong and Lake Musconetcong, have experienced degraded water quality and unprecedented harmful algal blooms from excessive nutrients in stormwater runoff and aging septic systems. We are proud to partner with Lake Hopatcong Commission, Lake Hopatcong Foundation, and local stakeholders on this multi-site stream stabilization project to reduce nutrient runoff, enhance wildlife habitat, and improve public access in the watershed,” said Dr. Fred Lubnow, Director of Aquatic Resources at Princeton Hydro.

To learn more about The Lake Hopatcong Commission, visit lakehopatcongcommission.org. To learn more about The Lake Hopatcong Foundation, visit lakehopatcongfoundation.org and check out our recent blog. To learn more about Princeton Hydro's natural resource management services, visit princetonhydro.com.

[post_title] => NFWF Awards $480,650 Grant For Streambank Stabilization Projects in the Upper Musconetcong River Watershed [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => nfwf-awards-480650-grant-for-streambank-stabilization-projects-in-the-upper-musconetcong-river-watershed [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-09-29 11:05:40 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-09-29 11:05:40 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://princetonhydro.com/?p=9578 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 9342 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2021-08-19 11:04:12 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-08-19 11:04:12 [post_content] =>

Princeton Hydro is proud to announce that Cory Speroff, PLA, ASLA, CBLP, Landscape Architect for the firm, has become a Licensed Professional Landscape Architect in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, enabling our firm to now offer professional landscape architect services in those states. 

This achievement demonstrates an advanced level of skill and competency in providing landscape architecture services that protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public and natural environment as well as in-depth knowledge of stormwater best management practices, green infrastructure, and sustainable planning and design.

Cory participating in a volunteer planting event on Arbor Day 2019 in Exton Park

In order to apply for a landscape architect license in the state of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, applicants are required to: 

  • Possess a degree in Landscape Architecture - Cory obtained his Master of Landscape Architecture (MLArch) focused in landscape restoration from Temple University School of Environmental Design;
  • Have four years of work experience - Cory joined the Princeton Hydro team in 2015;
  • Establish a Council Record with the Council of Landscape Architect Registration Board (CLARB);
  • Pass all four sections of the rigorous Landscape Architect Registration Exam (LARE) - the sections are Project and Construction Management, Inventory and Analysis, Design, and Grading, Drainage, and Construction Documentation; and
  • Apply to become licensed in each state

“The process to become a Professional Landscape Architect is not an easy one. I spent a lot of late nights studying technical manuals covering everything from the most obscure contents of construction contracts to the components and design of irrigation systems. Achieving this license and being able to offer this service to current and future clients has been a goal of mine since graduating. With this license, Princeton Hydro can now bring our wide range of expertise into an entirely new sector and I am very excited about our prospects.”

Cory Speroff, PLA, ASLA, CBLP

As a Landscape Architect for Princeton Hydro, Cory is responsible for the creation of designs, renderings, graphics, planting lists, planting plans, and construction documents associated with various aspects of environmental restoration, habitat creation, and stormwater management. Working closely with the firm’s senior management team, Cory develops creative design solutions that achieve the most socioeconomic value from a space while also achieving high environmental function.

Examples of Cory's Work:


Dunes at Shoal Harbor Shoreline Restoration & Protection

For the Dunes at Shoal Harbor, a coastal residential community in Monmouth County, New Jersey severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy, Princeton Hydro was contracted to provide site design and construction for shoreline restoration, erosion prevention and protection from future storm events, wave attacks and flooding

Cory worked on the project team to provide site design plans for the following initiatives: 

  • The installation of a 15-foot rock revetment (one foot above the 100-year floodplain elevation) constructed with four-foot diameter boulders;
  • The replacement of a failed elevated timber walkway with a concrete slab-on-grade walkway, restoring portions of the existing bulkhead, clearing invasive plants, and the complete restoration of the failed stormwater basin and outlet; and
  • The development of natural barriers to reduce the impacts of storm surges and protect the coastal community, including planting stabilizing coastal vegetation to prevent erosion and installing fencing along the dune to facilitate natural dune growth.

The construction was completed in September 2020. 


Ocean County Park Living Shoreline

Princeton Hydro worked closely with the American Littoral Society (ALS) to acquire SFY2014 319(h) funding to implement green infrastructure and Non‐Point Source (NPS) Pollution Control Projects within the Metedeconk River Watershed. 

One of the projects entailed the removal of two sections of deteriorating bulkhead from Ocean County Park’s Duck Pond and replacing them with living shorelines, which were designed by Cory. The focus of the project was two‐fold: reduce the NPS loading that compromises the Metedeconk River’s water quality, as well as restoring littoral habitat within the Ocean County Park waterbodies.

The Duck Pond living shorelines contain a variety of native plants that filter rainwater runoff, create and improve habitat for aquatic animals, improve water quality, and protect the shoreline from erosion.

All of us here at Princeton Hydro extend our warmest congratulations to Cory for his remarkable achievements!

To learn more about Princeton Hydro’s environmental design and restoration services and check out recent projects, visit us here.

[post_title] => Now Licensed to Perform Landscape Architecture Services in NJ + PA [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => now-licensed-to-perform-landscape-architecture-services-in-nj-pa [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-09-30 14:20:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-09-30 14:20:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://princetonhydro.com/?p=9342 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 8921 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2021-07-12 12:03:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-07-12 12:03:00 [post_content] =>

The Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) program, in partnership with The Watershed Institute, now offers the opportunity for professionals to achieve the New Jersey Watershed Institute Green Infrastructure (WIGI) designation. WIGI is an adapted version of the Level 1 training to landscape professionals in New Jersey who design, install, and maintain stormwater best management practices (BMPs) and conservation landscapes.

As stormwater regulations evolve, landscape professionals are being asked to play a greater role in ensuring BMPs are built and managed for long-term success. This specialized training course, which is a hybrid of online learning and in-field training, is based on a core set of standards in sustainable landscaping practice and integrates regional resources with components of the CBLP training program.

The achievement of the WIGI designation demonstrates an advanced level of professionalism and knowledge of sustainable landscaping practices for healthier watersheds. Certification is voluntary and candidates must pass a comprehensive exam that assesses an individual’s command of sustainable practices in the design, installation, and maintenance of landscapes. WIGI-certified professionals have in-depth knowledge of sustainable landscape best practices and a focus on maintenance of stormwater best management practices.

Princeton Hydro is thrilled to announce that Dr. Jack Szczepanski, Senior Project Manager and Aquatic Ecologist, recently passed the WIGI training program and is now WIGI-certified.

Dr. Jack Szczepanski works with volunteers to install Floating Wetland Islands in Asbury Park, NJ.

"Green infrastructure is an integral part to any design project, as it sets a standard for ecological improvement to what would otherwise be more human disturbance to the landscape. Even small projects can have an impact on an already delicate ecosystem. It is important for me to practice what I preach since much of what we do is focused on improving environmental conditions with BMPs, which should provide benefits to both to humans and the rest of the living community around it," said Jack.

Jack recently led the Princeton Hydro team in an effort to install Floating Wetland Islands (FWIs) on Wesley and Sunset Lakes in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Installing FWIs is a low-cost, effective green infrastructure solution used to mitigate phosphorus and nitrogen stormwater pollution often emanating from highly developed communities and/or agricultural lands.

Read more:

For more information about the WIGI certification program, visit www.cblpro.org. To learn more about green infrastructure, click the blog link below:

https://princetonhydro.com/green-infrastructure/
[post_title] => Senior Aquatic Ecologist Earns New Green Infrastructure Certification [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => green-infrastructure-certification [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-08-18 15:32:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-08-18 15:32:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://princetonhydro.com/?p=8921 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 8910 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2021-07-02 15:08:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-07-02 15:08:00 [post_content] =>

Princeton Hydro was recognized by the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters (NJLCV) with the first-ever “Sustainability Award” at the 7th annual Green Tie Gala. The gala celebrates pro-environment legislative successes and honors those who have helped make those achievements a reality. Princeton Hydro was chosen for  its commitment to a sustainable future in New Jersey, integrating sustainability in everyday life, and making sustainability more accessible to the public.

https://youtu.be/L7VdrSLgilU
Princeton Hydro President, Geoffrey Goll, P.E., accepted the "Sustainability Award" from the NJM Insurance headquarters in Hammonton, a innovative stormwater management management system designed by Princeton Hydro.

"Princeton Hydro is honored to receive NJLCV's inaugural Sustainability Award. Our firm is committed to improving our ecosystems, quality of life, and communities for the better, and we share many of the same values as NJLCV and its supporters. Both internally and externally, we aim to integrate environmental stewardship and sustainability into our work, from reducing our carbon footprint in our offices to designing resilient, nature-based solutions in New Jersey neighborhoods and beyond,” said Princeton Hydro President, Geoffrey Goll, P.E. “We appreciate New Jersey LCV's dedication to protecting the environment in the Garden State and thank you for selecting Princeton Hydro for this prestigious award.”

Over 150 guests attended the virtual gala, which helped to raise a record setting $62,000. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy delivered the keynote and the cast of Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill gave a theatrical performance. 

Princeton Hydro was a proud sponsor of the 7th annual Green Tie Gala.

NJLCV gave awards to a variety of environmental organizations and advocates dedicated to protecting New Jersey’s natural resources. They recognized and presented awards to the following individuals and organizations:

The Emerald Award, for outstanding devotion to the protection of New Jersey's precious air, water, and open space:

  • New Jersey Senator, Troy Singleton (LD-7)
  • New Jersey Assemblyman, John McKeon (LD-27)
  • Camden Councilwoman, Shaneka Boucher

The Founders Award, for outstanding leadership, vision, and devoted service to the success of NJLCV:

  • New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance
  • Jennifer M. Coffey, ANJEC Executive Director

Changemaker Award, for making an incomparable difference for New Jersey's environment in your community and the lives of others:

  • Friends of the New Jersey School of Conservation
  • Nicole Miller, MnM Consulting
NJLCV League Executive Director Ed Potosnak speaking at the 7th Annual Green Tie Gala

“We are so grateful to our supporters who took the time to join us this year to support the important work we are doing to ensure all New Jerseyans have safe drinking water, clean air, and open space no matter their zip code,” said Ed Potosnak, Executive Director, of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. “Educating the public about the environment and holding our elected officials accountable matters, and that’s why having events like this to raise the needed funding are so important.”

NJLCV is the statewide political voice for the environment. NJLCV elects environmentally responsible candidates to state and local offices, advocates for strong environmental policies, and holds elected officials accountable to safeguard the health of our communities, the beauty of our state, and the strength of our economy. For more information, visit: www.njlcv.org.

[post_title] => Princeton Hydro Honored with Inaugural “Sustainability Award” from NJ League of Conservation Voters [post_excerpt] => The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters honored Princeton Hydro with the First-Ever "Sustainability Award" during the 7th annual Green Tie Gala. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => njlcv-sustainability-award [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-08-19 10:34:08 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-08-19 10:34:08 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://princetonhydro.com/?p=8910 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 8743 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2021-06-16 18:19:26 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-06-16 18:19:26 [post_content] =>

Princeton Hydro Natural Resource Management Project Manager Johnny Quispe worked with a group of experts to author a peer-reviewed study, titled “A Socio-ecological Imperative for Broadening Participation in Coastal and Estuarine Research and Management.” This compelling and important study was recently published as an open-source article in Estuaries and Coasts, the journal of the Coastal Estuarine Research Federation.

In the article, the authors put the spotlight on the lack of diversity in scientific disciplines, and describe the urgency of building a diverse and inclusive workforce in coastal and estuarine science specifically. The study provides overview of this inequity and identifies how a scientific society can and must catalyze representational, structural, and interactional diversity to achieve greater inclusion. The study states:

Needed changes go beyond representational diversity and require an intentional commitment to build capacity through inclusivity and community engagement by supporting anti-racist policies and actions… Our vision couples the importance of workforce representation for the communities we serve with an effort to use inclusion and diversity initiatives as a mechanism for social justice and to address institutionalized racism, which is deeply rooted in the geosciences… Professional societies, as institutional actors, can play a key role in dismantling racism and broadening participation in science… We contend that scientific societies can be natural agents of positive change in this regard and that they have an obligation to do so… Such work is not only long overdue and essential to estuarine and coastal science and management, but it is also a moral imperative.

[caption id="attachment_8890" align="aligncenter" width="2000"]A Socio-ecological Imperative for Broadening Participation in Coastal and Estuarine Research and Management The above shows U.S. county averages of racial and ethnic composition in  coastal vs. non-coastal areas (Chart A) and shoreline vs. non-shoreline areas (Chart B). Data source: US Census Bureau (2019) and NOAA (2021). [/caption]

Also illustrated in the study is the disparity between the racial and ethnic composition of coastal and shoreline areas and the racial and ethnic characteristics of ocean science graduates. Nearly across the board, average populations of Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans are higher (sometimes substantially) in U.S. coastal and shoreline areas than non-coastal and non-shoreline areas. Yet, STEM degree programs and occupations in the U.S. and globally continue to significantly lack demographic diversity. Furthermore, as the study states:

“Without a marked increase in the racial and ethnic diversity of students obtaining geoscience degrees, all science fields including coastal sciences risk losing the capacity to do the best science and to design the best policy. By championing equitable representation of underrepresented groups in geosciences, coastal communities will better innovate in the face of a changing climate and thus a changing coastal system.

Estuaries and Coasts published the study as an open-source article, which means it’s available to read in-full for anyone interested in taking a deeper dive into this important subject matter. Click here to read the full article.

The following individuals worked together to author the study:
  • J. Quispe, Princeton Hydro and Rutgers University Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution
  • L.A. Harris, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
  • T. Grayson, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • H.A. Neckles, US Geological Survey, Eastern Ecological Science Center
  • C.T. Emrich, School of Public Administration, National Center for Integrated Coastal Research, University of Central Florida
  • K.A. Lewis, Department of Biology, National Center for Integrated Coastal Research, University of Central Florida
  • K.W. Grimes, Center for Marine & Environmental Studies, University of the Virgin Islands
  • S. Williamson, National Association of Counties
  • C. Garza, School of Natural Sciences, California State University, Monterey Bay
  • C.R. Whitcraft, Biological Sciences, California State University, Long Beach
  • J. Beseres Pollack, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • D.M. Talley, Environmental and Ocean Sciences, University of San Diego
  • B. Fertig, Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship
  • C.M. Palinkas, Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
  • S. Park, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation
  • J.M.P. Vaudrey, Department of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut
  • A.M. Fitzgerald, Biology Department, New Jersey City University

Johnny Quispe, Princeton Hydro’s Natural Resource Management Project Manager, is a Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers University’s Graduate Program of Ecology and Evolution completing his dissertation on the effects of sea level rise on coastal ecosystems and communities. At Princeton Hydro, Johnny integrates social, economic, engineering, and natural systems into his projects to make coastal communities more resilient to natural disasters and climate change. 

To learn more about Johnny Quispe, go here. And, for more information about Princeton Hydro's Natural Resource Management services, click here.

[post_title] => New study highlights the need to diversify the coastal and estuarine scientific community [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => diversify-geosciences [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-06-16 18:27:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-06-16 18:27:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://princetonhydro.com/?p=8743 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 8771 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2021-06-08 07:41:29 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-06-08 07:41:29 [post_content] =>

We’re excited to announce the addition of four new members to the Princeton Hydro team.

 

Let's Meet Them:

Megan Hunter Ruf, Director of Operations

Megan joins Princeton Hydro with over 15 years of strategic planning, business operations, and project management experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. As a true guru in optimizing operational efficiencies and systems, she works closely with senior leadership on team building, cross-collaboration, and organizational strategy to implement Princeton Hydro’s vision.

Megan brings a wealth of executive leadership experience from her previous role as the Chief Operations Officer for Modern Recycled Spaces, a growing redevelopment company that specializes in repurposing old, abandoned mills or industrial facilities into modern workspaces. Serving in a leadership role across multiple business disciplines (operations, finance, acquisition, construction, property management, and logistics), she consistently delivered large-scale capital projects on time and on budget.

On the nonprofit side, Megan worked for Isles, Inc., a Trenton-based nonprofit community development and environmental organization, where she managed a host of environmental programs such as brownfields job training, low-income housing conditions assessments and the impact on children's health, lead safe housing policy reform, asthma education, green job training, and community gardening. She also served as a Fundraising Consultant for The Friends of Ely Park, a volunteer-based, nonprofit working to revitalize and protect the City of Lambertville’s only dedicated green space.

We recently did a Q&A session with Megan to discuss her new role as Director of Operations and learn more about her.
Kyle Cicolello, Aquatic Specialist

Kyle, a recent Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences grad, studied Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior, and Environmental Solutions. Before joining Princeton Hydro's Aquatics Team, Kyle worked as a Plant Healthcare Specialist during which he was responsible for plant/tree identification and care. He has a deep passion for protecting and healing our environment so future generations can enjoy it.

Eric Diaz, Aquatic Specialist

Eric has a lifelong passion for wildlife and is fortunate to have done two research trips to Indonesia, one in South Africa, and one in Costa Rica studying various aspects of biodiversity. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Wildlife and Conservation Biology. Before coming to Princeton Hydro, Eric worked for the Terrapin Nesting Project for three years in Long Beach Island, New Jersey, monitoring diamondback terrapin populations.

Patrick Wilson, Aquatic Specialist

A recent Bloomsburg University graduate, Patrick is excited about applying his degree in Environmental Biology to his work with Princeton Hydro. Patrick enjoys boating and fishing, which drives his passion for protecting waterbodies and helping to keep them clean.

 

  [post_title] => Employee Spotlight: Welcoming Four New Team Members [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => employee-spotlight-welcoming-four-new-team-members [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-06-08 13:51:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-06-08 13:51:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://princetonhydro.com/?p=8771 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 8781 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2021-06-07 15:53:25 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-06-07 15:53:25 [post_content] => We’re thrilled to introduce the newest member of the Princeton Hydro team: Megan Hunter Ruf, Director of Operations! We connected with Megan to talk about her new role, discuss her visions for the future, and learn more about who she is and what inspires her. Q: What aspect of your new position excites you most? A: Working with and getting to know all of the staff and the amazing projects that they are working on and strategic planning is what I am most excited about. Developing operational efficiencies to support growth will allow our staff to take on more projects and therefore continue to improve our ecosystems, quality of life, and communities, which is at the heart of the company's vision. Q: What makes Princeton Hydro different from other places you’ve worked? A: Many companies talk about their vision and how they want to effect change but it takes true commitment from all staff to live by it. From internal company policies to external company wide work, Princeton Hydro lives this vision. We are passionate about our commitment to sustainability and stewardship; justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion; climate change and resilience; and health and safety. Q: What’s on your wish list for the next year as Director of Operations? A: I am excited to support the transition to the new headquarters in Trenton. This is a great opportunity for the company to increase its regional impact, be more centrally located, commit to bringing more jobs to Trenton, and work with local companies, nonprofits, and stakeholders in Trenton. This is also a great opportunity for us to practice our vision of sustainability by locating our offices at the historic Roebling Carpentry Shop. Q: Describe a new strategy you’re excited to implement for Princeton Hydro. A: I'm excited to work with each Practice Area to streamline their operations and improve efficiency. Creating project-based tracking systems for each department and managing project-based calendars that can flow between departments will allow staff to collaborate on work and share staff effectively. Q: Before coming to Princeton Hydro, what are a few of your career path highlights? A: I really enjoyed my time at the nonprofit Isles where I managed a host of environmental programs including brownfields job training; assessing low-income housing conditions and their impact on children's health; lead safe housing policy reform; asthma education; green school; and community gardening. While I was there, I received the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award for my work in public service. Q: If you could give one piece of career advice, what would it be? A: Never give up the opportunity to learn something new. No matter what stage of your career, there is always an opportunity to learn. Learning allows you to gain skills, become flexible in ever changing environments, think critically, offer new ways to relate to people, and spark new and creative ways to develop innovative solutions to problems. Q: What gets you out of bed every morning? A: The smell of fresh brewed coffee. Q: What’s the #1 thing on your personal bucket list? A: Visit Machu Picchu with my family. [caption id="attachment_8829" align="aligncenter" width="502"] The Ruf Family[/caption] Q: What’s your favorite way to get outside to enjoy nature? A: Living in Lambertville, I have access to a host of outdoor opportunities that range from biking the D&R Canal Towpath, kayaking and fishing on the Delaware River, and hiking. My favorite way to get outside is to trail run or hike on local trails at Baldpate Mountain or Goat Hill Overlook. Q: Which of Princeton Hydro’s initiatives are you most excited about? A: I am most excited about the Sustainability and Stewardship initiative. Our move to Trenton's historic Roebling building is a great example of our commitment to sustainability. Q: What is one non-work-related fun fact everyone should know about you? A: I had the opportunity to live with the Masi Tribe in Kenya.   [post_title] => Employee Spotlight: Q&A with our new Director of Operations Megan Hunter Ruf [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => employee-spotlight-qa-with-our-new-director-of-operations-megan-hunter-ruf [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-06-07 15:56:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-06-07 15:56:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://princetonhydro.com/?p=8781 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 8405 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2021-06-06 14:34:50 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-06-06 14:34:50 [post_content] =>

Welcome to the newest edition of our Client Spotlight Blog Series! Each spotlight provides an inside look at our collaboration, teamwork, and accomplishments with a specific client. We value our client relationships and pride ourselves on forming strong ties with organizations that share our values of creating a better future for people and our planet.

Meet The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey (TNCNJ)

The Nature Conservancy began as a collaborative effort between leading scientists, committed citizens, and dedicated leaders who shared a vision to care for the world around them. Their priorities include finding innovative solutions to some of the planet’s biggest challenges: tackling climate change, protecting land and water, providing food and water sustainability, and building healthy cities.  Princeton Hydro has worked with TNCNJ on about a dozen projects since 2009. 

TNCNJ’s Director of River Restoration Beth Styler Barry and Princeton Hydro President Geoff Goll.

To develop this Client Spotlight, we spoke with TNCNJ’s Director of River Restoration Beth Styler Barry. Beth has over 18 years of experience in river restoration, water quality monitoring, community outreach, and project management. In addition to leading major stream restoration projects for TNCNJ, Beth also co-leads the statewide New Jersey Dam Removal Partnership. Beth has worked with Princeton Hydro on a number of projects, including the removal of the Columbia Dam, the largest dam removal in New Jersey's history. 

Q: What makes your organization unique?

The Nature Conservancy is a global organization and the largest environmental nonprofit in the United States, so we can make conservation happen at a continental scale. At the same time, we are structured into smaller business units that keep us nimble and relevant for handling ecological challenges that affect and resonate with people, wildlife, and habitats locally. Everyone who works here is very passionate about protecting nature. 

Q: What does your organization value?

Our conservation work is always guided by science. In fact, we have more than 400 scientists on staff around the world. We also have a knack for working with a wide range of partners and bringing about positive outcomes where they otherwise may not have been easily achieved. 

Q:   How long have you been working with Princeton Hydro?

I joined TNC in 2016, so about 4.5 years.

Q:   What types of services have we provided to your organization?

I have worked with Princeton Hydro on water and soil studies, engineering and design for dam removals, and oversight for the construction phase of river restoration.

Beth Styler Barry and Geoffrey Goll on-site during the Columbia Dam removal project.
Project partners celebrating the kick-off of the Columbia Dam Removal.
Q:  Do you have a favorite or most memorable project we’ve worked on together?

Princeton Hydro was an important partner in our effort to remove the Columbia Dam from the Paulins Kill in 2019. A study ranked the 300-foot-long, 18-foot-high structure in the top 5% of East Coast dams for removal. The impoundment of water behind the dam was unhealthy and the dam itself impeded the migration of threatened American shad for more than 100 years. With Princeton Hydro’s help, and working with a team of partners including the State of New Jersey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we succeeded in the largest dam removal in state history. Less than two weeks after the dam was completely removed, the shad were recorded ten miles upstream!

Q:  What are some exciting things your organization is working on right now?

There are so many exciting projects! We are working on two more dam removals on the Paulins Kill, as part of a watershed-wide restoration.  As a part of that restoration work, we’re working on completing design and permitting on a 1,000-acre wetland and stream restoration project in the headwaters of the Paulins Kill.  We are also still working in New Jersey to protect and connect land for state-endangered Bobcat and other wildlife; to increase the use of nature as a way of building resiliency in communities dealing with flooding from storms and sea level rise; and to support a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from 2006 levels by 2025.

Q: What drives you to want to go to work everyday?

I feel a deep connection to rivers, especially the rivers of New Jersey.  I’ve seen so many good restoration projects that it inspires me to keep pushing forward.  We owe that to our rivers.

Q:  How can Princeton Hydro support you/your organization in the future?

One thing that I enjoy about working with Princeton Hydro is that staff are always ready to really walk me through a new design idea, method, or step in the regulatory process. I like the opportunity to ask a lot of questions and fully understand the work at hand.

...

To learn more about The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey, visit their website.  And, click below to read the previous edition of our Client Spotlight blog series, which features the Musconetcong Watershed Association.

[post_title] => CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => client-spotlight-the-nature-conservancy-in-new-jersey [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-06-09 14:14:54 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-06-09 14:14:54 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://princetonhydro.com/?p=8405 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 8736 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2021-05-31 17:55:01 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-05-31 17:55:01 [post_content] => In April, our Marketing Coordinator, Kelsey Mattison, attended the Westchester Parks Foundation's annual Pitch in for Parks event! This volunteer event, of which Princeton Hydro is a proud sponsor, featured a full day of cleanup and park beautification across Westchester County in New York State. Throughout the day, 14 different park sites saw a total of 838 volunteers! That's a whole lot of impact. Exhibit tables for the event were stationed at the Kensico Dam Plaza, one of the many park sites in Westchester County, located in Valhalla, New York. This park is home to one of the historic Kensico Dam, a 307 foot high by 1,843 feet long dam that forms the Kensico Reservoir, one of the major reservoirs supplying water to New York City and the surrounding area. The dam was completed in 1917 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Bronx River Parkway Reservation. [caption id="attachment_8588" align="aligncenter" width="1230"] Kensico Dam[/caption] Princeton Hydro has been working with the Westchester Parks Foundation since 2019 managing one of their lakes in Tibbets Brook Park in the Bronx. Our Aquatics team has provided invasive species management for European Water Chestnut, which causes overall water quality issues and can impact human and ecological health. [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="8719,8717,8574,8718"]   If you're in the area and interested in getting more involved, head over to Westchester Parks Foundation's website to learn more! They have several volunteer opportunities and programs to check out. [post_title] => Westchester Parks Foundation's "Pitch in for Parks" Volunteer Event [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => pitch-in-for-parks-volunteer-event [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-06-01 18:16:55 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-06-01 18:16:55 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://princetonhydro.com/?p=8736 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [10] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 8185 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2021-04-22 17:39:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-04-22 17:39:02 [post_content] =>

In honor of Earth Day, Princeton Hydro held its annual Photo Contest with the theme "Biodiversity, Near and Far" for its employees. We’d like to thank everyone who submitted photos this year. Overall, we received 31 gorgeous submissions from our staff.

All photos were rated on the following criteria by three volunteer judges: Danielle Odom, Darren Rist, and Amanda Brooks (see bios below).
  • Technical Quality (30%)
  • Originality (30%)
  • Artistic Merit (40%)
THE WINNER OF THE PRINCETON HYDRO 2021 EARTH DAY PHOTO CONTEST IS...
[caption id="attachment_8193" align="aligncenter" width="1227"] "Northern Gray Tree Frog" by Michael Rehman, PWS, CERP, Senior Ecologist. Warren County, New Jersey.[/caption] Scroll to the bottom to see a gallery of runner-up photos.
ABOUT THE JUDGES:
Danielle Odom

Danielle is a Staff Scientist II at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Her career is dedicated to watershed monitoring research and her responsibilities include both field and laboratory work. She has specialized in studying biological indicators as a parameter to track stream health via macroinvertebrate taxonomy; in particular identifying members of the non-biting midge family Chironomidae. Once an experiential outdoor educator, she taught nature photography to middle school students as a pathway to understanding different perspectives and the impact of humans on the environment, a la Ansel Adams.

Darren Rist

Some of Darren’s fondest childhood memories are of fishing with his father and brothers. He’s always loved trout fishing, but it wasn’t until his first year in college that he caught the fly fishing bug…BAD. Darren spent many painstaking hours deciding whether to go to his morning engineering classes at NJIT or the ‘entomology classes’ on one of the many trout rivers in Northern NJ. (The latter usually won out). In 2003 he found himself wanting more than just a career in automation engineering. That was when he decided to buy his first drift boat and began guiding part-time on the fabled rivers of the Catskills and Upper Delaware. Becoming a fly fishing guide has enabled Darren to blend his love of the outdoors, travel, photography, birding, teaching and of course, fly fishing. In addition to guiding, Darren provides fly casting and tying instruction, and is a past president of the North Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited. His photography has been published in fly fishing books and periodicals. To learn more about guided fly-fishing trips with Darren, you can reach him at dprist@earthlink.net.

Amanda Brooks

Amanda is a nature enthusiast who loves taking long walks in the woods with her camera and notepad. With her degree in Environmental Studies and English and her background in the arts, she loves to use both words and graphics to communicate environmental issues in ways to help inspire solutions. She currently resides in Burlington, Vermont and is the Communications Coordinator for the Town of Colchester. She also works as a freelance photographer, editor, and web designer, and manages several clients' marketing plans. You can check out more of her work on her Facebook page.

[gallery ids="8209,8210,8211,8213,8214,8215"] To view last year's Earth Day Photo Contest winners, go here. [post_title] => Our 2021 Earth Day Photo Contest Winner [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => our-2021-earth-day-photo-contest-winner [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-04-23 14:51:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-04-23 14:51:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://princetonhydro.com/?p=8185 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 11 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 9631 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2021-09-30 07:14:19 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-09-30 07:14:19 [post_content] =>

The Princeton Hydro team is proud to be participating in and sponsoring a variety events focused on conserving, restoring, and protecting our precious water resources. In this edition of our Events Spotlight, we provide a snapshot of upcoming events this Fall and information on how to get involved:

 

October 5: "Facebook Live" Q&A with Princeton Hydro HAB Experts

Do you have questions about harmful algal blooms? Now is your chance to get answers! Join us on Tuesday, October 5 at 6:30 PM EDT for a "Facebook Live" conversation with two of Princeton Hydro's HAB experts, Dr. Fred Lubnow and Mike Hartshorne. Participants will get an overview of HABs and engage in a live Q&A session. You can submit a question by joining the live feed and typing in the comments. Get more info and register.

October 11-15: SAME MEGA Maryland - Small/Minority Business Conference for A/E/C

This year’s conference features a mix of in-person and virtual events,  including informative keynotes; local, State, and Federal agency panels; networking sessions; training workshops; webinars; and two special field trip activities. Princeton Hydro is honored to sponsor MEGA Maryland, which is seen as the premier event for the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. Our Director of Marketing, Dana Patterson, will be exhibiting at the in-person portion of the event. Get more info and register.

October 13: NJ Invasive Species Strike Team Professional Conference

Presented by the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space and hosted by Duke Farms, the 2021 Annual New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team Conference will focus on the use of prescribed burning to combat invasive species. Princeton Hydro is sponsoring this event, which is being held outdoors under a tent. We look forward to seeing you there in October! Get more info and register

October 14: Linden Blue Acres Tour - Green Infrastructure & Floodplain Restoration

Join NJ-AWRA and Princeton Hydro for a tour of the Award-Winning Linden Blue Acres Green Infrastructure & Floodplain Restoration Project. This project set the precedent for enhancing ecological and floodplain function on flood-prone properties acquired by the NJDEP Blue Acres Program. This event is approved for one (1) credit hour of continuing education for Certified Floodplain Managers. Get more info and register

 

October 18: Fall 2021 Regional Lake Communities Symposium 

Western Connecticut State University presents its Fall 2021 Regional Lake Communities Symposium “Fall Science at Night Virtual Seminar Series." The seminar, titled “Threats to Our Lakes: Beyond Aquatic Invasive Plants,” welcomes members of the public, students, and scientists to participate in a variety of workshops focused on local lake conservation and management. Princeton Hydro’s Director of Aquatic Programs Dr. Fred Lubnow is presenting “The Lake Hopatcong (NJ) Story.” Get more info and register

October 19-20: 2021 Living Shorelines Tech Transfer Workshop

Join Restore America's Estuaries, American Littoral Society, NJDEP and the Chesapeake Bay and New Jersey field offices of the USFWS for the Living Shorelines & Nature - Based Methods Tech Transfer Workshop. The workshop, which is being held both virtually and in-person at the Grand Hotel in Cape May, NJ, features field trips to local restoration projects, workshops, networking events, and an exhibit hall. Princeton Hydro is a proud sponsor of the event and our Director of Marketing & Communications Dana Patterson is exhibiting! Please note: Attendees must provide confirmation of COVID-19 vaccination as part of registration. Get more info and register

October 19-22: ANJEC 2021 Environmental Congress

We are thrilled to sponsor the 48th Annual Environmental Congress, which is being held in an all-virtual Zoom format. Each day includes a variety of workshop sessions on topics like stormwater management, environmental justice advancement in New Jersey, and local climate action. The closing session on Friday includes entertainment by Musician Maxwell Kofi Donkor. Get more info and register

October 26: Colorado Lake & Reservoir Management Association Conference

Princeton Hydro’s Senior Project Manager and Senior Aquatic Ecologist Chris L. Mikolajczyk, CLM, is giving a Halloween-inspired presentation titled "In Celebration of All Hallows Eve: Reflections of a Study on One of the Spookiest Lakes in the U.S." This free, one-day conference will be held virtually and is open to he public. Get more info and register

October 26-28: NJ Association for Floodplain Management 16th Annual Conference

The 16th Annual Conference will be held at the Hard Rock Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. With more than 40 speakers lined-up, conference workshops will focus on a robust array of floodplain management topics, including flood hazard identification and mapping; flood hazard mitigation; technical assistance and training; and natural resource protection and enhancement. Princeton Hydro is happy to sponsor this event and our Director of Marketing, Dana Patterson, will be attending and exhibiting. Get more info and register

 

November 1-4 and 8-11: Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation Biennial Conference

The theme of the 26th Biennial CERF Conference is "CERF at 50: Celebrating Our Past, Charting Our Future." The virtual, eight-day conference aims to connect science and society in the collective goals of preserving coastal and estuarine habitats, resources, and heritage. The conference, which is expected to draw 1,300+ scientists and researchers from all over the world, includes a virtual exhibit hall, networking events, a film festival and a variety of workshops. Johnny Quispe, Princeton Hydro Natural Resources Project Manager, is presenting on November 3 at 10 AM as part of the session on "Transdisciplinary design and adaptation for sustainable, resilient urban coastlines: realizing triple-bottom line outcomes." His presentation features The South River Ecosystem Restoration & Flood Resiliency Enhancement Project. Get more info and register.

November 3-5: Fifth Annual Watershed Conference

The Watershed Institute’s 5th Annual Watershed Conference will be in a hybrid format with participants selecting socially distanced, in-person sessions at the Watershed Center and Reserve or choosing to attend virtually if they prefer. Princeton Hydro is sponsoring the event and leading two workshops. Our Director of Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management, Dr. Clay Emerson, P.E., CFM, along with Kathy Hale, Principal Watershed Protection Specialist, NJ Water Supply Authority, is presenting on “Naturalizing Detention Basins.” And, Vice President Mark Gallagher, along with Patrick Ryan of the NJDEP, is presenting on "Understanding Permit Requirements for Conservation Activities." Get more info and register.

November 6-10: American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting 2021

Science professionals from throughout the world will come together for this hybrid-format event offering both virtual and in-person participation opportunities. This year's conference, themed “Investing in People, Habitat, and Science” includes scientific sessions, a poster hall, a tradeshow and exhibits, and a variety of Plenary Speakers. Princeton Hydro President Geoffrey Goll is presenting on, "Dam Removal in History, Current State of Removal, and Future Needs." Get more info and register

 

November 9-10: Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference

The Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference is coordinated by the New Jersey Highlands Coalition, with the support of partner organizations in the Highlands and Ridge & Valley regions of New Jersey. Together, these groups are collaborating to restore water quality under the four-state Delaware River Watershed Initiative. The 2021 Conference, held in an online-only format, will focus on three key themes, "Sustainability & Economic Development," "Land Use Planning & Conservation," and "Water Quality Monitoring & Management." The conference is free and open to the public, and includes a variety of presentations, workshops and a virtual exhibitor hall. Princeton Hydro is exhibiting.  Get more info and register

November 15-18: North American Lake Management Society 41st International Symposium

Princeton Hydro is sponsoring the NALMS 2021 International Symposium, which will be held virtually. The event consists of multiple panels and discussions focused on the value of water for economics, ecology, and culture. Senior Project Manager Christopher L. Mikolajczyk, CLM is giving a presentation titled "A Public-Private Approach to Lake and Watershed Management in the Highlands Region of New Jersey.” Our Director of Aquatic Resources, Dr. Fred Lubnow, is presenting on "Monitoring and Management of HABs in New Jersey Waterbodies From 2019 to 2021." Get more info and register

November 21: Camden Environmental Summit

This one-day virtual summit, hosted by the The Camden Collaborative Initiative, focuses on preserving the environment in the city of Camden. Princeton Hydro is proud to sponsor this event, which is free for Camden residents and students, and $25 for all other attendees. Get more info and register.

 

Stay Tuned for More! 

[post_title] => Fall Events Spotlight: Virtual Conferences and 'Facebook Live Chat' with HABs Experts [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => fall-events-spotlight-2021 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-11-10 12:34:03 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-11-10 12:34:03 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://princetonhydro.com/?p=9631 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 86 [max_num_pages] => 8 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => 1 [is_privacy_policy] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_favicon] => [is_posts_page] => 1 [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => 7f5cda50ff6abb74221a886c0ecefe36 [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => 1 [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) )

Blog

archive
 
Topics
Select Topics
Posted on September 30, 2021

Fall Events Spotlight: Virtual Conferences and ‘Facebook Live Chat’ with HABs Experts

Popular Topics

Company News

Engineering

Environmental Action

Environmental Services

Flood Mitigation

Invasive Species Management

Lake and Pond Management

Natural Resource Management

Stormwater Management

Stream Restoration