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The latest issue of Wetland Science & Practice Magazine, a quarterly e-publication published by the Society of Wetland Scientists, features an article written by Princeton Hydro Director of Engineering Dr. Roy Messaros, PE, PWS, CFM.

In his article, Roy takes readers on a tour of Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge wetland complex and provides an in-depth look at the extraordinary diversity of protected plant and animal species that can be found there. The article, titled, "Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Massachusetts, USA: A Wetland of Distinction," also contains beautiful full-color images of the landscape and wildlife within it.

Great Meadows is one of more than 560 refuges in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Refuge System. The system is a network of lands and waters managed specifically for the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat and represents the most comprehensive wildlife resource management program in the world.

The Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is a river wetlands conservation area, divided into two major parcels, stretching from the towns of Billerica, Massachusetts to Wayland, Massachusetts, along the Concord and Sudbury Rivers. Approximately 85% of the refuge's 3,600 acres is comprised of freshwater wetlands. According to the FWS, Great Meadows is considered an excellet place for birding, and “noted ornithologists consider this unit to be one of the best inland birding areas in the state.” This site has a wildlife observational tower, observational platform and direct access to the Concord River.

Roy's article, as well as the entire January 2023 issue of Wetland Science & Practice Magazine, is available to members of the Society of Wetland Scientists, which is an international, professional nonprofit organization devoted to promoting understanding, conservation, protection, restoration, science-based management, and sustainability of wetlands. Society membership is open to anyone with an interest in wetlands. To learn more, click here.

And, to learn more about Roy, click below to read our blog: 

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The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Mid-Maryland Post presented Princeton Hydro Project Manager & Ecologist Duncan Simpson, PWS with the President's Commendation Award for his efforts in advancing the objectives of the organization, his commitment to SAME’s Leadership and Mentoring Program, and his outstanding contributions as a young professional.

The mission of SAME is to build leaders and drive collaboration among government and industry to develop multidisciplinary solutions to national security infrastructure challenges. Princeton Hydro joined SAME as a Sustaining Member in 2018, and actively supports the organization and its goals.

Duncan has been an active participant of the SAME Mid-Maryland Leadership and Mentoring program, which provides a unique opportunity for Young Members, Junior Officers, and NCOs to meet with and study under some of the country’s top military officers and A/E executives. Each year, only a select group of 10 applicants are chosen for this prestigious program.

Participants earn professional credits through monthly educational sessions focused on developing leadership skills. In 2022, Duncan was awarded a certificate of completion for a total of 13.5 professional development hours in a variety of subject matters, including Adapting Your Leadership Style to the Hybrid Workforce; Marketing and BD Strategies; Small Business Perspective on Leadership; and Leadership Lessons from a Cybersecurity Perspective.

"I am honored to be chosen for the President's Commendation Award from the SAME Mid-Maryland Post and to have been selected to participate in the Leadership and Mentoring program,” said Duncan. “It has been rewarding and edifying to receive guidance from SAME Fellows, senior leaders and industry executives on self-analysis and professional development, and team dynamics and team leadership skills.”

Big Congratulations to Duncan for his award achievement and his completion of the Leadership and Mentoring program! Here at Princeton Hydro, our team members are committed to learning new technologies, staying ahead of regulatory changes, expanding their knowledge, and earning professional certifications in order to better service our clients and the public. To learn more about our team, go here.

And, to learn more about the national SAME organization, go here. In 2020, Princeton Hydro’s Marketing and Communications Manager Dana Patterson received the SAME New Jersey Post’s “Young Member Award” for her efforts in maintaining and advancing the objectives of the organization. Click below to learn more:

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The Princeton Hydro team is excited to participate in and sponsor a variety of events this Winter season, including conferences, educational webinars, fundraisers and community gatherings.

Check out the latest edition of our Events Spotlight:


January 30 - February 1: Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit

The Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit is back in person in 2023, in Atlantic City, NJ at Harrah's Resort and Casino! This year's meeting will feature keynote speakers, a forum on climate planning and adaptation strategies, networking events, and workshops. We hope to see you there!

Get more info and register.

February 10 & 17: Sixth Annual Watershed Conference

The theme of the 6th Annual Watershed Institute Watershed Conference is "Working Together to Address Flooding and Improve Water Quality." The two-day conference, which will be held both in-person and on Zoom, will feature an array of speakers who will cover topics, including MS4 requirements for municipalities in New Jersey; total maximum daily loads and pollution reduction; watershed improvement plans; stormwater utilities; regional approaches to stormwater management; and much more. Watershed members, the general public, environmental professionals, government officials, nonprofit organization professionals, and stakeholders are all invited to attend! Princeton Hydro is the Conference sponsor.

Get more info and register.

February 16: 23rd Annual Land Ethics Symposium

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve is hosting its 23rd Annual Land Ethics Symposium, which is themed "Creative Approaches for Ecological Landscaping." We have been a long-time sponsor of this special event and are proud to once again extend our support to this year’s symposium. Participants will enjoy networking working opportunities, an exhibitor hall, and presentations focused on ways to create low-maintenance, economical and ecologically balanced landscapes using native plants and restoration techniques.

Stay tuned for more information and a link to register.

February 22: Stormwater Utility Municipal Webinar

The Institute for Professional Development is hosting a webinar for municipal officials to learn all about creating a stormwater management utility. Through a variety of expert presentations, participants will learn how to set-up and maintain a stormwater utility for their community. Princeton Hydro's Senior Technical Director of Engineering Dr. Clay Emerson, PE and Director of Marketing & Communication Dana Patterson are presenting. The webinar takes place between 10am - Noon.

Stay tuned for more info and a link to register.

February 28 - March 1: 33rd Annual Pennsylvania Lake Management Society Annual Conference

This year's conference will be held at the Wyndham Garden State College in Boalsburg, PA. The conference offers a collection of professional presentations, workshops and panel discussions.

Stay tuned for more information and a link to register.


March 25: Watershed Congress

Hosted by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, the annual Watershed Congress brings together environmental enthusiasts and professionals to advance the best available information and techniques for protecting and restoring watersheds. The one-day conference combines science, policy, and practical applications into one program that consists of an engaging keynote discussion, exhibits, poster sessions and presentations covering a broad range of watershed topics. Princeton Hydro is an "Associate Sponsor" this year, and our Director of Aquatics Michael Hartshorne is presenting.

Stay tuned for more information and a link to register.

April 1: Nature-based Urban Restoration Planning Mobile Workshop

Princeton Hydro and MCFA Global invite you to join them at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to learn about the Challenges and Solutions for Nature-based Urban Restoration Planning. The Mobile Workshop, which will be led by Princeton Hydro Director of Restoration and Resilience, Christiana Pollack, and Director of Marketing and Communications Dana Patterson, will offer a unique hands-on learning experience in America’s First Urban Refuge. You won't want to miss it!

Stay tuned for more information and a link to register.

April 24 - 28: 13th National Monitoring Conference

National Water Quality Monitoring Council is hosting its 13th National Monitoring Conference in Virginia Beach and in a limited virtual format. This conference provides opportunities for water stakeholders – federal, state, tribal and local water professionals, nonprofits, academia, industry and water consultants, and volunteer and community scientists – to network, develop new skills and partnerships, and exchange information. Princeton Hydro's Director of Aquatics Michael Hartshorne is presenting on "Volunteer Monitoring to Address User Perception of the Schuylkill River." Other presentation topics include harmful algal blooms, climate change, and new and emerging lake management technologies.

Get more info and register.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

December 2: New Jersey Waterworks Annual Conference

Jersey Water Works presented its Eighth Annual Conference, “Building a Water Sector Leadership Pipeline, Moving Money to Projects, Implementation, and Community Engagement.” The full-day, in-person event brought together state and local decision makers, practitioners, and stakeholders to collaborate, network and explore equitable and sustainable water solutions for New Jersey and beyond. Princeton Hydro sponsored the event, which was held at The War Memorial in Trenton, NJ.

Get more info.

December 5: The Caren Franzini Capital City Award Celebration

Princeton Hydro was honored to sponsor the Greater Trenton's The Caren Franzini Capital City Award Celebration! Community members came together to honor the legacy of Caren Franzini, former NJEDA CEO and one of the founders of Greater Trenton. The evening included an awards ceremony, cocktails and conversations to reflect on Trenton’s past, reimagine its future, and make connections with some of the most influential leaders impacting the Capital City.

Get more info.

September 21: Science Seminar Series – What’s in Our Streams and Rivers? The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

The Stroud Water Research Center hosted a free webinar about “What’s in Our Streams and Rivers? The Good, the Bad, the Ugly.” For this webinar, which was part of a three-episode Science Seminar Series, which Princeton Hydro sponsored, Princeton Hydro presented on the ecological status of the Schuylkill River; shared the story of a yearlong community science project, which included a volunteer survey and scientific water quality assessment; and showcased the culminating interactive StoryMap.

WATCH NOW.

September 21: FREE Stormwater Webinar

As part of its Technical Friday webinar series, The Watershed Institute hosted a "Retrofitting Stormwater Features (BMPs)" webinar, which was led by Princeton Hydro's Senior Technical Director of Engineering Dr. Clay Emerson, PE, CFM and Vice President Mark Gallagher. Participants learned how to identify the basins that could benefit the most from retrofits; which studies need to be done to determine whether a basin can or should be retrofitted; the steps to retrofitting a basin; and the permits and approvals required for retrofitting.

WATCH NOW.

 

Stay tuned for more events!

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1. RELOCATED OUR HEADQUARTERS TO TRENTON’S HISTORIC ROEBLING WIREWORKS CARPENTRY SHOP

In May, we officially moved into our new Trenton office in the historic former Roebling Wireworks Carpentry Shop. We kicked off our move with a ribbon cutting event and successful open house, and quickly settled into our new space. We also made a commitment to support the local community, living up to our promise with local sponsorships to the Outdoor Equity Alliance (OEA) for Trenton’s Junteenth celebration and Black Farmer’s Market and Trenton South Ward Neighborhood Association’s Summer Splash Bash. We supported OEA’s Careers in Conservation Program with virtual and field sessions on water quality and landscape planning led by Jesse Smith, Dana Patterson, Fred Lubnow, and Mark Gallagher. We’ve donated the use of the space to several local organizations for fundraising events, including Passage Theatre, NJ Environmental Lobby, and Trenton Historical Society. We also jumped right in to assist the City on an emergency basis for water quality monitoring of the Pennington Reservoir. To cap off the year, during our Holiday Virtual Giving Event, 21 staff donated a total of 115 items (87lbs) totaling $1,734 to the Trenton-based Children’s Home Society of New Jersey.


2. CREATED AN INTERACTIVE STORYMAP OF THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER

After a year-long water quality and trash monitoring initiative, the Schuylkill River Greenways, in partnership with Berks Nature, Bartram’s Garden, Stroud Water Research Center, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and Princeton Hydro, launched an interactive ArcGIS StoryMap that documents the ecological status and local perceptions of the Schuylkill River. The goal of the project is to connect residents and communities with the river and all it has to offer.


3. LED PROJECTS AIMED AT ENHANCING FISH PASSAGE FOR CRITICAL MIGRATORY SPECIES

In New York, we worked with the Seatuck Environmental Association to conduct a study to understand the feasibility of enhancing fish passage to Mill Pond. For the study, we completed a site investigation including topographic survey, sediment probing and sampling, and assessment of structures to identify project opportunities and site constraints. Then, based on our findings, we developed three design options: a nature-like fishway, a technical fishway, or dam removal. In Pennsylvania, we supported Solebury Township in their effort to convert a former lake into a natural area with a free-flowing, cold water stream capable of supporting native brook trout, which had not been present in the area for more than a century. Specifically, we designed the restoration of Aquetong Creek’s main channel and tributary to reduce erosion and improve brook trout habitat; we developed an invasive species control and woodland restoration plan; and we provided stormwater design support for areas adjacent to the creek.


4. EARNED THREE PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS

We opened the year with the news that Mark Gallagher was selected for the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” from NJ Highlands Coalition and closed with the celebration of the two project awards: The NJ Water Supply Authority’s Delaware & Raritan Canal Hydrilla management project landed an Excellence in Water Resources Award from NJ-AWRA and the Third River Wetland Floodplain Wetland Enhancement Project in Bloomfield, now known as Lion’s Gate Park, won the 2022 New Jersey Future Smart Growth Award.


5. IMPLEMENTED INITIATIVES TO IMPROVE WATER QUALITY & INCREASE BIODIVERSITY

We helped the Township of Byram in Sussex County, New Jersey secure grant funding from the New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council for a regional lake and watershed management program that includes ten of the Township’s waterbodies. We worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -, New York District, to conduct a study that compares the costs, benefits, and effectiveness of management alternatives that prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species between the Hudson River and Lake Champlain via the Champlain Canal. We were contracted by the Central Park Conservancy to develop and implement a long-term and holistic management plan for the lakes and ponds in Central Park, New York City with the primary goal of preventing harmful algal blooms. For Lake Latonka in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, we developed a comprehensive lake management plan that includes five primary management measures: phosphorus loading mitigation, biomanipulation, management of submerged aquatic vegetation, waterfowl management, and regular water quality monitoring and testing.


6. DESIGNED THE RESTORATION AND ENHANCEMENT OF WETLAND AND RIPARIAN HABITATS

Ecological restoration work is underway at USFWS’s John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Philadelphia! Friends of Heinz Refuge hired our team to enhance and restore the Refuge's Turkey Foot area. The approach for the restoration project focuses on creating intertidal marsh, high marsh, and upland grassland habitat zones as well as four acres of contiguous wetland habitat bordered by a functional riparian buffer.


7. CELEBRATED A VARIETY OF STAFF ACHIEVEMENTS

Our team members are always striving for personal growth, expanding their knowledge, and continue to amaze us. Christiana Pollack is now a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) through the Society for Ecological Restoration. Jake Dittes, PE earned the New Jersey Watershed Institute Green Infrastructure (WIGI) certification. Geoffrey Goll was featured on PBS TV Panel Discussion and was appointed to the Rutgers University School of Engineering Industry Advisory Board. Samara McAuliffe was appointed to the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space Board of Trustees. And, Christopher Mikolajczyk served his term as President of the North American Lake Management Society.


8. WELCOMED TEN NEW TEAM MEMBERS

Dr. Roy Messaros joined our firm as Director of Engineering, coming from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - New York District. We expanded our River Restoration team with the addition of a Staff Engineer Cole Pragides, EIT and Project Manager/Landscape Architect Jamie Feinstein, RLA. To support our Restoration & Resilience and Regulatory Compliance & Wildlife Survey teams, Tara Srinivasan and Eric Zawatski joined as Staff Scientists. With our growing geoscience and water resources service areas, we hired Geotechnical Engineer Michael Torino, PE and Staff Engineer James Holyoke, EIT to support our engineering team. For our Field Services operations, we brought on two Aquatic Specialists Ryan Sheehan and Stephen Seely. And to provide office administration and executive support in the new Trenton office, Nicole Petrillo joined our team as an Administrative Assistant.


9. PARTICIPATED IN 50+ CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, OR LECTURES AND SPONSORED 30+ EVENTS

Many events returned to in-person this year, yet we still participated in numerous virtually. We traveled around the Northeast and beyond to share our project stories and lessons learned. We sponsored over $22,000 to nonprofit events and fundraisers and the Marketing Team exhibited at a dozen conferences, festivals, and local events. Aquatics team members Dr. Fred Lubnow, Christopher Mikolajczyk, CLM, Michael Hartshorne, Pat Rose presented on managing harmful algal blooms and lake management virtually and all across the country -- from the NALMS conference in Minneapolis, MN to the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society Annual Conference in Boalsburg, PA. Dr. Clay Emerson, PE, CFM, Christiana Pollack, CERP, CFM, GISP, and Mark Gallagher presented on green infrastructure and stormwater management. Jake Dittes, PE and Geoffrey Goll, PE traveled down to the first National Stream Restoration Conference and presented on river restoration and dam removal. Mike Hartshorne showcased the Schuylkill River Partner Water Quality Project all around the watershed and Pat Rose, Dana Patterson, and Cory Speroff, PLA, CBLP, taught nonprofit organizations data visualization tips and tricks for water quality monitoring. These are just a few highlights! Click here to read about our upcoming events.


10. SECURED OVER $3.5 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR OUR CLIENTS TO IMPROVE WATER QUALITY AND MITIGATE STORMWATER RUNOFF

One of Princeton Hydro’s key offerings is grant writing to assist our nonprofit and government clients in writing watershed plans and implement projects to improve water quality from stormwater basin retrofits to wetland restorations. This year, we assisted in landing $3,550,000 million in Lake Restoration Grant funding from NJDEP to improve water quality and reduce the impacts of nonpoint source pollution. We’ve also assisted several clients with other grant applications for NJDEP 319, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and NOAA.


Thank you for supporting Princeton Hydro and sharing our stories. We truly appreciate each and every one of our clients, partners, and friends. Cheers to a successful 2023 and beyond!

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Princeton Hydro President Geoffrey Goll, PE was appointed to the Rutgers University School of Engineering Industry Advisory Board (IAB).

The IAB, an external consultative group supporting the Dean of the School of Engineering, serves a critical role in linking the School’s strategic objectives and activities with the interests of external constituents and industry groups. It is composed of industry leaders, including Rutgers alumni and members of the research and engineering communities served by the School of Engineering.

Geoff holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University (Class of 1990) and a Master of Engineering Management degree from UW–Madison. He brings to the board valuable water resources engineering and geotechnical engineering expertise, including sediment management, stream and river restoration, stormwater management and green infrastructure, freshwater wetland/coastal marsh design, dam design, and dam removal.

The Nominating Committee, which is comprised of at least four members of the Board and overseen by the Dean, is responsible for evaluating candidates for IAB membership, appointing new members, and advising IAB members of the conclusion of their terms. When evaluating candidates, the Nominating Committee considers how the member would bring value to the board by increasing representation of diverse perspectives on the board, including generational and geographic diversity, cultural background and ethnicity, gender, and academic and industry affiliation and experience.

During their three-year term, board members meet four times annually to review current issues at the Engineering School, discuss strategic priorities, and work on committee and Board projects. As ambassadors and advocates for the School, IAB members play a key role in forging mutually productive alliances between the School of Engineering and business. They promote a culture of philanthropy, actively seek opportunities to broaden the School’s network, and participate in strategic initiatives and events.

As part of Geoff’s role on the IAB, he was invited to participate as a panelist during the Rutgers University Urban Environments Symposium for a discussion titled, “The Role of Engineering Innovations and Government-Industry-Academe-Community Collaboration in Meeting Urban Environments Challenges.” The Symposium, presented by Rutgers University’s School of Engineering and its School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, brought together government, industry, community and academic thought leaders for a high-level exchange of ideas. Read more.

Click here for a full list of IAB Members. To learn more about the Rutgers School of Engineering, click here. And, to learn more about Princeton Hydro’s water resource engineering services and recent projects, click here.

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The North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) held its 42nd Annual International Symposium from November 14–17 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Water resource professionals, researchers, students and practitioners came together to share ideas and learn about managing and protecting lakes and their watersheds.

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This year’s conference, which was titled, “Leveraging Experience to Manage Diverse Lakes, Landscapes, and People,” featured an exhibitor hall, networking events, and a variety of presentations and workshops. Princeton Hydro, a proud contributing sponsor of the conference, led four presentations and one workshop; below, we provide a free download of each.


Princeton Hydro’s Senior Aquatic Ecologist and NALMS Board of Directors President Chris L. Mikolajczyk, CLM gave the following two presentations:

Click here to learn more and download the presentations.

Dr. Fred Lubnow, Senior Technical Director, Ecological Services for Princeton Hydro presented on “The Development of Site-Specific Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) Management Plans.”

Click here to learn more and download the presentation.

Princeton Hydro Senior Aquatic Ecologist Paul Cooper led a presentation titled, “A 30-Year Assessment of Internal Phosphorus Loading, Nutrient Load Management, and Climate Change at Lake Hopatcong.”

Click here to learn more and download the presentation.

On the first day of the conference, Chris and Fred led a half-day workshop about developing Harmful Algal Blooms Management and Restoration Plans for Beaches and Marinas, which are designed as part of a larger, all-encompassing Watershed Implementation Plan. The workshop provided both in-lake, near-shore, and local watershed solutions to preserve water quality and protect the health of people and pets utilizing these waterbodies.

Click here to learn more and download the presentation.

A daring group of symposium participants bundled up and braved the cold temperatures for the Clean Lakes Classic 5k Run, which Princeton Hydro sponsored. The point-to-point course followed along the Mississippi River, through city greenways, and around snowy Minneapolis neighborhoods.

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We’re also excited to announce that Chris L. Mikolajczyk won this year’s International Symposium photo contest for this stunning image he captured during a recent visit to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. The photo is titled “Aquatic Plant Management: No Permits Needed!”

Congratulations, Chris! . . . Founded in 1980, NALMS is dedicated to forging partnerships among citizens, scientists, and professionals to foster the management and protection of lakes and reservoirs for today and tomorrow. For more information about NALMS and upcoming events, click here. To read about upcoming events that Princeton Hydro is participating in and sponsoring, click here. [post_title] => FREE DOWNLOADS: Presentations from the North American Lake Management Society International Symposium [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => free-presentation-downloads-nalms-2022 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-12-07 22:04:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-12-07 22:04:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://princetonhydro.com/?p=11974 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 11552 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2022-10-31 13:03:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-10-31 13:03:10 [post_content] =>

Welcome to the latest edition of our Client Spotlight series, which provides an inside look at our collaboration and accomplishments with a specific client.

For this Client Spotlight, we spoke with Tim Fenchel, Deputy Director of Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area (SRG). The mission of SRG is to connect residents, visitors, and communities to the Schuylkill River and the Schuylkill River Trail by serving as a catalyst for civic engagement and economic development in order to foster stewardship of the watershed and its heritage. The boundaries of the Heritage Area cover the Schuylkill River watershed in Schuylkill, Berks, Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.

Let's dive in!

1. Tell us a little about SRG and what makes it unique?

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2. What does SRG value?

We value our heritage and the deeply-rooted culture of this region. We also look ahead to how we can continue to engage our communities with that heritage and create future generations of stewards for the Schuylkill River and Schuylkill River Trail.

We value vibrant and revitalized communities, and it’s rewarding to see how SRG has contributed to sustainable revitalization of river-town communities, including Phoenixville, Manayunk, and Pottstown. We really value helping to maintain a strong connection between the river and its surrounding neighborhoods. By enabling and encouraging communities to enjoy the river and trail, we create lifelong stewards of these important resources.

Another core value is making outdoor recreation accessible for everyone. The trail is a public recreational resource that anyone can enjoy, and we really try to promote it as a means for health and wellness, all kinds of recreation experiences, family-friendly outings, arts and culture, and much more.

Collaboration is also very valuable to SRG. Every single project and program that we do, we do it in partnership with at least one other organization if not multiple other organizations. The Schuylkill River Water Quality project, which we’ll talk more about today, is a great example of that.


3. What is your primary role within SRG?

As Deputy Director, I get to be involved in just about everything that we do here. I assist with the day-to-day operations of the organization; I pitch in with trail issues when they arise; I’m involved, in some way shape or form, with our various community events throughout the year; and I also have several projects and programs that I personally oversee. The Schuylkill River Water Quality project is one, which we'll discuss in more detail shortly.

Another unique project I oversee is the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund. Essentially, SRG receives funding from both private and public entities, and we then regrant those funds to local government agencies, nonprofits, and community organizations to implement on-the-ground projects for the improvement of water quality throughout the Schuylkill River Watershed. The grants focus on three major sources of pollution: stormwater run-off, agricultural pollution, and abandoned mine drainage.

There is a lot of variety in my role here, which I really enjoy.


4. What excites you about going to work every day?

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5. Can you talk a little bit about the partnership between SRG and Princeton Hydro, and the Schuylkill River Water Quality project?

An important aspect of our mission is to connect communities to the Schuylkill River through recreational and educational activities. To fully achieve the Schuylkill River’s potential, we must help the public understand the current health status and what they can do to continue to improve its quality for this generation and generations to come. In 2019, we received a grant from the William Penn Foundation to fund the Schuylkill River Water Quality project, which aimed to document the current ecological status and health of the river, and engage and educate a diverse set of river users and residents.

Through an RFP process, we selected Princeton Hydro as one of the main project advisors. From the start, we hit it off with Michael Hartshorne, Director of Aquatics, and Dana Patterson, Director of Marketing & Communications. The strength of what they brought as a team and their scientific water quality and engagement expertise impressed us from the start and it really carried on throughout the entirety of the project. We had a truly tremendous team of partners, including Berks Nature, Bartram’s Garden, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and Stroud Water Research Center.

The project, which focused on the main stem of the river from Reading to Southwest Philadelphia, included four key components:

  1. User Opinion and Perceptions Survey
  2. Community Science Visual Assessment Trash Survey
  3. Water Quality Monitoring
  4. Educational Outreach

The yearlong data collection and community science initiative culminated with the launch of  an interactive ArcGIS StoryMap webpage that reveals the local perceptions of the Schuylkill River and aims to connect residents with and encourage engagement with this special resource.

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6. Do you have a favorite or most memorable moment from the project?

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7. The Schuylkill River StoryMap is part of a larger project to foster positive perceptions of the Schuylkill River. Can you talk a little more about your goals moving forward and how you plan to use the StoryMap?

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8. What are some of SRG’s initiatives and upcoming activities that you’d like to share?

We have so many wonderful events throughout the year that provide an opportunity for community members to learn about and engage with the Schuylkill River and the Trail.

We just held the Ride for the River outing, which is a one-day bike ride and fundraising event. The ride began at the Pottstown River Front Park and followed about 20-miles of the Schuylkill River Trail to Reading. It’s always a ton of fun.

Every June we have our Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn, which consists of a 7-day, 112-mile guided canoe/kayak trip on the Schuylkill River that begins in rural Schuylkill Haven and ends in Philadelphia. The event combines kayaking/canoeing, camping, education, and games into one exciting adventure.

In November, we're hosting our 18th annual “Scenes of the Schuylkill” Art Show. Throughout the year, we host several free educational programs, do guided tours at locations within the Heritage Area, and so much more.

Click here to learn more about SRG’s Programs and Events.

 

A big thanks to Tim and SRG for taking part in our Client Spotlight Series!

Schuylkill River Greenways relies on help from volunteers, who provide valued assistance with trail maintenance, special events, environmental education, water quality monitoring and more. To learn more about how to get involved, visit SRG's volunteer portal for a full rundown of opportunities.

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Our staff is composed of highly-qualified scientists, engineers, and administrative professionals who are passionate about our mission. Today, we’re excited to introduce the two newest members of the Princeton Hydro team!

Please join us in welcoming them:

Jamie Feinstein, RLA Project Manager, River Restoration & Resilience; Landscape Architect

Jamie is a licensed professional Landscape Architect with over 15 years of experience in landscape architecture, environmental design, construction management and general contracting in both the public and private sectors and across a variety of project scales. Her multifaceted background includes managing a green infrastructure design and construction program, building urban parkland in lower Manhattan, ecosystem restoration, and vertical building construction projects. She has written technical specifications and bid packages, provided construction project management and oversight as well as performed environmental data monitoring. Jamie has also led community and municipal design projects through complex approvals processes and connected with local education partners to perform ongoing ecological restoration and stewardship work.

During her time at New York City Parks, she contributed to a city-wide, cross-jurisdictional green infrastructure program to improve water quality and reduce runoff in priority watersheds within the five boroughs. While working for New York Restoration Project, Jamie led the capital construction program where she worked with neighborhoods to enhance community gardens for sustainability and inclusivity as well as leading a shoreline stabilization and ecological restoration along the Harlem River. Additionally, she has managed various municipal projects in New York, re-envisioning floodplain parks along the Hudson River as well as multiple residential projects that have focused on native landscapes and gardens while managing stringent regulatory compliance parameters. Jamie has also served as a construction project manager for a general contractor, running new construction, restoration and fit-outs for clients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, giving her insight into how vertical construction and landscape coexist.

In her free time, Jamie likes to snuggle with her dog, go rock climbing, read, create perfectly balanced garden compost and make bad jokes.


Nicole Petrillo Administrative Assistant

Nicole has over 20 years of experience in customer service and administration in a variety of fields including environmental law and insurance. Most recently, she served as an Administrative Assistant at an insurance firm where she maintained the office space, greeted visitors, coordinated internal events, and assisted various departments with special projects. Prior to that role, she served as a Legal Secretary for a prominent environmental law firm in New Jersey where she played a crucial role in the everyday workings of the law office and supported the lawyers and paralegals. Nicole is a hard-working, detail-oriented team member who has proven to be resourceful at a moment’s notice. Her excellent communication and people skills makes her the perfect person to support our Trenton Office as well as assist our Executive Team on a variety of tasks and internal projects.

In her free time, Nicole enjoys walking in her neighborhood, gardening, playing with her dog, and spending time with her family.

 

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For episode three of Stroud Water Research Center's 2022 Science Seminar Series, Michael Hartshorne, Director of Aquatics at Princeton Hydro (and former Stroud Center intern), gave a presentation about the ecological status of the Schuylkill River and shared the story of a yearlong community science project that included a volunteer survey and scientific water quality assessment. Stroud Center's Science Seminar lecture series, which provides an opportunity for the public to learn more about the issues that matter to them, has been running for over a decade. It also gives the public access to some of the world’s leading freshwater scientists and educators and the chance to learn how watershed science and education are tackling water-related challenges.

As described in Michael's presentation, the project, which included four phases, was implemented through a partnership between the Schuylkill River Greenways, Berks Nature, Bartram’s Garden, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Stroud Center, and Princeton Hydro.

First, to understand local perceptions of the river, investigators conducted a community survey of more than 300 residents from Berks, Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Despite a majority of respondents reporting that they care about the river, many also reported concerns about trash and litter and whether the river is clean and safe enough for activities like swimming and fishing. This insight was used to drive the priorities for the in-depth water quality monitoring assessment and inspired the launch of a new Community Science trash monitoring program.

In June, the group launched an interactive ArcGIS StoryMap webpage that reveals the local perceptions of the Schuylkill River and aims to connect residents and communities with the Schuylkill River and encourage engagement with this special resource.

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This Fall, Princeton Hydro team is proud to be participating in and sponsoring education courses, conferences, fundraisers and community gatherings. In this edition of our Events Spotlight, we provide an overview of all the latest happenings and information on how to get involved:

 

September 17: 4th Annual Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference

The Northwest New Jersey partners of the four-state Delaware River Watershed Initiative is hosting its 4th Annual Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference. The focus of the Conference is promoting a compatible tourism economy that leverages the regions incredible natural resources. Princeton Hydro is proud to sponsor this event, which aims to give participants a better understanding of the relationship between our region’s water and other natural resources and our region’s quality of life, including enhanced water quality, developing a vibrant tourism sector economy, expanding recreational opportunities, and appreciating the region’s scenic values. Get more info and register.

September 17: New Jersey Coalition of Lake Associations Fall Meeting

NJCOLA, a coalition of 83-member lake associations in Northern New Jersey, is hosting its Fall Meeting on September 17 from 9 - Noon at the Lake Mohawk Country Club. Princeton Hydro Senior Project Manager and North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) Board of Directors President Christopher L. Mikolajczyk, CLM will be there to present to the group and provide an update from NALMS on funding for in-lake management programs. The Fall Meeting will also include presentations from Culver Lake and Lake Mohawk representatives, briefings from NJCOLA officers, Round Table discussions, and a light breakfast. Get more info.

September 17: Trenton River Days

Join us for the 4th annual Trenton River Days, a free event that celebrates the history, culture, and recreational benefits of the Delaware River. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 17, local families and community members are invited to South Riverwalk Park near the Trenton Thunder Stadium to enjoy the festivities. We're bringing our airboat, so come hang out at our table and check out our fun equipment. More info.

September 18 - 22: Dam Safety National Conference

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials' National Dam Safety conference brings together 1,000 professionals from across the country to discuss the latest in dam and levee safety. The four-day event, being held in Baltimore, MD, includes an exhibitor hall, lightening talks, and variety of presentations on topics ranging from dam incident management to levee safety incidents to hi-tech hydrology. Members from the Princeton Hydro team are attending and looking forward to seeing you there! Get more info and register.

September 21: FREE Stormwater Webinar

As part of its Technical Friday webinar series, The Watershed Institute is hosting a "Retrofitting Stormwater Features (BMPs)" webinar on September 21 from 6 - 7:15 p.m. EST. The webinar is being led by Princeton Hydro's Senior Technical Director of Engineering Dr. Clay Emerson, PE, CFM and Vice President Mark Gallagher. Participants will learn how to identify the basins that could benefit the most from retrofits; which studies need to be done to determine whether a basin can or should be retrofitted; the steps to retrofitting a basin; and the permits and approvals required for retrofitting. The webinar, which is free and being held virtually on Zoom, will also include a Q&A session. Get more info and register.

September 21: Science Seminar Series - What’s in Our Streams and Rivers? The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Join the Stroud Water Research Center for a free webinar about "What's in Our Streams and Rivers? The Good, the Bad, the Ugly." The free webinar is part of a three-episode Science Seminar Series, which Princeton Hydro sponsored. For episode three, Michael Hartshorne, Director of Aquatics at Princeton Hydro, will share the details of the yearlong Schuylkill River community science project, which was just recently completed, and share the culminating interactive ArcGIS StoryMap, which documents the ecological status and local perceptions of the river. Get more info and register.

October 1: Watershed FEST

Are you looking for a fun excuse to get outside and celebrate the beautiful lakes, rivers, and streams all around us? Join the Watershed Institute for its 47th Annual Watershed FEST! Princeton Hydro is proud to sponsor this year's FEST, which is titled "Pathways and Waterways." It begins at 6:30 p.m. on the Watershed Center grounds with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner, live music, dessert and dancing. FEST is The Watershed Institute’s largest fundraising event of the year and supports its mission of keeping water clean, safe and healthy.

Get more info and register.

October 5: SAME Philadelphia Post Small Business Conference 2022

This year’s SAME Philadelphia Post Small Business Conference includes presentations, interactive breakout sessions, networking sessions, panel discussions, and a small-business exhibitor hall. Princeton Hydro, one of the event sponsors and exhibitors, joined SAME as a sustaining member in 2018. The mission of SAME is to build leaders and lead collaboration among government and industry to develop multidisciplinary solutions to national security infrastructure challenges. Get more info and register.

October 5: NJ Invasive Species Strike Team Professional Conference

Presented by the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space and hosted by Duke Farms, Princeton Hydro is proud to sponsor the 14th Annual New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team Conference. The Strike Team is dedicated to protecting our natural lands from future damage through coordinated strategic invasive species management involving a team of partners and volunteers. The group's focus is eliminating threats posed by newly emerging invasive species before they become widespread pests and protecting our most pristine lands and rare species habitats. More event info and registration details are coming soon! Register here.

October 6 & 7: Rutgers Professional Education Course on Urban Stormwater Management

This NEW "Urban Stormwater Management: Building Resilient Communities" online course aims to demonstrate how green infrastructure stormwater management techniques are used in urban settings to increase community resilience to flooding, climate change, and other stormwater-linked environmental and social impacts. The course brings together leaders in the field of urban stormwater management, including Princeton Hydro's Mark Gallagher, Vice President, and Christiana Pollack, CFM, GISP, Director of Restoration and Resilience, who will share with course attendees how green infrastructure is being applied in urban settings through case study demonstrations. Dr. Stephen Souza, a founding principal of Princeton Hydro and owner of Clean Water Consulting, is the lead instructor for the course. Get more info and register.

OCTOBER 11: Workshop on Algal Bloom Mitigation and Algal Biotechnology for Sustainable New Jersey

Hosted by NJIT, this regional workshop aims to promote knowledge exchange and collaboration in the fields of algal bloom mitigation and algal biotechnology. The workshop will provide a forum for academic faculty, industrial practitioners and experts, federal and state agencies to share and explore emerging trends and new technologies in HAB prevention, algal research and algal biotechnology. The workshop includes keynote speakers, educational demonstrations, and student poster sessions along with a lunch buffet, networking opportunities, and offers participants 1 PDH or CEU from AWWA. Dr. Fred Lubnow, a HAB expert and Senior Technical Director of Ecological Services for Princeton Hydro, is leading a education session during the event, which is being held in-person at the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) in Lyndhurst. Get more info and register.

OCTOBER 12: SAME MEGA Maryland Small Business Conference

The MEGA Maryland conference, being held at Martin's West in Baltimore, gives small and minority businesses in the architecture, engineering and construction industries the opportunity to come together with federal agencies in order to showcase best practices and highlight future opportunities to work in the federal market. Nearly 500 professionals throughout the Mid-Atlantic region are expected to attend this year’s MEGA Maryland, which includes 75+ speakers and a large exhibitor hall. Princeton Hydro is exhibiting. We hope you'll come by the booth to say "hello" to our team! This year's event also includes educational and MD PE Ethics Training webinars on the three days leading up to the conference: October 10, 11 & 14. Links for the webinars will be sent to all conference attendees 24 hours in advance of the scheduled session Get more info and register.

OCTOBER 12 & 13: Stormwater Symposium

Hosted by the Villanova Center for Resilient Water Systems, home of the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership, this year’s Stormwater Symposium is themed "Infrastructure. Resilience. Equity." Over the course of the two-day program, participants will learn about innovations in green stormwater infrastructure from a diverse group of professionals representing the academic, nonprofit, government and industry sectors. In addition to keynote presentations, technical sessions and moderated panel discussions, the Symposium will feature 50 abstracts from the stormwater community, including one from Princeton Hydro's Senior Technical Director of Engineering Dr. Clay Emerson, PE, CFM who is giving a presentation titled, "I don't remember it raining like this before; stormwater design and regulatory context." The symposium also offers networking opportunities like the Wine & Cheese Social. Get more info and register.

October 14: Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions' 2022 Environmental Congress

We are thrilled to support ANJEC’s 49th Annual Environmental Congress. Each day includes a variety of workshop sessions on topics like stormwater management, environmental justice advancement in New Jersey, and local climate action. ANJEC, a non-profit organization, helps New Jersey environmental commissions, individuals, local and state agencies achieve responsible and sustainable use of New Jersey’s natural resources and protection of environmental health. Princeton Hydro, a business member of the ANJEC, is exhibiting during the event. Get more info and register.

October 20: NJ-Philadelphia Post SAME and JBMDL Small Business Roundtable Industry Day

The Joint Base MDL Small Business Roundtable and the New Jersey and Philadelphia Posts have partnered together to host this in-person Small Business event. The Industry Day includes presentations from  government officials, industry experts, and agency members including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, JBMDL, GSA, and Congressman Andy Kim. A full breakfast and lunch buffet will be served. SAME aims to provide leaders from the A/E/C, environmental, and facility management industries the opportunity to come together with federal agencies in order to showcase best practices and highlight future opportunities for small businesses to work in the federal market. Princeton Hydro is exhibiting at the event. Learn more & register.

October 23 - 28: 11th U.S. Symposium on Harmful Algal Blooms

The symposium, which is themed "Science to Support Solutions from Shore to Shore," is being led by the NEIWPCC, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and U.S. Geological Survey with support from the U.S. National Office for Harmful Algal Blooms at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Presentations and education sessions will center around the impact of HABs on freshwater and marine systems, and take a deep dive into the prevalence of HABs as a national environmental challenge and solutions to overcoming the challenge. Princeton Hydro's Senior Technical Director of Ecological Services and HABs Expert Dr. Fred Lubnow is presenting on "Using Phycocyanin Meters to Monitor HABs and the Development of HAB Management Plans." Get more info and register.

October 25 - 27: New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management Annual Conference

NJAFM is hosting its 15th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Atlantic City, NJ. Participants will attend meetings and seminars covering topics, including hazard mitigation, flood insurance, flood modeling, stormwater management, construction standards and more. Princeton Hydro is exhibiting at the conference. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Robert S. Young, Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines. He will discuss New Jersey post-Sandy and the need for realistic planning and adaptation to maintain the coastal economy going forward. Get more info and register.

November 3 & 4: Delaware River Watershed Forum

The 10th Annual Delaware River Watershed Forum, titled "A Decade on the Delaware: A Reflection on Yesterday, a Vision for Tomorrow," brings together organizations and individuals spanning the four watershed states of PA, NY, NJ, and DE. The Forum, which is being hosted in-person at the Logan Hotel in Philadelphia,  features a mix of engaging speakers, facilitated discussions, field trips, and a 10th Anniversary Celebration Reception. Workshops will focus on topics like engaging communities around water quality protection, environmental policy, and climate change.  Princeton Hydro is sponsoring the Forum and looking forward to attending! Get more info and register.

November 10: New Jersey Future's Award Celebration

New Jersey Future’s Smart Growth Awards recognize the very best in planning, development, and redevelopment in the Garden State. To celebrate the 2022 award winners, New Jersey Future is hosting a virtual celebration on the interactive event platform Accelevents. Princeton Hydro is proud to sponsor this premier fundraising event and honored to be recognized with a 2022 Smart Growth Award for the Lion Gate Park and Urban Wetland Floodplain Creation Project. Advance registration is required. Get more info and register.

November 11 - 14: Conference on Landscape Architecture

The American Society of Landscape Architects' 2022 Conference will take place in San Francisco, CA! The conference is considered the largest gathering of landscape architects and allied professionals in the world, who will all come together to learn, celebrate, build relationships, and strengthen the bonds of the professional landscape architect community. The 4-day event includes field sessions, 120+ educational workshops, an expo hall with 300+ exhibitors, a block party, and so much more! Princeton Hydro Landscape Architect Cory Speroff, PLA, ASLA, CBLP is looking forward to attending this prestigious event. Get more info and register.

November 14 - 17: North American Lake Management Society International Symposium

Princeton Hydro is proud to sponsor the NALMS 2022 International Symposium, which is being held in Minnesota, the “Land of 10,000 Lakes."  The conference, themed "Leveraging Experience to Manage Diverse Lakes, Landscapes, and People," consists of presentations, workshops, panel discussions, field trips and an exhibitor hall. Senior Project Manager Christopher L. Mikolajczyk, CLM and Senior Technical Director of Ecological Services Dr. Fred Lubnow are giving a presentation titled “Development of HAB Management and Restoration Plans for Beaches and Marinas.” They hope to see you at the conference and invite you to chat with them after their presentations. Get more info and register.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

August 1-3: National Stream Restoration Conference

The Resource Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing America’s natural resources by restoring streams, rivers and wetlands, hosted the first-ever National Stream Restoration Conference. The 3-day event was themed “Sharing Visions for the Future,” and included two education sessions led by members of the Princeton Hydro team:

 
 

Stay tuned for more events!

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Princeton Hydro Engineering Services Project Manager Brendon Achey earned a Professional Geologist License from the Delaware Board of Geologists. 

The primary objective of the Delaware Board of Geologists is to maintain the highest standards within the practice of geology. To meet these objectives, the Board develops standards for professional competency; promulgates rules and regulations; adjudicates complaints against professionals and, when necessary, imposes disciplinary sanctions; and issues licenses to geologists.

"Becoming a Professional Geologist has been a long-term goal of mine since I started working in the field with Princeton Hydro," said Brendon. "Obtaining the license has given me a huge sense of accomplishment. I'm no longer just the guy who says he knows a ton about soils and geology - now I've got the credentials to prove it!"

Brendon has a wealth of experience in geotechnical investigations, in-field soil sampling and testing, laboratory testing, soil classifications, site characterization, and infiltration testing. He has a Bachelor's degree in Geology and a Bachelor's in Marine Science both from Stockton University.

In order to be considered for the Delaware Board of Geologists' Professional Geologist License designation, Brendon had to meet a variety of requirements, including:
  • Receiving a degree from an accredited college or university with a major in geology; and/or completing 30 credit hours of geology or its subdisciplines, of which 24 credits are third- or fourth-year courses or graduate courses;

  • Acquiring 5 years of experience in geologic work satisfactory to the Board and as defined in its rules and regulations; and

  • Achieving the passing score on all parts of the written, standardized examination administered by the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG), or its successor.

Having joined the Princeton Hydro team in 2011, Brendon's responsibilities include: project management, preparation and quality control of technical deliverables, geotechnical investigations and analysis, groundwater hydrology, soil sampling plan design, and site characterization. He also manages the Princeton Hydro Geosciences & Soils Lab, which is a full-service AASHTO-accredited and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-validated laboratory in the Sicklerville, NJ office.

The geotechnical soils and rock testing lab allows our team to complete 100% of geotechnical investigation planning and oversight, laboratory testing, analysis, design, and reporting in-house. In addition to managing the daily lab operations, Brendon is responsible for maintaining the lab's accreditation according to the most recent AASHTO quality standards, scheduling and performing/overseeing lab testing with the AASHTO Materials Reference Laboratory, technician training and evaluation, internal audits, records retention, calibrating and maintaining all laboratory equipment, and providing detailed results and reports to clients.

In addition to his new Professional Geologist License, Brendon holds a number of certifications, including: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Soil Density and Moisture Content Gauge Operator and OSHA 40-Hour Health and Safety Training for Hazardous Waste Operations (HAZWOPER).

To read about one of the projects Brendon worked on in his role as Geotechnical Soil Laboratory Project Manager, click below:

Big congratulations to Brendon for his latest accomplishment! 

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The latest issue of Wetland Science & Practice Magazine, a quarterly e-publication published by the Society of Wetland Scientists, features an article written by Princeton Hydro Director of Engineering Dr. Roy Messaros, PE, PWS, CFM.

In his article, Roy takes readers on a tour of Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge wetland complex and provides an in-depth look at the extraordinary diversity of protected plant and animal species that can be found there. The article, titled, "Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Massachusetts, USA: A Wetland of Distinction," also contains beautiful full-color images of the landscape and wildlife within it.

Great Meadows is one of more than 560 refuges in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Refuge System. The system is a network of lands and waters managed specifically for the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat and represents the most comprehensive wildlife resource management program in the world.

The Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is a river wetlands conservation area, divided into two major parcels, stretching from the towns of Billerica, Massachusetts to Wayland, Massachusetts, along the Concord and Sudbury Rivers. Approximately 85% of the refuge's 3,600 acres is comprised of freshwater wetlands. According to the FWS, Great Meadows is considered an excellet place for birding, and “noted ornithologists consider this unit to be one of the best inland birding areas in the state.” This site has a wildlife observational tower, observational platform and direct access to the Concord River.

Roy's article, as well as the entire January 2023 issue of Wetland Science & Practice Magazine, is available to members of the Society of Wetland Scientists, which is an international, professional nonprofit organization devoted to promoting understanding, conservation, protection, restoration, science-based management, and sustainability of wetlands. Society membership is open to anyone with an interest in wetlands. To learn more, click here.

And, to learn more about Roy, click below to read our blog: 

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