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We are 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 Spring and information on how to get involved:

 

March 2 & 3: Pennsylvania Lake Management Society Annual Conference

PALMS is hosting its 32nd annual conference at the Wyndham Garden State College in Boalsburg, PA. This year’s conference, titled “A New Era of Lake Appreciation and Management,” includes a collection of professional presentations, workshops and panel discussions. Princeton Hydro, a proud sponsor, is exhibiting and leading two of the workshops:

  • Director of Aquatic Resources, Dr. Fred Lubnow, is presenting on the “Using phycocyanin meters to monitor Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and the development of HAB Management Plans" and "The impacts of climate change on lakes in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. with an emphasis on internal phosporus loading."
  • Senior Aquatic Ecologist Michael Hartshorne is presenting on the “Development of an Adaptive Lake Management Plan for Lake Latonka.”
Get more info and register.

March 9: Water Innovation + Conservation Thought Leadership Panel

The U.S. Green Building Council's Mid Atlantic New England Region is hosting a Water Innovation and Conservation Thought Leadership Panel, featuring our President Geoffrey. M. Goll. Join this panel of experts addressing water conservation topics including policies, treatment innovations, storm-water management, low impact development, water supply, and water reuse solutions.

The event will be hosted from 10:30 AM to 12 PM via Zoom and is free to attend. Register here.

March 23: Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Summit

Mark your calendars for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection's 3rd Annual HAB Summit! This all-day, virtual seminar will be packed with important information about  understanding, preventing and managing HABs. Participants will enjoy educational sessions on a wide-variety of topics, including "Watershed-based Non-point Source Pollution for HAB Prevention,"  "NJ’s plan to develop Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for lakes," and "Leveraging data to combat HABs with NASA."

Get more info and register. To read more about HABs, check out our recent  blog.

March 24 & 25: Rutgers University Online Dam Removal Course

Join us for a two-day Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education course focused on dam removal design, planning, and implementation. The course, being delivered via Zoom from 8:30am - 12:30pm on March 24 & 25, will cover topics including dam demolition techniques; hydraulic and sediment transport modeling; developing conceptual models of the resulting impoundment; sediment management; fish passage; and the multi-disciplined recovery of degraded, damaged, or impaired ecosystems. Providing instruction for the course will be Princeton Hydro team members President Geoff Goll P.E., Dr. Laura Craig, Dr. Clay Emerson P.E., and Paul Woodworth CERP as well Dr. Stephen Souza, a founding principal of Princeton Hydro and owner of Clean Waters Consulting, LLC and Beth Styler-Barry of the New Jersey Nature Conservancy. In addition to 0.7 Rutgers CEUs, this training course is also approved for several professional credits. Pre-Registration is required. We hope to see you there!

March 31: Facebook Live Q&A with Princeton Hydro Scientists

Spring is right around the corner. Your lakes and ponds are waking up. What can you expect to see? Now is your chance to get answers! On March 31 at 6pm EST, join experts Dr. Fred Lubnow and Chris Mikolajczyk, CLM during our "Ask Me Anything" conversation via Facebook Live.  You can submit your questions for the live Q&A session by joining the live feed and typing in the comments. RSVP here.

April 22: Coastal Restoration & Storm Risk Management: Funding Through Implementation

Join SAME New Jersey Post on Earth Day to learn about planning, funding, and implementation efforts for coastal restoration and storm risk management in New Jersey. This full-day program will bring focus to the impacts of storm surges along the NJ Coast and the various coastal restoration projects that have proven to help mitigate coastal impacts and flooding. Representatives from government agencies and NGOs working in NJ coastal settings will discuss their programs and experiences adapting to increased storm intensity and frequency. Participants will gain a better understanding of current program initiatives and active stakeholders to help build a resilient future. Princeton Hydro is a proud sponsor of the event. Get more info and register.

April 29 - 30: New York State Federation of Lake Associations Annual Conference

This year’s conference, which is themed, “Maximizing Your Lake Data,” will be held in-person at the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center in Lake George. Participants will enjoy a variety of panel discussions, poster sessions, and workshops, some of which will be held in a hybrid format. Princeton Hydro is proud to be sponsoring and particpating in the event. Stay tuned for more details!

More info and registration details coming soon.
 

Stay tuned to our blog for more events!

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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.

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Happy Earth Day! It's important that we all do our part to honor this important occasion and promote climate action. We've put together a list of fun ideas and helpful tips to celebrate Earth Day 2021 safely and responsibly:


Get Outside, Safely

Illustration by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Getting outdoors is a great way to celebrate Earth Day, and it can boost your mental and physical health. While remaining mindful about maintaining safe social distancing practices, we can still get outside to take advantage of the spring weather and enjoy the outdoor adventures in our own backyards.

Earth Month Scavenger Hunt from Eco Promotional Products For more tips on social distancing while visiting parks and natural areas, check out this helpful info from NJ Department of Environmental Protection.

Clean-up Your Neighborhood

Photo: Santiago Mejia, The Chronicle

Although large volunteer clean-up events are postponed due to social distancing guidelines, we can still do our part to pick-up trash and protect our local waterways. Here are a few ideas:

  • When you go outside for an afternoon walk, bring gloves and a garbage bag so you can pick up any trash you see along the way.

  • Check the storm drains in your neighborhood and remove and discard any debris that you find. Get started by reading these DIY tips!


Get Crafting & Birdwatching

Here are some simple DIY crafting ideas to help you pass the time and improve your backyard birdwatching.

  • Orange Feeder: Oranges are a tasty, energizing snack loved by several bird species, especially the Baltimore Oriole. Follow a few simple steps for building an orange feeder, and then sit back and enjoy your backyard bird watching experience!

  • Hummingbird Nectar: Bring more hummingbirds to your backyard this season in a few easy steps! By filling your feeder with this DIY delight, you can watch these beautiful little birds feed and flitter all day.

  • Heart-Shaped Feeder: Show your local songbirds some love with this DIY heart-shaped bird feeder. It makes a charming decoration for your backyard trees.

If you're interested in taking your birdwatching adventures beyond your backyard, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation offers a variety of information and online resources to help you do so.

Get your Yard Spring-Ready

Residential homes and neighborhoods can benefit from the implementation of green infrastructure in more ways than many people realize. Planting native flower beds reduces runoff and attracts important pollinators.
  • Reduce Invasives, Plant Natives: Tulips will soon be emerging from the ground, buds blossoming on trees and, unfortunately, invasive plant species will too begin their annual growing cycle. Invasive species create major impacts on ecosystems near and far, but we can all do our part to reduce the spread. To learn more about aquatic invasive species and how to address them, check out our blog.

  • Prepare your Pond for Spring: If you have a pond on your property, check out these six steps for taking your pond out of hibernation mode, sprucing it up for Spring, and ensuring it remains healthy all year long.


Be Water-Wise

Now that we’re all spending more time at home, this is a great opportunity to incorporate better water-conservation practices into our daily lives.

  • Reduce water waste by checking for leaks that have been caused by winter freeze. Check garden hose spigots and sprinklers, and replace valves, washers and other components as necessary.

  • Install a rain barrel and use the captured rainfall to irrigate flower beds. This is another fun and inexpensive way to reduce runoff and save water. You can order a rain barrel online or search online for DIY rain barrel ideas. Remember to cover your barrels to keep mosquitoes at bay.

  • Go here for more water conservation tips.


Let’s Talk Toilets

According to the USEPA, toilets account for more water use than any other water-consuming product in your home. Toilets are estimated to be responsible for upwards of 30% of household water consumption. Additionally, flushing anything besides toilet paper has major negative impacts on the environment.

  • Eliminate toilet leaks: 79% of water lost in the home is through toilet leaks. Often silent, these leaks can waste up to 300 gallons of water per day. Check for leaks using food coloring. Replace the refill valve or flush valve when necessary.

  • Flush Responsibly: NY State Department of Environmental Conservation recently issued an email requesting more responsible flushing habits. As a reminder, disinfectant wipes, diapers, baby wipes, personal hygiene products, and any paper products other than toilet paper should never be flushed! These materials create significant damage to sewer systems, water treatment plants, and septic systems. Learn more.


Go Digital

Earth Day 2020, which also happens to be the 50th anniversary, will now be the first-ever Digital Earth Day. Here are a few ways to celebrate from the safety of your home:

  • Participate in a global Citizen Science effort! Download the Earth Challenge 2021 smart phone app to submit observations of the environment around your home. The data you submit will be validated, and the resulting database—of over one billion data points—will be displayed on a public map for researchers to use.

  • Sign-up to be a part of the largest environment mobilization in history: EarthDay.org’s EARTHRISE initiative, which includes social media campaigns, online teach-ins, performances, and more. Find a digital Earth Day Event!

Inspire others to celebrate Earth Day 2021 responsibly by documenting your activities and sharing on social media with hashtags: #EarthDay, #EarthDay2021, #EARTHRISE, and #RecreateLocal. To read about Princeton Hydro's past Earth Day celebrations, go here.

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  • Technical Quality (30%)
  • Originality (30%)
  • Artistic Merit (40%)
THE WINNER OF THE PRINCETON HYDRO 2019 EARTH DAY PHOTO CONTEST IS...
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ABOUT THE JUDGES:
DANIELLE ODOM
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Lucy Aquilino
Lucy is a retired Parole officer and amateur photographer. A mom of 2, she loves taking nature photos and going on adventures with her kids.
Amanda Brooks
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Princeton Hydro is participating in lots of interesting events this Spring; here's a snapshot of what's to come:

 April 22, 2019:  Slade Dale Restoration Volunteer Day

Celebrate Earth Day a few days early with a fun Jersey Shore volunteer event! The American Littoral Society, in partnership with Princeton Hydro, Borough of Point Pleasant, and the local Rotary Club, is organizing dozens of volunteers to restore the shoreline and prevent further erosion at the Slade Dale Sanctuary using recycled Christmas trees, a technique that is groundbreaking for New Jersey.  Help us transport donated/recycled Christmas trees to the marsh to breakwater sections, stuffed them between the pilings, and securely tie them down. The volunteer is from 10 AM to 4 PM and water and light refreshments will be served.  Dress to get wet and mess and don't forget to bring sunscreen, lunch, and waders (if you have them!). Street parking is available along Sea Point Drive.

Register here.
 
April 25, 2019: Arbor Day Celebration with Friends of Exton

We're celebrating Arbor Day with Friends of Exton Park! Join us on Thursday, April 25 for a bird walk and native tree and shrub planting. During the bird walk, which runs from 8:30 - 10:30 am, we hope to spot spring migrants. Planting will take place between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, and then lunch will be provided.

We hope you'll join us for a fun and productive day in Exton Park. Birders and nature enthusiasts of all skill levels are welcome!

RSVP here: friendsofextonpark@gmail.com 
 
May 1, 2019:  SAME NJ POST 2019 Small Business Council Breakfast 

Princeton Hydro is proud to be attending, sponsoring, and our Communications Strategist Dana Patterson is emceeing this year's Society for American Military Engineers (SAME) NJ Post 2019 Small Business Council Breakfast, which is being held at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe. The program consists of networking opportunities, a variety of speakers, and breakfast (of course!). SAME gives 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.

Learn More & Register
 
May 3-4, 2019: New York State Federation of Lake Associations Annual Conference

New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA) will host its 36th Annual Conference May 3-4 at the Fort William Henry Conference Center in Lake George. This year’s conference, which is titled, “Empowering Lake Associations in Challenging Times,” will feature a diverse exhibitor hall, networking opportunities, a silent auction and a variety of educational sessions. Princeton Hydro is exhibiting and giving presentations on the following topics:

    • Development of a HABS/Cyanotoxin Management Plan by Dr. Fred Lubnow, Director of Aquatics
    • A Layman's Guide on How Land Practices Impact Water Quality by Chris Mikolajczyk, CLM, Senior Aquatic Scientist
    • Dr. Stephen Souza, a founding principal of our firm, is giving two presentations: "Small Footprint Green Infrastructure Stormwater Management for Lake Communities" and  "Impacts of Carp on Water Quality."
Learn More & Register
 
May 4, 2019: 10th Annual Sustainable South Jersey Earth Festival

Hosted by the nonprofit Sustainable South Jersey, the Sustainable South Jersey Earth Festival is the largest eco-event in the region, drawing 5000 visitors annually. This year’s festival is themed "Reduce Plastic – Fantastic!" and will feature a family-fun bike ride, musical entertainment, perennial native plant swap, exhibits from a variety of earth-friendly, eco-conscious vendors, outdoor arts & crafts, and more. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Advanced registration is required for the family-fun bike ride. Our Communications Strategist Dana Patterson recently joined the board of Sustainable South Jersey, and will be hopping around the event. We hope to see you there!

Learn More & Register to Ride
 
May 16, 2019: NJ Highlands Coalition 4th Annual Sustainable Golf Outing
New Jersey Highlands Coalition's mission is to protect, restore and enhance the water and other natural and cultural resources of the Highlands for the benefit of all citizens and businesses throughout the state. The organizations 4th Annual Golf Outing will be held at Hawk Pointe Golf Club, a unique golf course that incorporates the landscape of the Highlands into the course and uses some of the best available technology to recycle water and manage its footprint. During this year's event, Princeton Hydro founder Dr. Stephen Souza will be honored for his dedication to preserving and improving New Jersey's watersheds and natural water resources.
Learn More
 
May 20 - 22, 2019: 10th Annual Choose Clean Water Conference
The Choose Clean Water Coalition is hosting its 10th Annual Choose Clean Water Conference at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards.  This year’s conference, themed Clean Water. Healthy Communities, will feature workshops and breakout sessions on topics including stormwater, agriculture, communications and public engagement, and innovation and technology. Princeton Hydro is a proud sponsor of the event. This year, an additional day has been added to the conference. On Monday, May 20 from 12 - 4pm, the Coalition, in partnership with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, will host a A ForumPlus event focused on "Microplastics and Trash: A Local Look at a Regional Issue."
Learn More & Register
 
May 23, 2019: Hydrilla Workshop
Our Director of Aquatic Programs, Dr. Fred Lubnow, is presenting on the control and eradication of hydrilla, an aquatic invasive plant, at a workshop in Wayne County! Hydrilla has been identified in Wayne County's Lake Alden and recorded by the PA Natural Heritage Program in the PA iMapInvasives database. This workshop, hosted Wayne Conservation District, will focus on identification of Hydrilla and management options as well as methods to prevent the spread of aquatic invasives between waterbodies.
Learn More & Register
   
May 28, 2019: REI Inspirational Women Speaker Series: Restoring Nature
Engineers and dam removal experts Sally Harold, Director of River Restoration & Fish Passage for the Nature Conservancy;  Gwen Macdonald, Director of Green Projects for Save the Sound; and our very own Laura Wildman, PE will join together at the West Hartford REI to discuss their unique skills and passions around river restoration and dam removal, and provide tips on how to get started with environmental efforts in your community. Registration is required for this free event, all are welcome.
Learn More & Register
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  • Technical Quality (30%)
  • Originality (30%)
  • Artistic Merit (40%)

The winner of the Princeton Hydro 2018 Earth Day Photo Contest is.....

[caption id="attachment_1825" align="aligncenter" width="1218"] "Black necked stilt in Ollie's Pond in Charlotte, Florida" by Mark Gallagher[/caption] Scroll to the bottom to see a gallery of runner-up photos.

ABOUT THE JUDGES:

Danielle Odom

Danielle has been an avid outdoorswoman and self-taught naturalist since she was a small child. In 2016, she spent four consecutive months hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, traversing over 2,000 continuous miles through the Mojave Desert, the High Sierras, volcanic terrains, old growth forests, and the Cascades. She earned her B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Environmental Studies, and taught environmental education for five years. One of her favorite lessons to teach was Conservation Photography: How Photography Helped Shape the Conservation Movement. Since the age of four she has entered and placed in local photography contests; she's the third generation in a family of semi-professional photographers.

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.

Dana Patterson

As the Communications Strategist for Princeton Hydro, Dana is a passionate environmental communicator who brings a strong mix of diverse stakeholder engagement experience, coupled with values-based communication strategy. She believes photography plays a strong role in storytelling and enjoys snapping shots of birds and landscapes. She recently completed a Photography course at Camden County College, where she learned both technical and creative ways to make unique photographs. While she considers herself an amateur photographer, she placed in the Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters 2016 Photo Contest and is published in Wild New Jersey: Adventures in the Garden State book. [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="1829,1826,1831,1828,1832,1827,1830"] Check out the photos from last year's photo contest here.

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In celebration of Earth Day, help Princeton Hydro donate to American Rivers! For every new follower we collect on any of our social media channels between now and Earth Day (April 22, 2017), we'll donate $.50 to American Rivers, an organization dedicated to protecting our precious water resources. Donations help to restore dammed rivers, protect wild rivers and revitalize river communities.

Support American Rivers by following our social media channels and spreading the word. You can find us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.

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Blog Updated Friday, April 22, 2016: The contest is now closed, and we have a winner!
A very big congratulations to Corie French and her stunning sunset photo. She wins a $50 gift card to Bambeco.com, a ton of bragging rights, and Princeton Hydro will donate $100 to American Rivers in her name. Way to go, Corie! Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the contest by submitting your photos and liking/commenting on your favorites!  
Contest Details and Original Contest Post:
Contest Alert!
Princeton Hydro is hosting a photo contest in honor of Earth Day. We want to see pictures of how you celebrate Mother Earth.
Here's what you need to do to participate:
  • Grab your camera
  • Get outside and snap some shots of whatever you do to enjoy this lovely planet we live on
  • Choose the photo you feel best depicts "How you Celebrate Mother Earth", and email it to: pHydroPhotoContest@gmail.com along with your name and a photo caption anytime between 4/9 - 4/21 (contest closes on 4/21 at midnight EST)
  • We'll post your photo to the Princeton Hydro Facebook page, and then it's your job to garner as many "Likes" for your photo as possible!
  • The photo that collects the most "Likes" within the contest timeframe wins a $50 gift card to Bambeco.com, a sustainable homegoods store, and Princeton Hydro will donate $100 to AmericanRivers.org in the winner's name
  • "Likes" will be tallied and the winner will be announced on Earth Day, Friday, April 22
Get outside and get snapping!
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The Princeton Hydro team is proud to be participating in and sponsoring a variety of events throughout the country, including New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Colorado. In this Spotlight edition, we provide a snapshot of upcoming events and information on how you can get involved:

 

April 22: Coastal Restoration & Storm Risk Management: Funding Through Implementation

Join SAME New Jersey Post on Earth Day to learn about planning, funding, and implementation efforts for coastal restoration and storm risk management in New Jersey. This full-day program will bring focus to the impacts of storm surges along the NJ Coast and the various coastal restoration projects that have proven to help mitigate coastal impacts and flooding. Representatives from government agencies and NGOs working in NJ coastal settings will discuss their programs and experiences adapting to increased storm intensity and frequency. Participants will gain a better understanding of current program initiatives and active stakeholders to help build a resilient future. Princeton Hydro is a proud sponsor of the event.

Get more info.

April 29 - 30: The New York State Federation of Lake Associations Annual Conference

This year’s conference, which is titled, “Maximizing Your Lake Data,” takes place in Lake George, NY. Participants will enjoy a variety of educational sessions, panel discussions. Princeton Hydro, a proud sponsor of the event, is leading four workshops:

  • "The Importance of Hands-On Field Education and Exposure with Regards to Monitoring Data" Lead by Chris Mikolajczyk and Dr. Curt Stager of Paul Smiths College

  • "Assessing Trends and Quantifying the Internal Phosphorous Load of Lake Hopatcong Utilizing a 30-Year Continuous Database" Lead by Environmental Scientist Pat Rose

  • "CSLAP and Customized Monitoring: How Additional Data is Helping Sleepy Hollow Lake" Lead by Chris Mikolajczyk

  • "The Value of Developing a Long Term Database for Lakes and their Management" Lead by Director of Aquatic Resources Dr. Fred Lubnow

The conference also includes an NY lake trivia contest with three panelists: NALMS President and Princeton Hydro Senior Project Manager Chris Mikolajczyk; Northeast Aquatic Research's AJ Reyes; and NYSFOLA Board member; and Sleepy Hollow Lake Association Manager Laurel Wolfe.

View the full program & Register here.

May 10: New Jersey Highlands Coalitions’ Annual Golf Outing

We are proud to sponsor and participate in the New Jersey Highlands Coalitions’ Seventh Annual Golf Outing at Hawk Pointe Golf Club. The day includes golf (of course) along with breakfast, a midmorning snack, a grand luncheon, and lots of fun activities like a photography workshop and an auction. Bring your game, golf clubs (if you have them), and get ready to have some fun! Click here to read about some of the ways Princeton Hydro and the Highlands Coalition work together.

Get more info & Register here.

May 20: Seatuck Environmental Association - Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Considered one of the nation’s premier environmental and adventure film festivals, Wild & Scenic combines stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling. Seatuck Environmental Association is hosting the 4th Annual Wild & Scenic On Tour event, which offers a hybrid experience with a choice of an in-person event at the Scully Estate, Islip, NY or a video-on-demand option that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home! Participants will enjoy award-winning films about nature, community activism, adventure and conservation, including many that relate to Seatuck’s work on Long Island. We are a proud sponsor of this event! To learn more about Seatuck, check out our Client Spotlight blog.

View the full program & Register here.

May 21: Lake Hopatcong Block Party

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation invites you to kick off the summer season with them at the Lake Hopatcong Block Party! Join together in Hopatcong State Park with businesses, non-profit organizations, community groups, crafters, and food vendors for a fun-filled day of activities, raffles, giveaways, a children’s scavenger hunt, and more. Princeton Hydro has been working with Lake Hopatcong Foundation since 2012 proudly helping to protect New Jersey's largest lake, and we wish them much success with their annual Block Party! The event is free and open to the public. Come find the Princeton Hydro booth and say hello!

Learn more & Get involved.

May 21: World Fish Migration Day

World Fish Migration Day is a one-day global celebration to raise awareness for the importance of free-flowing rivers and migratory fish. Groups from all over the world will participate in events ranging from river clean-ups to conferences and webinars to marches and rallies to book release parties. A few years ago, in celebration of World Fish Migration Day, members of the Princeton Hydro team created a fun video highlighting the trials and tribulations of fish passage. Watch it here.

Learn more & Get involved.

May 24 - 25: "Drinking Water Quality Aesthetics" Workshop

The Water Research Foundation and NYCDEP are hosting a two-day expert panel workshop about "Drinking Water Quality Aesthetics" for NYC's water supply. Held in Westchester County, New York, the expert panel workshop will include presentations, "walking workshop" site-visits, and expert panel discussions. Panelists include:

  • J. Hunter Adams: Laboratory Supervisor, Deputy Quality Control Manager, and Technical Manager of Microbiology and Inorganic Chemistry for the Cypress Environmental Laboratory in City of Wichita Falls, TX;
  • Justin Brookes, Ph.D: Professor at the University of Adelaide;
  • Gary Burlingame: Senior Scientist ESPRI;
  • Andrea Dietrich, Ph.D.: Professor for the Department of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering at Virginia Tech;
  • Fred S. Lubnow, Ph.D.: Director of Aquatic Programs at Princeton Hydro; and
  • Rupert Perkins, Ph.D.: Reader in Marine and Freshwater Biosciences Cardiff University.
Stay tuned for more info.

June 3: Let’s Talk Lakes Conference & CSLAP training

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County invites you to join them for a lively and informative program for lake enthusiasts in the lower Hudson Valley. The one-day conference, being held at the Sedgewood Club in Kent, New York, includes a variety of presentations on topics like decreasing nutrient pollution; tracking harmful algal blooms; stormwater management; aquatic weed identification skills; and more. From 2-4pm, attendees can opt-in for a CSLAP Volunteers training session. Pre-registration is required and closes on May 25.

View the full program & Register here.

June 10: Harmful Algal Blooms and Invasive Species Virtual Workshop

Interested in learning about harmful algal blooms (HABs) and their intersection with invasive species issues? Sign-up for the virtual workshop, titled "State of the Science: Harmful Algal Blooms and Invasive Species" hosted by Cornell University and New York Invasive Species Research Institute. Leading the workshop, which is being held during Invasive Species Week, is Princeton Hydro Senior Technical Director of Ecological Services Dr. Fred Lubnow; Dr. Stephen Souza, founding principal of Princeton Hydro and owner of Clean Waters Consulting; Drs. Jennifer Graham and Mary Anne Evans of USGS; Rebecca Gorney of NYS DEC. The virtual event line-up includes a Q&A discussion and a variety of presentations:

  • Ecosystem Wildcards: Harmful Algal Blooms and Invasive Species
  • Case studies of invader effects: Dreissenid mussels and harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the Great Lakes
  • HAB Management Consequences… Swapping Out One Problem for Another
  • Invasive Plant Management and HABs
Get more info & Register.

June 26: Water Quality & Watershed Management Workshop

Princeton Hydro Senior Project Manager Chris Mikolajczyk is leading a water quality and watershed management workshop in the City of Colorado Springs at the Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center.

Get more info & stay tuned for more Colorado events.

June 23: American Waterworks Association – PA Section (PA-AWWA) Harmful Algae Blooms Training Workshop

PA-AWWA is hosting a "Harmful Algae Blooms: Ecology & Management of Cyanotoxin Producing Blue-Green Algae in the Raw Water of Potable Water Supplies" training workshop at the Lehigh County Authority in Wescosville, PA. Princeton Hydro Senior Technical Director of Ecological Services Dr. Fred Lubnow is leading the training session, which runs from 8am - Noon and requires advanced registration to attend. Participants are eligible to receive 3 PA DEP credits for water authorities and plant operators.

Get more info & Register here.

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

March 31: Facebook Live Q&A with Princeton Hydro Scientists

Spring is right around the corner. Your lakes and ponds are waking up. What can you expect to see? Now is your chance to get answers! On March 31 at 6pm EST, join experts Dr. Fred Lubnow and Chris Mikolajczyk, CLM during our “Ask Me Anything” conversation via Facebook Live.  You can submit your questions for the live Q&A session by joining the live feed and typing in the comments.

Get more info.

 
 

Stay tuned to our blog for more events!

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Earth Day and Arbor Day are right around the corner, and we've got a variety of upcoming events we're excited about. The Princeton Hydro team is pitching in at Westchester County's largest volunteer effort of 2021; presenting at virtual conferences; leading a professional education course on dam removal; and participating in events that celebrate environmental stewardship. Here's a snapshot of what's to come:

April 14:  SAME Philadelphia Post Small Business Conference 2021

This year's SAME Philadelphia Post Small Business Conference 2021, which will be held virtually, includes presentations, interactive breakout sessions, an open forum networking session, and live capabilities introductions from each participating SAME member. The mission of SAME is to build leaders and lead collaboration among government and industry to develop multidisciplinary solutions to national security infrastructure challenges. Princeton Hydro joined SAME as a sustaining member in 2018.

Get more info & Register

April 19-24: Pitch in for Parks Volunteer Event

Westchester Parks Foundation and the Westchester County Parks Department will host its largest volunteer event of the year: “Pitch in for Parks.” Adhering to all COVID guidelines, volunteers will come together to celebrate Earth Day and pitch in to help paint, rake, prepare and plant native flower beds, clear trails and shorelines, clean rivers, restore wildlife habitats, and remove invasive vines in parks throughout Westchester County. Princeton Hydro's Marketing Coordinator Kelsey Mattison participated in the event and exhibited with a variety of other event sponsors at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, NY on April 24th.

Get more info & Register

April 19-23: North American Lake Management Society's National Monitoring Conference

North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) is hosting its 12th Annual National Water Quality Monitoring Conference. This year's conference, which will be held virtually, invites all water stakeholders to participate, including federal, state, tribal, and local water professionals, non-profits, academia, volunteer citizen scientists, and industry experts. Princeton Hydro  is a proud sponsor of the event, and three of our team members are giving presentations:

  • Director of Aquatic Resources Dr. Fred Lubnow is presenting on "The Biology, Monitoring & Management of HABs in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey" and acting as moderator for the "Integrative Lake and Watershed Management" real-time session.
  • Senior Aquatic Ecologist Dr. Jack Szczepanski is presenting on "Dealing With HABs at Greenwood Lake, Recent Seasons & the Future" as well as moderating a "Harmful Algal Blooms" real-time session.
  • Senior Aquatic Ecologist and NALMS President Elect Chris L. Mikolajczyk, CLM is presenting on "A Watershed-Based Assessment of the Lakes of the Borough of Ringwood & Township of West Milford, Passaic County, New Jersey" and moderating a "Harmful Algal Blooms" real-time session.
View the full program & Register here

April 29 - 30: The New York State Federation of Lake Associations Annual Conference

This year’s conference, which is titled, “Freshwater Ecosystems: Learning to Coexist,” will be held virtually via Zoom. Participants will enjoy a variety of interactive educational sessions, panel discussions and a NY lake trivia contest. Princeton Hydro is a proud sponsor of the event, and our Aquatics Director Dr. Fred Lubnow is giving a presentation on "Management Activities to Prevent, Mitigate and/or Control HABs at Lake Hopatcong, NJ."

View the full program & Register here

May 4: North Atlantic Industry Day 

During SAME's 2021 virtual North Atlantic Industry Day, participants will hear from government and industry professionals on procurement opportunities and current A/E/C trends in the North Atlantic Region. Experts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard and FEMA will present on a variety of topics including: COVID-19 related safety measures, sustainability in small business, government contracting evaluation and the latest trends and tips for landing government contracts.

View the full program & Register here

May 5 - December 1: Webinar Series from FEMA Region 2

The webinar series from the FEMA Region 2 Mitigation and National Preparedness Division explores how to expand the reach of mitigation activities by engaging more people and organizations from across the whole community beyond those typically involved in hazard mitigation. One webinar will be hosted each month on a variety of topics centered around "Guides to Expanding Mitigation." The next webinar, being held on May 5, will focus on how to partner with community artists to communicate hazard risks and build a culture of preparedness.

Register here

May 24 - 27: 11th Annual Choose Clean Water Conference

Princeton Hydro is a proud sponsor of Choose Clean Water Coalition's first-ever virtual Choose Clean Water Conference. The conference theme of A Changing Chesapeake will explore the ecological changes in the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed  as well as the ways organizations are changing due to COVID-19. Along with a virtual exhibit hall, the conference includes a variety of breakout sessions covering topics like, "Empowering Diverse Communities to Take Action in Stormwater Management," "People-Powered Restoration for Clean Water," and "Driving Digital Change in 2021."

View the full program & Register here

Upcoming Summer Events:

June 9-10: Rutger's Professional Education Course on Dam Removal

Register now for the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education two-day virtual course: "Dam Removal: Design, Planning, and Implementation." Participants will learn about the technical aspects of dam removal, including the investigations and design of projects that both deregulate dams and provide river restoration and ecological uplift. This introductory, technical course includes presentations from Princeton Hydro team members: President Geoff Goll, P.E.; Director of Natural Resources Dr. Laura Craig; Director of Stormwater Management & Green Infrastructure Dr. Clay Emerson, P.E, CFM; Fluvial Geomorphologist Paul Woodworth, CERP; along with Dr. Steve Souza of Clean Waters Consulting, LLC and Beth Styler-Barry, Director of River Restoration, The Nature Conservancy.

Learn more & Register here.

June 21-24: The Society for Ecological Restoration's World Conference

"A New Global Trajectory: Catalyzing Change Through the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration" is the title of the Society for Ecological Restoration's 9th World Conference on Ecological Restoration. Held virtually this year, the conference will bring together from around the world scientists, academics, researchers and experts from the fields of rehabilitation and environmental restoration, alongside practitioners and industry leaders to tackle the vast environmental challenges that we face today. The conference also includes virtual field trips; workshops, keynote, and plenary sessions; live discussion sessions and poster presentations; and networking events. Princeton Hydro President Geoffrey Goll, P.E. is presenting on "Removing Dams of the American Industrial Revolution in the Northeastern U.S. to Restore Natural Capital Against Climate Change."

Learn more & Register here.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Celebrating the Delaware River: A Webinar Series from American Rivers and the Stroud Water Research Center

American Rivers and Stroud Water Research Center held a four-part webinar series celebrating the Delaware River, which was named "River of the Year 2020" by American Rivers for its progress in improving water quality, river restoration, and community revitalization. The fourth webinar, titled "Federal Protections for the Free-Flowing Delaware River," featured presentations from a variety of experts including Alan Hunt, Director of Policy and Grants at the Musconetcong Watershed Association.  If you missed any of the webinars, have no fear! They were all recorded in full and are available for viewing anytime.

Watch the webinars here.

Engineering With Nature: An Atlas, Volume 2 Virtual Book Launch Ceremony

Engineering With Nature (EWN) is an initiative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that enables more sustainable delivery of economic, social, and environmental benefits associated with water resources infrastructure. An Atlas, Volume 2, which is set to publish in early April, showcases 62 project examples from the US and around the world demonstrating what it means to partner with nature to deliver engineering solutions. The virtual book launch ceremony was held on April 7, 2021 and included messages from LTG Scott A. Spellmon, 55th Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other executives and leaders from organizations around the world.

Get more info here.

STAY TUNED FOR MORE EVENT SPOTLIGHTS!

   
 
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Princeton Hydro has grown from a small, four-person firm operating out of a living room to a 60+ person business with six office locations in the Northeast and a satellite office in Colorado. Over the last two decades, we’ve restored many miles of rivers, improved water quality in hundreds of ponds and lakes, and enhanced thousands of acres of ecosystems in the Northeast.

This year, we are feeling extra grateful for those who have supported our business and helped us further our mission during these difficult times. As we reflect on 2020 and set our sights on 2021, we have many successes to celebrate.  Here's a look at our top 10 successes of the year:

 

1. RESTORED FISH PASSAGE ON SIX WATERWAYS

Our team installed one fish ladder and oversaw the removal of five dams in four states. In New York, in partnership with Riverkeeper, Princeton Hydro oversaw the removal of two dams on tributaries to the Hudson River: Strooks Felt Dam on the Quassaick Creek in Newburgh and Barrier #1 on Furnace Brook in Cortlandt. The dams were the first barriers for fish movement upstream from the Hudson River. In Connecticut, the Slocomb Dam along Roaring Brook in South Glastonbury was removed, restoring American eel and trout passage. In Massachusetts, the Horseshoe Mill Pond Dam in Wareham was removed, opening over 3 miles of fish habitat on the Weweantic River, Buzzards Bay’s largest freshwater river. Here, migratory fish can now swim unimpeded from Buzzards Bay to lay their eggs in fresh water upstream for the first time in 200 years. In New Jersey, we led the removal of Warren Hills Dam in Washington, NJ and partnered with the American Littoral Society to install a fish ladder at the Old Mill Pond Dam in Spring Lake Heights, NJ, which allows migratory fish to scale the dam and access spawning grounds that had been blocked-off for over 100 years.

 

 2. LED THE LARGEST APPLICATION OF PHOSLOCK IN THE NORTHEAST ON NEW JERSEY'S LARGEST LAKE

We implemented a variety of measures that helped Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey's largest lake, mitigate harmful algal blooms (HABs). We applied a clay-based nutrient inactivating technology called Phoslock, which was the largest Phoslock treatment to occur in the Northeastern US. This treatment along with HAB prevention measures like the installation of biochar bags, nanobubble aeration systems, and floating wetland islands proved successful in mitigating HABs and improving overall water quality in 2020. And to top it all off, The Washington Post was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for its explanatory reporting on a novel climate change story featuring Lake Hopatcong and our lake management work.

 

3.  DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTED WETLAND AND SHORELINE RESTORATION PROJECTS

We completed a shoreline restoration project at The Dunes at Shoal Harbor, a coastal residential community along the Jersey Shore that was severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In Linden’s Tremley Point neighborhood - another New Jersey community ravaged by Hurricane Sandy - we completed a green infrastructure and floodplain restoration project, the first restoration project to ever be implemented on NJDEP Blue Acres-acquired property. We transformed a densely developed, flood-prone, former industrial site in Bloomfield into a thriving public park with 4.2 acres of wetlands. Each of these three projects helped to restore valuable ecological functions and increase storm resiliency.

 

4. LAUNCHED A COMMUNITY SCIENCE MONITORING PROJECT FOR THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER

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On World Habitat Day, the nonprofit, Schuylkill River Greenways, in partnership with Berks Nature, Bartram’s Garden, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Stroud Water Research Center, and Princeton Hydro, kicked-off a Water Quality Monitoring Project for the Schuylkill River. This project aims to document the current ecological health of the river and engage a diverse set of river users and residents. As part of the campaign, the team is recruiting “Community Scientists” to conduct Visual Monitoring Assessments. Additionally, the stakeholder team is implementing water quality sampling and monitoring throughout 2021 at locations along the main stem of the Schuylkill River.

 

5. WELCOMED EIGHT NEW FULL-TIME TEAM MEMBERS

This year, we added eight new full-time staff members and one intern with expertise and qualifications in a variety of fields, all of whom have a passion for water resource management and environmental stewardship. In March, we were thrilled to welcome Dr. Laura Craig to our team as the new Director of Natural Resources. She is an Aquatic Ecologist who has overseen 25 dam removals, co-founded the NJ Dam Removal Partnership, and has 10+ years of experience in river conservation and climate adaptation. Go here to learn about the career opportunities currently available with us.

 

6. COMPLETED A MAJOR ECOLOGICAL STUDY OF THE HUDSON RIVER

Photo from USACE

The USACE Commanding General and 55th U.S. Army Chief of Engineers signed the Hudson River Habitat Restoration Ecosystem Restoration study, designating it as complete and making it eligible for congressional authorization. Princeton Hydro led the Integrated Feasibility Study and Environmental Assessment, which recommends three ecosystem restoration projects at sites along the river including Henry Hudson Park, Schodack Island Park, and Moodna Creek. The Hudson River Estuary is a significant habitat for fish, plants, and other wildlife, and this milestone marks progress toward the river’s return to a dynamic and self-regulating ecosystem. If constructed, these projects would restore almost 24 football-sized fields of wetlands in total.

 

7. EARNED THREE PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS

The New Jersey Section of the American Water Resources Association honored Princeton Hydro with the “Excellence in Water Resources: Ecological Restoration Award” for the Linden Blue Acres Floodplain Restoration & Green Infrastructure project. This restored the ecological and floodplain function on former residential properties acquired by the NJDEP Blue Acres Program for the first time. The American Littoral Society and Princeton Hydro received the “Land Ethics Best Large-Scale Project Award” from Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve for the work they did to restore the health and water quality of the Metedeconk River flowing through Ocean County Park in Lakewood, NJ. The Iowa Court and South Green Living Shoreline Project in Little Egg Harbor and Tuckerton, NJ, for which Princeton Hydro lead the sediment sampling/testing and hydrographic survey, received the “2020 Best Green Project Award” from Engineering News-Record.

 

8. GAVE OVER 20 PRESENTATIONS ON WATERSHED MANAGEMENT & RESILIENCY MEASURES

During the Hudson River Estuary Program’s conference, Christiana Pollack, GISP, CFM presented on managing invasive Phragmites and restoring wetland habitats. And, at the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast, Christiana presented on a flood mitigation analysis project in a flood-prone Philadelphia community. As part of The American Sustainable Business Council’s “Clean Water is Good for Business” campaign, Marketing & Communications Manager, Dana Patterson, led a webinar, titled “Making the Business Case on Clean Water Issues to the Media.” At the 2020 Delaware Wetlands Conference, Senior Project Manager, Michael Rehman, presented a wetland restoration project that illustrates how a degraded urban area can be successfully rehabilitated. And, for a New York State Federation of Lake Associations webinar series, Senior Aquatic Ecologist, Chris Mikolajczyk, CLM, presented on a unique lake management initiative. And, our Director of Aquatics, Dr. Fred Lubnow, joined Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell & other experts to discuss Harmful Algal Blooms at a virtual #ProtectCleanWater Town Hall hosted by the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund.

 

9. CELEBRATED A VARIETY OF STAFF ACHIEVEMENTS

Our staff are repeatedly striving for personal growth and continue to amaze us. North American Lake Management Society chose Chris L. Mikolajczyk, CLM, Senior Aquatic Ecologist as the next President of the Board of Directors. Senior Ecologist, Michael Rehman, PWS, and Fluvial Geomorphologist, Paul Woodworth, became Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioners through the Society for Ecological Restoration. Emily Bjorhus and Robert George earned their Professional Wetland Scientist certification through the Society of Wetland Scientists program. In January, our Marketing & Communications Manager, Dana Patterson, received the Society of American Military Engineers New Jersey Post’s “Young Member Award” for her efforts in maintaining and advancing the objectives of the organization (pictured above). A national science journal published Environmental Scientist, Brittany Smith’s, graduate research study, which assessed “The Ecogeomorphic Evolution of Louisiana’s Wax Lake Delta.” Cory Speroff passed his Landscape Architecture exams and Andrew Simko earned his Professional Engineering license. And, Dr. Clay Emerson won our Earth Day Photo Contest with his incredible close-up of an Eastern Fence Lizard.

 

10. WE STAYED UNIFIED AND CONNECTED

2020 was a particularly challenging year, but the Princeton Hydro family stood together. With offices spread across the Northeast and collaboration between offices on a daily basis, we were unknowingly prepared for the shift to remote work during an unexpected global pandemic. But, it took more than just working laptops and VPN connections to keep us going. Because of our staff’s motivation and dedication to serving our clients, we were able to not only keep our firm open, but we continued to grow our geographic and service reach.

 

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 fruitful 2021 and beyond!

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We are 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 Spring and information on how to get involved:

 

March 2 & 3: Pennsylvania Lake Management Society Annual Conference

PALMS is hosting its 32nd annual conference at the Wyndham Garden State College in Boalsburg, PA. This year’s conference, titled “A New Era of Lake Appreciation and Management,” includes a collection of professional presentations, workshops and panel discussions. Princeton Hydro, a proud sponsor, is exhibiting and leading two of the workshops:

  • Director of Aquatic Resources, Dr. Fred Lubnow, is presenting on the “Using phycocyanin meters to monitor Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and the development of HAB Management Plans" and "The impacts of climate change on lakes in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. with an emphasis on internal phosporus loading."
  • Senior Aquatic Ecologist Michael Hartshorne is presenting on the “Development of an Adaptive Lake Management Plan for Lake Latonka.”
Get more info and register.

March 9: Water Innovation + Conservation Thought Leadership Panel

The U.S. Green Building Council's Mid Atlantic New England Region is hosting a Water Innovation and Conservation Thought Leadership Panel, featuring our President Geoffrey. M. Goll. Join this panel of experts addressing water conservation topics including policies, treatment innovations, storm-water management, low impact development, water supply, and water reuse solutions.

The event will be hosted from 10:30 AM to 12 PM via Zoom and is free to attend. Register here.

March 23: Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Summit

Mark your calendars for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection's 3rd Annual HAB Summit! This all-day, virtual seminar will be packed with important information about  understanding, preventing and managing HABs. Participants will enjoy educational sessions on a wide-variety of topics, including "Watershed-based Non-point Source Pollution for HAB Prevention,"  "NJ’s plan to develop Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for lakes," and "Leveraging data to combat HABs with NASA."

Get more info and register. To read more about HABs, check out our recent  blog.

March 24 & 25: Rutgers University Online Dam Removal Course

Join us for a two-day Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education course focused on dam removal design, planning, and implementation. The course, being delivered via Zoom from 8:30am - 12:30pm on March 24 & 25, will cover topics including dam demolition techniques; hydraulic and sediment transport modeling; developing conceptual models of the resulting impoundment; sediment management; fish passage; and the multi-disciplined recovery of degraded, damaged, or impaired ecosystems. Providing instruction for the course will be Princeton Hydro team members President Geoff Goll P.E., Dr. Laura Craig, Dr. Clay Emerson P.E., and Paul Woodworth CERP as well Dr. Stephen Souza, a founding principal of Princeton Hydro and owner of Clean Waters Consulting, LLC and Beth Styler-Barry of the New Jersey Nature Conservancy. In addition to 0.7 Rutgers CEUs, this training course is also approved for several professional credits. Pre-Registration is required. We hope to see you there!

March 31: Facebook Live Q&A with Princeton Hydro Scientists

Spring is right around the corner. Your lakes and ponds are waking up. What can you expect to see? Now is your chance to get answers! On March 31 at 6pm EST, join experts Dr. Fred Lubnow and Chris Mikolajczyk, CLM during our "Ask Me Anything" conversation via Facebook Live.  You can submit your questions for the live Q&A session by joining the live feed and typing in the comments. RSVP here.

April 22: Coastal Restoration & Storm Risk Management: Funding Through Implementation

Join SAME New Jersey Post on Earth Day to learn about planning, funding, and implementation efforts for coastal restoration and storm risk management in New Jersey. This full-day program will bring focus to the impacts of storm surges along the NJ Coast and the various coastal restoration projects that have proven to help mitigate coastal impacts and flooding. Representatives from government agencies and NGOs working in NJ coastal settings will discuss their programs and experiences adapting to increased storm intensity and frequency. Participants will gain a better understanding of current program initiatives and active stakeholders to help build a resilient future. Princeton Hydro is a proud sponsor of the event. Get more info and register.

April 29 - 30: New York State Federation of Lake Associations Annual Conference

This year’s conference, which is themed, “Maximizing Your Lake Data,” will be held in-person at the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center in Lake George. Participants will enjoy a variety of panel discussions, poster sessions, and workshops, some of which will be held in a hybrid format. Princeton Hydro is proud to be sponsoring and particpating in the event. Stay tuned for more details!

More info and registration details coming soon.
 

Stay tuned to our blog for more events!

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