PA Watershed Summit 2010

Technical Track

How Datashed Can Work for You

Discover how Datashed can help your organization manage the operation and maintenance of passive treatment systems and maintain water quality databases. Panelists will provide an overview of the capabilities of Datashed, discuss the recently completed Water Quality Snapshot of over 200 passive systems located throughout Pennsylvania, current and future developments, and ongoing efforts to help watershed organizations use this valuable tool.

  • Moderator: Robert Hughes, Executive Director, Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR)
  • Shaun Busler, GIS Professional, Stream Restoration, Inc.
  • Cliff Denholm, Environmental Scientist, Stream Restoration, Inc. Download Presentation
  • Mike Hewitt, Watershed Outreach Coordinator, EPCAMR
  • Andy McAllister, Regional Coordinator, Western PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (WPCAMR)

Testing the Waters for What’s Next

Across the state, volunteers monitor the condition of streams, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, estuaries, coastal waters, wetlands, and wells. This session will call on experts in the field to give you ideas on how to take your monitoring efforts into the future.

  • Moderator: Diane Wilson, Chief of the Watershed Support Section, Bureau of Watershed Management, PA DEP
  • Anne Daymut, Watershed Coordinator, WPCAMR Download Presentation
  • Melissa Reckner, Director, Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team Download Presentation
  • Faith Zerbe, Monitoring Director, Delaware Riverkeeper Network
  • Julie Vastine, Director, Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring Download Presentation

Let’s Get Technical for Resources

Watershed science isn’t rocket science. It’s more complicated than that and community organizations need to tap into all available technical resources to evaluate, protect, monitor, and restore (if necessary) their watersheds. The panelists in this session will identify
resources available at low or no cost to watershed associations and volunteer monitoring groups.

  • Moderator: Jon Meade, Executive Director, PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers
  • Brian Oram, Professional Geologist, Wilkes University, Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds (C-SAW) Presentation
  • Cheryl Snyder, Water Program Specialist, PA DEP
  • Ben Wright, Assistant Director, Watershed Conservation Program, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Pennsylvania

Ground Zero for the Gas Rush and the Role of the Volunteer Monitoring Community

It’s no secret that Pennsylvania is a hot spot for Marcellus Shale gas drilling, but some of the policies that ensure that the state can minimize damages to natural resources and communities remain a mystery. This panelists in this session will provide and overview of policy options and explain how citizens can act as watchdogs of drilling activities.

  • Moderator: Jennifer Hoffman, Chief of the Monitoring and Assessment Section, Susquehanna River Basin Commission Handout 1, Handout 2
  • Jan Jarrett, President and CEO, Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) Download Presentation
  • Candie Wilderman, Founder and Science Director, Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM), Dickinson College Download Presentation

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