The 2010 Lake, Stream and Watershed Issues Conference is being hosted and co-sponsored by Hamilton on Friday, Oct. 22, in the Fillius Events Barn. Associate Professor of Geosciences Todd Rayne will discuss the influence of surface water on municipal groundwater supply systems. Other speakers include individuals from Honeywell International, U.S. Geological Survey, SUNY-ESF, Natural Systems Engineering and Cornell University. The Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board and the Herkimer-Oneida Counties Comprehensive Planning Program are also conference sponsors.
Other topics that will be addressed include creating healthy watershed ecosystems, impacts of shale-gas production in local watersheds, invasive species and the challenges they bring, green infrastructure for storm water management and options for funding lake, stream and watershed projects. The conference is relevant for individuals from local, county, regional and state agencies; city, town and village officials; students; environmental organizations; lake associations; state and local elected representatives; engineering and consulting firms; and colleges and universities.