Interactions in the Watershed – 1st NYSFOLA CNY Regional Conference

Registration for lunch is now closed.  Our head counts have been sent to the venue staff.  If you wish to join us without lunch, you may register at the door ($20 cash or check only).

Friday August 16, 2019 8:30am – 4:30pm   – The Lodge at Welch Allyn, 4355 State Street RD, Skaneateles Falls, NY    

This unique conference is organized by NYSFOLA, the Cortland-Onondaga Federation of Kettle Lake Associations (C-OFOKLA) and the Madison County Federation of Lake Associations (MCFOLA).

Our objective is to inform, educate and connect the lake associations and municipalities of our region.  Topics will focus on interactions in the watershed from an ecological, management and policy level.

8:30 Registration
9:00 Welcome
9:20 Cyanobacteria and HABs: Dr. Gregory Boyer – Professor at SUNY-ESF and  Director for the Great Lakes Research Consortium. His work includes monitoring for blue-green algae and their toxins in the Great Lakes and the inland lakes of New York State.   His presentation will focus on what are blue-green algae or cyanobacteria,  why do the blooms occur, and what are the health effects associated with these blooms.
10:20 Break
10:35 Aquatic Plants and Invasive Species: Hilary Mosher – Associate Director of Invasive Species Programs at Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The Finger Lakes Prism is part of  8 regional PRISMs created by New York State through its Environmental Protection Fund. Her presentation will focus on the FLPRISM programs addressing the aquatic invasive species in our region.
11:35 Our Fisheries: Dr. Lars Rudstam – Professor at Cornell, Biological Resources Department and Director of the Cornell Biological Research Station at Shackleton Point, Oneida.  Dr. Rudstam teaches fish ecology with seminars on selected topics. He also consults with managers, mostly in New York and Canada as part of technical committees. His presentation will focus on the fisheries in our region and how they are affected by invasive species and climate change.
12:35 Lunch and Keynote Matt Marko, DEC Region 7 Director: Water Quality, Regulatory update for Region 7
1:40 Intersecting Concerns: Dr. Liz Moran – Principal Scientist of EcoLogic, LLC. since its founding in 1997. She served as Cazenovia’s Town Supervisor for two terms, as member of the Madison County Board of Supervisors, and as chair of the county’s legislative committee on Planning, Economic Development, Environmental and Intergovernmental Affairs. Her expertise provides a deep understanding of the roles and concerns of local government in managing land use and infrastructure. Her presentation will focus on these intersections.
2:40 Funding: Meredith Perreault – Program Manager, Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center. This center facilitates the development of sustainable and resilient communities in New York State. Their work enhances the administrative and financial capacities of state and local government officials, nonprofit organizations, and private sectors to make change toward improved environmental infrastructure and quality of life. This presentation will focus on potential state and federal funding sources to help municipalities and lake associations manage water quality.
3:40 Panel Discussion
4:20 Closing


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