August 1, 2016

Bucknell University will host the 11th Annual Susquehanna River Symposium, "A Tale of Two Rivers: The Susquehanna and the Delaware," on Nov. 11 & 12 in the Elaine Langone Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The symposium is offered by the Watershed Sciences & Engineering Program of the Bucknell Center for Sustainability & the Environment to connect scientists and engineers from throughout the mid-Atlantic region to focus on issues regarding the Susquehanna and Delaware watersheds.

"This event brings together academics, watershed managers, consulting scientists and engineers, and the public to discuss ongoing scientific research and innovative projects, to share ideas, and to increase awareness of watershed health, policy, and sustainability issues facing the Susquehanna and Delaware watersheds," said Program Director Benjamin Hayes.

"After focusing solely on the Susquehanna for the past ten symposia , we are excited to expand this year's event to include the Delaware watershed. There are similarities and yet distinct differences between the two river basins, not only in hydrology, geology, and ecology, but also in land use and natural resource extraction, infrastructure, their estuaries, and water law and policy. We are very excited about broadening the scope of this symposium and look forward to the conversations and discussions that will take place."


Friday, November 11, 2016

Pre-Symposium Workshop

More Information
James Shallenberger
Susquehanna River Basin Commission

Free and open to the public, consultants, government agencies, and students. To learn more about this workshop and how to reserve a space, please click button to right. Workshop will be held from in Room 209, Academic West Building.

Events from 7 to 8 p.m. are in The Forum (Room 271), Elaine Langone Center. 

7:00 - 7:05 p.m. Jessica Newlin, interim executive director of the Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment, will welcome participants.

7:05 - 7:20 p.m. John Bravman, president of Bucknell University, will give opening remarks and recognize key partners.

7:20 - 7:30 p.m. H.W. "Skip" Wieder, director of the Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies, will speak on the importance of collaborative partnerships for advancing environmental sustainability in Mid-Atlantic watersheds.

7:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Bernard Sweeney, President and Senior Research Scientist at Stroud Water Research Center, will deliver the keynote address entitled "The Susquehanna and Delaware Rivers: A Sad Tale with a Happy Ending".

Terrace Room (Room 276), Elaine Langone Center.

8:00 - 10:00 p.m. - Research poster session from universities throughout the Susquehanna and Delaware River watersheds, consulting firms, state and federal agencies and watershed groups.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Rooms 241A-D, Elaine Langone Center

8:00 - 8:50 a.m. - Light breakfast, coffee and conversation to get the day started.

The Forum (Room 272), Elaine Langone Center

9:00 - 9:10 a.m. - Barbara K. Altmann, Provost of Bucknell University, will kick off the day's events with a university welcome and opening comments.

Plenary Talks

9:10 - 9:30 a.m. - Raymond G. Najjar, Professor of Oceanography and Earth Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University will speak on the topic of forecasting the impact of climate change on the hydrology and coastal conditions in the Susquehanna and Delaware Rivers and their estuaries.

9:30 - 9:50 a.m. - Jeffrey Chaplin, Supervisory Hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey, Water Science Center will speak on the topic of assessing regional groundwater quality in the Susquehanna and Delaware watershed.

9:50 - 10:10 a.m. - Gerald J. Kaufman, Executive Director of the Delaware Water Resources Center and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Delaware wil speak on the topic of estimating the economic value and importance of ecosystem services in the Susquehanna and Delaware watersheds.

10:10 - 10:30 a.m. - Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari, Executive Director of the Center for Water Security and Cooperation in Washington, D.C., will speak on the topic of examining the critical role that water law, interstate compacts, and river basin commissions play in developing sustainable watershed management plans for the Susquehanna and Delaware River basins.

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. - Questions to plenary speakers and discuss goals for the breakout discussion sessions.

10:45 - 11:00 a.m. - Intermission

Elaine Langone Center

11:00 a.m.  - 12:30 p.m. - Breakout Discussions

Topic 1Climate Change Impacts
Arches Lounge (Room 304)
Topic 2 Ground Water Resources
Room 241, Sections A and B
Topic 3Economic Value of Ecosystem Services
Room 241, Sections C and D
Topic 4Sustainable Watershed Management
Center Room (Room 256)

Walls Lounge, Elaine Langone Center

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch

Elaine Langone Center

1:30 - 4:00 p.m. - Oral Presentations

Session 1Fish
The Forum (Room 272)
Session 2Ecology and Water Quality
Center Room (Room 256)
Session 3Watersheds and Water Use
Gallery Theater (Room 301)

Terrace Room, Elaine Langone Center

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Exhibits and Networking Social

Agency exhibits, display tables, and evening social to make new connections and network with other participants. Visit exhibit booths and enjoy conversations over food and drinks. Interact with representatives from state and federal environmental agencies, private consultants and industry leaders, private foundations, and conservancies and watershed groups. Representatives from the morning's breakout sessions will summarize their discussions. Awards will be given for best student presentations.

For more information, download a copy of the tentative Symposium schedule.

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Watershed Sciences and Engineering Program

Center for Sustainability and the Environment
Bucknell University
One Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837


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