Aug 10, 2017

Bucknell University will host the 12th Annual Susquehanna River Symposium, "The Spirit of Two Great Rivers: The Susquehanna and the Delaware," on Nov. 10 & 11 in the Elaine Langone Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The symposium is organized by the Watershed Sciences & Engineering Program of the Bucknell Center for Sustainability & the Environment to bring together planners, consultants, regulators, watershed organizations, and the public with scientists and engineers working throughout the mid-Atlantic region on environmental issues regarding the Susquehanna and Delaware watersheds.

"Our goal is to bring together people from across the region to discuss ongoing scientific research and watershed projects, to share ideas, and to increase awareness of river health, environmental policy, and sustainability issues facing the Susquehanna and Delaware watersheds," said Program Director Benjamin Hayes.

"For the first ten years, our River Symposia focused solely on the Susquehanna, but last year we included the Delaware watershed. The response to this dual-river theme was so positive that we are including the Delaware again this year. We are especially pleased that this year's event features a Native American perspective of water with Sakokwenionkwas (Tom Porter) as our keynote speaker. On Saturday morning there will be plenary talks by Elizabeth Boyer, David Strayer, and Tom Porter, as well as break out discussions, oral presentations and exhibits."

Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are being sought for poster and oral presentations on a wide range of topics. All interested parties, including faculty, students, professionals, conservancies, and regulators are invited to present. Click on the button to the right for more details.

Submit Your Abstract

Abstract Submission Form

Submit your abstract for a poster or oral presentation using the online form (click button to right). The deadline for submission is September 17, 2017.

Register an Exhibit

Exhibitor Registration Form

If your agency, company, or organization would like to host a table exhibit at the symposium, please register by using the online form (click button to right). We have a limited number of tables. The registration deadline is October 6, 2017.


Friday, November 10, 2017

Events from 7 to 8 p.m. are in The Forum on second floor of the 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. - Sakokwenionkwas (Thomas Porter), elder, traditionalist, and spiritual leader of the Bear Clan of the Mohawk Nation will deliver the keynote address, "The Spirit of Two Great Rivers."

Terrace Room, 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.

9:45 p.m. - Announcement of student poster awards.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Terrace Room, Elaine Langone Center

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

The Forum, Elaine Langone Center

9:00 - 9:05 a.m. - Benjamin R. Hayes, Symposium Chairman, will provide a university welcome and announcements.

9:00 - 9:10 a.m. - Barbara K. Altmann, Academic Provost of Bucknell University, will provide opening comments.

Plenary Talks

9:15 - 9:45 a.m. - Dr. Elizabeth W. Boyer, Professor of Earth Sciences and Director of the Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center at Penn State University will speak.

9:45 - 10:15 a.m. - Dr. David Strayer, freshwater ecologist from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies will speak.

10:15 - 10:45 a.m. - Dr. Thomas Porter, elder and spiritual leader of the Mohawk Nation will speak.

10:45 - 11:00 a.m. - Intermission

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

Walls Lounge, Elaine Langone Center

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch

The Forum, Rooms 241 A/B and C/D, and Gallery Theater, Elaine Langone Center

1:45 - 2:30 p.m. - Oral Presentations

Center Room, Elaine Langone Center

2:30 - 3:15 p.m. - Exhibits

The Forum, Rooms 241 A/B and C/D, and Gallery Theater, Elaine Langone Center

1:45 - 2:30 p.m. - Oral Presentations

The Forum (Rm 272), Elaine Langone Center

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Summmary and Closing Comments
Benjamin R. Hayes
Symposium Chairman

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

Top photo: Delaware River by Jim Pinnucci; used with permission.

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Mailing Address

Watershed Sciences and Engineering Program

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


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